Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day Give-Away!

 There are many shades of green along the spectrum of eco-awareness. Every day we have many opportunities to choose a path of lessening our impact on the planet. Each choice we make to take care of our HOME  is valuable  and  significant. Even within our comfort zone, I bet there are more things we can each do to make a smaller footprint. I encourage you to name those things  (quietly to yourself is just fine) and even stretch beyond that comfortable place, and look for new ways to go green beyond Earth Day...

I am offering a give-away to honor those choices small and big that we already make... and to celebrate the new earth conscious choices we hope to embrace in the near future. I'd be delighted to hear about them, but it's not mandatory... all comments will be entered into the drawing.
-a clothespin bag to bring joy and intention to the lovely act of clothesline drying... 
-a thick and absorbent dish towel that will inspire you to put those paper towels aside...
-a hand printed notebook to write down your thoughts and dreams on 100% recycled paper

Please leave a comment between now and Saturday at 5pm EST. I'll happily ship any where on the planet, so international friends are quite welcome!  The winner will be announced on Sunday Morning. 


Happy Earth Day... today and every day!
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232 comments:

  1. i have been for a few weeks doing the "no poo" method of hairwashing..substituting baking soda for shampoo and apple cider vinegar for conditioner. its going along nicely!

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  2. Happy earth day! I love your beautiful hand printed items.

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  3. How I love that clothespin bag--we've been doing much more air-drying and it would be very handy. This week at our house we're focusing on pre-cycling, trying not to buy products that can't eventually be recycled.

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  4. I NEED to dry my clothes outside again. That is my goal for summer. That bag would be wonderful, how cute! All these items are just fabulous!

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  5. In the last year, I've made an effort to repurpose clothing, rather than buying new. It feels like such a small step, but it has been important to me and my family (and has inspired my sister to quite paying big bucks for a pair of brand new jeans when she can hit up a resale shop and get the same pair for a fraction of the price.)

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  6. I love the clothespin bag and it would be just the motivation I need to get a clothesline too! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a wonderful, generous giveaway!

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  7. I really need to start drying some of my clothes outside. I do love the sheets smell after baking in the sun! Beautiful items!

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  8. Happy Earth Day to you too Maya!

    You amaze and inspire me every day. :D

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  9. I am trying to buy as much of my veg as close to home as possible...

    philiypage@yahoo.co.uk

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  10. I love this giveaway! I just posted about a few ways that we are making a difference in our home... reusable snack bags, permanent coffee filters, cloth wipes instead of paper towels...

    Jenny
    http://sidac.blogspot.com

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  11. We live small, air dry everything and take our own bags to the store.
    We're in the process of removing soap from our lives. we'll see how that goes, we're off of shampoo totally now and looking for an alternative to dish soap.

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  12. Lovely giveaway. Happy Earth Day to you...

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  13. wow!!! I love that clothespin bag, is AWESOME!!!
    thank you for this gorgeous giveaway :)))

    Happy Earth Day, Maya!
    hugs from Portugal
    Isabel

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  14. the clothespin bag is SO cute! i love them all -- thanks maya!

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  15. happy earth day! your clothes pin bag is so sweet.

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  16. What a great giveaway!

    We do many small things every day - possibly too many to list here. We cloth diaper, use cloth napkins/tissues/towels (instead of paper towels, I mean), we line dry when possible, recycle avidly, resuse and repurpose when possible, freecycle, conserve electricity, compost, use eco-friendly (homemade)cleaners, bring our own bags.

    I like to think that my greatest contribution to the environment is the education/knowledge/love for the planet that I've tried to share with my children.

    Our future changes include trying to get rid of our plastics and use glass instead, grow more of our own food, and buy more locally/organically grown foods.

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  17. i could use a clothespin bag, please enter me ! thanks !!!

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  18. Happy Earth Day! Our weekend project this weekend is to set up a proper clothesline outdoors as the porch railings just don't do the job right!
    All best!

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  19. Thanks so much for this generous giveaway!! I actually have a clothesline but haven't used it this year yet, your post has inspired me to line dry my next load of laundry.

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  20. Wow, what a generous giveaway. Thank you! That clothespin bag would be perfect for hanging up my little ones' cloth diapers!

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  21. Such a lovely and inspiring giveaway! I am still working on getting rid of paper towels - one of the last big changes I hope to make this year!

