Sunday, 16 May 2010

Green swap inspiration

Hi, Rachel here. Today I thought I'd share a few links with you that you might find useful for the Green swap (or just generally, of course, you don't have to be swapping to use these!)

Betz White of the brilliant Sewing Green book has several tutorials on her blog that use recycled materials. I particularly like the jeans apron and pillowcase apron tutorials.

Mindful Momma also has a very useful page of links for all kinds of earth friendly makes, including green cleaning, bodycare, sewing and other crafts, which you can find here.

And finally, the Repurposeful blog is choc full of ideas for repurposing pretty much anything you can think of! Click on the archives button for links to all the different categories.

Hopefully there will be something here that will give you some ideas and inspiration. If you know of any other great tutorials, please do let us know so that we can share them here with everyone.

Take care
Rachel x

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Swap partner changes

Just a quick update - it came to my attention yesterday that one of our swap pairs have already been partnered with each other for another swap, so there has been a quick re-jig as follows:

Gemma will now be partnered with The Mad House
Lorraine will now be partnered with Contented (me!)

Hope there are no other problems but, if so, please do let us know and we'll do our best to help.

Rachel x

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Green Swap Partners

A big thank you to everyone who signed up for our first swap! We have eighteen participants and, to pair people up, I pulled names out of a hat, only making adjustments for those who did not want to post internationally. So, without further ado, here are the partners!

Annie and Floss
Marigold Jam and French Frog
Linny (no blog) and Valerie (Valerie, if you could email us at I will pass on Linny's email address)
Emma and Jane
A Country Girl and Maria
Sue and Daisie
The Madhouse and Lorraine
Gemma and Rachel
Mad About Bags and Stuffed Nonsense

Please do let us know if any of the links aren't working properly! Now, click on the link to your partner and leave them a comment to say hello, and start getting to know each other. You have until Monday 7th June to get your parcels together and posted, and it would be great if you could blog about your progress and ideas along the way (without giving too much away, of course, we wouldn't want to spoil any surprises, would we?!)

If, for any reason, you have any problems or you feel you are unable to complete the swap, PLEASE do let us know. We fully understand that, sometimes, life just gets in the way, but we would hate for anyone to be left disappointed, (because, unfortunately, this does sometimes happen) but if you let us know then we can at least try to make alternative arrangements. Thanks for your understanding on this matter.

Now it's time to go and get your thinking caps on! Emma and I will try to post a few ideas over the next couple of weeks, but we can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Above all, have fun, and thanks again for taking part!

Emma & Rachel x

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Last chance...

... to sign up for the swap! Signups close tomorrow (Friday) so there's still time! Check out the previous post for more info and leave a comment to sign up. We'll be posting details of swap partners on Monday. It'd be fabulous if you could join us!

Emma & Rachel xx