Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Raspberry Yogurt Popsicle


Ingredients
2 cups of fat free yogurt
1 1/2 cups of frozen raspberries 
3/4 cup of cane sugar
1 tsp. of vanilla extract

Directions
1.) Strain the whey liquid from the yogurt.  I used a wet paper towel in a strainer, but a cheese cloth would do.  Place the strainer in a large bowl and pour the yogurt in. Place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

2.) Put the raspberries and sugar in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Set a strainer in a bowl and pour the raspberry mixture in.  I used a spoon to press the mixture through to remove the seeds.

3.) After a couple of hours, blend the strained yogurt and raspberry mixture together.

4.) Divide the popsicle mixture between the popsicle molds and freeze until hard, about an hour

To serve, run under warm water to loosen the popsicle from the mold.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

In search of some gifts

I can't believe my little summer baby will be 3 years old in few weeks. How fast the time flies by.  With my little Anya in mind, I made this cute treasury featuring members of the Upcyclers, so they're all handmade and earth friendly. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Earth-friendly alternatives for the DIY enthusiasts

Earth-friendly fibers generally have the following characteristics:

•Minimum use of chemicals and pesticides
•Best land management practices
•Sustainable farming practices
•Eco-friendly certification
•Animal friendly
•Fair trade practices

Hemp Fiber
The Fibers
•Hemp - An amazing natural fiber.  Hemp provides enormous benefit to the natural environment.
•Jute - Similar to hemp, jute is a type of vegetable fiber used for thousands of years
•Recycled Polyester - Created from used polyester garments.
•Bamboo Fiber - Bamboo fabric is very comfortable and 100% biodegradable.
•Banana Fiber - High quality fiber that is super soft and dates back to the 13th century.
•Vicose Rayon-  Biodegradable fiber made from wood pulp cellulose.
•Ramie -  fiber is one of the strongest natural fibers, 8 times stronger than cotton, and is stronger when wet.
•Organic Wool - Organic wool is wool that less harmful to the environment than non-organic wool.
•Organic Linen - Linen that is made from flax fiber or other organically grown plant fibers.
Bamboo Fiber
•EcoSpun - Fiber made from plastic containers
•Nettle fiber - Made from stinging nettle (commonly known as a weed)
•Soy Silk - Silk made from soybeans
•Kapok- Silky, cotton-like substance that surrounds the seeds in the pods of the Ceiba tree
• Milk Silk - Silk that is derived from milk
Kapok in its seed pod












6 Sources for Organic and Natural Sewing Notions.

Wide selection of natural fabrics, organic fabric, bamboo fabric, hemp, and other eco fabrics can be found at Harts Eco Fabrics. There's also natural batting, pillow forms, and eco ribbons and trims.
 
  Wazoodle's Eco-Friendly Fabrics have good prices on organic cotton and bamboo fabrics,  great quality and has Oeko-Tex Certifications.  Very Baby carries some organic cotton, hemp, and wool fabrics, along with some natural notions.  I have bought from both and found their products to be high quality
Fiberfill/ Stuffing
Kapok fiber and bamboo fiber can be bought here Bamboofiber.com. They are very helpful by email and phone.

Ingeo fiberfill, eco-friendly batting, and ingeo and bamboo pillow forms are sold at Joann.com.

 Felt and Craft.com has some unique fibers and yarns, like nettle, banana, and hemp.

Thread/ Floss


They are sold at Green Products at MadeiraUSA.and Thread Express. Here is the Madeira Eco Brochure for additional information about production methods



 Raindow Gallery Mandarin Floss is made from 100% bamboo, buy Mandarin Floss at The NeedleArt Closet

Thank you for taking your time to look through these links and I hope you found them useful. Leave a comment or question.  I am more than happy to help on your quest!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Lino block stamped label...Progress!

These labels are stapled / to the tops of  bio cello bags.

At long last, I got to test out my Soy Paint.  The labels turned out great, have the handmade look.  I need to look into ink made specifically for stamping.  Until then, this paint is earth friendly and works.

Shake well ~ I wish I saw that right away!
 I used my linoleum block for the background and rubber stamp for the "dentdelion.  The speedball soft rubber brayer was used to apply the paint onto the stamp.  My lino block started to wurp, so I use a towel underneath.

Using an bench hook/inking plate to spread out paint evenly on the brayer