How to print eco-greeting cards

Posted by Penny on February 01, 2012
Craft, Information, Recycled Paper, Recycling / 6 Comments

Greeting Cards by Madeleine Stamer – Little Circus Design. For sale here. Printed on 100% post consumer recycled card.


Hello! Let’s talk greeting cards! The cards I design and create for my business, Pocket Carnival, are as eco-friendly as I can get them (with fairly limited resources!) They’re printed on 100% post-consumer recycled card, with the same sort of envelope, and packaged in a biodegradable cello sleeve.

I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been using recycled since I started printing them commercially, and I market that fact! So, over the past couple of years I’ve had lots of queries about how artists and designers can print their own recycled cards. I’ve put together a tiny guide to help you get started.

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Reusable Produce Bags

Posted by Penny on January 18, 2012
Craft, DIY / 1 Comment

5x Short Handle Bags from EStringBags

Even the best intentioned of us are sometimes caught out without a reusable bag to use for our shopping. I’m determined to make a much better effort to not get use any plastic shopping bags for the next little while! I usually carry my old trusty string bag and a couple of little reusable produce bags around with me, and often a spare calico bag too. For just in cases. Plus a big pile of shopping bags for big shopping days! It’s not-so-fascinating stuff, to be sure, however we all know there are some scary statistics involved.

Save Our Seas Australia estimate Australia uses 6.9 billion plastic bags per year. Check out the rest of their statistics here, and go get yourself some reusable bags!

String Bags are a great option because they’re cute, they scrunch up really small, and they expand to hold a whole heap of shopping.

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My Poppet: Interview

Posted by Penny on July 27, 2011
Craft, Interview, Recycling / 1 Comment

Super popular hot water bottle covers by My Poppet – keep your eye on the shop for more!


Cinti from My Poppet is an amazing crafter & designer.  If you haven’t visited her blog, definitely do so! After running a really lovely kids shop for several years, Cinti creates her own products from recycled & vintage fabrics and has a gorgeous blog where she documents, amongst other things, her own home design. She also runs her own online store and looks after one of the most adorable kids ever. Nice! Cinti is also so generous with her knowledge and creates her own tutorials, which are freely available on her blog. Seriously amazing.

I asked Cinti a few questions…

The first steps of Cinti’s Scrappy Felt iPad Cover tutorial!

Why do you use vintage & recycled fabrics?
I suppose it’s for several reasons. I love to op-shop and the ‘thrill of the chase’, so searching for vintage textiles is my idea of fun. I’m a little bit ‘tight’ so reusing textiles started off as a more economical way to craft, but now I enjoy the challenge of using vintage and repurposed textiles. It almost feels too easy to just go to a shop and buy an unblemished length of fabric. Usually my projects are dictated by whats in my stash, the design has to work around stains or holes, it makes me think creatively.

Cinti’s rug for her daugher Emma’s room made from recycled wool felt.

What’s your favourite thing you’ve made for yourself or your home?
I am really happy with how Emma’s rug turned out, the fact that it will be a useful item for many years to come is really satisfying.
I also love the log cabin quilt I made for my bed. I only allowed myself to use scraps from other sewing projects, so now it’s like a little historical archive of fabrics that once were in my stash.

You just got back from a trip to Japan – do you have any must-see recommendations?
Um, everything. Japan was like sensory overload. Tokyo is a shopping heaven and the bookstores there have a brilliant selection of craft and design books at very reasonable prices. Kyoto was a lovely quiet contrast, staying in a traditional ryokan was the highlight of my stay there.


Thanks so much to Cinti for answering my questions!

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