Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Saved from the Trash #2

Hot tea soothes my mind and tantalizes my palette.

I just restocked my nest with a bunch of new teas.

In my opinion, loose tea makes for a better tea experience than a disposable pre-measured sachet.

You don't have to take my word for it. Just ask this friend of mine, she makes some really cool reusable tea bags.

Whatever your day entails, I guarantee it will be better with a spot of tea.

Now let's move on to the dumpster diving madness.

This is how I store my loose teas.

When ever we finish a nice jar of jam or salsa, I meticulously clean the jar and lid. That's right, I saved these innocent and useful jars from the trash. I don't usually fight the label, I'm not that tidy.

Check the spiddle of herbal orange spice tea. Embrace the clove overload!

I love having nice glass jars and tins in my pantry rather than boring wasteful boxes. It makes me feel connected to those of you awesome people who can and preserve your produce.

One thing that I can share about reusing jars is that they are not all created equal. Pickle and olive jar lids can be really tough to get rid of the vinegary smell. What's a crafter to do?!

Toss the lid out and embrace what you can do!

Bust out your hot glue gun and attach some schnazzy fabric. My pen cup is styin' in stripes. My bountiful bud vase is rockin' in some free motion quilting by yours truly.


These red roses were saved from the trash for now.

My place of work replaces their flowers weekly. I generally deposit the old flowers straight into my compost heap. This past week's roses still had plenty of beauty to share before returning to the earth.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Check it.

I have a slurry of new stuff trickling into my etsy shop today.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I use my stilts to get closer to the sun. I am an Icarus of sorts.

The sort that lathers on sunscreen, wears hats, and naps in the shade.


Enjoy a little haiku I wrote inspired by my wrap pants.

Silly girl am I!
Too short to model the pants
wears ugly high heels


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I believe.

There are changes ahead.

Check out this mosaic. It was inspired by my April Team Challenge.

Click for flickr album.

My Etsy team is moving forward to share it's message with the world.

I am so pumped to be a part of it. Seriously, we have so many bad ass creative people working together. To find us, search Etsy for gypsydreamteam , we are all still in the process of updating with this tag so feel free to hit up the forum and check out our profile pages for shop links.

As many of you all know, I tend bar when I am not covered in thread and barefoot in my sewing studio. I have been at the restaurant way too much because we lost a team member. I am attempting to shift my balance, but my ducks are not yet in a row.

Needless to say, a girl's gotta create.

In my stolen moments I have managed to put together a few pretty spring diddys. I only have a sneak peak, but I am waiting for my next "day off" to have a major photoshoot.