Here is sharing a very clever (and easy!) DIY project that any doggy parent will appreciate and be able to make. Read on!
After a particularly muddy, spring-day walk with the Beast, Natalya turned to a trusty old hand towel in the hall closet to wipe the dirt and muck off Oscar’s paws — a reasonable but not ideal solution which still left an awful lot of grit on the floor. At that moment, she wondered if there might be a better idea. Perhaps a little pocket-shaped towel that could do double-duty: mopping up the wet and catching the dry (leaving cleaner dog feet and hallways)? And what if said item could hang neatly on a doorknob or hook (rather than draping like gym shorts in a sad corner by the door…)??
Turns out, this isn’t a terribly difficult thing to accomplish and you, dear reader, probably have all the materials you need to make your own right now! Curious? Meet the “Mud Puppy Mitten”! DIY instructions and photos below!
DIY Mud Puppy Mittens
-hand towel or dish towel
1. Take a hand towel (or dish towel) and fold it in half — “hamburger style” rather than “hot dog style”.
2. Find and mark the center then pin down the middle.
3. Stitch along the center mark (where you pinned), then cut/trim off one half.
4.Take the half with the stitching and turn it inside out. Cut a length of ribbon and create a loop, pinning it to the upper/open corner.
5. Sew the ribbon in place, stitching along the open side a few inches. That’s it! You now have yourself a fancy new mud puppy mitten!
To clean your dog’s paws, simply pull their feet into the mitten and rub the muck off — one dirty paw at a time! The dirt and grit will stay inside the mitten.
**We opted for a DARK towel, because let’s face it, anything lighter would just look gnarly in an instant…
Article from: http://dog-milk.com
In 2008, recent graduates and brothers Rob and Mart Drake-Knight were eager to start their careers. However, the job search in the Isle of Wight was slow going to say the least, so they decided to create their own company, Rapanui. Working out of a shed with £200 each, they set out on their new adventure and had no idea what the future would hold.
Having studied renewable energy engineering, Mart learned all about sustainability and the environment. Rob and Mart wanted to make a contribution towards sustainability, and saw an opportunity to do so in fashion. The young founders realized, “the power of fashion, and its ability to change lifestyle, behavior and buying actions. With Rapanui, we plan to use the same secret ingredient, the power of cool, to do some good.” Rob went further to explain how using the power of cool, makes it easy to educate and present information to consumers, and get acknowledgement and agreement, but by developing a brand that is cool, you can produce an emotional response to that product. Which is exactly what Rob and Mart set out to do.
Product and Supply Chain
First stop: fabrics. All of Rapanui products are made from sustainable materials or eco fabrics. Most pieces are made from organic cotton, but Rob and Mart also utilize bamboo and eucalyptus. Next, supply chain: the manufacturer’s factories. They wanted to know exactly how much water and energy were being consumed at the factories that manufactured Rapanui clothing. Which is why Rapanui uses accredited factories powered by wind and solar energy. Since a majority of Rapanui products are made from organic cotton, a material that requires a lot of water, Rob and Mart use cotton producers that obtain water from monsoon rains.
Communicate Supply Chain
In order to communicate the supply chain effectively to customers, Rob and Mart developed several tools to make the information easily obtainable. The first of which, located on the website, are interactive supply chain maps. A customer can click on any product, and you can see the supply chain map for that specific product. The map will show you where the products came from, and how they were made. “From the seed being sewn, picked, spun and transported: It is traceability from seed to shop.” You can even see photos and, now video, of the products being made in the factory.
Another innovative tool developed by Rapanui is located on the swing tag. They have placed a QR Code on the swing tags, which customers can scan with their smart phone while they are in the store shopping. The QR Code allows shoppers to view supply chain information for that product immediately right on their phone. However, if you are in a rush, Rapanui has also developed an Eco Labeling System, which allows you to quickly and easily see the eco-friendliness of a product based on an A-G rating. Rob described Rapanui’s mantra, “We think that it’s not that people don’t care, about where and how clothing is made it’s just that they don’t have the facts available to them to make informed decisions about what they are buying.”
Brand Identity: Make a Cool Brand and Use That To Promote Sustainability
Rob and Mart created Rapanui in the hopes of making a contribution to sustainability, not only through their clothes, but also by getting consumers to think about what they are buying in all aspects of their lives. Rob stated, “By being open and honest about where and how our products are made…We want people to start to think about their other clothing, or food, or energy…think about where that comes from?” This year, Rob and Mart will be taking their contribution to sustainability a step further by launching new jackets that are delivered on a circular economy. What does that mean? When a customer purchases one of these jackets, they can later return it to Rapanui, once they no longer have use for it, and receive store credit. Rapanui will then disassemble the jacket and reuse the parts to make new products, or they will send it back to the manufacturer to melt down into pellets for use. This process allows consumers to get involved in the life cycle of the products they purchase, rather than just buy items and throw them away. In addition to the jackets, Rapanui also plans to launch a collection for children. Now kids will be able to enjoy the “cool” that is also known as Rapanui.
