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Blooming in Peas’ garden

Forget-Me-Nots, (no idea), Snowball Bush, Cranberry tree

 

Golden Chain tree, Pear blossoms, Apple blossoms, Rhododendrons with buzzy bee

Lilac, Azaleas and a pretty dandelion

sale etsy 2015 fall scarves cowls

Fall scarf and cowl sale in Etsy shop

Keep yourself warm with a new scarf or cowl with a 15% discount sale until 2 November in my Etsy shop. Customized color changes too!

bomb-proof dark blue2 (original) IMG_0468 Chunnel Cowl extra long pinks 7 not quite a blanket MEDIUM bright blue7 The Pretty Little Thing slightly pink2 IMG_0798 IMG_0675 copy copy

We care about the environment...we love our world.

Recycling

Recently I saw a disturbing photo of an extremely emaciated polar bear. I seriously re-evaluated some of the things I do and don’t do.

One of the things I’ve done with spell it with PEAS from the beginning is to reuse and recycle as much as I can. I turn box lids into shipping boxes; reuse boxes that come into my home for outgoing shipping; save bubble wrap, linings and plastic bags; I stuff some of the pillows I make with yarn ends; I reuse fabric scraps; I ride my bike to the post office and even the yarn I use and sell the most of is recycled from the textile industry.

So, I found it difficult (yet, enlightening) to reply to an email from the ONLY customer who has ever mentioned my shipping practices. She felt that I should further enhance my image with better packaging. She meant well. When asked she said, I should consider using coloured tissue paper, stickers and boxes (all brand new) instead of the recycled items I’ve used. She was happy with the care I took to make sure her items weren’t damaged on their long journey, happy with the items and even left positive feedback. But I think of that polar bear and imagine how much more damage could be done to our planet if I actually followed through on such a request.

There is a part of me that would love to have green tissue paper, trinkets and specially-made boxes with my beautiful, bright logo on it —I am a sucker for good marketing materials, but I can’t resign myself to accepting that sort of (un)focused use of the world’s resources.

I asked her: What did you do with the packaging once you retrieved your items from the swaths of newsprint and re-used bubble wrap? You know the answer…one word: Landfill. Perhaps our encounter has also enlightened her too.

So, here at spell it with PEAS —inspired by nature— I promise to continue recycling and reusing as much as I possibly can. If you have more ideas, I’d love to hear them!

Bums + Feet seafoam 1

Customizable, hand-crafted poufs

All of the poufs by spell it with PEAS can be custom made!

I can alter size, yarn colours or even the design. I work closely with every customer to make each pouf special —I can usually find most colours too, so please ask me and I can show you what is currently available.

Here are a few colour examples of the same ottoman called the Bums + Feet pouf…it’s for bottoms and soles.

brown ball of yarn

Yarn substitution

No matter which pattern you’ve got your heart set on, you’re going to eventually run into the problem of not being able to find the yarn mentioned in the list of materials or maybe you just want to try a new yarn or you want to find other colours. Either way there are oodles and oodles of yarn companies, private dealers, wool-makers and spinners and …there is a lot of yarn out there. You could spend hours online trying to research which yarn is suitable for a substitution…

Or you could get some help from YarnSub!

I use Drops Eskimo for my Wooly, Felted Bowls tutorial and for all of my bowls in my shop. But it might not be available for you or you might want different shades. No problem. Check this out! It gave me 21 alternatives!

YarnSub for Drops Eskimo

YarnSub for Drops Eskimo