Hello all! Glad to be back! I was at my mom’s house for the good part of this week, helping her as she recovered from her second knee surgery. She only has dial-up internet connectivity, which is murder when you’re trying to get internet-based writing done. I headed out to the adorable, super-friendly, free-trade/organic-coffee-serving coffee shop in her tiny mountain town of Burnsville, NC to write up my Small Measures with Ashley post that is up today over at Design Sponge. It’s about expressing and practicing gratitude, something I try to keep ever-present in my thoughts. It’s easy to be grateful for the good things that come down the pipe in life. It’s harder to be appreciative of the challenges-the driver who cuts you off, the mean person working at the deli you frequent, the terse nurse at the hospital. I once read a bumper sticker that read “Bless them, change me.” Words to live by. Have a lovely weekend!
Congratulations to D. An, over at Homesteader Wanna-be! She’s the lucky winner for this month’s Small Measure Can-Do giveaway. And just in time for Thanksgiving! Lucky you!
So, it turns out that small measure has won an award! This humble labor of love was recently named “Most Inspirational Local Blog” at the annual BlogAsheville awards. I’m delighted beyond words. The core idea behind Small Measure is that making environmentally sensible lifestyle choices need not be daunting. There are simple, daily gestures individuals can take to benefit themselves, their families, their communities, and the planet as a whole. With small measure I strive to chronicle the triumphs, attempts, and challenges experienced in my attempt at living with deliberate awareness of the world around me, offering tidbits of seasoned wisdom and advice for others along the way. The fact that others have decided to come along for the ride, and found inspiration en route, is more than I could have ever hoped for. THANK YOU!
Why toss out yard waste and kitchen scraps when you can turn them into nutrient-rich, vital compost? Come check out my “Small Measures with Ashley” post this week over at Design Sponge where I discuss different composting options, methods, and troubleshooting tips.
It’s raining buckets outside (courtesy of Ida-my fruit trees send you a big “THANK YOU”); my mom is laid up in the hospital following a second (!!!) knee replacement surgery in 5 months; my chickens are molting and look pathetic; and my editor, my publisher’s publicist, and another marketing crew member are coming over in a few hours to film some promotional videos for the “Homemade Living” series. I’m scrambling.
* All Groundhog Shoes packaging is made from recycled fibers
* Where possible Groundhog tries to source materials local to the factories where the shoes are produced- minimizing on transportation
* To minimize the effect on our environment, Groundhog Shoes are shipped by sea carriage
*All of their leathers are treated with vegetable oil, eliminating dangerous chemicals from the process and from the environment
* The bottom of the shoe is Crepe rubber – a natural product that comes from the sap of Lactae Hevea rubber trees
* The foot bed is made from natural coconut matting & provides a comfortable platform for the wearer
* The foot bed on the interior of the shoe is a soft fabric made with bamboo charcoal – also biodegradable and offering one of nature’s most effective anti bacterial and anti odorants!
By manufacturing shoes in an environmentally friendly manner and making sustainable business decisions, Groundhog Footwear has created a line of green shoes anyone would be proud to walk in.