The New Year is getting off to a great start and we are excited to add nine new bloggers to the EcoEtsy team! Â Starting this week, we will be adjusting the weekly schedule and the new bloggers will start posting. Â Below is an introduction of what you can expect on the blog this year and a bit of background on each of the team members that will be bringing great content your way.
Monday – Eco Inspirations
Posts on Mondays this calendar year will focus on new ideas or different ways of looking at an old problem that reduceÂ our impact on the environment. Â Stories should be uplifting andÂ inspire us to imagine how small ideas can make a difference. Here are the wonderful bloggers you will hear from in the Monday segments:
LydiaÂ ofÂ Pierogi PicnicÂ â€“ Pierogi Picnic is a line of handmade clothing and accessories designed and created by me, Lydia Krupinski. My delectable, one-of-a-kind creations are crafted from vintage and second-hand fabrics, creating a truly unique line ofÂ scrumptious wares. BeyondsewingÂ andÂ blogging, I spend my days cooking yummy vegetarian dishes, refining my urban homestead, and singing with Polish choirÂ Odnowa. During the day you can also find me coordinating volunteers and foster homes for Chicago’s oldest and most respected animal welfare organization â€“Â The Anti-Cruelty Society. And when I’m not doing one or all of the above â€“ I can be caught relaxing on my front porch with my hub, artist David Paul Downs, and our three mischievous pets Peanut, Butter and Tomato. Follow me and all my escapades onFacebookÂ orÂ Twitter.
JuanitaÂ of Juani1-Â Before my kids came along, I imagined being fully absorbed in just my art work.Â Well, that quickly changed the minute IÂ looked intoÂ the faces of my babies and fell in love.Â Â Once I found my new rhythm, I did start creating again.Â Being a mom really changed my perspective on things and my art evolved into recycled art.Â RepurposingÂ “trash” into art, is a fun challenge for me and I try to inspire people to think about the amount of trash we produce and how we can reduce it.
Tuesday – Treasuries
The Tuesday Treasuries are off to a great start this year with a new format. Â The winner of the week selects the winner the following week. Â That process will continue throughout the year. Â If you haven’t made a team treasury lately, join in the fun!
Wednesday – Green Living
Wednesday posts will include news, tips and tutorials related to livingÂ greener. Â Topics could range from recycling, to energy saving, toÂ decorating, personal care, and more. Â Here is the team that will be bringing you this great content:
LoriÂ of Lorigami -Â I’m an anime-haired Craft Ninja and DIY Enabler living with my husband, a couple other artists, and a baker’s dozen of cats in a little spot of the city we call Wanderland.Â We’re rebuilding a neglected pair of houses from the ground up, and trying to make them as self-sufficient as possible. This same creative drive governs my crafty business, where I find beautiful ways to re-use things other people overlooked. As for the rest of my life, my alter ego took off with the Circus and spends her time dancing on boxes, creating fanciful costumes, playing with fire, and flying on the aerial hoop.
LindaÂ of fashiongreentbags-Â I’ve been on Etsy since November of 2007. I have a great husband and 2 terrific children; a daughter age 24 and a son age 21.Â I started my shop as a hobby and a way to earn some money to donate to our local food bank. I’m currently in graduate school working on a second master’s degree and I hope to prepare myself to work in the area of bully prevention. As a retired teacher, bullying is something I’ve always campaigned against and worked to stop but I believe there is more work to be done. You can find me atÂ fashiongreentbagsÂ andÂ facebook.
Sonya ofÂ KanelstrandÂ - I live close to nature. So close that my friends like to say that I don’t need to buy a Christmas tree because pines already grow in my living room. With pines come bird songs, the sound of the waves when the sea is unruly and the visits from deers. This is my little Norwegian paradise. I like to keep my hands busy and my mind engaged and that is why I am either creating or writing. My blogÂ KanelstrandÂ has become the meeting point of a vibrant green community of eco-conscious artists and crafters from around the world. I write about green and simple living and share my Scandinavian travels and photographs. i am a proponent of simple living, a minimalist and a photographer. My membership in Team EcoEtsy is the best thing that has happened to me on Etsy. It has helped me keep my focus and has connected me to an amazing community of innovative eco-minded pioneers who keep on inspiring me. You can connect with me on myÂ blog,Â google plus,Â twitterÂ orÂ facebook.
Thursday & Saturday – Food and Gardening
Thursday posts will include news, tips and tutorials related to sustainableÂ food practices, composting, gardening and eating green. We had an overwhelming response to this new category on the blog. Â So, you will see posts from the team below every Thursday AND the first and third Saturdays of the month.
