Eco Stars – Crazy Crayons

Posted by Penny on February 03, 2012
Craft Supplies, Kids, Recycling / No Comments

Eco Stars by Crazy Crayons

Awesome gift idea alert! For me, December to February is birthday season. Kids birthdays, adult birthdays, new babies… it’s all happening. I struggle a bit with birthday gifts for kids aged 2+. But perhaps not anymore! Kids love being creative, and adults love kids being occupied with something not too messy (and easy to clean up!) And I love recycled things, so Eco Stars are win-win-win.

Eco Stars are made of recycled crayons. Amazing. They collect broken or unwanted crayons throughout USA, discard any that aren’t non-toxic, and recycle them into awesome new crayons. They employ people with developmental disabilities too, which is fantastic. And I love the shape of the Eco Stars, it’s great for tiny hands!


To get your own Eco Stars in Australia, visit Itty Bitty Greenie. Check out Crazy Crayons on Facebook, and visit their website here.




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.

CLICK here to keep reading!

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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