r-anne-dom : a place for me (anne) to leave random blog posts.
Such as:
..knitting, sewing, and other random activities pursued
..Girl Guides of Canada : yep, Guiding Lives Here
..the 3 shops on Etsy : one features quality handmade items; the second has lots of patterns, & crafting supplies; and the third is stocked with Vintage
Enjoy the r-anne-domness!

April 20, 2015

6 Ways You Can Take Part in Earth Week

6 Ways You Can Take Part in Earth Week

Earth Week is April 20 – 24, 2015

You can take small actions to benefit the environment. It’s the little things that count, and collectively we can make a big difference. 

Medication Drop offs
Drop off your expired medications at your local pharmacy or drug store so they are disposed of in a safe and responsible way.  Most pharmacies will take your expired medications.

Alkaline Battery Collection
Drop your alkaline batteries at local collection boxes. I have seen collection boxes at hardware stores like Home Hardware, Rona & Home Depot and at other big box stores like Staples and Best Buy. Check your local stores to safely dispose of your batteries and ensure they are disposed of with the least impact to the environment. 

Stamp Out Styrofoam
Before asking for a doggie bag check with the restaurant to see what options they provide for wrapping your leftovers. Instead of a styrofoam container perhaps they will provide you with paper wrap and a paper bag, compostable containers, or foil. Or do you have plastic zipper bags that you can carry with you?

Save A Cup
Purchase a reusable coffee cup and use this at your local coffee outlet. Some coffee outlets offer discounts on the price of coffee if you provide your own cup!

Blue Bin Recycling
Do you know what can and cannot be put into your blue bin? Our community recently expanded the list of items collected! We can include coffee take out cups and lids in our blue bins - although they request we separate the cups and lids - and that's a great addition to the list!

Old Cell Phone and Electronics Recycling
Similar to batteries, many local stores also accept old cell phones and electronics for recycling. In some communities, charitable organizations collect old cell phones as a fund raiser!  Find your local organization or drop off location and be smart about recycling your electronics!

March 20, 2015

It's Spring!! (well, according to the calendar...)

It's Spring!! 

(well, according to the calendar...)

Soon enough there will be flowers blooming in the garden!  I can't wait!

March 13, 2015

March 07, 2015

Spring Forward!

Yes, it's Daylight Saving Time!

Time to Spring Forward!

Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour overnight tonight. Darn! We lose an hour's sleep...but it's good to know spring is on the horizon!

Welcome Spring by knitting up a new tote/shopping bag for your groceries! ...a good way to go green and do your part! Click here to purchase the pattern!

February 06, 2015

Tutorial - Popcan Tab Keychain

Tutorial - Popcan Tab Keychain

scraps of yarn
key ring
several popcan tabs

Cut yarn approx. 14 inches for adults to work with, longer for children.

Put yarn through key ring.

Yarn through first popcan tab: 
1/2 of one colour goes opposite way of the other 1/2 of the same colour...

Repeat for other colours and you'll have this:

Repeat for next popcan tab.

Repeat for all colours.

Repeat for next popcan tab(s).
Then tie a knot to keep it all in place.
(this is where children might need longer pieces ...
it took me 3 tries to do this knot using the lengths of yarn I had.)

Trim ends after knot.

For fun ... unravel the ends.

TA DA!!!!!!!

October 12, 2014

Sunday Solitude

Sunday Solitude

Girl Guide Stained Glass

I was in Orillia this weekend and at the Catholic church ... and found this stained glass window! 
What a nice surprise!