Monday, August 27, 2012

Creative Christmas Ornament Tutorial from a Soda Bottle

 I love decorating for the holidays with decorations that have been handmade by my artisan friends, myself, but most of all- made by and/or with my boys. Each item has its own special story and the memories I will treasure for years to come. Our tree is full of salt dough shapes, super hero gingerbread men, hundreds of rainbow lights, and lots of sparkling glitter. (Glitter isn't generally my thing- so its a big deal.) My favorite thing about the recycled soda bottle ornament is the way the lights glisten off it. I hope that you'll enjoy crafting this with you own family.

Materials Needed:
Sprite (or any soda bottle)
Mod Podge
Paint Brush

1. Start off but cutting the plastic soda bottle into strips and then again into small squares.

2. Using the brush (or your fingers) cover the ball with a layer of mod podge.
3. Carefully roll the ornament into the plastic flakes.
4. Secure your ornament so that it doesn't roll away, I used the top of the bottle as a stand 
5. Cover bare spots on the ball using tweezers to pick up the small squares. By this point your glue may begin to dry, I dipped the squares into a small amount of glue before placement.

6. Let dry. Repeat steps 4 & 5 if needed. 

*Notes: I used old scratched up ornament balls I found at the local thrift store, I tried several different combinations of bottles and ball colors- my favorite was the green ball  covered with a Sprite bottle. The Mod Podge will dry clear- don't worry if you're ball looks gloppy in the process, it's supposed too! (1) 16 ounce bottle covers (1) 2 inch ornament. Be kind to the Earth and recycle any remains.

One ornament I can't wait to try this year is this  Borax Crystal Snowflakes Ornament
tutorial I found on Curbly. It's a science experiment & glitterfest all in one! Have you started your holiday crafting yet? What's on you list to make or do? I'd love to hear about your own crafty adventures, let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Kickstarter Update: 6 days to fund

 Hi All! We're galloping in on the home stretch- there are only 6 days left to fund the Create Change App on Kickstarter. Today we are 304 $50 pledges away from developing the Create Change App, or 607 $25 pledges or 1,011 $15 pledges! The combination doesn't matter much- what matters is the difference we will make. What matters is the amount of trash we'll divert from our landfills. What matters is the actions we choose to take, today.

So often I hear people who want to do something to make a difference, who want to leave a legacy, who yearn to sprinkle the world with glitter and goodness. I know how overwhelming it can be to figure out a place to start. Alexandra Franzen suggested that I start with the things I can do now that will impact the most people. I present to you the Create Change App Kickstarter on a platter, it includes curly lettuce for the effect. 

I'm calling on you today to take action, to tap into your own contacts & spread the word. And you know something, I don't feel bad for asking you to do this. (I thought I would!) Our environment is under attack, landfills and waste are directly polluting our ground water and oceans, the air we breathe, and even our unborn children. (Babies are born with 250 industrial chemicals already in their bodies This movement to change the way we consume and create is long over due and much needed. According to the EPA the +1,700 landills in America will be full- what then?  This is our movement & I need your help to instigate it. 

Tweet it, Pin it, Tumblr, or smoke signal it.
Here are a few things to get you started- ad libs encouraged.

Instigate change, creatively. Craft a better future, today!

Recycle Reduce but don't just reuse- RECREATE! @CreateChangeApp

Don't be Trashy.

607 backers pledging $25 will fund the @CreateChangeApp on @kickstarter

Use discarded materials to create innovative, practical, and wearable works of art + change the world.

Each of you have been a part of this journey and I am so very thankful for your support every single step of the way! Thank you!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Front page news!

Since we launched the Kickstarter almost a month ago, I've emailed, called, tweeted, and tagged gobs of media outlets. Reaching out to local news stations, radio, CEOs, and heck- even my grandma to spread the word about the Create Change Movement. Nancy Royden a talented photographer/reporter of the Georgetown News Graphic dropped in yesterday to find out more about TrashN2Tees. Unfortunately the paper isn't published online (they're trying to make a living!) so I'll share it below!

