Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What people are saying about Rewined Recycled Glassware

I am lucky to have a job making recycled glass where I get so much positive feedback from my customers! It warms my heart to get these little messages, and I wanted to share a couple of them with you as well.

"It's kinda perverse how much I love these glasses. I've purchased one set for myself, and one as a wedding gift for a friend...and I'm considering buying more soon. I will wash one of these glasses to use rather than pick a clean glass from the cupboard. When I have people over, I show them off. I just wanted to say - aside from my old feedback - how much I love your work, and how tickled I am that you appear to be enjoying some success. That is all,"

"The carafe came today and I like it a bunch, the color combination is wonderful.
I am trying to change how I use money. I am making a real effort to only make purchases that fulfill several specific criteria, your work made that easy. Firstly it must be something that will fulfill a real use in my life and will do so with beauty, the carafe does that very well. Secondly it must be something that is, in some way, an environmental positive. Your carafe is made from repurposed bottles and all of the packing material is recyclable so that works too. Thirdly I want to buy directly from the people that create what I am buying to support the independent craftspeople and artisans and that works as well.

Thank you for doing such wonderful work and for sharing it with me."

In peace,
Gale- Chicago

I guess I didn't notice until right now both of these are from Chicago! Thanks for the love Chitown!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Festival of Lights!!

Coming soon to a downtown parking lot near you!!! The First Friday indie Market at the Festival of Lights!!! December 4th from 4 pm-9pm on the corner of South Elm and MLK downtown Greensboro, NC!!! Rewined Recycled Glassware will be there with bells on!!!

For more info check out

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Etsy: Quit your Day Job Feature

Zeke of bodhicitta was able to successfully cut back on the hours at his previous glass fabricating day job until he was able to give full notice and venture into a "right livelihood," running his own environmentally-friendly business selling recycled post consumer wine bottles. Zeke notes Etsy enabled him to make this leap and advises reading the business articles on The Storque. Keep reading to find out why Zeke says every Etsy seller should learn the basics of SEO and why he thinks he just may need to invest in a trust time-clock.

Read the whole interview on the Storque-- Etsy's Blog

Rewined Recycled Glassware Featured on TryHandmade

Check out this great article on Try Handmade!! Try Handmade is on a mission to get people to move away from shopping at big box stores, and back to the more intimate and personal world of handmade. That my type of Mission!!!

Try Handmade

Monday, October 19, 2009

November First Friday indie Market

--Hello! I would like to invite you to come to the First Friday indie Market and Gallery Hop on November 6th from 4pm to 9pm in Downtown Greensboro. Over 45 artists and crafters will be there and many of downtown Galleries and specialty shops will be open late with special events of their own. This month are proud to welcome our non-profit sponsors Bricolage and the Greensboro Youth Orchestra! We are also excited about the "VINTAGE VILLAGE" Greensboros best vintage retailers all in one location! You are personally invited to come make a fun night of it!! Try one of the many fine restaurants, stroll through the open galleries and shops and come see us at the First Friday indie Market on the corner of South Elm and MLK!!
Hope to see you there!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Story of Stuff

What is the Story of Stuff???
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
Watch this it is AWESOME!!!!! Pay attention to it all, but especially the 'ANOTHER WAY' section.
I am proud to say that Rewined Recycled Glassware is helping close the loop of unsustainable production and consumption by producing completely utilitarian glassware from NOTHING NEW! No virgin raw materials are used. They can be used again and again and again. If you decide to get rid of them you can put them in your recycle bin and they can be made into new bottles!

Friday, September 18, 2009

First Friday Indie Market Time!!!

Hey folks it's First Friday indie Market time! Please make plans to join us on Friday October 2nd from 4-9 PM in Downtown Greensboro. Over 30 artist and crafters will be there and all the downtown Galleries and specialty shops will be open late, many with special events of their own. You are personally invited to come make a fun night of it!! Try one of the many fine restaurants, stroll through the open galleries and shops and come see us at the First Friday indie Market on the corner of South Elm and MLK!!
More information is available in the indie market blog
Hope to see you there!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Blog followers special!

If you are one of the kind people who check in on this blog from time to time, I would like to reward you with a great deal on Rewined Recycled Glassware. For the month of September only I am offering Free shipping on all US orders PLUS a $5 off coupon on future purchases to be sent with your order. To take advantage of this sale just type the words "September sale" in the message to seller when checking out and your shipping charges ( a $10 value) will be refunded to your Paypal account. Use the $5 coupon toward purchasing a gift for someone you care about!!
Thanks for being a fan of Rewined Recycled Glassware.
Have a great day!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Studio Tour!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Rewined Recycled Glassware featured on TryHandmade!

