Monday, March 2, 2009

great green-ies: tanis alexis

greening.... i find it exciting and hopeful that while there sure are lots of terrible things going on to pollute & harm 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!

ever *meet* someone in cyber-world and are forever changed for the better by their genuine, inspiring kindness, generous & warm personality, & brilliant ideas. that's how i feel about the wonderful tanis alexis. she's earth-friendly, art-friendly and just plain wonderfully friendly! i just love her sense of creative eco-leadership, mixed with her encouraging heart. you can just tell that folks that call tanis alexis a friend, are lucky lucky souls indeed. she's so creative and modest and fun... and so is her lovely eco work!

i first came to know tanis thru her various leadership roles (from behind the scenes, or front and centre, with her ever-encouraging words & cheers for all), on a couple of etsy teams i'm honoured to be a part of... and have grown to really cherish this wonderwoman! she sure is fantastic! she really really is!

we're so very lucky to have various beautiful tanis alexis handmade works in our home, and i adore them! one of my very faves is a gorgeous piece of handfelted tanis alexis art... (a work she made for us, inspired by her gorgeous handstenciled cityscape wool work seen on the floor above - it's amazing!) i still swoon everyday when i see it! i know... i'm gushing! but her work beckons you to feel it and savour it! it's glorious!

so three cheers for the wonderful, dear, & inspiring tanis alexis. she's a sweetie. and she spreads love with her words & works! what a great great talent. she's an educator, artist, and delight! be sure to visit her fabulous eco shop, filled with gorgeous, tactile, eco.forward delights, and follow her wonderful new blog, too. and as a SPECIAL to all rikrak studio readers, tanis is offering FREE SHIPPING on everything in her shop, from now til march 15th, JUST for rikrakstudio readers! just mention her post here in your purchase message! yay!

and now... an eco. tip from tanis alexis: Are you familiar with those 'clamshell' plastic containers you can buy organic salad and greens in?... the big clear plastic boxes and lids that can be recycled but seem so useful for another purpose...

I will be transforming a bunch I've saved from the recycle bins, to make little miniature seedling greenhouses out of them. a layer of gravel or sand in the bottom (could also punch holes for drainage in the bottom) add potting mix soil on top to the halfway point, and plant your seeds a few inches apart in the containers. use the lid (a couple holes punched in for air) to cover and create a nice warm little 'hothouse' for your seeds. when they get big enough and start to grow too tall for the container, it's time to transplant them to the garden or your pots for summertime growth. could also use them inverted in the ground for seedlings in your garden, just in case it's still a bit frosty. just make sure they get air and water!

it's all about 're-use' before 'recycle' in my opinion. ;)

thanks so much, wonderwoman! you're glorious!
and hope everyone had a beautiful weekend. here's to a great, green week ahead!
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  1. I love that beautiful wool bowl! I'm off to see the shop. Hope you had a great weekend, RR!

  2. Her shop is beautiful! And what a lovely post.

  3. thanks, leslie & katie! she IS great! thanks, katie - i think i fixed the link!

  4. wow! nice posting on such a great artist! I LOVE your suggestion Tanis about using the clamshells for mini-greenhouses! we are starting seeds and that idea is going to come in very handy!

  5. Wow!!! oh the splendid Rikrak has bowled me over once again! lol. ;)
    Thank you oh so much for writing such a sweet beautiful and generous post about my work. I'm blushing tons over here! :D
    big loves and big hugs to you all-
    t xo!!!

  6. Beautiful feature! Who wouldn't want to buy from her!?

  7. WOW! Just GORGEOUS work! I loved reading this wonderful review and I'm off now to spend some time browsing your shop!

  8. That city rug is quite nice! Tanis, thanks for the neat idea of the mini green-houses!

  9. 2 of the greatest craft sweetie pies of all time working togther. I love it!! the happy planets are alining : )

  10. yay tanis!
    (and you're the sweetest, emily!)


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