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Monday, September 27, 2010

Rings & Things Bead Tour 09/26/2010

Yarn Cat Crafts Owner, Margaret C. Ostigny had a great day at the Rings & Things Bead Show. 
"So many beautiful beads...what to choose, what to buy!"  "Well, I did manage to bring back some of those marvelous assorted stones and gems!" Look for some being added soon in the Yarn Cat Crafts Jewelry Supplies (in Craft Supplies)!" MO 



2 Comments to Rings & Things Bead Tour!:

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Dave at Rings & Things on Monday, October 04, 2010 2:23 PM
Hi Margaret, what a nice gallery from the bead show! Glad you had a nice time there; we sure did. (Though it was a super long day: waking up in Boston, driving to North Haven, doing the show, then another drive to New Jersey. Whew!) :) Dave at Rings & Things

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Margaret C Ostigny on Monday, October 04, 2010 4:39 PM
Hi Dave, Thanks for your comment and visiting US too!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Arts and Craft Kits in Review - Artterro Art Kits

I thought that I would give my personal opinion about Artterro's Art Kits.
1) I love the quality of the supplies that they provide in each of their kits. The felt is wonderful! The felting tools are of very good quality.
From Artterro's web site: "We feature high-quality natural materials in our kits like 100% wool felt, 100% post-consumer waste decorative handmade paper, glass and wooden beads, cotton thread, hand batiked cotton fabric, and copper wire. We want people to value the materials they are working with so they want to keep them."
2) I also love the no frills packaging! What a relief not to have to pry open these package while many other types of craft kits come locked in plastic packages and then once you have managed to get them open, you are left wondering what to do with the packaging! On some of those kits with outer packaging there is generally important information and sometimes the warrenty information that you want to keep. So with these other types of art and craft kits, I end up getting out the utility or craft knife and cut out the parts of the packaging that I think I may need later. Well, with the Artterro Art kits, you do not have that problem.
 From Artterro's Web Site:

Where’s the Big Fancy Box?

Our kits look a little different than your average craft kit. It’s because we’ve turned them inside-out! Most companies spend their money on big cardboard boxes with lots of plastic packaging inside and pennies on the materials. We’ve skipped the excessive packaging and invested in 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper, reusable bags and beautiful high-quality materials that sell themselves.

What Sustainability Means to Us

"We founded Artterro with important core beliefs. We are committed to using as few resources as possible, respecting and enjoying the company of the people we work with, and taking into account the social and environmental impact we have on the planet and community at home. We will always strive to offer worthwhile, affordable products that encourage friends and family to connect with each other and the very human need to create beauty in our lives."

What We’re Doing Now (Artterro)

  • "We partner with Green Solutions Printing, a small family-owned buisness in Eugene, OR, where all our packaging inserts and marketing materials are printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper using vegetable based inks and renewable energy."
  • 'We minimized kit packaging, reducing waste and shipping expense. They take up less space in packing boxes. The inserts are recyclable and bags reusable."
Eco-friendly indeed! 
What do you think?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Hello all art and craft lovers! This is my first blog!

I wanted to start my first blog with a discussion on arts and crafts kits.
 I have found (okay several months ago now) some very special award-winning eco-friendly art kits (for all ages really) and I wanted to know what others think about them. Please share your thoughts. Here are some questions just to get things going.

1) Have you heard about Artterro Art Kits (see photo above for sample art kit)?   Link to their site: http://www.artterro.com/
2) After checking out their site, what is your opinion about the Artterro Art Kits? 
3) Have you or someone you know tried any of them? If so, what did you think about them? 
4)Would you ever consider buying one (or more) for yourself or to give as a gift? (Just want to have an idea about how well this type of product comes across to someone who is interested in arts and crafts)
5) What type of art/craft kits are you interested in or do you prefer to hunt down your own supplies and tools and create something on your own?

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