Check out this feature story about Rewined Recycled Glassware on !

Friday, August 14, 2009

First Friday Indie Market

Hey Y'all it's indie market time!!! Please make plans to bring your lazy behind, your friends, your neighbors and your Grandma downtown Greensboro on September 4th. It the First Friday indie Market and Gallery hop!! Over 3o local crafters and artists vying for your love and affection as well as open gallery and studios all over downtown. Eat at one of the many restaurants, stoll the streets soaking up the urban ambiance and come see us at the Indie Market on the corner of South Elm Street and MLK 3pm until 9pm!!! It'll be so exciting you'll have to sit on your hands to keep from clapping.

See you there!!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Friday, August 7, 2009

Cocktail Glasses! I am lovin' it, or I am just drunk!

I am really liking these new cocktail glasses I am making from liquor bottles. I have some more in the works so check out my store often to see the new ones as I get them done. Also, for they few loyal followers of this blog, I am offering free shipping in the month of August!!! Qualifying is easy, just be a follower of the blog, favorite an item in my store, then in the 'message to seller' section of your order enter "free shipping please" and I will refund the shipping cost directly to your Paypal account!! Thanks all for the love and support!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Artists and Crafters Wanted!!!!

If you know someone who might like to participate please have them contact me for more information at

Saturday, June 20, 2009


I haven't turned on my television since Febuary. I had decided not to get the digital converter box and instead live my life sans idiot box. Interestingly enough this was not a deterant to being selected as a Nielson family. I suppose they need to know that TV is a dying medium and people in my demographic increasingly get there informational and entertainment content from the computer. So now I have and idiot plane; which is an affectionate reference to my laptop computer screen. The last four months without TV has been great. I don't miss it at all. I have found all sorts of iteresting things to watch in the hours that used to contain TV watching. This site, TED, is one of my favorites! I gain so much inspiration from this site and actually feel like there is people on top of the problems that we face and are coming up with super creative solutions! It makes me want to do my best and use my creativity and talents to be part of the solution.

Friday, June 12, 2009

What's your bands name dude??!?!!

A friend of mine posted this on her blog and I thought it was so much fun I wanted to share!

Here’s what you do:

1 - Go to “wikipedia.” Hit “random… Read More”
or click
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to “Random quotations”
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

JuNe SaLe!! FATHERS DAY!! junE Sale!!

Fathers Day is coming up June 21st and so to honor the big guy I am including FREE GIFT PACKAGING with all Fathers day orders!!!

This is gift packaging for Rewined Recycled Glassware consisting of a kraft style gift box hand stamped with the Rewind Recycled Glassware logo and a real wine stain, stuffed with recycled shredded newspaper to protect the glasses, and a hand-written gift tag secured with natural twine.

To take advantage just type "Free gift packaging" in the 'Message to seller'. Order now for Fathers Day!!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Coming Soon!!

I just made this little planter out of a Jagermeister bottle. I am going to call them "Garden Parties!" I need your help determining how much to charge. If you would, take a second and think about what you think is a good, reasonable price and leave me a response!!! Thanks for your help!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Salute! Wine Festival

Rewined Recycled Glassware will be at the 'Salute! Wine Festival' in downtown Winston-Salem Saturday May 9th. It's going to be a great time, come join us if you can!

This picture is from the Great Grapes wine festival we did last month in Cary, NC. The Rewined Recycled Glassware banner was done by my friend Anne at Red Canary a digital fabric printing company.

The fine ladies helping me out are Justi from witchhazelhandmades and Katie from the Green Bean. Thanks so much for your help!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I have been reading up on Glass recycling and learning how I can be a better recycler. This site was very helpful. It has tons of facts and a glass recycler locator to help you find out where you can recycle your containers.
One thing I did to encourage myself to be a better recycler in general was to create a sign for my garbage can that says "Landfill" with a picture of a man rumaging through a HUGE landfill. It helps me realize that every time I go to throw something "away" it's really not going "away" at all, it's going to a landfill for decades, perhaps centuries to come. I then become more aware of what I am doing and I am mindful to the fact that I am making a choice between sending things to a landfill or recycling it. I really don't like crapping on future generations and the earth itself by sending things to the landfill and so I think twice before I just toss things out. Right next to my garbage is my recycling bin. I have a contest with myself to see if I can recycle most of what I consume.
Of course my first step though is to REDUCE my consumption. I try real hard to produce as little garbage as possible, but it involves thinking ahead. I stopped using plastic bags for the most part and now either take along a reusable bag or don't use a bag at all. This seems to drive the store clerks crazy. They do the same to me. For instance; I go to the store and get ONE item and the clerk tries to put it in a bag, and I say, "I don't need a bag" and they say, "are you sure?" all the while looking at me like I am crazy! Who is the crazy one here? Who needs a bag for one item!!??
I figured out I can carry about five or six items pretty easily. Try it! Start saying NO to plastic bags! Especially when you don't need one!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Our time down here

