Recycled Bottle Sleeve

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Recycled Bottle Sleeve

I hope you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We’re getting ready to visit my cousin, and I’m bringing her a little bottle of something all wrapped up in a “sleeve” bottle wrap.  I just sliced the sleeve off an old, unused shirt and stitched the bottom closed.  The cuff can button around the bottle, but I kind of liked it turned down.

And oh yes, that’s a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream.  Perfect for sipping while you decorate a Christmas tree or sit with your sweetie in front of a toasty fire.  Bring on the holidays!

Upcycled Circle Pouch Keychains

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Circle Pouch Keychains

My friend Nannette gave me some squares she’d cut from her son’s USMC uniforms and wanted to see what kind of crafty use I’d have for them.  When I showed my 18 year old the fabric squares Nannette sent me, she asked me for one. She didn’t even need it made into anything – she just wanted to keep a fabric square with her because a Marine wore it in Iraq and Afghanistan, and she just wanted that reminder to keep with her.

Well, I’d just seen this tutorial from Erin Erickson for circle zip earbud pouches and thought that was a much better way for her to keep a bit of that fabric with her.  It just used a 5″ fabric square for the front and back and a few other scraps and supplies, and now she has a useful little reminder or our troops and all they do for us.

I made one for Nannette, using a little piece that had her son’s name stamped inside.

Circle Pouch Keychains

And I’ve made a few more for some of the guys on our Christmas list. (I think it’s safe to post that here, I don’t think any of them read this — but if you know them, don’t tell!) I liked a bit of color inside.

Circle Pouch Keychains

They’ll be given with tags explaining they came from recycled uniforms of a USMC combat engineer who toured Iraq (twice!) and Afghanistan, in the hopes that this will be a visual reminder to thank and pray for our troops.  (Most of the squares are being saved for a future project, so hopefully you’ll be seeing them again!)

OORAH!

The Motivation Behind a Purchase

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Six Pack of Drinking Glasses

Behold my new drinking glasses: Recycled, reclaimed and as green as can be!  I wanted something a little different and needed skinny glasses that would fit one section of our dishwasher where our bigger glasses can’t go.  I found several shops in Etsy that fit the bill, but I chose NickPaul‘s after reading this at the top of his shop:

I apologize but my store will be down for the month of May. I will be leaving for Europe were I plan to ask for my wonderful girlfriend’s hand. I started this Etsy account with the hopes of raising a little extra money. and wow……Etsy Rock’s and so do the people that make up this awesome community.

I want to thank Etsy for helping make this happen.

I could have bought recycled glasses from any of several different shops, but only one of them told me he was using his earnings to surprise his girlfriend and start their new life together.  Knowing the story behind them makes my glasses sparkle just a little bit more, I love them.

No matter what your business, keep this in mind.  Customers appreciate knowing that you are good at what you do, but sometimes knowing why you do it makes all the difference.

Our New Drinking Glasses Just Arrived

With our first drink we’ll send out a wish that she says yes!