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Diamond last forever, and so does plastic.

 

 

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5 tips to green your wedding

*More and more brides-to-be are becoming concerned about the environmental impact of their wedding. Join them and green your wedding with 10 simple tips. Greening your wedding can also be a surprising way to save precious  bucks in this tough economy. Find out how:1. Send electronic invitations.
I was recently told that some family member—especially grandmothers— are still pushing brides to paper options and sometimes, even more expensive handwritten ones. Grandmas, we love you, but we are in 2012 and there is really no reason to waste money and paper in invitations that can get lost in the mail, while there is the possibility to safely deliver your invitations electronically, and FOR FREE! If you can’t renounce to the paper invitations, at least consider emailing save the date announcements.

2. Choose an environmentally responsible venue.
There is plenty of choice regarding venues, and what it typically comes down to is location and price. You will be surprised to see how you can save money and have a delightful location if you choose a local park or botanic garden.

3. Choose a green dress.
Yes, I know you want  a white dress but of course I was not referring to the actual color… There is ample choice of environmentally friendly fabrics and be sure you will not have to be restricted to rustic themes. There are green dresses for every style, from minimal to eccentric, from romantic to casual.

4. Choose green accessories.
Starting from jewelry, you don’t need to stick to diamond and freshly mined precious metals. Recycled sterling silver is a valid, durable and affordable option for bridal jewelry and wedding rings. If you want gold, there are artists who use only recycled gold. Yes, I say artist because I’m assuming that if you are reading this you’ll probably choose local artisans for your accessories. If you are even more adventurous, consider buying your of your bridesmaids jewelry from an  artist specialised in UpCycling and ReCycling.

Here at Twice we  just updated the wedding section of the online store, so make sure to check it out. We offer discounts and custom options for bridal parties.

5. Dump the flip-flop wedding favor.
Sure, guests love those little plastic shoes to replace their super uncomfortable heels at the end (some at the beginning) of the party but come on… how much plastic and rubber is going to be dumped in the garbage the next day!? Do you want your guests to be feet-pain-free? Add a reminder to the invitation for your guests to bring their own flat shoes or slippers. To encourage them to bring their slippers, you can plan to have a contest for the best or most extravagant slippers, and they’ll be grateful of having them at the hotels that night as well.

To find out more about green weddings, visit our green weddings expert partner website Green Bride Guide.

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Craft Shows and Festivals

Not that this is a good reason to neglect my blog readers… but man, I’ve been busy with craft shows lately!

Past shows

August 15, 2012
Mt.Airy Festival, Philadelphia, PA

September 8, 2012, 11AM-10PM
Green Expo Edgerton Park, New Haven, CT

UpComing shows

September 15, 2012
Mummers Cow Chip Festival, Philadelphia, PA

September 23, 2012, 12PM-6PM
Raritan River Festival, Boyd Park, New Brunswick, NJ

September 28, 2012, 4PM-8PM
Final’y Friday, Mt.Airy. Philadelphia, PA

September 29, 2012, 11AM-4PM
PEC Fall Festival and Arts and Crafts ShowPennypack Enironmental Center, Philadelphia, PA

September 30, 2012, 4PM-8PM
Final’y Friday, Mt.Airy. Philadelphia, PA

October 6, 2012
7th Annual Midtown Village Fall Festival, Philadelphia, PA

October 13, 2012, 10AM-5PM
Haddonfield Fall Festival, Haddonfield, NJ 

October 14, 2012 10AM-7PM
Pumpkin Fest, Salem County Fairground, 735 Harding Hwy (Rte. 40) Woodstown, NJ

Twice Newsletter: issue 1 | July 2012

How to photograph white objects on a white background – what I did while I was not posting here

Man I’ve been busy… First and foremost, I’ve been building my new website. It will allow direct checkout and I am pretty excited about it. Next, probably due to my OCD, I have been constantly unsatisfied with pictures in my store. Now, looks like a trivial problem but I probably tried a dozen different backgrounds on approximately 90 items each and then cropped and sharpened to see the final result and I was never satisfied. At that point, is was a matter of principle. I needed to get those pictures right.

The problem is the white color of the milk jugs I use in most my creations. Any other color but white adds an ugly shade to my earrings, but white on white background… forget about it! I almost gave up trying to reach such seemingly impossible goal, when I finally found this video, describing the process step by step. Here’s my first two shots after watching the video. Not bad at all, I think.

