7 Days of Books: Simply Green Giving
Over the next seven days, I thought it would be fun to look at the past and take a look at each book that I’ve done over the years. Each day, I’ll blog about one book, starting with the very first book and ending with a sneak peek at my latest one, while sharing some insight into each one. You’ll also have a chance to win an autographed copy of each book by simply leaving a comment for each book. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane as much as I do!
BOOK: Simply Green Giving
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2007
For both Simply Green Parties and Simply Green Giving, I basically had to write both books at the same time even though they were being published about 6 months apart from each other. Just in time for the holidays, Simply Green Giving gave all of my easy, eco-friendly gift wrapping tips and techniques using everyday trash in unexpected ways.
In the introduction, I talk about the idea for writing the book: yes, the greenest way to wrap a gift is to leave it unwrapped, extend your arms with the present in hands, and say “here ya go! Enjoy!” But that’s also a little bit Scrooge-ish in my opinion and takes all the mystery away from gift giving to begin with. It’s like handing a child a Twenty on Christmas Day and saying “go nuts tomorrow! I hear the sales are great!”
Here are my favorite projects from Simply Green Giving:
Burberry inspired gift wrap: use a grocery store brown paper bag to wrap packages and dress it up with red, black and white electrical tape to re-create the iconic Burberry plaid pattern.
Upcycle an old VHS tape into shiny black ribbon for gifts. Endless yards live inside these obsolete tapes…. and black goes with everything!
How about eating some chips and using the shiny metal inside of the bag to wrap a present? Just wash with soapy water, dry, invert and wrap.
See, carbs can be good!
Tomorrow: A sneak peek at the latest and greatest book, Upcycling