On April 22, 1970, there was an uprising of more than 20 million Americans who stood up to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in impressive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been individually fighting against oil spills, pollution, toxic dumps, pesticides, water insecurity, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
“For Earth Day 2017, communities must take the lead promoting Environmental and Climate Literacy. Now more than ever in recent history, people around the world are hungry to engage in public policy. It is up to all of us to use this unprecedented opportunity to build the change we need.”
Many artists are inspired by their surroundings, and for designer and maker Solvejg Makaretz , that space is Yarmouth on the coast of Maine. Solvejg’s designs channel both natural elements of the coast and cultural elements of her Scandinavian upbringing in her company Tröskö Design, featuring handmade home goods. Get to know this Martha Stewart American Made finalist in our interview below and visit her shop online and on Etsy.
My day starts with: “walking our dog in the woods. This gives me time to follow the small changes of the season up close. After breakfast my days are a wild mix of cutting, sewing, drawing, cooking, ordering, shipping, photographing, doing chores and having at least two cups of strong coffee to go with it.”
When Jen Anderson’s daughter Madeleine decided she wanted to start a business to help pay for college down the road, the only question was: What kind of business to start? The lightbulb went on after realizing that Madeleine’s love of music had led to a collection of instruments—and some not-so-exciting guitar bags. From there, they developed prototypes for a fun and functional set of bags that are customizable with vibrant Spoonflower designs, and Gigy™ was launched! Get to know our latest featured makers below.
My day starts with: “My online work. Since that is my least favorite part of the business, it is nice to get it done right away. Whether it’s catching up on the finances, writing a blog post, or ordering materials, it is done with a big cup of coffee. Then I drive the kids to school before heading into the studio.”
Updated February 25, 2021
Eco Canvas was retired on February 25, 2021 but you can recreate this project with Spoonflower’s Recycled Canvas. Learn more about Recyceld Canvas, a woven canvas featuring REPREVE® recycled polyester suitable for seasonal outdoor use.
Did you know October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month”? My very own adopted shelter pup, Olive, loooooves playing with absolutely anything that squeaks, and I’ve long had it on my list to make her a custom squeaky plush. I figured this was the perfect reason to quit pro-crafter-nating (totally a word) and finally make it happen! Now, I know what you might be thinking… “my dog is going to demolish that in seconds flat. So why would I spend the time to make my own?” Of course every dog has a unique “rate of destruction,” and I’m not saying these will last forever by any means, but by using durable Eco Canvas material, polyester thread, and reinforced stitches, your pup should enjoy some solid play time before this toy gives in (and uh, is my dog the only one out there who gets just as much enjoyment out of playing with the plain poly-fill and deflated fabric far after she’s already destroyed the toy?). This project is quick to sew up, it should only take you about 15 minutes per plush! I think your pup will agree that’s some time well spent (besides, don’t you have some Project Runway episodes to catch up on while you sew!?).
You can really have fun customizing this project, and you know… your dog can definitely tell when you give them handmade stuff and they’ll love you more for it, trust me! It’s also more affordable to DIY, yes, even with custom-printed fabric. In this tutorial, we’re using a cut and sew kit from Wanart that will get you 9 plushies in just one fat quarter of Eco Canvas. That’s just $1.80 per plush (I dare you to find a cheaper, cuter store-bought option!). You likely have all the other materials already, except maybe the squeaky inserts, which are also super affordable (see what we suggest below). These can of course be customized with whichever fabric you feel suits your pooch’s personality best. Follow along with our tutorial and prepare to make your doggie’s day! [Read more…] about Learn to Make A Squeaky Dog Toy For Under $5.00
My day starts with a bit of a mom hustle, feeding two boys, getting one to school and the other back down for a nap and then hit the ground running with either a shift at the store, exercise, or checking things off my list.
See how Spoonflower crew member Allie made over her plain beach chairs with our new Eco Canvas and get the steps to DIY your own outdoor sling chair!
ALLIE: Given a choice to spend time indoors or out, I'm likely going to choose to be outside (humidity dependent– we are in the South after all!). And hanging out in the great outdoors is much more enjoyable when relaxing in a beautiful chair. I was surprised when finding something I liked proved to be difficult. Enter Eco Canvas— the perfect durable fabric for updating simple wooden chairs. Read on for my five simple steps to make over inexpensive sling chairs for your outdoor space!