I got all pumped up and tried the same technique on  a pair of earrings, and here’s the result. I mean, not bad, but the same tips are clearly not working as well with my plain white earrings. These pictures clearly needed some texture and some depth.

With my newly acquired photography skills I put together a similar setting in my windowsill, which is white and textured, due to the several layers of old paint that nobody bothered to remove before painting the windows again. The idea is to use lights and shadows to highlight textures and convey as much detail as possible, That way, even without color or luminance differences, your item will emerge from the background. The light coming out of that windows has always been good. Then  I added three white paper sheets, 2 on the sides and one in front of the camera, just like the video described. The light will bounce back from the window and bring your white objects to light. Pretty easy and fairly inexpensive. If you do not have a tripod (which I did not have until my husband brought me this one for my birthday a month ago), you can either build one out of a tennis ball or buy a cheaper one, but make sure you have one.

Here’s the picture I’ve been waiting for this entire time. Elegant, sharp, but interesting at the same time. I took me a while, but I think it was worth it. Now I have a bunch of new pictures in my shop and a much more consistent look across pictures, overall. I hope you agree with me that my efforts were worth it! Now, back to my window to shoot the remaining handful of earrings.

Make sure to stop by my shop to check out the other pictures and all my new items.

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SUMMER CLEANING CLEARANCE SALE – RECYCLED JEWELRY

Sure, you are probably thinking: “Summer cleaning dude!? you are like… a season late.” Well, I would have had a jewelry spring sale if I had the time, but between the end of the semester and several craft shows, I barely had the time to shower this past couple of months~

Don’t think that this late spring cleaning idea is only limited to my jewelry. In fact, I have a 4 feet tall pile of clothes to donate that I just pulled out of my closet yesterday, I cleaned the house (including underneath the furniture – yes I don’t do that often, deal with it!) and organized my jewelry making tools.

That is good for me, but the sale is good for you! you can now have those funky shampoo bottle earrings that you saw in December and those other pair of dangle earrings with the super geek shampoo ingredients printed on. While waiting for Twice brand new website to be on and allow direct check out, visit my Etsy store and grab a pair of eco-chic, upcycled, ethical pair of earrings. You deserve them, after all, it is the end of the semester for everybody!

Enjoy!

Stefania

 

 

 

 

 

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Once Nuts


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ONCE NUTS

Twice has an exciting new line of sustainable jewelry, Once Nuts, made out of nuts and berry seeds.

 

MATERIALS

Tagua Nuts

Also known as vegetable ivory (palm ivory, or corozo), Tagua beads are produced from the seeds of Phytelephas (family Arecaceae), a specie of palm native to South America. Tagua earned its popularity because of its resemblance to elephant ivory. Contrarily to elephant teeth, however, vegetable ivory is a highly sustainable, cruelty-free material. The white nut is harvested, dried, sliced and dyed in beautiful colors by people in South America. Tagua was used to make buttons, before the introduction of plastic in buttons manufacturing, which put the jobs of all those people at risk and accelerated poverty in countries already battered by scarcity. By purchasing tagua nut products, you are supporting those workers and helping eliminating elephant hunting for ivory.

 

Acai seeds

Acai beads are produced from the fruit seeds of the açaí palm, native to Brazil and Peru. Acai is largely advertised as a dietary supplement, but while the curative properties of the berry has never been scientifically proven, the use of its seeds is a highly sustainable material that can be used to make natural jewelry. Acai beads come in many gorgeous colors.

Our nuts and seeds come from a trusted supplier who offers respectfully traded beads.

Buy

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DIY – Jewelry Roll

With 2 craft shows coming up within the next 2 weeks, I have been frantically accumulating earrings in my studio (ok, my bedroom). Probably because of the spring coming up, I suddenly had the urge to organize the pieces I will be taking with me to the show. Needless to say, I have a ton of scrap fabric to upcycle, which made the whole thing possible.

First, let me tell you, I am not a sewer, never been and never will. It just gets on my nerves. Don’t give me wrong, I know that it is partially because of my underdeveloped tailoring skills, but on the other hand I also have more than a handful of skills that require some patience. I just happen to have a particularly bad aptitude about sewing. But I overcame the initial fear, because I was super excited about organizing jewelry as well as reusing some of that old fabric that has been accumulating for quite a while.