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  22. Great clothespin bag! Never enough notebooks or dish towels. Your work is beautiful. Happy Earth Day!
    Thanks
    -t

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  23. I love the colors on that notebook!! And I just inherited a bunch of tea towels when my grandmother passed away--there's pictures of my mother drying the dishes with them when she was in her teens! I get to think of both of them when I use them. :)

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  24. A great clothes pin bag makes hanging out the clothes even better. I have just made a couple myself. I do love your printed notebook - so pretty and so useful.

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  25. what a perfectly lovely way to celebrate planet earth! Please count me in...my hope is to start making my own cleaning products, natural and non toxic!

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  26. Lovely give away. I am focussing on turning off lights-we are really bad about that at my house.

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  27. Beautiful giveaway! Diva: All you need is baking soda and vinegar (and maybe a bit of dish soap if you like sudsing). I have a very clean home and that's all I use. It's great because kids can help without a worry about what they are ingesting. :)

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  28. That clothespin bag is just begging to be on my line awaiting cloth diapers fresh from the wash!

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  29. Thank you for this - what a wonderful reminder today!

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  30. These are quite lovely! We have finally eliminated plastic baggies from our grocery list! We only pack lunches in reusable stuff! I love it!

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  31. Trying to educate myself as to exactly what is in the products I buy, how they are manufactured and how they get to my store - voting with my dollars to discourage greedy and irresponsible business.I'm also changing to all green cleaning products.

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  32. I grew up in a nature loving family and we took walks in the woods nearly every Sunday, 12 months a year.
    Every day I think about how to align my values with my actions. Sometimes I am better at it than others. It's a process that does not and should not have an end. I am so glad that more and more people are on this journey!

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  33. We will begin using a new handsoap mix today...old slivers of soap with warm water in our handpump in order to recycle and use. Cute clothespin bag. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. I LOVE the clothespin bag! I bought all local ingredients for our dinner tonight in honor of Earth Day.

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  35. I am taking our 'clear out clothing' and making them into either new clothes, cleverly repaired clothes, or useful household items.

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  36. Thanks for doing this! And all you do! This post and today are both great reminders to be more aware of how we impact the environment around us.

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  37. how funny! just yesterday i hung a line out to use this summer! Of course i had to make it so i can unhook one side after use so as not to choke our neighbor when he mows the grass for me! Happy earth day to you! (today is my 40th, born on the first earth day, so i have been a hippie eco girl rigt from the start, lol, having been conceived at woodstock as well. there was no hope! :) )

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  38. I'm due to have my second baby today! I am hoping to raise both of my children to question automatic consumption and inspire them to make and grow their own. I think raising 'green' children is one of the most effective ways of protecting the earth for generations.

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  39. ooh! the clothespin bag would come in so handy here. that is on our immediate list of to-dos. get a functioning clothesline up.

    lovely giveaway. thanks for the opportunity! ;)

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  40. I love the smell of line hung sheets, next to fresh cut grass it is the best smell!

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  41. That clothespin bag brought back memories of one my Mom used to have :) There's nothing quite like crawling into bed between sun kissed sheets.

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  42. Hanging laundry is so calming - and gives the kids a chance to help & get outside.

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  43. You are a very talented artist. I never use a dryer - when it's nice the clothes go on the line outside to dry and in the winter months I have a wooden rack inside for drying. Plus, we hardly use papertowels, I have a stack of cup-up rags on the kitchen cabinet to use for clean-ups.

    Happy Earth Day !!!!!

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  44. your work is beautiful!! thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. How I love that clothespin bag!!! it would come in so handy here with my laundry! muchas gracias for this lovely chance to win!!

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  46. We are trying to give up paper plates and paper towels. It just seems so wasteful! Your blog is really beautiful!

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  47. thank you for the chance to win! I admire your work! everything is just lovely.

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  48. I've been hanging my wash outside from May through October for over 15 years. My clothes pin bag is in tatters!
    Most recent green victory is getting my husband to use cloth napkins instead of paper towels. He didn't like to get "nice" napkins all dirty. But with a stack of no-iron woven cotton napkins, he's now a convert.

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  49. What a great giveaway! I'm getting lots of good ideas from the comments. Happy Earth Day!!

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  50. The items in your giveaway are just beautiful, Maya!

    During the past couple months that i have been crafting with my trash stash and focusing on how to buy less packaging in the first place, I have become more and more aware of plastic and the damage it is doing to our planet. So, my goal is to greatly reduce the amount of plastic I bring home.

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  51. Thank you so much for the new chance to get one of your wonderfull giveaways! I hope, I will be lucky this time :-)

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  52. We use clothes pegs for everything! Laundry, play, hanging washed plastic bags to dry and instead of twist ties in the kitchen. We'd love to have one of your bags to store them in! Thanks for your generosity!

