{Thoughts on Shops} Tinkan Designs – unique, recycled ring pull jewelry and more!

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Tinkan Designs is the amazing upcycled shop of metalworker, blacksmith and artist Annabel from the UK.  Annabel is a self-taught jewelry maker and general maker of ‘things’! She has used a variety of recycled materials over the years, mainly because she hates waste (a true eco-etsy girl) and she finds it hard to throw anything away if it still has some life in [...]

{Thoughts on Shops} Magpie Tree – the ultimate jewelry and accessory upcycler!

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Magpie Tree is the wonderful shop of Indianapolis artist and repurposer of all things repurposable Nichole Hall-Permell. Nikki is drawn to the beauty of the old and its potential to be created into something new (we love that!).   Her banner is adorable (and I read something new is in the works). Naming her shop after one [...]

{Thoughts on Shops} – Juani1 – Crocheting Plastic Bags & More

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Juani1 is the wonderful plastic bag recycling shop of Juanita Rivas-Raymer of Los Angeles. Juanita is not only an artist- she also teaches prenatal and Hatha yoga and is a Birth Doula. Her amazing  La Bolsa Chica includes some adorable crocheted fish and an octopus (recycled from plastic bags!), crocheted plastic shopping bags (recycled from plastic bags!) and some [...]

{Thoughts on Shops} Earnest Efforts Gives Natural Woodworking Their Earnest Efforts

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Earnest Efforts is the amazing natural woodworking shop of Earnest, Ellie and Myrtle (AKA Rick and Heather .. and Myrtle) of Winston, Oregon where they create the most amazing boxes, baby rattles (their baby rattles are currently sold in over 75 stores in 4 countries), drawers and shakers. Their gorgeous pieces are created with sustainably [...]

{Thoughts on Shops} Greener Frog Gets Your Gifts Wrapped Up EcoEtsy Style

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Furoshiki is the ancient Japanese art of wrapping square pieces of beautiful cloth for gift giving and carrying items. It is a wonderful eco-friendly practice and alternative to throwaway gift wrap and lunch bags. Greener Frog is the wonderful Etsy shop of Doris from North Vancouver, Canada. Doris offers stunning furoshiki wraps in two sizes. Her work is [...]