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01/05/2011

Learn the true meaning of “upcycling” with Etsy at Craft Bar!  »

The Museum of Craft and Folk Art (MCFA) in San Francisco has a Craft Bar! And at Craft Bar on Thursday, Jan. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., Etsy Labs will teach you how to turn disposable plastic shopping bags into useful items like aprons, or perhaps sturdier plastic bags suitable for multiple uses! Katherine Coleman from KJC Designs will demonstrate how to make a “felt bib necklace,” Kelly Ball from Realia will make “coil-wrapped wire rings,” and “local artist Nicole Royer will be teaching a workshop on how to upcycle old jeans into beautiful necklaces.”

Also, beer! There will be beer “kindly provided” by Trumer Pils, which isn’t listed on Barnivore but is served at multiple vegan restaurants, so we guess it’s cruelty-free. Does “kindly provided” mean “free”—we’re not sure! But we are finding out for you, and will update once we know! Sweets la Petite will provide snacks—cupcakes—and they don’t have vegan flavors, so you’ll want that beer for a nice pre-dinner snack. Or dinner, you know we don’t judge.

It costs $5 to get into the museum, at which point Craft Bar is free, including all materials for crafting. The MCFA is at 51 Yerba Buena Lane, between Mission and Market and Third and Fourth Streets in SOMA. You should go! Plastic refuse is choking our seas and poisoning every living creature on Earth—make something useful from some of your plastic trash, already! Live by the three R’s, die by the three R’s.

Update: Katy tells us that the beer will be free—though donations to the museum are always deeply appreciated!—and chips and salsa may make an appearance as well. Thanks, Katy!

[photos of plastic bag projects, from top: bag by stitchlily; bag by lemurdillo; basket by sarahratcha, which you can buy at her etsy store! Thanks to Flavorpill SF for the tip!]

01/03/2011

Save the songbirds: reuse your wrapping paper!  »


I ran across this post on thedailygreen.com¬†about songbirds and the paper industry. Apparently, “logging of the boreal forest in Canada and Siberia is happening at a lightning-quick pace that is proving too speedy for many that live there.” What can you do? Buy recycled paper!

Greenlife.com has a similar story and tells us this issue is especially relevant during the holiday season: “Americans throw away up to 25 percent more garbage (5 million tons more than the average daily amount of 3.5 pounds of garbage we usually throw away) between Thanksgiving and the New Year.” Yowza! That’s a lot of wrapping paper! And most of it isn’t even recyclable so it has to end up in the trash (unless you recycle it yourselfget crafty!).

There are many companies that sell recycled wrapping paper but the easiest way to save trees (and birds in those trees) is not to buy wrapping paper at all. I generally wrap presents in old newspapers during the year but my mom keeps us rich in Christmas wrapping paper so I usually wrap all my presents with that. Not next year! Actually, my brother and his wife did the whole newspaper-wrapping this year. They decorated the paper with cut outs from magazines (mine had puppies and female action heros, my dad’s had naked chicks)—they were fun! And more importantly, recycled.¬†

[image from energyace.com]

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