Polka Dot Cottage Category Archive for : being green

Archive for being green

How to recycle a cereal box in six easy steps

How to Recycle a Cereal Box, a painfully obvious tutorial from Polka Dot Cottage

A detailed tutorial, for the benefit of certain people who think their recycling duty is done, the moment they bring the empty box to the kitchen and deposit it on the table.

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A True Tale of Torn Trousers

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Once upon a time, I had a pair of jeans that I truly loved. Not being one for whom jeans generally fit well, it is always greatly-appreciated when I come across a pair that doesn’t need to be pulled up, yanked down, or otherwise fussed-with every 10 minutes. I found these GAP Flare jeans in […]

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Bribery will get you everywhere

New camera bag

Or, at least to Ohio. I’ll spare you the silly details, but let me just say that this week Neil and I found ourselves at an impasse.  One of us wanted to attend an event in Ohio soon, the other of us (who wasn’t too keen on the Ohio idea) had been jonesing for this […]

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Who knew books could be so witty?

I’m kind of a craft book hoarder, and I have always liked buying new.  But financial necessities forced me recently to take more advantage of the library and engage in many fewer impulse buys.  To my surprise, I discovered that I kind of like borrowing first.  I found the try-before-you-buy that the library offers to […]

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Foodie for the summer


Something about the appearance of the first local strawberry every year puts me on a local / organic / sustainable food and green-living kick.   Ideally, I’d like to think along these lines all year round, and I do try, but it’s just so much easier when the farmers markets open up and the fresh local […]

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Brown (or aqua with cherries) bagging it


I figured I’d take the momentum of having a new reusable lunch bag, and see what else I could do to reduce the waste involved in lunching away from home.  First thing I did was make myself a set of Lunch Box Napkins like I have for my kids.  Theirs are lemons, but I made […]

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Lunch Box Napkins


A few of you asked for more information about how I make my napkins, so I decided now was as good a time as any to whip up a few for the boys’ lunch boxes and photograph the process. This tutorial makes three small napkins, which when folded in half, are approximately the size of […]

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Seasonal Napkin Disorder


Can one ever have too many seasonal cloth napkins?  Is there really such a thing as an overabundance of soft, gentle, go-ahead-and-use-them-everyday kitchen linens?  It’s been over two years since I made my first set of napkins out of quilting cottons, and in that time I have not bought a single package of paper napkins. […]

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Morning Coffee with Heather Bruggeman

Beauty That Moves

Hi there!  Ready for another Morning Coffee interview? Fill up your cup and have a seat. Today we’ll be chatting with Heather Bruggeman of Beauty That Moves. What Draws me to Beauty That Moves I found Beauty That Moves just over a year ago, when Amanda of Soulemama mentioned Heather’s “Month of Balance” series.  Balance […]

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From Grandma’s table to my hips

Ingredients for the skirt I wanted to make

I’ve had a small pile of fabric set aside for the last three months. In that stack was: two thrifted pillowcases in a lovely pink, yellow, and aqua stripe a roll of polka-dot grosgrain ribbon in dark brown and aqua my grandmother’s tablecloth, white with a yellow, pink, and aqua floral border These were to […]

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