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Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer News from TuffBags -- composting, new items and a sale!

Happy Summer from TuffBags!  July is my favorite month of the year as it is so wonderfully warm, has so many fun events and frankly, it is my birthday month as well as my younger son's (we share the same birthday!).

Summer is a great time to start composting so enjoy my article on composting.



Composting – it is easier than you think!  
By Kate Rachel Lozier

Composting….sounds messing and difficult, right? Wrong!  Composting is one of the most natural and easy things to do, whether you live in an apartment or in a house.

“Composting is the aerobic decomposition of biodegradable organic matter, producing compost”…”also known as brown manure, {which} is the aerobically decomposed remnants of organic matter.” [Wikipedia]

Composting promotes the circle of life as nature intended.  Placing these materials into a  plastic bag and/or a garbage can inhibits this natural process.

Why compost?
  1. very inexpensive to do
  2. provides you with free soil amendments and mulch for your gardens
  3. saves you money as you throw less garbage away and reduces landfills.
  4. recycles natural materials as they should be

 What can you compost?
  1. all vegetables and fruits including nuts
  2. dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
  3. eggshells
  4. shredded newspaper, paper and cardboard produced with soy based inks
  5. manure and waste from healthy herbivores (pet waste from rabbits, guinea pigs and other vegans) including their bedding
  6. saw dust, wood chips
  7. weeds, dead plants from your garden, dead indoor plants and flowers, lawn clippings, leaves, straw, hay, grass, peat moss, shredded stems and twigs
  8. fireplace ashes (no coal ashes)
  9. coffee grounds and filters
  10. cardboard rolls from toilet paper and paper towels

What should you NOT to compost?
  1. chemically treated yard waste or plants
  2. meat and dairy products
  3. diseased items
 
Where can you compost?
  1. your yard in a sunny spot
  2. small container in your house
  3. your town’s location (many townships have community composting)
  4. join your friends and neighbors to make one compost
  5. in a commercially produced activator or container in your yard
  6. place the compost heap or container in a convenient location (our pile is just below a window from the house so it is very easy to feed the pile).
 
When can you compost?
All year around…yes, even in the Winter.  During the cooler months you will not be able to turn your compost heap, but you can accumulate the materials.

What do you need to compost?
  1. separate space or container
  2. bowl or container to hold items from the house before it goes to the heap
  3. cooperation from family members
  4. tool to turn the compost
  5. a small amount of time and energy
 
What do I have to do with my compost pile or container?
  1. the smaller the items that go into your compost pile the faster the decomposition time.
  2. turn your pile at least once weekly
  3. add a lot of items to your pile less frequently as opposed to adding small amounts frequently...volume is better than frequency
  4. you can add worms to your compost to speed up the process




Where can I find more information on composting?
  1. http://www.composting101.com/
  2. http://vegweb.com/composting/
  3. http://www.compostguide.com/index.html
  4. http://www.ehow.com/how_3541_begin-compost-pile.html
  5. google or yahoo search engines



New products from TuffBags!

 

Minions kippah or yarmulke


Marvel Comics superheros: Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Spiderman, Iron Man all on one yarmulke




inhaler pouch carriers holders with medical alert label






 

 Tapestry sling cross body waist mini purse with a mini wallet inside

 main dimensions: 8.5" horizontal width x 7" vertical height x 1.5" thickness/depth = 73.5 cubic inches (all dimensions are approximate)

This Just the Essentials tapestry zippered purse is just perfect for going out, shopping, going to a sports event, dancing, wear under your clothing or coat, and more---carry the basics or the essentials such as your phone, car key, a couple of bucks, tissues, lipstick, inhaler, credit cards, shopping cards and other identification cards......hands free! All of the tapestries used are stain resistant and the bags are completely lined with a coordinating cotton. I use a lighter color lining to make it easier for you to see what is inside your bag.

features:


Adjustable 1/4" deluxe high end braided cord to fit most sizes and allows comfort when tucking bag under garments (maximum cording length is 58" long). You can adjust the length for a shoulder bag, waist bag, or sling across your body. The cord is a matched to the fabric and I warrant the cord...so no worries on just how strong this cord is!

