Monday, January 24

CLOSED - Day 1 - Going Green for 2011 *Fashionista*

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 Hello! And welcome to Going Green for 2011! I am super excited to share with you all the things you as a Mommy and a family can do to be a bit more Greenier for 2011. It is so easy, you can take small steps and make a huge difference!

I want to start off by saying THANK YOU to Karen from Mommy Times, the host of the event for putting together a group of great moms who are passionate about their environment and their families. And I have to say that ya'll should go by their blogs as well to check out the information that they have to share as well as the great GIVEAWAYS! (hint, you get extra entries for that as well!


Who will participate? I will be heading up the event and I have the pleasure of working with Katie from Diary of Momma, Nancy from Arizona Mama, and of course Karen from Mommy Times.

For today I will just like to share with you !THE RULES! and how I will run the event, every participant is doing it a bit differently. I will offer entries in every "Going Green for 2011" post even if there is no giveaway! If there is no giveaway, tell me which giveaway you'd like them to go towards. Another tidbit, the Extra Entries post will be open until Wednesday, Jan 26 until 11:59 pm! And remember, if you do the Extra Entries they will count towards each giveaway I have. Example. If I have 5 giveaways and you entered 10 extra entries you get 10 in each giveaway! (I know, I am so awesome!) 


Alright, alright... enough with all that stuff (did you get confus-ed?)! Today I'd like to talk about how your inner FASHIONISTA can still look awesome and green at the same time!

A few years ago, as I started searching the web on what I can do to be more green, I stumbled upon sites like HipMountainMama and I found Etsy as well! Everyone that I have referred to Etsy has loved it. What does this have to do with being green you say?! Well, I am glad to introduce you to Brown As A Berry, or as I like to call it "BrownsAberry," teehee. Catlin is the artist/jeweler of this Etsy shop. Let's hear what she has to say:
message imagemessage imageBrown as a berry earrings are handmade with recycled vintage jewelry, repurposed bits, vintage beads, & some new materials. My jewelry is inspired by the thrill of treasure hunting & giving new life & beauty to forgotten gems. Reducing our impact on the earth & repurposing versus consuming is plenty of motivation for me to create little handmade things. Life as we know it has become mass produced & uniform. I believe in things handmade, things with soul, & things with heart. As for the name… when I was three, Fergie, the Duchess of York, told me I was “brown as a berry”. Show compassion, foster creativity, live simply, & enjoy!




Aren't those lovely words?! But she is right... I am saddened with the words "forgotten gems." I am so sappy when it comes to nature and sunsets. Just this weekend we took a walk to our local outdoor market and there were some beautiful lava rocks and they were just covered by tall grass and weeds. Instead of "featuring" them, they were just pushed aside. *tear* But Catlin is totally right, that is enough motivation for creating something beautiful out of something that was once "forgotten." Take a look at her shop, if I had to choose one.... I couldn't! They are all one of a kind peices that I bet no one has ever seen before (unless they are an Etsy fanatic like me). So there are so many jewleres who have began incorporating vintage or used peices into their "NEW" pieces.

Here are some additional suggestions if you really don't want to buy. A few years ago I made my own jewelry from some old jewelry that I had and didn't wear anymore. It was so easy and fun. This past Christmas I gave my *Fashionista* cousins some georgeous upcycled earings and bracelets made from yarn!  I used the frame of a sanitized (with vinegar or alcohol) earring and just took three pieces of yard I had left over from crafting , made a braid and them wrapped them around the circular frame! They were "Hot, Funky" earrings!

What if I'm not into jewlery? If you're not, how about hair accessories, broaches, belts, even socks and clothing! Yup, clothing to. Etsy artists like PaintedOyster & MountainGirl make adorable T-Shirt dresses out of old frumpy tees!

 So now let's talk about how you can get your own pair of Catlin's creations from Brown As A Berry.

BUY NOW: Brown As A Berry
Average price on a pair of jewelry: $20-$25

CUSTOM ORDER/QUESTION:  Contact me on the Facebook page, Etsy convo, or Brownberryjewelry@gmail.com

WIN: Catlin has generously donated a $25 Gift Card to one of my readers to purchase anything in her store (including a custom order)


Mandatory Entry - 1 entry
(must do all 3)
  1. Follow me via GFC (Publicly)
  2. Which pair would you want to WIN?
  3. Have you ever attempted to make your own jewelry? 


