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do stuff! & Ten minute no-sew recycled t-shirt bag! Tutorial time! I got a gig teaching a recycled t-shirt project at the library a few months ago, with a request for a recycled tee bag – the only bags I’d made from tees in the past had required sturdy sewing, and I didn’t want hand-sewing to be the only thing holding the bottom closed in a class version of the bags, so I started brainstorming about some kind of hand-sewing-friendly or no-sew bag idea…. and here’s what I came up with! The simplest version of these bags is great for smaller tees, or the more light-weight kind of girl-tees – just turn the bottom of the shirt into a drawstring and tie it closed! As you can see, even with a not huge tee, this will still leave a significant hole in the bottom of your bag, but for purposes like grocery shopping, this size hole shouldn’t really matter… But to make smaller holes, just make more than one of them! And now for the actual tutorial – for this one, with the step-by-step, I will be making the bottom with 3 holes. My finished Sonic bag!

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability News, Press Releases, Feeds, Events and More Recycle Used CDs | Making This Home Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about recycling and repurposing odds and ends that can’t go into our recycling bins. The latest target in our house? CDs. Thanks to our decision to go digital, we don’t buy a lot of CDs or DVDs. Not now. Turn CDs into a craft project Curlby and Make-Stuff have both compiled a slew of different projects from disco balls like the one below to clocks and driveway reflectors. Great for kids, RePlayGround has simple ideas for making sun catchers that I know the volunteers at day camp would have been all over if CDs were actually floating around when we were kids. Mail them to Recycling Centers Mail CDs, DVDs, and cases to the CD Recycling Center for a $2.00 donation. Wanna chip in on any ideas you have for recycling or repurposing CDs? As you probably know if you’ve stuck around us, we’re always looking for more recycling topics (Like remember what we found about recycling contacts and glasses? (Images from MakingFriends & CD Recycling Center)

Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation ”Normal” Jobs are a Safety Net for Entrepreneurs The right incentives can go a long way towards successful entrepreneurship. How does a functional, healthy labor market help entrepreneurs? Startup Activity Gains Momentum in Most States and Metros, According to Latest Kauffman Startup Index The majority of U.S. states and largest metropolitan areas experienced an increase in new business creation Ag Tech and Flood Response is shaping Cedar Rapids Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Entrepreneurial growth and scale since the Great Recession will undoubtedly be hot topics at the Mayor's Summit Cross-program Initiatives We support large-scale initiatives that complement the Foundation's core Education and Entrepreneurship work. Millennials and the Platform Economy As Millennials are becoming an increasing part of the adult population; how does the platform economy impact their path to economic independence? Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship Shifts to Growthology PDE’s Last Call Why Competition Matters

Create Something Saturday's- DIY Stencil Art | 8th Continent Soymilk Blog - StumbleUpon by 8thlopez on July 26, 2010 If you are a fan of graffiti or any type of street art, chances are you have come across an artist named Banksy who does impeccable stencil art installations and is now a world-renowned artist, even though he keeps his identity a secret. You may not be an aspiring Banksy, but would like to make some stencil art yourself. If you follow these directions you will be able to easily make stencil art of your own all by doing a quick picture edit, printing it out, cutting it out, and then painting! What you will need: A printer with black inkXacto KnifePaintsCard Stock Weight PaperCanvasRegular Paint BrushSponge Paint BrushBright Colored Marker Directions: The first thing you want to do is find a picture that you would like to make into a stencil. Recolor the picture to grayscale. Turn the contrast all the way up to 100%. After you have printed the picture, take a bright marker and trace the parts that you will be cutting out. WARNING! “Oh cool stencil art?!? “Me.”

Soothe Winter Skin with this Homemade Sugar Scrub Winter skin has been an issue for me, for as long as I can remember. All summer long I swim, garden and hike around in the Southern California sun. Occasionally I will leave my skin outdoors for too long, turning it bright pink (never the deep, creamy brown my mom and sister have) but it always bounces right back to my soft, milk-white and freckly skin. In the winter months however, my skin completely dries out on me. Winter is when my skin should love me! I’m indoors a lot more during the colder months, and pay more attention to diet, lotions, and even the temperature of my showers… and yet without fail, every year my arms get itchy and dry patches that resemble the lower half of Daryl Hanna in Splash. This year, I’m fighting back against winter skin with a homemade sugar scrub. This scrub not only feels amazing, it also smells amazing, is so cheap to put together, and it requires only FIVE ingredients. White sugar Whole Vanilla Beans Olive Oil (Or Mineral Oil) * Hi friends!