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Topic: Recycling/Eco-Friendly/Gardening/Hippie Swap (SU Closed, SO 3-25-11)  (Read 15905 times)
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« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2011 08:31:22 PM »

Maybe I should do this but Maybe I should get some of the projects I already have out my way before I sign up. So Maybe I'll just keep an eye on this thread and when it gets closer to the SU date/too many people signed up we'll see how I feel.
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« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2011 01:02:31 PM »

Just signed up! I'm not a hippie and I don't garden because I just don't like to (yes scoff I'm allergic to my back yard though so its not enjoyable and my house is very dark nothing grows in here)

But, I am big on going green, recycling, reducing waste, making do with what you have etc.
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« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2011 07:41:17 PM »

Here are a few links that have been shared among other previous swaps that I figured I would share Smiley
 

This list was created by PixieVal in the Reduce Reuse Recycle Round 2 swap:
Inspiration:
eco-craftalong
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=170428.0
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Swap Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248443.0
Farmers Market Swap Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=232343.0
Back to Nature Swap Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245520.0
Going Green Swap Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=236052.0
Earth Day Recycle Swap Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5981.0
Trash to Treasure Swap Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187057.0
Earth Day/Environmental Swap 2 Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=161905.0

And here is a list developed by kaz 814 in the frugal living round 3 swap!
Some ideas of what people can craft for the frugal household/crafter ...

Budgeting
- calendar for when bills are due to avoid paying late charges
- calendar for when library books are due to avoid paying late fees
- checkbook cover (perhaps if it's pretty, it'll be easier to keep track of spending?)
- coin purse
- journal/book to keep a budget in
- piggy bank


Frugal Crafters
- crafting inventory (to prevent duplicate purchases)
- reclaimed yarn/fabric (how to reclaim yarn from a sweater)
- repurposed clothing
- supplies (if the sender won't use it and the receiver will - it'll be good for all!)


Frugal Gardens (growing is cheaper than buying once you've gotten started!)
- basket to collect the veggies
- crop/plant markers
- gardening bag,
- getting started kit
- planting planners
- seeds/containers
- veggie/herb kit for indoor gardening
- watering can


Frugal gift giving
- blank gift tags
- card-making kit
- DIY gift-giving kit (reusable fabric gift bags, blank notecards, blank gift tags, etc.)
- fabric gift bags
- handcrafted stamps to make personalized note cards/stationery
- handmade birthday cards
- handmade gift boxes (small ones are great made out of old holiday cards)
- handmade holiday cards
- handmade other occasion cards
- newspaper gift bags
- notebook for brainstorming gift ideas (hopefully that will save us a few bucks and reduce the chances of impulse buying at the last minute.)
- personalized note cards/stationery
- pocket calendar to keep track of birthdays and to plan and post early, which would save on postage
- reusable fabric gift wrap
- stamped wrapping paper (brown paper would work well)


Frugal Gourmet
- book to plan menus (which will help eliminate eating out)
- calculator cozy (for taking to the grocery store to keep track of your purchases!)
- coupon holder (sewn and not-sewn)
- grocery list organizer to go along with the menu planning
- home-preserved jams, jellies, etc.
- mixes (for dip, bread, cookies, etc.)
- price comparison notebook (if you keep track of how much a can of tomatoes is at Store A and Store B, you'll know who has better deals - and if the "sales" are really worth it!)
- recipes (homemade bread is economical AND tasty!  Also non-meat meals cost less, too ... including ideas for leftovers, might be fun too.)
- reusable grocery/other use bags
- reusable vegetable bags



The Frugal Home
- a book of tips for the frugal crafter/homeowner
- clothespin bag
- DIY home repair kit (hammer, screwdriver, misc. tools, plus instructions on how to do simple home repairs)
- draft dodgers to go at doors/windows to keep out the drafts
- dryer sachets
- homemade cleaning products (or recipes for such with bottles to put them in, since the Postal Service frowns on sending most liquids ...)
- homemade laundry soap
- magnets/wall stuff to remind you to do things (turn off lights, unplug unused appliances, adjust thermostat when you won't be there, water your garden)
- reusable swiffer socks  (a sewn swiffer cover tutorial and a crocheted swiffer cover pattern)
- Sock Rug
- wool dryer balls



Kitchen Frugality
- cloth napkins
- dishcloths
- drying rack for plastic bags
- jug/jar covers
- napkin rings
- pantry inventory (so you don't overbuy or worse, let something go to waste in the bottom of the fridge because you forgot you have it)
- reusable bowl covers
- reusable bread bag
- reusable lunch bag, sandwich wrap,
snack bag  (Possible off-gassing using PUL/vinyl - please discuss with your partner if you want to make that/have a problem with it!)
- reusable "paper" towels
- reusable tea bags for loose tea (made out of a fine mesh)
- tea cozy (irony optional)
- tea towels/dishtowels
- tea wallet
- utensil roll for lunchboxes (no more disposables or losing good flatware)



Personally Frugal
- cloth diapers/cloth baby wipes
- cloth menstrual pads/menstrual cup bag/wet bags
- DIY first aid kit (gauze, bandages, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, etc.)
- embroidered cloth handkerchiefs
- dumbbells of some sort (filled with sand, perhaps?)
- handmade soap/bath salts (possibly with recipes)
- homemade cough drops
- handmade face scrub/astringent
- reusable makeup remover pads
- reusable water bottle/carrier
- small rice/corn packs for icing/warming eyes/head
- soap saver
- tote bag for library books
- yoga mat
- washcloths



Seasonally Frugal (to save on heating bills/AC bills)
- cool pack to put in the fridge/freezer
- draft dodger
- gloves/wrist warmers to keep warm in the winter
- hair ties/headbands
- homemade hand fans
- lap quilt
- microwavable rice/corn heating bag to keep tootsies warm in bed or as a hot/cold pack
- re-conned shirts into tank tops
- rag rug
- socks/slippers to keep warm in the winter


Hopefully sharing these links will help some of those sitting on the fence with this swap, and help out those already participating Smiley  Thank you, kaz814 and PixieVal!
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« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2011 07:42:27 PM »

Personally, these links have provided a starting point for many crafts in the past Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2011 10:19:36 PM »

oooh, rag rugs and a reusable snack/lunch bag have been on my to-do list for some time now. Love the idea of a craft inventory thing too! thanks for posting this stuff.
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« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2011 11:37:57 PM »

I have to admit that I love my patio garden. I am planning on expanding this year, even though I really don't have the room.  Right now all I need is more soil and some sun. I do try to be frugal and I try to be eco friendly. I don't always succeed life gets busy i just want to get by. That is why I like my garden, it slows you down and you can be both those things with a little attention.
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« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2011 01:52:52 AM »

Just sent my info! Grin
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« Reply #27 on: February 09, 2011 07:46:21 AM »

Wow, I think I'm going to join too after I finish the Star swap ^^ This looks great and I have many ideas!
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« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2011 11:48:13 AM »

I just sent in my info! YAY!
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ollieorange
« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2011 04:16:52 PM »

I'm not a hippie but I do love to garden. It's -13F outside right now so thinking about my garden is a big comfort. AttieNichole thanks for all the links.
I am keeping this in mind.
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