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  53. This is so generous ... thank you.
    Margie

    margiedicroce@rogers.com

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  54. What a lovely giveaway! I have been planning on creating an outdoor clothesline for months so the clothespin bag would come in handy. This summer, we will be "shopping" from our organic garden and working on limiting the trash we put into the world.

    -Amy
    Crafting by Candlelight

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  55. I make and sell reusable market totes/shopping bags online and ALWAYS use one. If I forget to bring one into the store, I make myself go back to the car to get it or carry everything in my hands. NO PLASTIC BAGS - EVER!

    I love all three, but the clothespin bag is my favorite.

    tonyadusold.blogspot.com

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  56. I would love to use these items in lesson planning for my library kids. Something beautiful to inspire beautiful minds! thank you for the chance!

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  57. We work so hard to be conscientious of our impact in everything we do. Living in the country gives us a lot more opportunities to do this, composting, laundry line and growing veggies and fruit etc.. And I have to say, I LOVE my laundry line. The clothes smell so good and they are so pretty floating out in the wind. Unfortunately, we have been inundated with rain this past few weeks so the dryer has been used but sun in the forecast so out they go.
    My pegs are in a bucket right now, I would LOVE a peg bag like this. Even if I don't win, ETSY please:-)
    Check out my laundry line - http://cottonwoodmeadow.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-stuff.html
    hannah:-)

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  58. Thanks for the chance at your wonderful items. Love them!

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  59. I love the idea of a clothesline but have never taken the plunge to string one up. But maybe this is the summer...

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  60. The clothes pin bag may convince my hubby to let me put a line up in our yard.

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  61. each one of these items would be used and treasured in my home...thank you for the opportunity

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  62. I love you blog. It's a great source of inspiration. Thank you for publishing interesting articles! Wish you all the best!

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  63. How thoughtful of you to share more of your goodies with a reader!
    ~H

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  64. So Awesome! Thanks for the chance. Happy Earth Day to you!-Mary

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  65. What a gorgeous giveaway! We're trying to scale back around here in so many ways...and sometimes forget how much of our Earth-conscious behaviors have become fully "normal" in our eyes. Every now and then, a guest will look at me funny when I send one of the kids out to empty the compost, or someone will be astonished to find that we have chickens in the yard, and I just laugh...

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  66. Oh that clothespin bag is so much nicer than the red bucket I use now to hold my pins!
    I'm a knitter, and I reclaim yarn by unravelling thrifted sweaters. It's fun to give them a second life in newly knitted items!

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  67. Happy Earth Day! What a wonderful Give-Away! Thank you.

    Anna

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  68. Happy Earth day...what a nice giveaway, love the clothes pin bag!

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  69. Love your work. The colors are so pretty. Thank you for all your interesting posts also. - Janis (paw52@verizon.net)

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  70. Thanks for the giveaway! That clothespin bag is so lovely! Happy Earth Day!

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  71. thanks for the giveaway. i love recycling old things into new. it is my way of helping out.

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  72. wow! that clothespin bag is so cute!

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  73. I just bought reusable sandwich bags from Etsy and a reusable coffee sleeve too. I love them!

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  74. My next 'green' challenge is to get a compost bin going in my garden. I left my old one when i moved house and i really miss it! Thanks for such a lovely giveaway. Love, Amanda xxx

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  75. We have been trying to do a much as we can, and keep pushing ourselves to do more. Little things like reusable shopping bags. Remembering to turn off the powerstrip to the computer at night. Weatherstripping around the windows. Eating as much local/organic food as possible. Starting our own garden.

    But the big thing we are doing this year is a three-week-long camping trip with our toddler and newborn. I hope if we can really immerse the kids in nature, they will cherish our Earth as much as we do.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  76. what a perfect giveaway for earth day! i love that clothespin bag!
    we've just added two rainbarrels to our back yard this spring, as well as building a second raised garden bed to grow more veggies!

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  77. I would love to win this to give to my mom who is my inspiration for going green.

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  78. I love the clothespin bag....how much better than the empty ice cream bucket we use now. A touch of delight on the laundry line. :)

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  79. Maybe a cute bag will inspire me to hang a clothesline! I am currently hanging stuff on 2 drying racks and sticking them on the deck. I need a line!

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  80. I am a long time clothesline girl and i recently started making my own laundry detergent...love it!

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  81. "Living green" is nothing new to many of us who were raised to recycle, make-do, hang out the laundry, and grow our own gardens. It's practical and nourishing.

