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We Are With You

By Inspiration 5 Comments

We understand the current events are a little unnerving and we’d like to reach out to the Elisabethan Community to let you know WE ARE WITH YOU.

Let’s take this time we have been given and fill it with productivity and goodwill rather than worry.  Below are some suggestions on productive ways to occupy your time while supporting small businesses and the community.

1. Praise

Help a small business you know and love and write them an online review.  Trust us – it helps!  Google, Facebook, TripAdvisor, Yelp – wherever you feel fit.

2. Sew

Do you love sewing just as much as us?!  Spend some quality time with your machine and sew some masks for our Health Care Workers. Here’s a link for a mask pattern that’s been recommenced to us.

3. Freshen Up

Touch up your wardrobe!  Everyone has that favorite button up missing a button or pair of pants with the oil stain – ugh!   Take this moment to give your clothes the TLC they deserve.  These little touch ups allow your clothes to look better and last longer.

4. Create

Find those scraps and make a fun DIY Pompom with our easy to follow instructions.  These pompoms are loved by cats and humans of all ages!

5. Organize

We all go a little wild sometimes in our crafts station.  Finally take the time to reorganize your crafting area and supplies.

6. Shop

If you’re really bored, treat yourself to a little online shopping.  Try to support the little guys during these times.  Amazon is overwhelmed with orders – find a little mom ‘n pop online store and begin your retail therapy.

7. Reach Out

Check in with your relatives and neighbors to see if there is anything you can help them with while respecting social distancing.  Sometimes a nice phone convo may be just what they needed.

8. Be Kind

Remember, everyone is experiencing this in their own way — please be kind.

Show us how you’re making the most of this time by sharing your photos with us on Instagram @elisabethanco and Facebook @elisabethanco

Since you’ve gotten this far we think you deserve a little reward.  Here’s 15% off any one item with promo code: wearewithyou valid through April 1st (Online only. Not valid on custom pieces)

6 Ways to Make Your Halloween Green

By Blog, Sustainability

There’s no question, Halloween is one of the highlights of Fall.  Take a spooky fall evening, add sweets and top it with creative costumes and you’ve got a great holiday.  Unfortunately, you also have a day that produces a bunch of waste (food/candy wrappers, low-quality costumes, accessories, plastic bags, etc).  That’s why Elisabethan wants to offer a few tips on how to make your Halloween green!

 

Go Oldschool – Use a Pillowcase

There’s no need for your little goblins and ghosts to use plastic to collect candy – go oldschool and use a pillowcase.  There are also plenty of other options – tote bags, backpacks, reusable grocery bags, lunchboxes all work great too.  Take it to the next level and make your own.

 

Give Out Eco-Friendly Candies

Sweets and treats are a big part of Halloween – but with them often come excessive wrappers.  Chose to distribute candies from a company that gives back to planet Earth.  Here are a few that have less of an impact than your typical individually wrapped treats:  YumEarth (Sustainable Packaging), Go Organic Fruit Chews (Compostable Packaging), or Glee Gum (Partners to plant trees).

 

Save the Seeds!

Pumpkin Seeds are a delicious and a nutritional powerhouse!  Make them salty or sweet, you can’t go wrong when you cook your pumpkin seeds.  There are plenty of recipes.

 

Get Creative and Make Your Own Costumes!

We all know the best costumes are homemade.  Take some time, get creative and make a costume from clothing you either already have, borrowed from a friend or got at a resale clothing store.  By making your own costume, rather than buying a generic costume (you may never wear again), not only do you help the environment but you’re not limited to what’s in stock.  Don’t forget – homemade costumes always win the costume contests!

 

Bundle Up and Take a Walk

Trick-or-treating isn’t an errand, so don’t treat it like one!  Bundle up yourself and your crew and hit the pavement, enjoy the night while strolling around the neighborhood with your family.  Walking instead of driving to trick-or-trick is a BIG way you can make your Halloween greener.  And let’s be honest, the candy isn’t just for the kiddos – walking is a great way to get a little extra exercise for those extra calories.

 

Compost Your Jack-o-Lantern

Make the most of your jack-o-lantern by adding it to your compost.  Pumpkins compost quickly and will create fertile soil for next year.  Remember it’s important to remove the seeds and smash the pumpkin into multiple pieces – this part is fun!

**Make sure you DO NOT compost pumpkins with toxic or plastic decorations (Paint, glitter etc.)**

If you don’t have a compost bin, simply dig a hole in your garden bed or yard, place the pumpkin in hole, and cover with dirt.  If you do not have a yard, most communities have dropoff locations after the holiday.

Thanks for taking the time to make your Halloween more sustainable.  Have a fun and safe Halloween!  Boo!

Hilary’s ‘Bethan Story

By Bethan Story, Blog

Happy New Year Everyone! We wanted to start off this year by sharing a great ‘Bethan Story shared by the lovely Hilary. Enjoy!

I bought my first Elisabethan wardrobe staple 11 years ago!!! It was 2005. I had just moved to Paonia, the surprise town with everything. After a long winter Friday, some fellow co-workers at High Country News gathered each other up and headed in the bitter cold to the dark end of Grand Avenue for a sale event at a local clothing shop. I had no idea what to expect.

It was unlike anything I’d ever seen! Wide-eyed, I walked around the old building lined with endless colorful stacks of fabric, gazing with glee until I found a rack of jean skirts. That might sound kinda humdrum, but these were the coolest, most fun, creative, and fashionable jean skirts I had ever seen. They were A-line and hit just below the knee. They had been skillfully patched together from different pairs of jeans and adorned with the most whimsical fabric flowers and geometric shapes and buttons.

I sifted through the rack and found my FAVORITE SKIRT OF ALL TIME. A one-of-a-kind creation, it was just my size. That skirt has since lived in Seattle, Santa Barbara, and Portland, where I could always count on it to garner compliments from fellow artful clothing aficionados. Now it’s back home in Paonia, in good shape after all these years.

With that skirt I was hooked, and I developed a habit of saving to buy Elisabethan duds as often as I could. It’s been a fun ride to watch Beth’s creations evolve, and to amass my own small collection of her head-turning, über comfortable, and long-lasting skirts, shirts, scarves, and fingerless gloves. Keep ‘em coming, Beth!