Monday, January 11, 2010

the handmade olympics {event 6 }


update! feb. 1, 2010
thanks so much to everyone who has entered!
what an amazing & talented bunch you are!

nominations are now CLOSED.
your nominations have been sent to the judges, and we look forward to the revealing of their short lists (on feb. 8th!) , after which everyone (that's YOU!) will have a chance to vote on who will WIN! yay!
thanks again,


please see the MAIN handmade olympics post for all of the fun-filled details & rules on the events!

now.. welcome to event 6: please leave a comment here nominating:
your favourite thrifty-forward, sustainably-minded blog,
shop or site!

for this event
think thrifty cyber places you love to visit.
think of sustainable shops + sites (handmade or vintage) that you LOVE.
think of blogs that inspire us all in thrifty, sustainable living!


thanks so much to our wonderful judge for this event, the multi-talented Mary Andrews, whose wonderful work at and in her own beautiful jewelry design shop contrary, inspires us all in our sustainable living.

tune in tomorrow to find out more about this superstar!


please read the RULES here.

remember, you can nominate yourself + another in EACH event! PLUS get bonus ballots for twittering, blogging + facebooking about the handmadeolympics! yay!


the amazing PRIZES
valued at OVER $2000.00 USD, the handmade olympics prize packs are just gosh-darn fantastical!

this EVENT will award the following prizes!

:: a GOLD prize pack
including $150.00 worth of thrifty & sustainable goodness:
a $50 gift certificate to chakrapennywhistle
a $50 gift certificate to jadite kate
a $50 gift certificate to funkey monkey company

+ an *i WON* the handmade olympics banner/button image to use on your site/blog/shop
+ an artist/crafter feature on the rikrak studio blog!

:: a SILVER prize pack with $100.00 worth of goodness:
a $50 gift certificate to craftgasm
a $50 gift certificate to lucindas nice things

:: a BRONZE prize pack
of one FREE month of March 2010 advertisting on the rikrak studio blog! yay!

and of course, there will be ONE overall random nomination selected from all handmade olympics to WIN the FAN PRIZE PACK (a $50.00 shopping spree in the rikrak shop!)


now check out the other events + nominate more fun folks!

just click on the above links to enter each!

happy handmaking, nicies!

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    I nominate this thrifty website because it helps me make economical meals. It gives me ideas about how to make things with what I already have in my pantry. There are links to recipes and coupons. There are great ideas for planning meals so you save money by shopping with a plan.


    Crafting a Green World is an excellent blog focusing on eco-friendly craft projects. The site also promotes crafting companies that create environmentally-friendly products, which is great to learn about.

  3. I would like to nominate my blog:

    Its a fairly new blog but, since I'm currently unemployed and trying to make it as a new entrepreneur on a limited budget, a lot of my focus is on thrifty DIY tips and ideas, both for personal and professional needs.

  4. I want to nominate this blog:
    The beautiful pictures of her blog inspire me to go on with my own thrifting addiction :-)
    I have been using lots of thrifted materials in my own jewelry (vintage leather bags that I cut to flowers, old ties that I repurpose to silk beads, vintage buttons,vintage wallpaper and books that I use in my teapotcollages...)
    And I decided to spend one blogpost a week this year about thrifting my interior.
    So I want to nominate my own blog too :-) if this is allowed!

  5. I'm really loving dottie angel's thrifty blog:

    Fun writings and beautiful photos!

  6. I would love to nominate heart-of-light ( the shop and the blog. Rachel does amazing work and a lot of her blogging is subconsciously ecoconscious.

  7. Hello!
    and Congrats for this great amazing idea.
    I'd like to nominated my blog as an intent to promote eco friendly artist and activities

  8. but I have to say that is a great place for earth friendly moms (and I try to be one of them :)


  9. Man, all this self promotion is exhausting. I have to nominate my website:

    I'm all about sustainability and affordability.


    I love her blog!

  11. I'd love to nominate

    Mallory was one of the first eco-minded blogs I discovered probably at least 3 years ago. She makes tons of effort to create items that are recycled, to encourage others to think earth friendly, and connects people with tons of great handmade and "green" resources. She's also very charitable to good causes.

    On my own little blog I typically try to cover plenty of nature and organic inspired items, and even run a Sunday sustainability tips feature.

  12. First off, thanks to Valerie for nominating me!! You make me blush, really!

    I'd like to second Crafting a Green World, but also nominate Threadbanger:

    These guys have created a great resource for people who want to transform their old clothes or thrift store duds into amazing new DIY fashion. I think they really hit a younger demographic too, which is great, since it gets people started with recycling their fashion sooner!

  13. nominating the EcoEtsy street team/blog

    Love these folks! I have learned so very much from this team. Thankful to be a member!

  14. I really like a lot of people who are pushing the green way, but I really love Rev Billy because he's trying to push everyone to the think about what are actions mean and toward the handmade way:

  15. I LOVE because she puts a wonderfully friendly, positive spin on making eco choices and incorporating them into family life. An eclectic, useful mix of recipes, tidbits, interesting finds, ideas and tips... all in one {sweet} place!

    jen dot s dot chandler at gmail dot com

  16. the rikrak studio would win this hands down if krista-k wasn't the organizer of the handmade olympics. You are an olympian in this category, lady!