    Happy Earth Day.
    Jody

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  82. we are expanding our teeny urban farm.
    that is a lovely giveaway.

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  83. Oh! That clothes pin bag would be just the thing to get me to actually get some clothes pins. I line-dry, but have just been "folding" the clothes over the line - and they usually end up all over the yard!

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  84. what lovely little lovelies! we've been using hankies instead of kleenex this spring for all of our allergy needs. (okay, i keep one box on hand for the really nasty jobs, since we're being honest here...)

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  85. These are just darling -- I adore the Clothespin bag -- it would certainly spruce up my drying line : )

    Happy EARTH day!

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  86. What a lovely giveaway- and a great reminder of the ways we need to think if we are going to look after our planet.

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  87. I love doing washing. I have a great big laundry basket which I use to cart the clothes to the washing machine. I use my own homemade washing powder which I scented with lavendar oil. My favourite part is hanging the fresh smelling laundry out in the sun to dry (using wooden clothes pegs of course!) All I need now is a lovely peg bag and my washing days will be complete!

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  88. I'm looking forward to being able to use the clothesline again this year.
    iluvchrisnlevi@aol.com

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  89. Oh everything looks beautiful! I would love the clothespin bucket. It would be so nice to look at that while hanging clothes on the line!

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  90. Everything is so beautiful, as always! Thank you for continuing to share your wonderful ideas and creations, and for always inspiring us! Happy Earth Day

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  91. I love the clothespin bag, mine just recently suffered terribly from being left out in the rain. My biggest "green goal" for the year is riding my bike or walking more places. It couldn't be any harder than wrangling everyone into their car seats, but for some reason it seems overwhelming. Hopefully sunny weather will motivate.

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  92. Love the clothespin bag and the other items!
    Have a wonderful Earth day!:0)

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  93. Beautiful items. While reading the comments, it makes me believe that we have an easier time living closer to the earth here in a developing country. Paper towels are an out of question luxury and there is no alternative to drying your laundry on the line.... embrace the simplicity of life

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  94. wonderful! I am working on so many transitions right now to 'green' my life including a switch from the following disposable products: toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, feminine products, napkins and chemical-based kitchen cleaners to these more sustainable counterparts: family cloth, handkerchiefs, reusable paper towels, mama cloth/the cup, cloth napkins and vinegar/water solution for kitchen countertops. I also make my own laundry detergent now!
    Thanks for the giveaway/chance to win.

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  95. I love the stamped motif. I miss having a yard and a line to dry clothes on.

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  96. Happy Earth Day. Thank you for the opportunity, I'm looking forward to drying clothes on the line this year.

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  97. I've pretty much stopped going to the grocery store. We get a lamb every year, and a half a beef every other year (grass raised by a local family member), so there's plenty of meat in the freezer. A produce stand just opened up for the first time in our small town, so now I get our fruits and veggies there. They also carry milk and butter, so I only need to go get "processed groceries" (cereal, yogurt, etc.) and toiletries once every couple of weeks. This is keeping our eating very honest, local, and cheap.

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  98. I want that clothes pin bag so bad... :D

    I've been meaning to make one for years now and still haven't. I do a lot of laundry, as I'm sure you can appreciate, having kiddies about, and line dry unless it's raining.

    We've expanded our garden this year and now I think we're at about a quarter acre, maybe larger. I intend to can more food this year. My goal is to have enough of my produce on hand to significantly decrease our dependency on off-season shipped-in-from-mexico store-bought food during the long Minnesotan winter.

    You're awesome, by the way. Have I told you that?

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  99. Happy Earth Day! Great giveaway- thanks!

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  100. I would LOVE to win!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

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  101. i just switched to cloth napkins for the first time in my life...and am putting up a clothesline this year! thanks for the giveaway!

    missmori3@hotmail.com

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  102. What a wonderful giveaway! And it goes perfectly with one of my goals for the near future! I currently live in Alaska (born and raised!) where it is nearly impossible to line dry year round...HOWEVER, we are about to move to North Carolina so I can go to grad school and I've been super excited about the prospect of living somewhere that will allow me to line dry year round! The clothes pin bag would just be an awesome little addition to that. :-)

    Thanks for the chance!!

