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Go Green: Sew Your Own Cultery/Flatware/Silverware/Utensil Kit

It’s that time… last-minute shopping. Gifts for the neighbor. Gifts for the best of friends. Gifts for the forgotten. Gifts for the office. Duhn duhn duhnnnnn!

Since joining up in the Salt Lake office, I’ve tried to get our crew to go green as much as possible. Finagling approval for a recycle service, bringing in my own silverware, using Tupperware for my sack lunch or playful scoldings when the folks don’t recycle… yeah, I do what I can… ha!

Well, it’s become very influential… my green. Their envy. Get it? Green. Envy. Ha. I’m on a roll. Most of them try to reuse their plastic utensils and we each have our own water bottle. Anyway, that is where I got my office gift idea – silverware kits for each of the office folk.

I needed to move fast though. It was slim pickin’s online for silverware kits. I wanted actual silverware, not the (I know, I know… greener) bamboo utensils such as the To-Go Ware kits.

To-Go Ware CONSERVE Utensil Set

The bamboo utensils are just clunky, not as easy to use… There were a few on EtsyBlackberry Prairie, Stitchmates, FashionRemixTeam and TheStraightStitch to name a few. But time and frugality led me away from buying online.

Rather, I came upon Simple Savvy’s tutorial to make my own utensil set! It seemed easy enough. Right? I hope it seemed easy enough…

How to Sew Your Own Kit after the jump >>


Merry Christmas II You: Mariah’s Second Christmas Album Out TODAY!

Merry Christmas II You -- Mariah Carey

Merry Christmas II YouMariah’s second Christmas album comes out today! It may be over sixteen years since the first CD of holiday tunes came out, but she still has it.

Read a couple of album reviews and hear “Oh, Santa!” >>

Getting Uncommon – An iPod (Hard-Shelled) Custom Case Review

iPod Touch Capsule Case from UncommonI finally got it. My Uncommon iPod Touch capsule case — the only hard custom printed case I could find over the web. Yay!

It was pre-ordered in May. It was expected in July. It didn’t arrive until September. What took so long? Well, according to an email…

The ship date for the Touch cases has been pushed back to late June due to some delays in perfecting the product. We pride ourselves on creating obsessively engineered blank canvas accessories, and we’d never send you anything less.

This email came early June, when I expected it mid-July. After I read it, I expected it by the end of July. And… to my disappointment, it did not arrive well after that date.

Although I appreciate the delay came from legitimate reasons (I would much rather wait a bit longer and receive a better quality product than get it immediately at sub-par standards), I did not appreciate the lack of communication from Uncommon. It took multiple calls or emails to the customer service department to even get an idea of when I could expect my case. And even after a couple of them, their ETA was wrong — I wasn’t even notified of that either!

Despite my disappointment from very unacceptable service, the product lives up to my expectations.

A review of the Uncommon iPod Touch Capsule Case after the jump >>

A Gathered Green Gift Guide for 2009

It’s holiday shopping time. And rather than doing everything last minute, I wanted to get a head start on things. Use the internet. Get more variety. Find better gifts. And give greener. So, I searched online for a few green gift guides. There is so much cool stuff, but here are a few of my favorites:


Preserve Toothbrushrecycled toothbrushes with one year subscription: Dentists recommend you switch out your toothbrush every three months. That’s a lot of withered bristles filling the landfills. Preserve makes it better with recycled toothbrushes. Get a one year subscription for $11 and conveniently have them mailed to your residence every three months, just like the dentists recommend. They also have a recycling program for your used toothbrushes.

Flip and Tumbleflip and tumble bags: super cute, compact and stylish. re-usable grocery bags. i love the colors and the simplistic design, makes it look super hip. also comes in an eco-kit – two regular bags, one fancy print bag and five produce bags. the bags are also quality ripstop nylon, see how much they can hold!

grow-a-note thank you cards: it’s the note that you can throw into your garden… and get something out of it! um, a thank you card that gives back? okay, i’m out of clever remarks. these thank you cards are made from recycled paper and inked with veggie paint. best part is the loads of wildflower seeds embedded into the paper. toss them in the back yard, the paper decomposes naturally and the mature into pretty flowers!


bamboo knife block: made from sustainable material (uhm, bamboo…), this block is stylish and green. made by fair trade artisans in vietnam, the design of these knife blocks allows most any odd and unusual shape to slide easily into the block. they sort of run hefty, but treehugger links to an instructional to make your own.

presso manual espresso maker: no electricity required… and it’s sooo sleek. made from recycled aluminum, it’s sure to green that gift for your coffee-loving someone. there’s even a christmas special that’s currently running on the site. i don’t know about you but  i’m totally sold on this fancy yet simple genius coffee contraption.

iphone solar skin: okay, so i don’t have an iphone and this thing borders on costing as much as an iphone, but it’s pretty damn cool. still allowing access to the usb port and your screen, this skin keeps your phone charged just by being out in the sun. run out of battery and you’re stuck in the middle of a sun-pounding desert? then you probably wish you had one of these.


nit long arm warmers: made from bamboo or merino wool, i fell in love with the looks of these stylish arm warmers at first glance. they are hand-knit by designer gail travis of NIT (which i totally love now too, but don’t think i could always pull off). they come in olive, off-white, black, charcoal and deep red. wear sleeveless in the winter, with arm warmers… my new favorite accessory.

vinyl record wrist cuffs: bracelets made from reclaimed vinyl records. music that you may have listened to recycled into something you can wear. kinda cool. they come in funky patterns though: Shemagh, Lumberjack, Houndstooth and Toile. would it be cooler had they left the vinyl record label as the design for the bracelets…

baby toes hanging terrarium: a glass globe that can either hang or sit flat, planted with baby toes succulent. the plant sort of looks like manic alien fingers reaching out at you from the hole of the globe. it’s also stuffed with soil and a bit of moss to give it variety. it comes planted and low maintenance as you only need to water it once a week at most!

After you’ve bought the gift, wrap it green too! Re-nest has nine great ways to do so.