ErinÂ ofÂ antiquetochic -Â I am gluten freeÂ out of need and like to write new recipes for thoseÂ with special diets who can’t have allÂ the yummy treats you see in the grocery stores.Â I have two cats, a guinea pig, and I foster kittens year round from a barn near my house. I am an every-weekend flea market shopper and I love to take vintage beads and give them a new life in my jewelry. I make jewlery as a therapy to a headache disorder I’ve hadÂ since 2008. I try to recycle everyÂ vintage and destash beadÂ I canÂ so they don’t end up in landfills.Â I even have a second shop where I sell my overflow supplies calledÂ antiquetochicsupplyÂ and you can find me onÂ TwitterÂ andÂ Facebook.
Beth RevelsÂ (Food & Gardening)-Â Beth is the folksy, radical, down to earth gal behind the creations of Unraveled Revelry. When not sewing or writing, you can often find her in the kitchen or garden, or reading a stack of how-to books. Self sufficiency and sustainability are two of her biggest passions. Lets make the world a greener place to live and add some flavor while we are at it!
Mary Ellen – Mary Ellen Coumerilh (Mary Zoom) has dual passions – gardening and sewing. Â She is an urban transplant who lives with her husband and cocker spaniel mix, Bosco, in a tiny town in rural Western Kansas. Â She is renovating the 1910 cottage next door to where she lives – this is her dream studio! Â Mary Ellen is inspired by the Pioneer Women who settled the Great Plaines. Â To these women, the land was their livelihood. Â They cared for the land and they lived and breathed reuse of resources, and both are loads of fun!
Casey Â of SesameseeddesignsÂ - I’m a lover of the environment and have a special fondness making beautiful things from reclaimed natural fibers. I live in Portland, OR with my husband, 2 young daughters, cats, dog, rabbit, chickens and way too many felted sweaters and balls of yarn. I have an M.S. in Ecology and work as an environmental educator part time. I am lucky to be the director of a nature-based summer camp in a gorgeous state park and get to nurture children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for nature. I even bring a bit of the natural world into my Sesame Seed Designs creations. I strive for my family to be as green, well-balanced and self-sustaining as possible and am looking forward to sharing some of what I’ve learned with EcoEtsy’s readers!
BeeÂ - The Wooden Bee was started with love for the environment. Working in the home construction industry we saw a large amount of environmental waste! One day, we decided to do something about it.Â Beautiful cherry, maple & other species of reclaimed wood soon found their way into our workshop. The Wooden Bee is operated by a husband and wife team. We are true Floridians, with a love for all things natural. WhenÂ our children were born we started exploring sustainable food options, and started making more environmentally friendly choices.Â TogetherÂ we are raising a young family, enjoying the environment,Â and creating eco-friendly home decor and upcycled craft supplies.Â Follow the wood atÂ www.thewoodenbee.com, or have fun in the garden with us atwww.FLgardening.wordpress.com
KathyÂ of DustbinCards – Kathy lives in a 40 year old, renovated trailer house in the IdahoÂ panhandle. Â She has been married since the early Reagan years to aÂ marvelous man who believes that a clean pair of Levis are dress pantsÂ and who can fix anything. Â She is the mother of 6 children; 5 of whomÂ are in their 20s, and a 10 year old daughter who sometimes beginsÂ conversations with random comments such as, “If you’d had me when youÂ were supposed to…” Â A home educating parent for 19 years, a selfÂ taught collage artist, a passionate gardener and an exuberantÂ upcycler, Kathy also shares her life with Hank the chocolate lab andÂ Charlie, the marmalade cat.
Friday – Business Tips
Business and Marketing tips will continue on Fridays this year. Â In addition, once a month the popular Thoughts on Shops reviews will return to the blog. Â Myra, Tiffany, and Lori will focus on Business Tips and Cat will be doing the Thoughts on Shops.
Myra Roldan ofÂ HerbanLuxeÂ - Much more than mascara and lipstick. I grew up in a household with a grandfather that was way ahead of his time when it comes to conservation and living a green life. At 12, I began my first business and started learning the basics of computer programming. Â Today, I’m a hyper-educated, techno-geek, Etsy shop owning, mom ofÂ three girls. I have a love for color and unconventionality and a belief that everyone has the ability to do whatever they set their heart to. Â You can follow Herbanluxe onÂ TwitterÂ and onÂ facebook.
TiffanyÂ ofÂ PicnicBasketCraftsÂ â€“ I am the proud mother of two beautiful little boys and wife to a loving husband. I have a B.A. in Environmental, Populational and Organismic Biology, with a minor in Biochemistry, and 12 years of experience as a biology and chemistry teacher. I moonlight as an inventor, crafter,entrepreneur and, most recently, freelance writer.Â I love to share my love for earth and humankind in as many ways as I can find!
