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Monday, February 22, 2010

Night time diapering

I recently wrote a guest blog article for the Etsy Cloth Diaper team about night time diapering. Rather than re-post it here, head on over and check it out! (Check out the weekly Fluff-a-Rump giveaways too while you're at it!). I'll be giving a way a custom fleece soaker in June via the Fluff-a-Rump on hump day promotion.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday Favorite: vinyl wall lettering

Vinyl wall lettering and decals - These are my new favorite decorating idea!

They are easy to put on, and removable. I have this one from Single Stone Studios in my laundry room, and I get a chuckle out of it every time I do laundry (which is quite often!!!). I have more I want to get for our entry way and family room. There are Etsy sellers who sell these (as well as more well known vendors). My favorite so far is Empressive Designs for price, quality, and quick turnaround. Theirs adorns my work area:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Early spring in WA?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

EASY Eco tutorial: Make a reusable coffee filter

Here's a simple way to reduce your daily waste stream: use reusable coffee filters! You can also use filterless systems, permanent reusable filters, or a french press, but some people prefer the taste of coffee that has been filtered. The great can make one in less than 10 minutes with minimal sewing experience (and save some trees while you're at it)!

(Note: this tutorial is for the cone shaped filters. I haven't experimented with the basket shaped ones yet!)

Using your existing paper filter as a pattern, place one edge along a folded piece of pre-washed NATURAL 100% cotton muslin (avoid bleached or dyed materials). Add an extra 1" along the top edge if you want a finished edge.

You will wind up with something like this when it's unfolded.

Sew a hem along the top edge of the open fabric (if desired) - I made my first one without any hem and it works perfectly fine!!

Fold your filter in half again on the fold line (with right sides together if you've done a hem. If no hem, it doesn't matter which side is out). Sew along the 2 open edge seams.

... and PRESTO CHANGO, you have a new 100% reusable coffee filter!

Here is the finished product (less than 5 minutes start to finish!). Use the finished side IN so that the coffee grounds don't get stuck in the seam.

Here's my original one after a few week's use (notice my un-finished edge still is working fine, just not as pretty!). Just rinse out, and lay out to dry. It dries very quickly and ready to use again the next day, however having two is probably better to rotate through. Since it's cotton, you can also machine wash and dry it if you want to.

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My husband is the coffee drinker in our house, and I'm the greenie - so we make a perfect pair with this set up! He says he's never had grounds in his coffee, it tastes great, and is so easy to rinse out. It stays put in the coffee maker and we have no waste after composting the grounds. Give it a try! (I was going for function and ease over looks, but you could add seam binding or a straighter hem to the top for a finished look as well. :)

If you are lacking in the sewing skills area or are without a machine, search for reusable coffee filters online. My sister said they used something called a "coffee sock" when living in Costa Rica which was basically the same idea, just without the coffee pot. So, not such a unique idea, but easily implemented nonetheless!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Etsy Cloth Diaper Team

I've been busy working on a team promotion over at the Etsy Cloth Diaper Team blog, so I haven't been doing much on my own blog. Come check out our team, and enter to win the "Fluff-a-rump on hump day" giveaways (happening every Wed in Feb, and then every other Wed after that). We're also featuring a team member each week. Lots of fluffy goodness out there!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Vacation!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Miracle Diapers is now The Cloth Diaper Foundation

Miracle Diapers Is Now The Cloth Diaper Foundation
empowering families, improving the environment

As Miracle Diapers has grown so has the number of families they assist. In 2009, they helped over 450 babies directly, more than 100 babies through sponsorship and local distribution, and assisted other charities with the same mission as well!

To better serve those families Miracle Diapers reaccessed it's structure and practices. They have:
                  New leadership with Roxanna Jolly—CEO and Lisa Johnston—Operations Manager and Board Chair
                  Relocated their headquarters to Katy, Texas
                  Restructured  how they process and accept applications
                  Opened a retail store for fundraising
                  Founded a new membership program
                  Welcomed several new board members from the cloth diapering industry

In it's fifth year Miracle Diapers wants to continue moving forward and has decided to take on a new name that better describes the organization and it's mission.

Miracle Diapers is now The Cloth Diaper Foundation.

We felt that a more appropriate name would help the community have a better understanding of who we are, as we have often been mistaken for a diaper manufacturer. Our desire to move forward and build a  legacy of support for the cloth diapering community will be reflected in our new name: The Cloth Diaper Foundation.
              -Roxanna Jolly, CEO, The Cloth Diaper Foundation

Monetary donations fell last year do to the economy. Which means there are more families out there for The Cloth Diaper Foundation to help! While diaper donations are always appreciated, we must be able to financially support organizational growth.  Let's make this happen together and spread the CD love.  Visit today to find out how you can help!           

To assist in fund raising efforts, in the month of February, Tracy Whittemore and Lisa Adkins from The Cloth Diaper Company have so graciously offered to match, product for product, each Cloth Diaper Company product sold (Drybees, Wahmies, Rocky Mountain Diapers) in The Cloth Diaper Foundation Retail Store with an equal donation to our organization.  (Example - Purchase a Rocky Mountain Diapers OS Pocket, CDC will donate our organization a RMD OS Pocket, Drybees for Drybees, etc.)
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