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6th Annual Eco Fashion Week
Eco Fashion Week founder, Myriam Laroche, began with a clear mission: “present the industry with sustainable innovations in fashion, and build the capacity within our audience to ensure that consumer values, intentions, and actions are always aligned.” Well Myriam, mission accomplished. Sustainable fashion took over the city of Vancouver the weekend of April 21st – 24th at the 6th annual Eco Fashion Week. Designers brought their “A” game, showcasing the “future of chic” with fresh, and innovative designs. Here are a few of our favorite moments from the show.
DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN – NYC
Spring in New York City is an amazing time of year for many reasons, including the annual DIFFA’s Dining By Design event. Some of the biggest names in the design and culinary industries get together to creatively showcase their work, providing an unforgettable feast for the senses. By way of incredible design installations and delectable, savory bites, this fun filled weekend raises awareness and money for the fight against AIDS. The five-day event included a glamorous Gala Dinner, followed by Cocktails by Design, Public Viewing and a Silent Auction. This year honored Isabel and Ruben Toledo with the David Rockwell Service Award, and Rick Wolf with the Unsung Hero Award. Here are a few of our favorite design installations from the event.
This summer be a little kinder to our outdoor playground while enjoying one of your favorite past times…surfing. Opt for a more sustainable board, such as the boards from Ventana Surf Co. Founders Martijn Stiphout and Tyler Frome custom make their boards out of wood, avoiding toxic foam and polyester. Their boards are designed using ingenuity, superior craftsmanship, and alternative and green materials.
Having a smaller impact on the environment doesn’t mean you have to give up the things you love, it just means you can feel better about doing them.
The Convergence of Crispy, Crunchy and Delicious…Continued.
In our current issue, The Daddy Issue, we sat down with Stella Rossa’s Chef Jeff Mahin, to find out what makes his pizza such a hit. We were able to convince him to share his secret recipe for the delicious Bloomsdale Spinach and Purple Kale Pizza. Below see his step-by-step instructions for a culinary treat the whole family will love.
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Bloomsdale Spinach and Purple Kale Pizza
- In a medium sauce pan add one cup of garlic cloves and two cups of olive oil
- Place the pan on low heat, DO NOT BOIL THE GARLIC.
- Cook the garlic until soft, about 30 minutes.
- Strain the garlic through a fine strainer and save the garlic oil.
- Place the garlic in a food processor with the blade attachment; pure until smooth.
- Spread the garlic pure on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and cool
- Two ounces of unsalted butter
- Once ounce of flour
- Two cups of non-fat milk
- Three cups of whole milk
- Four ounces of mozzarella (shredded)
- Two ounces of parmesan
- Place a medium sauce pot onto the stove over medium heat
- Add butter and flour into the pan
- Using a rubber spatula, stir
- Cook for three minutes on medium heat
- Slowly add non-fat milk; whisk while adding milk
- Continue to whisk and turn up heat to medium-high; the mixture should begin to thicken
- Add whole milk and continue to whisk and bring to boil
- Once brought to a boil; turn off the heat
- Add mozzarella and parmesan cheese and whisk
- Strain and cool
- One head of purple kale
- Fill a sink with cold water
- Using a knife remove leave from the stems; cutting , into two inch strips
- Wash kale leaves in the sink filled with cold water
- Using a salad spinner, dry the kale; set aside for pizza
Flat Leaf Parsley
- Fill a sink with cold water
- Place one bunch of parsley in the sink and move it around
- Remove the parsley from the water and shake off excess water
- Using a chef’s knife, rough chop the parsley into small pieces.
- Using a chefs knife, cut one bunch of green onion into small rings
Since our dear friend Brianne’s homemade cinnamon rolls are the mother-to-be, Cheri’s, favorite treat, we decided to throw her a “Bun In The Oven” baby shower. We wanted to keep everything gender neutral because she was having a boy, and we wanted the overall design to be reminiscent of your local bakery. We used white linens and grey runners down the center of the tables, and we also served a few bar-b-que items with “buns” before everyone ate their cinnamon rolls. To add a pop of visual interest to the overall design, we scattered stripes and chevron patterns throughout the shower.
Kids room ZOOM! and Salone Internationale del Mobile
The motto for this year’s 52nd edition of Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan was: Innovation. And gauging from all of the amazing products, it is clear that designers took that motto to heart. The event, which took place April 9th – 14th, featured over 2,500 exhibitors showcasing, among other things, furniture. One such exhibitor, Kids room ZOOM!, set the stage for what is hot right now in children’s design.
The FireFly by Geospace Studio is an all weather human propelled vehicle. A protective shell protects the recumbent trike from wet and cold elements while the self illuminating feature protects the rider during night rides. The cyclist’s riding experience is now enhanced no matter what the season as a result of optimal protection and an increased level of visibility. By creating an environmentally friendly, comfortable and safe vehicle for consumers, a futuristic mode of transport is born.
Article from: www.thecoolist.com