Lori SullivanÂ ofÂ DrinksToDesignÂ â€“ Lori is a Marketing Strategist by day and a Jewelry Designer by night…and sometimes the other way around! Â She has spent the last 15 years of her “day job” gaining experience in market research, branding, and marketing strategy. Â Posting for business tips allows Lori to share some of what she has learned with the team. Â Some may recognize her by her originalÂ Etsy shop,Â OneShadeGreener. Â She lives in metro-Detroit with her husband, two great kids just heading into their teens, and a fun-loving dog. Â If you enjoy a glass of wine or a bottle of beer, you may want to check out her Drinks to Design blog.
CatÂ ofÂ UncorkedÂ - I am the designer/maker at Olive Bites Studio at the Jersey shore; home of the sustainable cork jewelry lineÂ UncorkedÂ and the recycled, magnetic locketÂ Polarity. I use repurposed, recycled and sustainable materials in new, unique and beautiful ways. I try to deliver an uncommon view of something we have all seen before and hopefully get people thinking about new ways of seeing and using the things in their own lives! Before the launch of my business (and a couple other ventures) I was a bank manager â€“ but, I was a very crafty (in a good way) bank manager. I have one hubby, one daughter and one pup named Olive, who doesn’t bite anymore.
Saturday – Design (two weeks)
As mentioned above, two of the Saturdays a month will focus on Food and Gardening. Â The 2nd and 4th Saturdays will focus on design and highlight posts from the two team members below:
DawannaÂ ofÂ Peaces of IndigoÂ â€“Â I am a work-at-home mom to three boys, which I love. Hand crafting and designing jewelry makes me happy.Â Each one of my pieces is made using the best quality materials. All precious metals are purchased through recycled sources. I find inspiration in the texture, color and history of my materials. My European and Cherokee heritage adds an eclectic flavor to my designs. My heritage is an inspiration in trying to make the world a better place. I am passionate about helping to ensure that every human being on our planet has access to clean drinking water, so I donate a portion of my sales to Blood:Water Mission.
Jenn of Writesy – Writer. I love when they all ride off into the sunset but also most people make me question why humans keep procreating. Beer, coffee and Boston Bruins enthusiast. I like more than that but I probably hate equally as much. My blog, Random Lunacy, will tell you all about it. The blog contains the musings of a tragically misunderstood smoker who will one day marry a rock star. Or a movie star. Or, more likely, become a NY Times best selling author who writes a book about a girl who marries a rock star but is in love with a movie star. Â I work from home and I enjoy the flexibility of doing so without children. Additionally, I’m pursuing a degree in English. I curse a lot and I’m addicted to Facebook.
Sunday – EcoEtsy News, Member Spotlights, and Eco Crafts/Tutorials
Sundays will be a fun mix of things this year. Â The first Sunday of the month, Karen will be doing an EcoEtsy News post highlighting all the team news and activities going on. Â The remainder of the month, Linda and Myra will be doing a mix of Member Spotlights and Eco Crafts / Tutorials. Â Here’s a bit more about the Sunday team:
Karen LeeÂ ofÂ ecokarenÂ â€“ I have been an active member of EcoEtsy since I opened my first shop in 2008. The team has been truly inspirational and supportive of my green journey. So, in March 2010, when the team needed a new leader, I took on the task, with the help of the entire team behind me. It has been an amazing experience to lead a team of such passionate group of Etsy sellers who takes preserving the environment as a priority when managing their businesses. And as a retired Chiropractor, who taught patients the unequivocal correlation between the environment and health, I can appreciate the team’s passion. I share the same knowledge with my loyal readers on my blog,Â ecokaren,Â while creating eco-goodies for my shop,Â ecokaren.Â When I’m not leading the team, I am a mom to two greenagers, a wife to an accidental recycler, and a master chef to my locavores. You canÂ e-mailÂ me or find me onfacebookÂ and follow me onÂ twitter.
Linda EverettÂ ofÂ LindaEveÂ - Linda is a sewing fanatic and would sew all day and night if she didn’t have eat, sleep and earn a living. By day she works at a university research lab as a web designer, technical editor, organizer of stuff, and general lackey (this keeps food on the table and pays the mortgage) and evenings and weekends she sews, blogs, and spends time with her husband Mark, daughter Athena, four cats, and extended family (this keeps her sane). Linda’s background is in graphic design and advertising â€“ she graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She has dabbled in photography, poetry, and other creative outlets, but sewing has always been her passion and something to â€œcome home toâ€.Â Her Etsy shop (lindaeve.etsy.com) features mostly one-of-a-kind bags, totes, accessories, and other handmade goodies, mostly made from repurposed and remnant materials.
Myra Rolen (bio in business tips above) will also be posting Member Spotlights on Sundays.
We hope you enjoy the new format and welcome the new blogging team by reading the posts and engaging in the conversation via the comments. Â We always love to hear what you think!!