A very special thanks to Nancy and the crew at Georgetown News Graphic for featuring TrashN2Tees!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cheers to Change: Repurposed Wine Bottle Challenge

 I'm teaming up with Wine Me? for a fun repurposing challenge with 2 ways to win! A love for wine can sometimes bring you babies, headaches, and a bin full of bottles.

 In true Create Change spirit we want are hosting the Cheers to Change: Repurposed Wine Bottle Challenge- submit your most creative/innovative/downright crazy upcycled wine bottle ideas and possibly have your project featured in the Create Change Mobile App plus win a hand painted Wine Me? glass! (see more glasses here!)

Upload an image of the finished project, sketch, or send along a video showcasing your creative ideas to win plus you can earn a few spots in the random drawing for a second awesome glass. Browse The Create Change Pinterest Board or this fabulous post from Apartment Therapy for inspiration and take action to change the way we consume and create! While we may not be able to completely eliminate the garbage coming out of our homes, if we find creative ways to reuse materials (along with recycling) we will cut back on the amount of trash we produce while injecting color, textures, and wonder into our lives and communities.

You could win one of these! Photo Wine Me?
For me, Create Change is a movement to change the way we consume and create. There is potential for growth and community. What really gets me excited is the idea to have live events- an ecocraftaganza of sorts. Nurturing the DIY & ecowarriors that are seeded inside all of us. How much fun would it be to learn new skills & use them in ways that make the Earth a better place? If we find creative ways to reuse materials we will cut back on the amount of trash we produce while injecting color, textures, and wonder into our lives and communities. I submitted the project for a GOOD Maker Grant- and I need your vote to make it happen. You can only vote 1x in the competition through 8/23. Cheers to change.
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My own Wine Me glass!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I'm hiring! Marketing + Project Managment Intern

Job Description:  TrashN2Tees is a fun creative business that focuses on changing the way we consume and create by offering funky and fresh products made using 100% reclaimed materials. My work has earned some amazing press & recognition on venues like Halogen TV, Lifestyle + Charity Magazine, Oh My! Handmade Goodness, Practically Green, Green Child Magazine, Build A Little Biz, Etsy, Handmadeology, Sustainablog, RikRak Studio, The Crafter Report, and a mention in Inc. Magazine. TrashN2Tees hosts live DIY events, a company blog that aims to encourage & inspire you to consume less + recycle more, active collar popping presence on various social media platforms, and currently developing the Create Change mobile app to change the world.  You can find more at

I am looking to bring on a marketing and project manager intern to collaborate with fresh marketing ideas, innovative + witty public relations,  and launching out-side-the-box ideas into the world.

This is an unpaid position that could lead to a paid gig, and a great opportunity to utilize your smarts in a dynamic company environment.  Your resume will thank you!
I'd be more than happy to work with you and your university department to help you to receive course credit for your internship work with TrashN2Tees. Your pin-mark on the globe doesn't necessarily need to be close to mine- as long as you have reliable internet access.

Responsibilities of this position may include but are not limited to:
  • Email, crafting pitches & contacting media 
  • Writing, editing, & posting press releases
  • Managing social media accounts
  • Branding & PR Strategy
  • Graphic Design skills
  • Coordinating virtual & live events
  • Product marketing
Ideal candidates should be schooled  in  marketing or communications-related degree, or have graduated with a bachelor degree and is currently working on an MBA in marketing and passionate.

The interns I'm looking for can be characterized as being/having:
  • Super personal & biz ethics
  • Independent worker
  • Marvelous communication skills
  • Creative, innovative, and/or quirky
  • Strategic & analytical thinker
  • Ability to do research - both first-hand and collecting second-hand sources
  • Ability to plan a project at a high level and then break it down into manageable steps for execution - and then execute!
  • Use your genius to make difference in the world
If you're interested in applying for the internship please email with an up-to-date resume (or the likeness) and a short essay at least 500 words(ish) What skills would you
like to attain and/or improve upon? How will this work experience help cultivate your genius & help launch you into the world?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Never Forget

photo: ameteorshower
“Never forget that you are one of a kind. 

Never forget that if there weren't any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn't be here in the first place. 

And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world.

 In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about.
 So be that one person.


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