04/21/09 11:59 PM

Earth Day 2009

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The older that I get, the more I want to treasure the world we live in.

"Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth." - Henry David Thoreau

Thanks to The Long Thread, I've found some fun ideas to incorporate earth day into our day-to-day lives. I found these easy to understand. Gotta be that way for me!

Check 'em out!

~ Chica and Jo tackles the project of a phone book desktop organizer. This just might show up in our house when the next phone book does!

~ Here are some instructions for making a dishcloth from old t-shirts: instructables. I am really new to knitting but I actually think I could do this!

~ Maya Made has some really well given instructions on a fabric headband. My girlies would love this. I am also decently new at sewing but this I could do!

~ For some reason, I'm really drawn to these flowers made from old drink cans. CafeMomStreetTeam does a good job and this would be an excellent way to redeem my dear honey's Mountain Dew habit!

~ These paper magazine reed box tops, found at craftstylish, don't look complicated, just time-consuming. (Time isn't something I have unlimited amounts of at the current time so I won't be doing this.) If you are presently not time-deficient, then you should try this! It looks like fun, will be a great way to use up old magazines and it looks kinda cool!

~ The Little Hut shares a magazine bowl. I thought this was really fun and unique, however because of my time-deficiency (explained above), I won't be making this. But if I were you, I would.

~ Got old crayons? These are easy to make into big crayons with muffin tins. Make and Takes shows how. I actually did this about 9 years ago when I was a public school teacher. I used them in a classroom setting and I still have what's left. I actually used large dixie cups, with broken crayons inside and then poured the melted wax in. When it was all set, I just peeled the cup away. The directions at Make and Takes are much easier.

~ Love this idea from Betz White! I found this awhile ago and have thought several times about what piece from my children I'd like to frame. I'm really nostalgic so the actual cutting up of the fabric will be difficult for me. But because I'll do it, I'll be able to look at these favorite pieces of our children's wardrobe all the time.

~ Probably one of my most favorites are these grocery bag pom poms, found at Creature Comforts. These are good! I have so many bags (not a lot of time but bags I've got) and these are so fun looking on top of the gift.

So check out The Long Thread, it's a great place...and there are some wonderful giveaways!

I don't know what we'll do, how we'll spend our day, or how we'll distinguish this particular day from any other. I just know that I am feeling a sense that we should all do something, a little tiny bit, to preserve what we can.

"Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,

For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.

America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,

And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea."

~George Carlin


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