EXTRA ENTRIES
(not necessary)

Join the brown as a berry Facebook - 1 entry
Heart Brown As A Berry on Etsy - 1 entry

Follow me on Twitter - 1 entry


Tweet about this Giveaway (3x/day)


"#Win a $25 GC from an #green #vintage jeweler @Etsy for @cjrthemommyblog #GoingGreenFor2011 #giveaway http://tinyurl.com/6cfeo9w Ends 1/28"


Like The Mommy Blog on Facebook - 3 entries


Share this giveaway on Facebook - 1 entry
(Include @cjrthemommyblog and link)


Subscribe to The Mommy Blog - 3 entries
email/feedburner


Vote for me on any or all Top Mom Blogs (1-4 entries/daily)


Grab my Button -2 entries


Grab the Going Green Button - 2 entries
Link here


Blog about this Giveaway - 5 entries
eave link


Enter any of my other Giveaways/Contests - 1 entry
Tell me which one


Follow me on Networked Blogs - 1 entry
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Join my Blog Frog Community - 2 entries

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Visit Nancy's Green Giveaways and tell me you entered or what you learned - 2 entries


Visit Katie's Green Giveaways and tell me you entered or what you learned - 2 entries


Enter Karen's Green Giveaways and tell me you entered or what you learned - 2 entries

Leave a comment for each entry 
AND Link if necessary
AND Email in each comment

Giveaway will end on Friday, January 28th at 11:59 pm CST and 1 winner will be chosen via random.org. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me (from time stamp on email) or another winner will be chosen.
Disclousure: I received an item free of charge from Caitlin. Opinions are my own.

45 comments:

  1. I follow your blog!

    I love the Rock me gently earrings.

    I have never tried to make my own jewelry, but think it would be fun!

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  2. I like The Mommy Blog on FAcebook! #1

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  3. I like The Mommy Blog on FAcebook! #2

    Belinda Parker
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  4. I like The Mommy Blog on FAcebook! #3

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  5. I entered Karen's ( mommy times) giveaway for today!


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  6. I entered Karen's giveaway #2

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  7. I entered Katie's giveaway ( Diary of Momma).

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  8. I entered Katie's giveaway ( Diary of Momma).#2

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  9. I follow you through gfc ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  10. I would use it towards the rock me gentle earrings ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  11. I have never tried to make jewelry -- but I have 'mended and modified' some :) ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  12. Brown as a berry is a favorite on etsy ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  13. I like The Mommy Blog on fb #1 ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  14. I like The Mommy Blog on fb #2 ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  15. I like The Mommy Blog on fb #3 ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  16. I subscribe to The Mommy Blog #1 ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  17. I subscribe to The Mommy Blog #2 ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  18. I subscribe to The Mommy Blog #3 ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  19. I follow youthrough networked blogs ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  20. I'm entered in todays giveaway at Diary of a Momma (Katie's) 1/24 #1 ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  21. I'm entered in todays giveaway at Diary of a Momma (Katie's) 1/24 #2 ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  22. I'm entered in today's giveaways at The Mommy Times (karen's) 1/24 #1 ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  23. I'm entered in today's giveaways at The Mommy Times (karen's) 1/24 #2 ngiraldi @ gmail . com

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  24. 1flatlakegirl@gmail.com anna
    I follow on GFC as anna violette donald

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  25. 1flatlakegirl@gmail.com annaI like turtle taylor on fb as anna donald

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  26. 1flatlakegirl@gmail.com anna I hearted turtle taylor on my etsy acct as flatlakegirl

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  27. 1flatlakegirl@gmail.com anna I like the pirate princess crayon wallet the most!

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  28. 1flatlakegirl@gmail.com anna I reuse ziplock bags..have a bag dryer from ecomom.com...

    I entered the first three items seperately was supposed to be togather..sorry so I will do one single entry for mommy blog on fb as one...hope that works

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  29. 1flatlakegirl@gmail.com anna I like the mommy blog on fb as anna donald...one entry to make up for the first entry..

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  30. 1flatlakegirl@gmail.com anna I subscribe to you by email...entry 1

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  31. 1flatlakegirl@gmail.com anna I subscribe via email entry2

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  32. 1flatlakegirl@gmail.com anna I subscribe via email entry 3

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  33. I love the Feather Earrings - Proud As A Peacock.
    Yes, I have made my own earrings before but they weren't near as beautiful as these!
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  34. I Heart Brown As A Berry on Etsy alliegal101
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  35. following you on twitter @Alliegal101
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  45. I follow you via GFC.

    I have made some of my own jewelry in the past, but unfortunately I don't really have time to anymore.

    I would love to win the Proud As A Peacock earrings!

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