Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Shopping Smarter

I know that most of us have changed our spending habits in way or another over the past year with the hopes that the economy will rise again. A lot of us have started thinking about supporting locally owned shops over the superstores with the hopes to revive what might soon be lost. Projects like the 3/50 Project are a great way to get the word out about this sort of spending.

But what if we wanted to do more? Not just for our country but others as well. What about supporting the arts all over the world? Sites like Etsy are doing an amazing job creating a global community where artists can get together and sell their goods. Some artists even support different charities with their proceeds like Bags with a Mission who is trying to help some boys in Kenya go to high school.

Another idea for you is a company called Trade as One whose mission is to provide Fair Trade employment in impoverished areas of the world and create a new way of thinking when you purchase something, by asking yourself "who made this?". Simply stating they take people out of terrible situations like slavery or prostitution and teach these people skills like sewing or farming and then provide them with 100% of the profits, so that they can make a real living on their own and begin to support themselves. Charity is great to a point but unless you can help people support themselves, charity will always need more help. That's why I love the concept behind Trade as One. The founder is an amazing man with a heart bigger than life itself. I hope you get a chance to visit their site and learn more about them and their views. The site offers everything from home decor, to food, to apparel and everything in between. The craftsmanship is amazing as well. I have a purse, a journal and a necklace from them and love them all!

I just wanted to give you another option when you shop, especially with the holidays right around the corner. If you know of any other sites that are like this please share them here, I would love to know about them.

This basket is perfect for going to the farmers market!

Perfect for back to school or a diaper bag. It's waterproof for the most part since it's made from recycled rice bages!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fun Surprises

So I was googling my shop today to see where I was mentioned and stumbled upon this! This website is one of the coolest I have seen, where regular people recommend what they love you can check it out here .

I love finding surprises! I have a busy weekend of work and social obligations this weekend so while I have some quite time I best get to work on some new vinyl pieces for the shop. Happy weekend!

Monday, August 10, 2009


SO I have been teasing you with hints of my upcoming new line of jewelry and homewares made from vinyl records, and I am proud to say they are finally here!

I have 2 necklaces listed in my Etsy Shop as well as 2 wall hangings!

I can't wait to here what you all think of these. Feel free to leave your comments here or contact me directly at my Etsy Shop. If you you like to purchase one of the four of these, mention this post and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order until Aug 31~

Happy Shopping!