consider a local Christmas wreath for your door

Lilli WreathEvergreen boughs of fir and pine in a circular ring say Christmas time!  

Christmas wreaths look great, they smell great, and the feel great to the touch.  they welcome visitors to your door, and are welcome gifts.  and, after the after the season, they have the good manners to compost.  they are an ideal good to know gift that gives (#g2kgtg)

i had a couple of Lilli’s Wreaths, hand made by Joan Dawson and her daughters Jinji and Lilli last year.  they were gorgeous, and it was nice to tell people who made them.

the seasonal business came about as a lesson in life as well as a lesson in craft.  the girls wanted to be part of school and choir trips, which Joan was all for,with the caveat that they had to work to help raise the funds. they went for it.

the wreaths are 18″, fir and pine with rose hips for decoration.  you can get them at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, Some Good Market (December 6), or inbox Joan, or call 765-0217.

Lilli’s Wreath’s will deliver to your door in the St. John’s area.  order by December 15.

 

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good to know gifts that give

somewhere in between those joyous, gauzy memories of perfect Christmas mornings, and the check-out wrought with anxious people there is a place of peace.  i am looking for it.

like the Grinch learned in Whoville, those things we exchange as tokens of love and friendship are not the main point.  but they are nice, and giving feels good.

i love local, and i love giving things that people will like, use, and hopefully will be a bit symbolic of our relationship.  and hopefully won’t leave an unnecessarily big footprint on the planet or humankind.

hits of Christmas past include stuff like wreaths, Clean Don’t Kill non-toxic cleaner, truffles, custom calendars, and boiled wool mitts. (here have been flops too.  unnecessary to detail.)

there is a lot out there.  every day the tiniest little poke around or walk downtown reveals something new.  for the next little while thegreenrock.ca will share Good To Know gifts that give (#g2kgtg), and places to get ’em.

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Wrap-Up

The turkey has been roasted, the presents opened, joy has been shared and the new year is peeking around the corner.  In the meantime, you’re left with a gigantic pile of cards, wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, decorations and an a few more days, a blasty Christmas tree. What to do?

1. Salvage!

Here in St. John’s, our recycling program does not accept wrapping paper, gift bags or cards. Check out this video for more information on holiday recycling from CurbIt! St.john’s.

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Try to salvage as much wrapping paper as you can and re-use it for next year. Gift bags are an easily re-usable item, because they always look good as new. Ribbons and bows are also easy to save, once you have a collection of them, you’ll never have to buy them new again!

2. Recycle your tree!

Here is the information on where and when to drop off your Christmas tree in St. John’s once the season is over, so that it can be turned to mulch for the city’s gardening projects.

Deck the Halls…

Keeping it Green This Holiday is a series of posts about minimizing your environmental footprint in a season that can easily be excessive.   A beautiful holiday can be had by making things from scratch, spending time at home and outdoors, and less time worrying about to-do lists and ‘getting it done’.   Check out the rest of the series on thegreenrock.ca, and have a happy and green holiday!

When it grows colder outside, we retreat indoors with mugs of hot tea and quilted blankets. Holiday decorations are a way to bring warmth, colour and a festive feeling into your home. Candles, oranges, holly, ribbons, wreaths, and boughs bring a sense of coziness and joy. Decorating your home for the holidays doesn’t have to be a mad buying rush. Instead, using what you already have stored in Christmas boxes or gathering bits and pieces from nature can set the perfect note.

Here are a few tips on how to decorate your home, and be green for Christmas.

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LIGHTS

LED (Light Emitting Diode) holiday lights, are a much more efficient, long-lasting, and thus, eco-friendly choice than incandescent lights. New lights in stores are often LED, but check the label to be sure. Your friends or neighbours might have a surplus of strings of lights, or used lights can be found on freecycle.org or kijiji.ca.

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CHRISTMAS TREE

Real or artificial? The old Christmas tree debate… but apparently there is a verdict! Generally, real trees win, because artificial trees are typically thrown away after a few seasons of use. With a real tree, you can recycle it into organic waste, and if you buy a tree that is grown on a Christmas tree farm, you’re not depleting trees from the forest. Read more on the David Suzuki web site.

Traditional Tree

Traditional decorations can give your tree a beautiful, natural appearance and are a way to avoid buying more baubles. Stringing popcorn and cranberries is a fun way to spend time with the kids, all you need is a needle and thread, popcorn and cranberries. Dried orange slices make fantastic ornaments, are easy to make, and they resemble little stained glass windows.

Christmas Tree Disposal

Here is the information on where and when to drop off your Christmas tree in St. John’s once the season is over, so that it can be turned to mulch for the city’s gardening projects.

