Happy 2019! I’ve had a good break the past few weeks and am feeling refreshed. How is your new year going so far? I resolved to cut back on our plastic use this year. So far I am off to a great start! I have brought in reusable stainless steel straw sets to both our home and our online shop. I have also brought in reusable mesh produce bags as well and I’ve been using reusable grocery bags for a couple of years now. I must say, I have a great sense of pride when I’m buying my green peppers and tomatoes and I pull out my drawstring bag full of mesh produce bags. The kids are proud too and the stainless steel straws are a hit. My kids are very concerned about the environment and animal welfare.
These items and more upcoming this year can be found in the new Environmentally Friendly section of our shop. With these items I hope to help others meet their own plastic reduction goals and also inspire my fellow makers to make their own reusable items and solutions. 🙂
I have been using small sample pieces of cork and fabrics that have been long-time residents of my sewing room and created 13 cork bottomed zipper pouches on a three day sewing spree!
This weekend I tried out the Metro Double Zip pouch pattern by Sew Sweetness which is this month’s Minikins Challenge bag. I have made three so far (one is pictured below) with three more cut out. These are available to purchase in my shop. I bought Minikins Season 2 with Christmas money from my father-in-law and there are several great patterns in there. I have one of the wallets cut out too.
|Harry Potter Sew Along|
|The Harry Potter Sew Along starts this week on Kelli Fannin’s Blog called Seriously I Think It Needs Stitches. Being a huge Harry Potter fan I am very excited for this as are my kids. I am so happy Kelli is doing this because I was thinking of it but now I can just participate and have fun. She is teaming up with Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts who is also running a Harry Potter Sew Along at the same time.|
Kelli brought us the Minecraft Quilt Along a couple of years ago and my daughter is really on my case to finish that quilt. I have just one more block to sew so that is my goal for today.
|What Else is New?|
|I have been checking off goals and have opened two new Etsy shops!|
One shop is specializing in hair bows. My two daughters are excited about this one! My hair bow shop is called It Snows Bows. Also on Instagram @itsnowsbows
I also opened a paper crafting shop called Anita Loves Paper which is currently stocked with cute Valentine’s cards. So fare the Pizza and Beer and the Bacon and Eggs cards are the front runners for getting favourites. On Instagram too @anitalovespaper
Hope your year is off to a great start too! Have a great day! 🙂
2 Replies to “What’s New So Far for 2019?”
Haven’t you been busy! Congrats on being a ‘green’ girl! We’ve recycled as long as I can remember. There are lots of ways to reduce and reuse, like the straws! I have always had to drink out of straws and last year, like you I bought reusable straws. Something as small as that makes a huge difference!
Good luck with the new shop!
Hi Jayne! Yes recycling has been a lifelong habit for us too. With recent stories in the news about some plastics actually not being recycled when we thought they were we became very concerned. Glad to have a fellow “green” friend in you! 🙂