Wednesday, March 31, 2010
My green cowls were included in a Etsy Storque Blog post about the color green called "Inspiration Palettes: Spectrums of Green"
Many more shades of green are available in my shop, such as white sage, green apple, sweet pea, grass, olive and lichen. I guess I love green more than I realized!
Friday, March 26, 2010
For Spring and Summer, there is nothing better than the breathable, lightweight feel of natural cotton fabric and yarn. While researching cotton yarns for my new lightweight cowls for spring, I came across information about organic cotton and why it is so important to use. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic cotton is "grown without the use of toxic pesticides or fertilizers. Methods such as beneficial insect releases, strip cutting of alfalfa and new weeding machinery help reduce the environmental impact of cotton crops."
According to an article in Mother Earth News, "about 25 percent of the world’s insecticide use and more than 10 percent of the world’s pesticide goes to cotton crops. In 2003, that amounted to about 55 million pounds of pesticides being sprayed on 12.8 million acres of cotton, according to the Organic Trade Association. Some of these chemicals are considered to be the most toxic chemicals in the world. The health risks of pesticide exposure include birth defects, reproductive disorders and weaker immune systems."
Wow. I am so glad that i found this out! I am really excited to support the production of organic cotton and continue to provide sustainable options that are comfortable and fashionable in my Etsy shop!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I am a tea drinker, who sometimes dabbles with coffee now and then. Tea has been such an important part of my life, and gives me the perfect balance of feeling awake and uplifted without feeling over stimulated. I mostly love chinese green and taiwanese oolong teas, and many herbal infusions. This morning I revisited an herbal infusion that I had a long time ago in a tea shop in Port Townsend called Wild Sage. The infusion was called "Gypsy Lemon Peace" and after drinking it I felt calm, content and so uplifted. It has lemon balm, lemongrass, and fresh ginger steeped in hot water. I had some lemon verbena, and replaced the lemon balm with lemon verbena. I went to Dandelion Botanical in Ballard and bought two ounces of each, and now I enjoy this refreshing, optimistic drink whenever I need to lift my spirits!