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  103. I love your site, it's fabulous! We have switched from plastics to glass in our house. We buy our products by the shape/type of glass jar that it is in and it's potential for using it when the product is gone. It's given our kitchen and table an eclectic, artsy look that we love. Thanks for this opportunity, the clothespin bag is so perfect! mkhc511@gmail.com

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  104. Your stuff is so beautiful and inspiring. I don't have a lot of space outside my apartment but now I'm considering how to hang dry all of my clothes. I'm sure they would smell so much lovelier too! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

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  105. What a great idea! I've been meaning to line-dry more, and that cloths-pin bag could be just the thing. Thank you for your Earth Day generosity.

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  106. Thanks for doing this giveaway! The clothespin bag is awesome - I've been line drying for years (to the HOA's dismay) and have my fingers crossed to win!

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  107. Tried to get my daughter enthused about Earth Day - we walked to school, checked her seedlings, drew a chalk picture around the words, "enjoy the world gently", hung the washing up on our newly installed replacement line (minus peg bag).

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  108. I just love the clothes pin bag. I hang our laundry and could really use this. As for our latest green change, we have started making all of our cleaners and most of our personal products. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  109. Thanks for your generosity in hosting this giveaway - what thoughtful items to encourage us to rethink throw-aways! :)

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  110. How wonderful! Yes, I'd so love to be entered in your giveaway. Thank you so much! We are clothespin bag people!

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  111. I LOVE that peg bag! I'm washing reusable diapers for my very soon to be born fourth baby. Will dry them on the washing line I bought for earth day last year which has been worth every penny and used so much. This is it if anyone is interested: http://www.clotheslineshop.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=C&Product_Code=TS4-140&Category_Code=OCI

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  112. Your give-away items are beautiful!
    This year (starting today) I'm going to try using a handkerchief more often to cut down on the amount of kleenex I'm using. When I learned how many trees get used for toilet paper, I converted to recycled immediately. But recycled tissues are much more expensive... and hankies are not!

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  113. What a cute idea. I love that you say that it's about the little things that add up.

    I hope I win!

    www.scrapbookmomma@gmail.com

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  114. Delightful! I pledge to put away the the clothespins when not in use, even if I don't win the clothespin bag.

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  115. Another wonderful giveaway. Thanks! As I wrote on the other blog that you left a link to in one of your previous posts, I am pretty good about bringing my own shopping bags, but I need to either sew or buy produce bags. Plus, I will try to start a garden by our house , and see how that goes - we only have afternoon sun because we are on a north-facing slope, but something might still grow here. Would beat going across town to our plot in the community garden every day.
    danainalaska at yahoo

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  116. Line-drying our washing is ubiquitous in New Zealand - the one household task I take real pleasure from.

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  117. Windowfarming seems a great idea, to grow some of your own veg at home, even in small apartments... http://www.windowfarms.org/
    Also, instead of turning the heating up, improve the insulation of your house or apt.
    On facebook there are local communities that swap things, or give away unwanted clothes or other items. Why not start one in your area? It has worked super great for me!
    Thanks for a lot of inspiration! xo

    captain at beatricebring dot com

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  118. I try to buy as few things as possible, only what I need or I really love, no plastc clutter etc. The climate is warm here, and all my laundry dries on the washing line.
    Love your giveaway, fingers crossed!

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  119. We use cloth diapers & wipes.
    We try to buy everything that is made of recyclable materials.
    We recycle. The girls love sorting the stuff to put in the local bins.
    The girls pick up trash if they see it on the ground and put it in the trash cans at the parks when we are there.
    I love having a clothes line. It makes awesome for diaper drying outside.
    I use natural home cleaning products I make.
    We use e-bills on everything except 1 place that doesn't allow it so we save on paper mail. We try not to get any mail at all. I also try to not use checks.
    The girl's favorite is we do "Earth Hour" 4-5 days a week. Right after the sun goes down we play board games by candle light. We heard about it for Earth Hour in 2008 and have be doing it ever since.

    We pass or donate, give away, reuse, recycle clothes/household items/ect. I Just took all my husbands to small button up shirts and made dresses for my two younger daughters. Then the scraps of all material goes to make baby doll accessories/clothes.
    We also have a small garden in our back patio. Once we move to a house and have a bigger yard we are going to grow a full garden. I love going green. What's more is it gives the girls something to work on as well.

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  120. I've been sewing my husband's older cotton button down shirts into pj pants for our 2 and 4 year olds. So cute!
    Love, love, love the clothespin bag!

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  121. Happy earth day and thanks for the giveaway! I took my next baby step towards a more sustainable life yesterday and started making my own goats milk soap!

