My 5 Favorite Repurposing and Craft Bloggers

My 5 Favorite Repurposing and Craft Bloggers

If you have a Pinterest account or shop on Etsy, you’re probably well aware of the DIY movement and surge of craft bloggers and techniques.  Whether this is something completely new to you or not, there are plenty of resources available that I admire for their promotion of sustainability through repurposing and crafting.  With National Sewing Month in motion, I’m sharing a few of my favorite crafting and repurposing bloggers.  Their styles range from repairing items to give them a renewed purpose to fun projects that reinvigorate your décor style.  If you’re looking for some new crafting inspiration, take a look at a few of my suggestions. Continue Reading ›

Quotes for National Sewing Month

Quotes for National Sewing Month

Although my sewing projects aren’t as frequent or as prevalent as they used to be, I still have respect for National Sewing Month this September.  Because of my costuming work, I’m aware of how much work sewing is and I continue to advocate for artisans all over the world, no matter their medium.  This belief is what makes National Sewing Month resonate with me even more.  And, as a supporter of sustainability, I believe everyone should learn to sew.  Like most people, you are probably very apprehensive to pick up a sewing needle and thread.  To inspire you to pursue your inner sewing creativity, consider a few of these unique quotes to discover what possibilities may be in store for you (even if that means you only attempt to replace buttons on a shirt instead of taking it to a tailor). Continue Reading ›

The Art of Zion National Park

The Art of Zion National Park

Living in southern Utah usually elicits questions surrounding the two popular National Parks Bryce Canyon and Zion. People often tell me, “I’m so jealous you live in Utah! I love Utah!” and they continue to tell me how much they admire the unique landscape and scenery of this part of the United States. I’m not surprised or rolling my eyes at their comments, but living somewhere we often neglect being tourists in our own backyard. Making a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park usually means you have to plan a day to make your way up the canyon and I hadn’t thought much about visiting Zion after my fateful hike on Angels Landing. However the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary changed all of that, and to my surprise I experienced Zion like I hadn’t before. Leaving a place I’ve known for years and then returned to, I have a refreshed perspective and see things I didn’t before. Working in the arts I find the process is the same. After spending days at the office finding the latest videos and podcasts about Shakespeare and making plans to see shows, I sometimes need a break and a visit to Zion National Park provided more for my creativity. Continue Reading ›

Inspiration on National Wildlife Day

Inspiration on National Wildlife Day

Besides world travel, there has always been something else that has been close to my heart: animals.  During my childhood I had an affinity for animals whether I was a pet store or a zoo.  Some of the best memories of growing up are of my pet beagle, Snoopy.  Although I ate burgers for a few months aspiring to be like the Archie Comics character Jughead, it was replaced by years of being vegetarian and only eating chicken when my mom insisted I do so to make it easier on her cooking itinerary.  Even as an adult I still prefer to eat vegetarian and love animals, but there are many other ways to celebrate and advocate for the preservation of animals.  By supporting organizations that rehabilitate animals and educate the public about conservation, we can all be a part of National Wildlife Day, founded in memory of Steve Irwin.  To show you how incredible wildlife is, I’m sharing a few photos of animals from my travels to show you why it’s important to conserve the lives of animals throughout the world. Continue Reading ›

Second-Hand Summer Fashion

Second-Hand Summer Fashion

One of the main comments I’ve heard when I advocate for sustainable fashion is: “It sounds expensive.  I can’t afford that.”  It’s a reality many of us face as we determine which products to purchase and balance the checkbook.  Although sustainable fashion can have a heftier price tag and not everyone can make the time to find sales or research options, there is one solution.  Purchasing second-hand is a great way to give existing clothes a new life and as I’ve found shopping used during my various travels and temporary work has given me many wonderful wardrobe options.  And what better way to show the great finds I’ve purchased from second-hand shops this summer than on National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day?  Below you’ll see how much unique fashion options I’ve discovered over the summer at second-hand shops: Continue Reading ›