Author Archives: Karen Lee

Scrap Lab Design Contest

August 12th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

Do you have a great crafty idea using scraps? You should enter the Scrap Lab Design Contest going on right now. The prize for the winner is

Five Eco-Friendly Hoop Art Ideas

August 11th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

Hoop wall art is very easy to curate even without knowing how to embroider or sew. Here are five ways you can adorn your wall with vintage hoops.

5 Awesome T-Shirt Sleeve Crafts

August 4th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

You've used up old t-shirts to make various projects. Now you have a pile of cut up sleeves. What do you do with them all? Find out how you can

Green Crafter: First World Trash

July 29th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

First World Trash makes functional accessories by recycling billboards and seat belts. The eco-chic items are carried in stores around the world and the owner's goal is to do what's good for the people of her hometown than just make accessories. Read more to find out where her ultimate vision lies.

How-to: Quilt with the Applique Method

July 28th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

The applique quilting method is easy and eco-friendly as it uses t-shirts and other various knick knack clothes for a memory quilt. If you have more than just t-shirts, using the applique method is the way to go if you want to make a memory quilt.

Green Crafter: Rustic Carvings

July 15th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

Working with salvage wood is a sure way to green your crafting, if you can navigate those heavy tools. One savvy crafter knows her miter saws from table saw.

How To: Make a T-Shirt Skirt

July 7th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

Upcycling a t-shirt into an adult skirt is easy and very eco-friendly. Here is how to make a skirt with a large men's t-shirt.

Green Crafter: Alex Keller

July 1st, 2011 | by Karen Lee

Alex Keller is a jewelry redesigner who converts vintage jewelry and upcycles them into more modern vintage chic jewelry. Her love of vintage carries into her vintage shop where she sells vintage housewares. Let's see if she has any tips on vintage shopping.

Green Crafter: Peaces of Indigo

June 24th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, mining precious metals is one of the biggest environmental nightmares. Tons of toxic chemicals like cyanide and mercury are used to produce and refine precious metals. It is estimated that about 2.9 pounds of mercury is released for every 2.2 pounds of gold produced.  And with that in mind, Dawanna of Peaces of Indigo recycles silver, gold, and bronze to make jewelry

Finding Green Craft Inspiration

June 23rd, 2011 | by Karen Lee

Do you ever feel like you are burnt out from green crafting? Or have you ever hit a dry spell with reusing and repurposing? I mean, how many different ways can you upcycle t-shirts? I'm sure you've had moments when you can not think of one more way to use up a scrap of fabric. So where do you find inspiration? How can you find the creativity to continue to craft reusing materials

Ten Tag Sale Tips

June 9th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

One man's trash is another man's treasure, as they say. Tag sales are great places to hunt for treasure (and recycle trash). But do you know how to maximize your time, hunting for treasure on a Saturday?

Green Crafter: Debby Arem Designs

June 3rd, 2011 | by Karen Lee

Debby Arem is the designer behind Debby Arem Designs. She is a perfectionist and fascinated by detail, texture and color. She creates unique 'geekery' jewelry and accessories for the home and office that are sometimes whimsical or abstract and sometimes purely decorative or quite functional

Recycle Fabric Scraps to Fabulous Fabric Flowers

June 2nd, 2011 | by Karen Lee

Admit it. You have fabric scraps in every drawer or shelf in your sewing room. You meant well. You wanted to be green and not throw them away. You knew you can use them up in making 'something'. But now you are wondering, "What do I do with them all?" Don't worry. Fabric flowers to the rescue!

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