    Nic xxx

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  123. Happy earth day. We line-dry all of our laundry here in sunny Queensland, Australia. I do have a dryer but only use it rarely. We recyle. The veggie scraps are put into a Bokashi bucket system in the kitchen, then goes out to be composted. We buy locally and support the farmers markets. We take our cotton grocery bags with us when shopping. We have a large garden and grow some citrus, herbs, salad greens etc. And we have four ducks to provide eggs (sometimes...lol) and they are on pest patrol too.. so there are a few things that we do to make a difference. Thanks for a chance in your lovely giveaway.

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  124. We already have a clothes line and are using a recycled maple syrup bucket to hold our cloths pins. we don't use many paper towels but your dish towel would banish them forever and just love your notebook. Happy Earth Day!

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  125. i'd love a new clothes pin bag! small steps are the best.

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  126. I've been vegan for more than 10 years now which is know is a greener way of eating for the environment. I would love to start eating more local foods!

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  127. Two of my most used eco-choices are carrying shopping bags with me whenever I go shopping to avoid plastic bag useage and my SIGG water bottle - in daily use!

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  128. We cloth-diaper/cloth-wipe, cloth sanitary towels, cloth napkins, only use re-usable cloth shopping bags, line dry, compost our food waste, recycle paper/cardboard/glass/plastic/cartons/tin, walk as much as possible, vacation close to home, shop locally ..... We try really hard to live gently, but there's still SO much we could do! Have loved reading about other families' ideas.

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  129. beautiful! i've decided to stop buying milk from the grocery and start buying it (regularly) from our friends and farmers right down the road.

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  130. I've been glad to get the solar dryer going again, so the clothespin bag is perfect! Cutting burlap outside is so much neater than inside, I agree!

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  131. Happy Earhts's day !!! I love your blog.

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  132. you do beautiful work! i'm all about the little, everyday things that add up to make a difference--eating vegan, riding my bike instead of driving, using cloth shopping bags, consuming less in general. this summer i'm trying to grow as much of my own food as i can. many of the plant varieties i'm using are rare and/or heirloom, which helps preserve biodiversity.

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  133. Oh wow, that clothespin bag is wonderful! If I don't win it, I think I'll try to make one like that - I really need a container for my clothespins (thus far, they're stored in a cardboard box a teapot came in) and that looks perfect! :)

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  134. Thank you for this! We always think of ways to be greener - walk a lot, use cloth bags, make repairs, recycle, repurpose, remove processed & over packaged foods from our diet, use green cleaners, garden, buy handmade & local... the list goes on. I grew up this way, it's so heartwarming to see more generations follow this important path.

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  135. To make sure EVERYONE in this family recycles everything that can be put in the recycle bin.

    Sheri for KY
    Momasly@yahoo.com

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  136. ooh, how lovely!

    alianora@gmail.com

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  137. Love the clothespin bag - I use cloth diapers and line dry whenever the weather cooperates. We have also adopted cloth napkins in our household, I cannot even count how many thousands of paper napkins that has saved!

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  138. I love the clothespin bag! What a great idea.

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  139. What a perfect Earth Day give away! Love, love, love your clothespin bag! You are so creative and your blog is such a pleasure to visit!
    Thank you.
    Cheri

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  140. Lovely items. Happy Earth Day! I'm very green and am so happy about it.

    You can go enter my Earth Day Freebie too:
    www.greenbaglady.org

    Thanks for the chance to win! Teresa

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  141. Happy Earth Day to you! I try to be "GREEN" by making my own laundry detergent, reusing everything I possibly can, walking to the grocery store instead of driving when possible, and by using less paper towels (so that super absorbent towel would come in handy at my house!)I'm trying to add new things to my daily routine to show the Earth some love! Thanks for the giveaway...wish me luck!

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  142. Happy Earth Day Maya! You have the best giveaways!! We are working toward being more self-sufficient by growing our own organic food, here at home. Ideas for permaculture are part of this long term vision. Today was spent on that endeavor!

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  143. I adore the clothespin bag! It reminds me of the one my grandmother used when I was small. Too precious!

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  144. I've just been planting and planting, veggies in my back AND front yard, to try and eat more locally and affordably!

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  145. Love your stuff!! And the motivation!

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  146. What a beautiful giveaway! For me - Earth Day is truly everyday. Two years ago I founded a Creative Reuse Program in Northern California calld reCREATE. We work with businesses to diverty unwanted materials (Even burlap!!), and we provide education on lessening waste, conservation of resources and best of all we make, teach, and encourage art from what we collect - other people's waste.
    I've been "gaga" over your stuff since I discovered you... but starting a nonprofit has an expensive journey, so to this point I have only been able to window shop...