DECORATIONS

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly! If you go for a walk in the woods, it’s likely you’ll find a wealth of natural materials to use for holiday decorations. Keep an eye out for fallen items– pine cones, dog berries, leaves…Then at home, the trimmings from your Christmas tree, oranges. Poke some cloves into an orange, and you have a pretty and wonderful smelling pomander. Natural items are great for wreaths, centerpieces, window decorations and ornaments and using them helps to avoid over-consumption of holiday trinkets.

There are lots of ways to get creative and reduce your environmental footprint this holiday season, from gifts, to trees, to decorations.

Have a happy and eco-friendly holiday!

Green Gift-Giving

Keeping it Green This Holiday is a series of posts about minimizing your environmental footprint in a season that can easily be excessive.   A beautiful holiday can be had by making things from scratch, spending time at home and outdoors, and less time worrying about to-do lists and ‘getting it done’.   Check out the rest of the series on thegreenrock.ca, and have a happy and green holiday!

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Gift-giving is a central part of the holiday season. Giving is always best when the gift makes the giver and the receiver feel great during the exchange, and after.  Here are some tips on how to use your purchasing power with your environmental footprint in mind, as well as some ideas on how to be creative with gifts and decorations this holiday season.

One way to cut down on consumption this holiday is to have a secret Santa (where everyone picks names from a hat), rather than everyone giving gifts to one another individually.  It means one special person to focus on, and one great gift to source.

GIFT IDEAS

Things you love, things you love to do, and how to find them in the greater St. John’s area. Sometimes it’s made right here – other times it’s made by you!  Supporting local goes a long way.  Check it out!

Purchasing Power

Clothing

Vintage: Quality vintage clothes last forever and it’s not hard to find something unique. If you have someone in your family with a penchant for retro, a gift certificate to Model Citizens wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Charlottestreet Fashion: Handmade clothing from recycled sweaters, right here in St. John’s.

Johnny Ruth/Living Planet: sourced ethically and they have an amazing selection.  Friendly staff – a very fun place to shop.

Knitted goods   

Check out Nonia, or the Craft Council shop for all your knitted goods needs. Craft fairs in St. John’s or around the bay are also great places to find hand-knitted goods. It’s also great to support local knitters, who work so hard at their craft.

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Wood

 Locally made cutting boards, spoons and walking sticks, make beautiful and functional gifts.  Check out the Craft Council shop for some wooden wonders.

Food & Drink

If you’re visiting someone on the Mainland, a taste of your home is always appreciated. Newfoundland Chocolate Company is a great place to start, with delicious chocolates filled with local berries. Local wines are another option, Auk Island Winery makes a variety of berry wines, including “Funky Puffin.” If wine and chocolate aren’t your thing, how about some bottled moose or bakeappel jam?

Made By Me –

Foods

Nobody can turn down a tin of cookies or squares. Just be sure to be conscious of allergies/dietary restrictions!

Hot chocolate spoons look pretty and would be fun for a snowy evening.

Homemade pickles, chutney, jam. This can be a fairly inexpensive gift idea. Especially if you make your  jam from berries you’ve picked yourself. Also, you get to hone your canning skills (if you’re new to preserving, it’s always a good idea to try this with an experienced friend).

Check out this link, for more edible gifts that can be put in mason jars.

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KnittingRavelry is the mecca of free, inexpensive, and beautiful knitting/crocheting patterns.

Sewing: Make something crafty-clothing, quilt, bag, potholder and learn a new skill at the same time. Craftster is a great way to find cool projects with tutorials.

Mix Tape/CD

It’s always nice to receive a playlist mix tape/CD, a personalized playlist of music, selected just for you.  Always respect the artist – buy the music!

Eco-Friendly Cleaner

Here’s a super practical gift…and a new option for those looking to avoid chemical cleaning products, but don’t know where to start. Check out this page for some recipe ideas

Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates, though sometimes considered an impersonal choice, are nice in terms of environmental footprint. Instead of buying a whole bunch of trinkets that may be thrown away, your recipient can carefully choose a gift that they will be sure to use and enjoy. A gift certificate for what? Restaurants! Bookstores! Music stores! Electronics! Movie tickets! A game of golf! Anything with options…

Time Well Spent

Instead of another material thing, a very nice thing is to give the gift of time spent together. Take your loved one(s) to a concert, play, horseback ride, or on a trip!

The Gift of Giving

Giving someone ‘the gift of giving’ is an idea well within the holiday spirit… Donating to a local charity in their name is one way to do this (spending the same amount you would have spent on their gift). Another great way to give this gift, is via a Global Giving gift card. You can put as much money as you want on the card, and your recipient gets to choose from a multitude of charities around the world.