Top closing YKK zipper with easy one zipper access to your phone

The inner credit card slots (3) will hold at least 2 credit / shopping cards per slot. There is a bonus pocket behind these for stashing your cash.

The opposite pocket is for your phone (dimensions of pocket 3.75" wide x 6" long).  

 



















special coupon for blog readers only (not posted on the web site!):

SUMBLOG2015
10% OFF order of $ 30 or more (before shipping)
expires 07/31/2015



Specials in our Etsy Shop!! 

♥♥♥ SALE!! ♥♥♥ FREE 1st class USA SHIPPING on: ♥♥♥ ALL JEWELRY, all small tapestry bags and tapestry cases, challah covers, select home decor, regular kippahs and lace kippahs NOW through July 31st, 2015 (nice discounts on international shipping) NO COUPON NEEDED ♥♥♥ 


Enjoy the wonderful Summer and have fun!
L'Shalom,
Kate Rachel Lozier
owner/designer TuffBags

 

 






Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I know what every Mom wants for Mother's day!

Yes it is true, I do know what every Mom wants for Mother's day!  We Mom's simply want you, our child or our children to visit, send us a greeting, give us hugs.

As the Beatles song says "Money can't buy me Love!"

We love cards made by you, a meal, cleaning up the kitchen and other very thoughtful things that you can do for us.  We Moms treasure our time with you and greatly appreciate your doing nice things for us.

I wish all the Mothers a very happy special Mother's Day!



Now on to what is new at TuffBags



Every woman will look simply beautiful in a feminine Sephardic Hat style / Bucharian kippah in batik, musical theme fabrics, realistic butterfly fabrics, tiny flower patterns, and gorgeous Star of David fabrics. 







Now that MLB team fabrics are available again we've got a lot of teams in stock and many more are on their way later on in May and in June.

Current teams available for order:
New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves; Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, all teams MLB helmuts (many different teams selected at random) 



What is new in my etsy shop









Happy Spring (FINALLY!) and I hope you all enjoy your gardening, walks, bike rides, and the beauty of Spring!

L'shalom,

Kate Rachel Lozier
Owner/Designer
TuffBags




Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Holidays and new tapestry trim Sephardic hat style yarmulkes!


Happy Spring to all of my readers!  Most of us have endured a very hard Winter and are eagerly looking forward to warm, sunny Spring weather.

The Spring holidays are rapidly approaching.  Passover first Seder begins on Shabbat at sundown, Friday April 3, 2015.  East Sunday is April 5, 2015.  I wish everyone wonderful holidays.

I've created new matzo or matzah covers with 3 sections in fabulous new prints.  You can add the optional matzo style label with the Hebrew word for matzah to your case.


3 section matzo case / matzah cover

These are just 3 of the new prints for Passover this year.  Please visit the page for all of the great matzah 3 section cases.

Jerusalem with optional Matzah in Hebrew label

Marbalized blue waves (think the crossing of the Sea of Reeds)

Batik flowers




Naturally I have the matching afikomen zippered case / cover  in the same fabrics and with the optional Hebrew Afikomen label

batik flowers afikomen case with Hebrew label


seder ritual items afikomen case


Your seder will not be complete with gorgeous kippahs!  I just received new tapestry trims for new stunning   Bucharian Tapestry Trim hat style yarmulkes.







These are just a few of the new trims, with many of them featuring gold and / or silver metallic trim.  You can select your trim, background color and then the size you need.  

Please be sure to see all of our  wonderful kippahs / yarmulkes via this link.  I've got something for everyone including Disney kippahs (new Frozen fabric to post soon), Star Wars yarmulkes, NFL, NCCA and NBA kippahs, to name a few.

That is all for this time.  Happy Passover!

L'Shalom,

Kate Rachel Lozier