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  147. Here in Australia summer is finally giving way to the cool of Autumn. The days are still warm, but with that lovely hint of freshness that the cool air brings. I'm vowing to keep the heater in storage this autumn and winter and rug up in a blankie and a jumper instead. Best, Bron.

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  148. Spring in California now. It is so blissful to welcome by the cool breeze, sunshine and even rain! When it rains I thought about my plants and how they would appreciate the rain water. My baby girl and I have been spending more time in the backyard exploring. She just turns 10 months and is curious about everything around her. The California poppies are in bloom right now in our backyard and Spring is everywhere. We just built a raised bed to grow vegetables and herbs and we will be harvesting our compost this weekend to add to it. Happy Earth Day and thanks for the chance to your lovely handmade.

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  149. Happy Earth Day! That clothespin bag is wonderful and would be a huge help to my mother. Thank you for such a great giveaway!

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  150. Happy Earth Day! I love your giveaways, so nice of you. I celebrated Earth Day by walking to work and home, and by spending an hour picking up garbage in town with some of my students. We made cookies and handed them out to any of the other students or teachers who walked to school today. Two of my students left their homes at 5am and walked for three hours! With leaves hanging off their reflective vests!

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  151. I agree so mush with your words,
    there is always something we can do for our world
    thanks you for the giveaway,
    love your work
    shir

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  152. Well it will be one year and almost 5 months that I've adapted a green, organic, fair trade, and local requirement to all my items that are bought for our home. Food, clothing, beauty and cleaning products. I love it! Though I would really like to start going further into making my own products to save the planet (and the green in my wallet) a little bit more! :D

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  153. happy earth day, week, year.
    www.flyandnest.blogspot.com

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  154. My biggest thing is not using my a/c. Living in Florida makes it pretty tough but I've held strong so far and have been trying all sorts of small projects to keep the house cooler.

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  155. happy earth day for you to. earth should be everyday its so simple to take care of earth

    regards from Portugal :)

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  156. I'm making little oilcloth bags to collect my vegetable peelings. My neighbour has chickens, she wants the veggies to feed them, and I'm hoping to get eggs from her. I'll pop the bags under her gate every evening!

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  157. Thank you very much for your wonderful blog and for this lovely giveaway.
    I love drying my washing in a clothesline in the garden whenever we are in my little village.
    Last week I bought what I call "magic ball", you put inside the washing machine and you don't need to use any soap. It works perfectly and it is supposed to last around three years. I am really happy with it!!!
    Best regard fromm Spain.
    Mar

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  158. My 4 year old daughter and I celebrated Earth Day by...hanging a clothesline! We'll be re-purposing one of her out-grown shirts to make a clothespin bag but yours is irresistible (and already re-purposed to boot).

    Thanks!

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  159. Thank you for this lovely giveaway! Another way to be thankful for Mistral here in Provence (it also makes clouds disappear...)!

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  160. Great idea!

    We are fortunate that our local council helps us to recycle all our household waste. So been trying to do extra things like turning off electrical items and lights when we're not using them. Just re-training old habits one by one :)

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  161. That is SO cool! One of my projects today, in honor of earth day, was putting up a clothesline and I was thinking 'hmmm... I need something to put my clothespins in' hehe. How perfect this would be!

    We try to live as crunchy as possible, and the clothesline was just today's addition... just one area we are 'green' that we love is that we cloth diaper, and in fact use very few 'disposable' items in general.

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  162. Earth Day resolution: to do away with those silly little plastic bags for fruit and veggies at the grocery store. We all use non-disposable SHOPPING bags. Now for the next step! I'm going to make my own, before the week is out!

    Love your blog...so much inspiration.

    Mary

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  163. happy earth day. we recently started making our own yogurt. this allows us to avoid purchasing all kinds of #5 plastic, which is not recyclable in our municipality.

    i've been documenting my (eco) DIY projects on my new blog. http://funemploymentdiy.blogspot.com/

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  164. I am so in love with that clothespin hanger!

    We joined the One Small Change Challenge in January and have since implemented homemade yogurt, fresh baked bread, only cloth napkins and cloth paper towels, and even moved to family wipes for us gals and giving handmade gifts...this has been a year for big change =0)

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  165. thanks for this lovely giveaway, maya!

    my husband and i have been switching to local sources for food--so we've got a csa and get our eggs and milk from local farms, too. we also love walking instead of driving and our neighborhood is great for that. we can walk to the video store, restaurants, bars, the library, post office, etc.

