20 March 2008

March Madness

I admit it--I'm a March Madness junkie. Every year, on this very Thursday--the Thursday after the brackets come out and the first full day of game after game after game-- I get so excited and riled up and can't turn off the TV all day long no matter who's playing. I know, it's crazy. But there are many who share my addiction to this tournament (including, in the last few years, Alisa). Thanks to our dad who, years ago, started our very own family tournament which used to cost $5 to enter and now costs only a candy bar to the winner if you end up being the loser. It's more fun that way--then it becomes all about the bragging rights more than anything (and a good 3 musketeers if I'm the winner this year).

So, in honor of these awesome three weeks in March and April, I'm offering 16% off anything in my shop to anyone who reads my blog. Why 16%? Well, if you're a student of bracketology you'll know that it represents the number of seeds in each of the 4 regions. It will be a random amount, but don't worry, I'll round up.

(to anyone who wants to take advantage of this discount, enter MARCH MADNESS in the notes to seller section when purchasing and then don't pay until you receive a revised paypal invoice from me. Discount ends after the final game is played on April 7th)

09 March 2008

Green as a Bean

If you could be green, would you be a lawn or a lean green bean and the stalk that it's on?

Would you be a leaf on a leafy tree?
Tell me, lean green one, what would you be?

We checked out this book, by Karla Kuskin, from the library last week and only after bringing it home did I realize what a great title it has. It's a cute read for kids, inviting them to choose what they'd be i
f they were green, red, soft, fierce. My boys loved reading it.

In the spirit of being "green as a bean" I wanted to share a few amazing items I found on Etsy. All of these items are made of "reclaimed" materials that would have ended up in the landfill, but have instead found a new life at the hands of talented, creative crafters. These crafters are all my fellow members of the ecoetsy street team.

These clipboards are made of recycled circuit boards by DebbyAremDesigns
This is a book (pages removed due to damage by water or other causes)
that has been repurposed into a journal by PenguinLove

And finally, these earrings are made by SilveroftheValley out of Art Clay Silver, a product made from pure reclaimed silver from recycled products such as photographic and dental supplies, and circuit boards. You can read more about this product in her Etsy profile.

Thanks ladies, for letting me share your unique pieces and for your commitment to making eco-friendly creations.

If you could be small, would you be a mouse
or a mouse's child or a mouse's house
or a mouse's house's front door key?

Tell me all, small one, what would you be?

PS--If you want to win some fun eco-friendly prizes, come and participate in the Team EcoEtsy St.Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, March 16th. You can read how to play here