Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thank you, thank you very much

My friends recently put on the sweetest baby shower for my growing family.  Boys were invited, and they even had a good time!  I wanted to thank my loved ones with hand made cards, and committed to only using what I had in my house.  I used cardboard from the box my new fancy stroller came in, tissue paper from one of my adorable presents, and a couple of other familiar things I had lying around.

And this was the outcome!

I think creativity can really flourish when you are limited with your resources.  We're looking forward to many fun impromptu art projects with our little one.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Food for Thought

Do you think you could commit to shifting $1,000 you already spend to eco friendly goods?  It's actually not that hard.  For ideas on how to shift that cash, and to join other women in an effort to be "one in a million", check out this link on the Big Green Purse website.

According to the website "if a million women intentionally shift at least $1,000 of their existing budget to environmentally-friendly products, we can have a noticeable one billion dollar impact in the marketplace."

I found all this info in this article on Shine from Yahoo's website.  It's all about a gal who took the "One in a Million" challenge, and actually ended up saving more than $10,000!

Talk about some GREEN

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Marmol Radziner, way cool

When you get a free moment during this hectic summer, you should check out the architectural firm Marmol Radziner.  There are so many beautiful images on their website that I could have gone on all day, but here are a couple of pics just to get you interested:

They beautifully and seamlessly integrate the building and interior with its natural outdoor landscaping, and I am a huge fan of their philosophy on the materials:

"We believe a good building becomes richer with the passage of time. Whereas many contemporary buildings are in tatters after ten years, historic buildings were constructed to absorb the stories of a hundred years. Architecture that is built to last minimizes the consumption of resources. The use of indigenous materials creates a connection between the architecture and the site. Natural materials such as stone, concrete, and wood will improve with age."  

And if all this didn't make me happy enough, they also take leftover scraps from their buildings and make really cool, simple, and modern jewelry. 

Brings a smile to my little face.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Why didn't I think of that?

It's paper you can plant to grow your own wildflowers!  What a fun idea for invitations, showers, thank you's, whatever your green thumb desires!  This company has very cute cards that have already been designed for you, or you can purchase blank paper and envelopes and print out your own.  Here are some examples of how pretty this paper turns out.