Tomorrow, we are boarding a plane bound for Hawaii. There was a major earthquake in Chile and a tsunami threatened to cancel our BIG trip to Hawaii. Thankfully the warning was just that and all is well.
Since we are traveling by plane I thought I would take the opportunity to share with you an article about the recent report by Green America on the state of recycling and airlines. It is not a very pretty picture. The highest grade was a B- going to Delta and Virgin America and the worst grades (F) went to United and US Airways.
I make it a point to travel with my stainless steel water bottle (empty through security and filled at a waterfountain on the other side) so I can avoid those noxious plastic cups. For "sanitary" reasons most airline attendents even refuse to refill the same plastic cup. It makes me crazy so I have become a pro at avoiding the "free now, planet pays later" liquid on flights.
UPDATE: We flew Alaska who was not rated in the above report but I did see the attendants sorting bottles, cans and cardboard (from those waste heavy snack boxes) which warmed my heart. Next time I fly I will be sure to complete this form to help Green America stay informed on this topic.
Please note Harmony Art will be closed Feb. 27 - March 8 for a long overdue holiday. Any inquiries and orders received during this time will be processed when we return. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Fabric update: Evelyn is now in stock and it is BEAUTIFUL! The first retailers to order the fabric are NearSea Naturals and Eden Fabrics. Both of these retailers should receive the fabric next week. 40 Ginkgos and Evelyn & Janette are both on a boat heading this way from India. If you would like me to mail you a swatch of either, just ask! Whispering Grass Black/White and Chocolate Brown have been printed/dyed and will be making their journey our direction soon. Cheers to things worth waiting for!
Have you been watching the Olympics? I have been catching some of it. My absolute favorite sport to watch is the snowboarding halfpipe. Their grace, strength, fearlessness and athleticism totally impresses me. Shaun White is truly amazing and I have fallen in love with Torah Bright, the women's gold medal winner from Australia. I couldn't help but think of our friends down under when watching her ride.
Did you know that this year's Olympic medals are partially made from recycled materials salvaged from old electronics including cathode ray tube glass, circuit boards, and other computer parts? You can read more about it here. One small step worth celebrating.
My husband and I started dating on Valentine's Day 18 years ago. That fateful day, we exchanged hand-made cards. Since then, it has been a tradition to make each other a Valentine's card (No gifts, but a HAND-MADE card is a requirement!)
Here's a peak at the one I made him this year. I love my jumbo playing cards. They came with about 5 extra cards that promoted their other products. I decided to re-purpose two of these extras into this year's Valentine. I designed it in the computer, printed it out and then used my handy Xyron machine to turn the printouts into giant stickers that went right over the advertisements. I thought it came out pretty cute.
After the cards have been out on display for a week or so, I will put them away in strange locations: in cook books, random drawers, under things, etc. I like happening upon them later... it's like hiding reminders of love around the house. Some I haven't seen in years, but when I do there is always that "awwwww I remember that one" moment. No two are ever alike, and it is a fun time capsule of our friendship.
Wishing each of you the opportunity to express and receive love this day and every day!
Some of the creative problem solving inventions these days really are unique! I recently stumbled across this amazing new office product. It takes your used office paper and turns it into toilet paper! Check out the video to see for yourself. Thanks Rachel, at Interior Revolution for pointing this one out to me. NOTE: Rachel is running a give-away at the moment so go check out her very cool blog!
While we are on the topic of creative solutions... here's one just in time for that romantic holiday from Ask Umbra: eco lube and/or hair gel! My goofy husband has been asking for eco-jerry-curl for honkies. I think this just might be the answer to his odd request.