2010 Eco-DIY New Year’s Resolutions :: by Victoria Klein

A new year is a new opportunity to take creativity into our own hands. There’s no better time to try that craft you’ve been eyeing all these years. For me, that is a long list! I’ve resolved to make 2010 my ultimate sustainable DIY year, trying my hand at …

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(1) Working the (Potter’s) Wheel

Why would anyone put off trying pottery? I’ve been asking myself the same thing, especially after I purchased a mug from Stephanie Kao.

(2) Knitting on a Curve

After knitting nothing but scarves for 3 years, it’s time to learn more. Hats, sweaters, and mittens, oh my! HardySupplyCo sells some gorgeous organic cotton yarn (my fav!) from Holland.

(3) Eco-Caring for my Kitty

I love my cat almost as much as I love my husband, so he deserves to live a healthy lifestyle too. A kit from Eco-Me will help me make my own flea & tick spray, litter freshener, and pet treats. (They have a dog version too.)

(4) Sewing the Basics

Making your own napkins, pillowcases, & t-shirts can’t be that tough, can it? Lotta Jansodotter’s Simple Sewing book will be my guide.

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(5) Vegan Cupcakes Galore

I’m a sucker for sweets & highly enjoy baking my own. In an effort to reduce my dairy consumption (go away, acne!), it’s time to try baking some vegan cupcakes & brownies. Enter the BabyCakes NYC cookbook.

(6) Cross-a-Stitch or Two

Grammy was the first person to introduce me to crafts, especially cross-stitching. After almost 2 decades, I’m ready to give it another go. I highly enjoyed it the first time & will enjoy it even more with Atlantic Treefox as my inspiration.

(7) BYOPB

Need to do more crafts? Check. Need to eat more produce? Check. Solve two problems with one solution: Evelyn Field’s DIY pattern for 6 snack bags.

(8) Bringing the Green Inside

Terrariums are all the rage lately, but the concept is centuries old. Before spring has sprung & all my attention goes to my mum’s garden, I’m going to try making my own mini-nature scene. My manual: The New Terrarium by Tovah Martin.

What will you be dabbling in during 2010?

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about victoria klein

Victoria Klein is a freelance writer + photographer (visit her Etsy shop) + creative dabbler. She recently released her first photo book, A San Francisco Era: 2006-2009. In 2010, she’s releasing an introductory guide to yoga with Turner Publishing.

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