    I'd like to nominate Chakra Pennywhistle - this classy etsy seller has definitely contributed toward making eco friendly, thrifty, sustainable minded, stylish and sexy! Love that.

  17. This category is PERFECT for Maya*made:

    The key to what she makes is sustainability, and she inspires me so much.


    I nominate my blog for this event. It is all about the updates of me and my ceramics but I occasionally add some more personal posts & ventures, and my readers comment on how they like it. I feel my blog is a good source of inspirational reading!

    I tweeted about the handmade olympics:

  19. I also blogged about the handmade olympics :)

  20. This is a blog I like for that thrifty home grown mindset!

  21. I would like to nominate my vintage children's clothing shop - Not only is it sustainable to reuse clothing, but buying vintage allows you to put together a style all your own since they are one-of-a-kind finds!

  22. love these upcycled mason jars turn wall vases, i would love one for my own! From Post Road Vintage

  23. i'd like to nominate robin from! she combines vintage with handmade.. truly eco-friendly and sustainable! :)

  24. I'd like to nominate my Etsy shop for this category

    I focus on green/eco friendly products that will keep waste out of the landfill!! I also use all natural materials or upcycled materials for the items in my shop. I even ship items in envelopes made of recycled materials!!

  25. We Wilsons is a blog about my family's endeavors in crafting and living in the country. Simplifying is our goal in all aspects of our life. Check out my reusable snack bag tutorial, the orange curtain project (upcycling old curtains into 25 new things), healthful and thoughtful recipes, and other ventures in going green.

  26. i would like to nominate as for thrifty use of materials and


    I would like to nominate Murray Design Studio for our work upcycling vintage buttons into gorgeous new cocktail rings- giving something that has been sitting a closet new life is so important. We also handmade our display with used corks and found wood. Trying to be very green while keeping the "cool to us" factor very high. Thanks for considering Murray Design Studio for the handmade olympics!

    jeanna Murray

  28. I would like to nominate my blog:

    It is a very new blog with several project ideas for upcycling thrift store finds.

  29. I shamelessly nominate myself.

  30. I'd also like to nominate Bonzai Aphrodite.

  31. I would like to nominate my blog:

    My plush are made with thrift store clothing, or my family. They are also stuffed with recycled plastic shopping bags instead of polyfil. I share my ideas and my plush (including my 8ft alligator) in hopes that it will reduce waste.

  32. I'd like to nominate the blog::::

    Kate's way of looking at life & needs is very refreshing. One of the many things that she makes does is sews herself (& her family) clothing from recycled sheets & tablecloths etc - they look brilliant and you'd never guess such!
    I always enjoy reading the blog - foxslane as she always inspires me to get off my butt!


    I would like to nominate Catherine Ivins great, fun and eco conscious Olive Bites blog.
    She writes hilarious articles from her recognizable everyday life, shares great tips for eco friendly living and she also picks the best creative and humorous design finds from the internet. I've become addicted to this blog.

  34. I'd like to nominate the EcoEtsy Team blog
    I've learned so much from this group!

  35. I'd like to nominate Betz White. Her motto is "Stitch Beautifully. . .Tread Lightly" and I find everything she does lovely and inspirational.

  36. I would like to nominate my etsy shop
    which is a combination of vintage and my own handmade items. We all know that vintage is green, but my mosaic, decoupage and collage items are also made from thrifted items. I like the challenge of using something that is imperfect and unloved to create something new and lovely and practical. Keeping these unwanted supplies from the landfill is one of the ways I have adopted to be thrifty in my creating and environmentally conscious at the same time.

  37. Lovin this idea!

    I nominate The Garbologist's Wife (me :) for creating sustainable clothing for women in sizes small to 3x! I blog about my sewing and life adventures. I love love love what I do and I adore sharing it with everyone!

  38. I would like to shamelessly nominate my blog for it's eco-friendliness and eco-craftiness.

    I post regularly about the environmental issues and feature eco friendly Etsians on "Fabulous Friday Featured Seller" every Friday.

    I also review eco-products and "tell-it-like-it-is" in detail to help my readers choose their eco products wisely.

    In addition, there are tips and tutorials on reusing every day household items.

    Come and visit! :)


  39. I tweeted about the contest!


  40. I'd like to nominate cheap healthy good!

  41. I posted on my wall.

  42. I nominate
    Sweet Notions is recycling and repurposing fashion accessories and they are using all their profits for sustainable new projects. The first project is making craft workshops available for women recovering from addiction, exiting prostitution and rescued from trafficking.


    I'd like to nominate my blog for this category. I actively promote environmentally-sound products from other artisans as well. There's also a weekly series I do called EB's Friday Hotlist which is all about thrifty online resources for artisans that will assist them in promoting their work and generating traffic to their shops.


    Thrush is my favorite sustainable thrifty shop! Gorgeous!@!


thanks so much for your comments, nicies!
it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!