Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

fingerless gloves!

I just finished another pair of fingerless gloves. These ones I'm having a hard time parting with. I LOVE the pink polka dots. I revamped my design, leaving the wrist seam less bulky. I'm hoping I have time to whip a pair up for my trip this week to Colorado!

Also, my dear modeling his handmade coconut bra. And that's about all that remains from my birthday coconut vanilla cupcakes!

just coconut shells...don't worry.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I went out the other morning to let the girls out and I noticed this awesome icicle!

chicken diapers

As we get ready to scoot off to Colorado for a conference, I've realized I've got nothing to pack my shampoo and conditioner in... usually I'd just use that as a great excuse to skip a shower, but instead I whipped up this ruffly little bag.

On a slightly more exciting note, I spent my Christmas evening stitching chicken diapers. Yes, diapers. I wanted them done before Christmas, so the girls could come in to open presents, but that didn't happen. So they came the next day to watch a little football with their daddy. Danica enjoyed being inside and actually did watch TV. India stood still and would only move if motivated by F-U-D. For Hope, it was a different story. As soon as I strapped on her diaper, it was like a switch was flipped and she did everything backwards.

The video above shows the two chickens handling the diapers well, and Hope reversing into and tripping over the ShopVac.

My super model.

Monday, January 3, 2011

ethical clothing pledge

As part of my New Year's resolution, I took the ethical clothing pledge, inspired by my dear Lizard and also isismade's blog - creator of the ethical clothing pledge badge, in the right column of my blog.

The pledge follows these guidelines:

I pledge to only wear clothing that is one or more of the following:
1. Pre-loved
2. Handmade (preferably by me)
3. Reconstructed
4. Made with ethical / environmentally friendly materials
5. Made by a company with strong ethical policy & workers' rights

These are her words, but so perfectly embody my thoughts:

* Companies with environmentally friendly practices (such as cutting down on waste/energy/water) get brownie points
* If I get one little inkling of sweatshop labour, I'm outta there!
* Above all though, I think the most important thing is reducing the amount of things we use in the first place. Not purchasing ANOTHER piece of clothing just for the sake of it is the biggest statement we can make.

I'm tired of saying that slavery is wrong and that I won't support it, then purchasing clothing that has questionable ethics and ignoring that fact. I'm tired of hearing about a company having slavery in it's supply chain and being a customer of theirs. Take Victoria's Secret for example - I do not want to support that or even to be associated with it. I believe we vote with our wallets, and my voting has not been telling the story I want it to. I'm half tempted to cut the tags out of all my underwear - but then I guess no one sees them anyway!
I'm also tired of consuming so much - or not even really consuming as I never actually even wearing anything out! I just pile up "cute clothes". And I agree with isismade in saying environmentally friendly practices are an awesome bonus. They are important to me, but not as important has people.