The result is far from being professionally looking, but it was worth the effort and—as for now—I am not excluding the possibility of replicating the experience.

First I looked online and found a bunch of amazing patterns to follow. But I am lazy (yes, don;t judge me), so I could not possibly thing of downloading and printing patterns and even using a measuring tape was out of discussion. So I closed my laptop and started cutting right away. I had an old pair of jeans, which served as the outer layer (but any stiff fabric will work). Then I decided to have an inner layer and the internal linen. Thinking back, I could have probably avoid the inner layer, which makes the roll a little bulky.

First I made the actual earring holder, by folding a stipe of the same fabric. Then I attached it to the inner and linen layers (excluding the jeans, external layer).

Here you can decide on whether you want it divided, to be able to hang several things and prevent them from moving around too much or not. But that is really up to you. As for me, my laziness lead my dividers to become larger and larger, but that was clearly neither intentional, nor planned (yes, I wish I were that smart). This was the most annoying part of the project and it seemed to take forever. Probably also because my thread kept getting out of the needle, and it take me at least 20 seconds to put it back. It literally happened twice every three seams, so I probably spent about 30 minutes on this. But again, timing is off because of my poor sewing skills. I am sure a slightly more experienced sewer would do an excellent job in half the time it took me to do this one single step.

At that point, I was finally ready to assemble the roll. I did it working with the fabric on the wrong side.

 

The earrings fall of at times, so I’lll probably make a better one, but this is good enough for now. Feel free to share your project if you want.

Enjoy!

Stefania

 

 

 

 

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Earth Day 24-hours Sale – April 22 – 20% OFF EVERYTHING

Support  environmentally-conscious businesses on Earth Day 2012 and save 20% on Twice collection. FOLLOW ME on Twitter to receive the 20%OFF CUPON CODE.

In addition, for the entire month of April Twice will be donating 5% of each sale to http://www.earthday.org/2012.

On its 42nd anniversary, Earth Day celebrations are far from being dead. Earth Day has brought the attention of  bloggers, businesses and media to one of the hottest contemporary issues: the future of planet earth threatened by global warming.

You can support an environmentally-conscious businesses directly and indirectly support Earth Day as well, by buying a sustainable, upcycled accessory. Because remember: diamonds last forever, and so does plastic.

Happy Earth Day, my friends!

~Stefania

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Interview and giveaway

Twice is featured on A Life Sustained. The article includes an interview and a giveaway.

A lucky reader of A Life Sustained will receive pair of upcycled circular dangle earrings.

 

Visit  A Life Sustained and follow the instructions to enter. The winner will be chosen by November 5.

 

Good luck!

 

Stefania

 

 

DIY – Business cards: How to make upcycled business cards for your small business

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I was the luck winner of a business cards giveaway, sponsored by UPrinting. I am very excited about this win, because the cards are made out 50% recycled materials and Uprinting uses green ink to print them.

However, it probably will be a while until I receive the cards, thus I need something to hold on in the meanwhile. I decided to apply my upcycling skills to solve the issue. It occurred me that I have been saving cereal boxes for a while now, because I want to make my jewelry boxes out of cereal packaging. Cereal boxes are perfect for business cards, because they have just the right texture. Furthermore, those boxes are recycled, which makes it even better. Of course, you can only use the inner part of the box, unless you find a way to cover the cereal images.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Scissors or any paper cutter device

– Cereal, pasta or oatmeal boxes

– Printer, rubber stamp or simply a pen (if you have a nice handwriting)

Just cut the business cards the size you need. You can also make price tags and other paper marketing tools with the same method. I personally chose a mini business card size (1.5 inches high x 3 inches wide). It is the perfect size for small items such as earrings. I then printed my logo and addresses on paper—documents or junk mail printed on one side will work— and cut the logo so that some of the cardboard is visible, then paste it with some glue. If you have a stamp you can use that, which will give your business cards a surprisingly professional look. If you are a good hand writer, you can write what you’ll need by yourself and that’s it. With minimal effort and virtually no cost you’ll have eco-friendly, stylish and unique business cards for yourself of your small business.



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