Monday, September 6, 2010

Gearing up to kill the paper addiction

Slowly but surely (and I mean sloooowwwly)  I'm making some progress on my Stash Buster / Going Greener To-Do List.  I've decided to whittle a bit at our paper towel habit.

We use paper towels for cleaning, for wiping up spills, for dinner napkins, for a lazy lunch "plate."  We use A LOT of paper towels.  This is going to be one hard habit to break.  

I've spent some of the Labor Day weekend cutting, pressing, pinning, pressing, sewing (repeating) a giant stack of cloth dinner napkins.  Here are the few finished napkins. . . .


. . . from this giant pile I've cut so far.  (That's my machine under there, somewhere.)


I stopped counting napkins after I cut the first fabric, so I have no idea how many we'll have.  These take longer to make than I had anticipated, mostly due to the step of pressing the hems and corners.  I used this tutorial to guide me on size (16" x 16") and on how to make lovely mitred corners. 


Mine aren't so lovely.  But that's OK -- the napkins will be used to wipe spaghetti sauce from chubby little cheeks. . . I doubt the Monkeys will care if the mitred corners don't match up perfectly!

And for cleaning. . . .

I realized that I didn't own any fabrics appropriate for cleaning or wiping cloths (unbelievable, right?)  I could either buy fabric and make some myself, or I could purchase ready-made towels from a small business.  So, rather than add to my stash (and sewing to-do list), I decided to purchase a couple of different un-paper towels sold on Etsy


I first purchased a baker's dozen of unbleached towels from Athena Creates.  Simply put, they are fabulous.  They work hard, clean up spills, and don't show stains much.  I decided to buy a batch of 20 towels from Lucky Hanks, and I have to say that I love these, too... maybe a little more, just because they're a tad larger.  They are white, so they show stains more, but I don't mind using bleach or borax when I have to.  I'm looking forward to buying more from both sellers soon!

Now, it's time to start dinner, and put some of these towels and napkins to good use.  Have a lovely holiday!

PS -- I almost forgot to mention that there's a FREE SHIPPING sale going on right now on Etsy with the ETC street team!  Please do drop by!

Friday, September 3, 2010

How exciting!

One of our hens finally laid her first egg!  There was quite a celebration among all the Monkeys when they found it.  OK, OK.  I squealed a bit, too.


And then. . . .

. . . as I was reading my email other day, I came across this in the Craftster newsletter!


I blinked, and stared.  And blinked, and stared some more.  Hey, that's ME!  I was so surprised, and I feel very humbled.  It's such a sweet article, and the kind words mean so much to me.  Thank you, Craftster and fellow craftsters!  I really appreciate YOU!

I know I promised a Stash-Buster update... but it will have to wait a bit.  I somehow pinched a nerve in my neck this morning, and can't turn my head, or lift my right arm, or really do much of anything if I'm not painkiller-fueled.  So it's probably best that I not blog too much.  See you in a few days!