Monday, February 2, 2009

great green-ies: tomatedepingles

greening.... i find it exciting and hopeful that while there sure are lots of terrible things going on to pollute our planet, there are so many wonderful folks doing fabulous things to help make the world a greener, healthier place! so, the rikrak studio is happy to feature great green-ies : snapshots of amazing, inspiring. eco-forward-thinking folks from all sorts of fields and paths in the greening movement. some inspire by greening at home, or in their business; in their art or the larger world, or on many levels at once! i've asked each green-ie to suggest an easy eco-idea or tip we might all be able to add to our daily lives. today i'm honoured to present the next in this series!

turning vintage silk scraps or old photo negatives into beautiful, elegant earrings! repurposing leather or vintage buttons into stunning rings! oh the magic of repurposing! as tomatedepingles says it best: "what could be more eco.chic?!"

today's great green-ie is tomatedepingles, a fabulous design duo, made up of the two sister superstars, Guylaine & Isabelle. we first met early on in my etsy-ing, thru the TransCanada Etsy Team, and i was a fast fan! i just adore their amazing designs, commitment to things eco-forward, and great sense of style & flare! i'm honoured to have come to know guylaine thru the past couple of years - and what a sweetie she is!

now... i'm the kinda gal that just loves jewellry that is unique, eye-catching, delightfully dangly! so imagine my complete fascination with the beautiful recycled jewellry of tomate! i've been lucky enough to have received two handmade rings from them as gifts ... a fabulous vintage button-style one, and a glorious recycled leather one. i have to be honest... i wear fun rings all the time! i just love rings! but i have never received so many compliments on my rings as when i'm wearing a tomatedepingles creation!! everyone *including me!) just adores them! the unique style and the fabulous lines of their work are captivating and one of a kind! want your jewellry to make a fabulous eco.statement? shop tomatedepingles!!

and right now, they are celebrating their amazing 3 year anniversary with a FABULOUS SALE!! buy 2 items, get the 3rd FREE! so stop by their shop and grab something for yourself, a friend and someone else, too! (or maybe just 3 things for you! :) ... and you can read more of their amazing stories in their Etsy featured seller interview here!

and now... an eco.tip from tomatedepingles:

All Purpose Bug Spray

Two tablespoons of hot pepper or cayenne or chopped garlic
Two drops of liquid soap
Two cups of water (room temperature)

I put all of the ingredients in a spray bottle, and I let it stand for a day (it removes all the chemicals the city puts in the water, like chlorine and such)
Shake well before spraying! Avoid eye contact, and pet contact

thanks so much, tomate!

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  1. As always, a wonderful feature, rr! I LOVE tomate's eco-wrap with the french textbook paper... lovely. Will definitely try that bug spray next decade when the snow melts. Thanks for introducing a new heartable fellow-canuck :)

  2. what a fun shop! another terrific post, rikrak. thanks for "exposing" another excellent canadian shop to us.

  3. it pleases me to no end that the sweet Tomate has been featured in your blog Hooray!!!! They work so hard and so creatively to make such unique designs. It is truly an honour to know them. :) thank you so much for writing these rikrak. you are fab! XO!


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