We adore helping people make greener choices and live greener lives! This greener choice shifts the focus inwards and encourages you to green yourself by making your own toiletries!
Due to popular demand, we are running a series of blog posts based on our recent 30 Days of Greener Choices Challenge! Today’s is Day 7…
Everything you know about craft fairs is probably wrong. Find out what’s new and exciting at Got Craft? Dec. 8 & 9 – read on as ethicalDeal content manager Emily Wight convinces you that craft fairs are the new cool thing.
My mom and I go to craft fairs every year, usually a handful of them over the course of a weekend in December. And mostly, they are pleasant things – there is usually hot apple cider, a few pieces of peanut brittle (or if I’m very lucky, homemade almond roca), and the occasional treasure hidden among the crochet tissue box holders and rolled beeswax candles. My mom handles each of the hand-knit baby sweaters and sighs – “there’s so much work in these” – and I usually come away with a jar of jam or pickles, and maybe some homemade soap. It’s a pleasant time, but they are mostly all the same – 10 or 15 tables, and many of the same items, year after year.
Over the past few years, though, Vancouver has seen a renaissance of crafting, making and DIY and Andrea and Robert, the event-planning and wedding-coordination duo behind Lotus Events, have been leading the charge. If you too had begun to think of craft fairs as tired and always the same, then think again. Andrea and Robert, over the past five years, have been growing a community of artisans and designers, culminating in Got Craft?, Vancouver’s premier Indie, DIY and Handmade Craft Fair, which takes place next weekend (Dec. 8 and 9, 2012) at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive.
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Henna is a safe permanent dye that’s been used to colour hair, skin, and nails for centuries.
Even though henna is a great alternative to chemical hair dyes (it’s a plant whose active ingredient is something called lawsone), it has other benefits: It conditions hair, leaving it strong, thick, and silky. (Make sure you purchase pure henna or henna mixed with plant extracts, though – read the label carefully.)