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  166. Hanging out laundry is one green thing I do, so that clothspin bag would be a welcome tool at my house. Things I want to get better at are eating more locally and less meaty.

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  167. What a great give-away! The clothespin bag would be very welcome here too as we don't have a dryer and I'm always moving the laundry from one spot to another to catch the sun :) I've been a vegetarian my whole life and try to buy as local as possible. We grow our own vegetables, keep chickens for eggs, collect wild greens and fruits as often as possible and generally try to use what's available in the current season! Thanks for the chance!

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  168. I think if we all did just one or two "green" things in our life, it would make a huge difference. It would also probably encourage us (and others) to try to do more.

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  169. I remember when Earth Day was started!!! I thank my mother for always using cloth napkins when I was growing up, and since that is what I was accustomed to, my own family has never used paper toweling and use cloth. We use about one roll of paper toweling every 6 months. And recycling has always been a given since I was young. I'm glad maybe the rest of the occupants of Earth are finally catching up to this way of thinking.

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  170. I decided a spot to put my bell pepper plant yesterday. It was sad and it needed the Earth.

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  171. Oh thank you Maya for the giveaway I love the simple beauty of your designs.

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  172. We recently moved to a house with a huge yard that has a clotheline up (it was and is used for the grapevine,too) so I am hanging out towels and sheets and love it...need some clothepins so we can hang out more clothes,so I would love to win this great giveaway! :) It's such a happy giveaway. :)

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  173. I love the dishtowel especially! I'm a firm believer in no paper towels!! Thanks so much for such a cool giveaway!

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  174. Oh what a great giveaway! Please add my name in, I adore everything you make.

    Oona Nicholas

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  175. Love the clothespin bag! I want to hang out more clothes this summer but I need to figure out how to get a line up that doesn't end up in our way. We've been using cloth napkins now for awhile, but I'd like to figure out a way to stop using paper towels. Need to make some substitutes.

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  176. Thank you for encouraging us in whatever steps we take to care for the environment. Your Fix-It Friday feature has inspired me to make repairs to things -- small repairs such as broken necklace chains and books coming off their bindings.

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  177. Happy Earth Day to you...crossing my clothespins I win, my clothespin bag just bit the dust and that one is WAY cute!

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  178. I am moving in a month and am so excited about being able to hang my laundry out to dry instead of using the dryer!

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  179. What lovely things. I'm focussing on the garden at the moment, hopefully we'll have our first home grown veg this year :)

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  180. Those are beautiful prizes! Thanks for helping to give us encouragement along the way to be better to our planet!

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  181. Happy earth day!!! And many thanks for this giveaway!
    I'd love to dry my cloths so inspired...!!!

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  182. Oh, Maya! What a lovely giveaway! I posted about what I do and what I'm starting new for Earth Day this year here:
    http://web.me.com/redshoearts/Redshoearts/Blog/Blog.html

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  183. What a nice little give-away!

    Your clothespin bag is timely--I've been trying to figure out a way to do some more air drying of laundry without driving myself nuts and am hatching a plan to so up in the back porch. Also, we've been making our own ricotta and yogurt to try to cut down on waste. We're going to try to go back to getting glass bottles whenever possible soon, too.

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  184. I have stopped using my car at weekends - we try and go out via walking and maybe a bus home instead. And also cut back all journeys in the week. We also cut back on the excess packaging coming in to our house.

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  185. How beautiful! I would love to win! Thanks for offering such wonderful goodies.

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  186. What a lovely group of goodies you're giving away! It's almost nice enough weather to start hanging out the wash, so that clothespin bag would come in mighty handy for whoever wins it!

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  187. Beautiful post. I love the reminder to make your footprint just a little bit smaller. There are always ways, and most of the time such little effort is needed. Thank you so much for your inspiration! I've had my eye on one of those laundry buckets for a while. :) Such a thoughtful giveaway, thank you!

    Always,
    Bonnie

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  188. Thanks for the nice prize offerings! I am passionate about local food. Eat local! It's yummy!

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  189. I'm trying to be more imaginative in repurposing/upcycling used items. It's a good feeling knowing you are taking a landfill destined item and giving it a new life.

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  190. Walking to do errands instead of driving, composting all our non-meat food scraps, growing our own veggies, eating less meat to begin with, and just thinking creatively for alternatives to blindly buying yet another gizmo or widget. Those are some of my family's "green" commitments.

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  191. We are making more conscious choices and teaching our littles to do the same -- buying locally, gardening, using less, and reusing as much as we can

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  192. how lovely giveaway! thanks for a chance. Rima

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