Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Re-usable and Beautiful!

Another amazing recycling shop! Julie Meyer makes amazing cleaning gloves, lunch bags and snack/sandwich bags that are all reusable and beautiful!!

Where are you from?
I live in a bungalow neighborhood of South Minneapolis with my Husband and 3 young children. I went to Minneapolis College of Art & Design and held various jobs from Video Editing and Photo Restoration to office work in the corporate world before I came to Etsy a year and a half ago.

Why did you start your business?
Someone sent me a link to Etsy and I was instantly intrigued. I spent a couple of months clicking through Etsy at the same time I was working part-time for a small local company doing graphic design and marketing work. When this company went under with the economy, I knew it was time to open up a shop on Etsy to see what would happen.

What got you started in recycling?
I wanted to create things that were functional but fun to look at, so I started making and selling reusable market bags and flannel napkins then quickly moved to my insulated lunch bags and cleaning gloves. I recently received several tablecloths and knew right away they make great lunch and snack bags. I love the idea of creating nearly one-of-a-kind items using vintage or recycled fabrics. I also appreciate the quality of fabric you find in vintage tablecloths.

What's your supply addiction?
I don't think I have a huge supply addiction. I'm pretty good at using up what I have before I buy more. I'm not saying I don't have a few boxes of fabric, but I enjoy combining fabrics I already have and using them up.

What motivates or inspires you to create?
I'm motivated when I know I have large chunk of time available to sew. With 3 young children those moments can be small and far between and when I get them, I'm usually sewing like a crazy woman.

Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
I don't currently have these available, but had a blast fusing used plastic grocery bags into a fabric that I could sew with - http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=16395056. I also enjoy using vintage tablecloths to create lunch bags like this http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37704300.

Do you have a blog?
Yes and no. It's on my list for 2010 and I actually opened one last week and have begun creating posts, but I'm not quite ready for it to go live - so stay tuned!

What is your favorite shop that uses recycled materials?
I've also enjoyed the shop DriveByBags on Etsy. They take the vinyl material from roadside billboards and create the coolest bags from them.

15 comments:

  1. Great feature Audrey as always...Love those bags..what a great idea and so pretty...Thanks for sharing this...

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  2. So much cuter and better for the environment than those dumb plastic bags!

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  3. Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog! Julie

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  4. Great feature!
    I love that shop, I've been wanting one of her lunch bags for a while!

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  5. Some people are just so darned clever, and you've managed, once again, to find yet another!!! I love her product, esp. the snack bags. Here I go to her Etsy shop to check things out! Great job, Audrey. And thanks! ~karen

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  6. Great feature! Makes taking a lunch fun and stylish again while being kind to the environment!

    Thanks for sharing!
    April

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  7. I've had my eye on these for quite a while...lovely shop!

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  8. I love these, what a cool idea and they're so cute.

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  9. You find the coolest shops and people!

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  10. A great feature, these bags are such a great idea and so attractive too!

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  11. Ooo! great items! I love the lunch bags!
    Happy Friday!

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  12. Those are so cute!

    I'm here from Friday Follow! I'm glad to have found your blog! Following you now. Hope you'll follow me back! :)

    Shannon at:http://www.milkandcuddles.com/

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  13. Hey! Found you over at Friday Follow. I thought I'd stop by and leave a comment and invite you over to my blogs.
    My family blog: http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com
    My Custom Design Blog (where I am currently offering free custom blog designs): http://sostylilized.blogspot.com

    Hope to see you as the newest follower over at my blogs.

    Happy Friday!! :)

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  14. Following from Friday Follow

    Great bags and they are so cute!

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