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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

May Events Update

 

Twice will be at the 20th ANNUAL JURIED ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW sponsored by the Branford Womans’ Club. Details regarding the event are attached below. Stop by, if you live nearby!

 

20th ANNUAL

JURIED ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

SPONSORED BY

THE BRANFORD WOMAN’S CLUB

DATE:     Saturday May 19th, 2012

TIME:      10a.m.- 4p.m.

PLACE:   Branford Town Green, Branford, CT.

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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May Events and Craft Fairs

Dear earth lovers, jewelers and friends,

I am very excited to announce that I will be taking part of two amazing Craft Fairs in Connecticut. There will be artisans from over the North East and the focus will be on beautiful art, crafts and sustainability. Make sure to stop by if you live nearby, I truly look forward to meeting you!

Twice will be @ the East Coast #CraftFair | New Haven, CT | May 5th and 6th, 2012 10am-4pm | make sure to stop by!

Twice will be @ the Crafter’s Haven #CraftFair | New Haven, CT | May 12th, 2012 10am-4pm | make sure to stop by

 

 

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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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Diamonds last forever, and so does plastic.

I am a minimalist jewelry designer. I transform waste material in ethereal, elegant, sustainable pieces of wearable art, perfect for any occasion. Twice offers hand-sculpted, unique pieces of jewelry. With any of the Twice creations, you will own an eco-friendly, green, sustainable accessory that will conciliate your fashion needs and your eco-chic lifestyle.

Twice makes you pretty, guilt-free.

Materials

Twice cares about the environment. I reuse materials that would be wasted otherwise, or that are produced without drawing additional resources from the environment.

HDPE, high-density polyethylene

Plastic is extremely durable and degrades very slowly. Recycling plastic is not easy, due to the difficulties in sorting various plastic materials. Did you know that unrecycled plastic is often disposed in landfills or it accumulates in the ocean? I use a particular type of plastic—HDPE—which will make a durable, non toxic piece of jewelry. HDPE is is also used in food storage because it has very low risk of leaching BPA, a toxic component present in plastic.

Recycled Sterling Silver

I buy my silver from a trusted supplier who offers 100% recycled silver wire. Recycled silver leaves a lower carbon footprint, if compared to silver that is freshly pulled out of the ground.

With the purchase of any of the Twice pieces of jewelry, you will receive a beautifully packaged gift that will last forever.

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