This scene in the Goonies changed my life. It still gives me goose bumps to this day! I guess the moral of the story is sometimes the easy and safe way out isn't necessarily the best. Sometimes you have to take risks, go through the yuck and muck and face the dangers to come out better on the other end. What an adventure!
What can I say, Goonies never die.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cosa Verde/Modish Earthday Giveaway

Want to win a free set of Rewined Recycled Glassware along with over $1000 of other super cool Earth friendly products??? The Earth friendly market place Cosa Verde and the design blog Modish are sponsoring an awesome giveaway to celebrate EARTH DAY on April 22nd. It is super easy to participate so be sure to check it out here.

Here is some more motivation to check out all the talented earth friendly designers and artists. I hear people of all ages often complain about problems in the world with a sense of powerlessness to affect change. But we must realize that everyday we vote for what type of world we are supporting through our smallest individual choices. Think of every dollar you spend as a VOTE for what you support. Don't like air pollution and global warming? VOTE less for it by driving less or conserving energy. Don't like ground water pollution? Don't VOTE for it by choosing to use things like natural cleaners and laundry detergent. Want more natural, earth-friendly, sustainable products? VOTE for it by supporting the talented people making these things. It is through all these seemingly small decisions that we make as a collective group of people on a daily basis which creates our society. Let's think a little deeper about these choices and be the change we wish to see in the world.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Etsy Love! : WitchHazelHandmades

I really love these vintage, eastern bloc postage stamp pendands from WitchHazelHandmades on Etsy.
Justiann happens to be a good friend of mine and is always amazing me with the things she designs and creates. If you have been to my etsy store you'll notice my avatar is of a cow, so I love this Cow pendant she created. She just finished up some wine journals that I think are super cool and hope to see in her etsy shop soon.
On another note, the rain has let up here in North Carolina and the sun is shining. What a beautiful day to be alive. Hope and love spring forth young like the bright green buds on the trees along South Elm street. Hope all is beautiful in your neck of the woods.
As my Grandpa used to say as he raised his juice glass at breakfast time each morning, "To a good day!"

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Friendship and Laundry Detergent

"Being friendless taught me how to be a friend. Funny how that works." ~Colleen Wainwright
As we travel through life we are bound to pick up some dirt along the way. It's just part of the journey. Sometimes we fall into all sorts of messiness and get covered in greasy spots, grassy stains, and caked on grime. What to do? Well, you wash. Simple as that. It seems to me that good friends and good laundry detergent are the best at helping clean yourself up.
Luckily you get both with ECOEVERYDAY natural laundry soap. First off Betsy is an all around awesome person, a type of friend who sees the shiny clean person within and wants to make you shine. Second, she makes the most awesome eco friendly laundry detergent ever so you are so fresh and so clean, clean! Plus you do can do it all sustainable and without harmful chemicals. Show your love to your friends and the planet! Check out Betsy's etsy eco store. (say that 3 times)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Meta Salad Dressing

So every once and a great while the vibrations of the universe come together and an ineffable harmonic attraction occurs. When it does, it makes the heart soar, sensibility waiver, and the soul believe. It's happening, now, even as your mind groans and tells you to reach for the store brand, you can't. You are drawn into the mystery, the joy, the wonder.....
I had the pleasure of finding Newman's Own Light Lime vinagrette salad dressing recently and I am completely hooked. I am usually not one who allows myself to get totally swept off my feet, and go head over heels for a salad dressing, but there is something mysterious and magical about this one. From the first time I laid my eyes on it I knew there was something deep there..and worth opening up to, even though I resist because it leaves one vulnerable to disappointment. But I will never regret jumping through the open window of opportunity and trying this dressing.
I am also not one who makes a practice of promoting products, but this is special, and I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge it. I am amazed by it. It is wonderful. Makes me smile. The crisp and tangy lime flavor excites the palette and fills me with hope and longing for more dinners to experience. The possibilities! I want to have it on taco salad, and use it as a marinade, take it on a picnic and savor the flavor over long hours of meaningful silence.
If you have never heard about Newmans Own line of product you really should. The company is designed around giving and not just there to make a profit. They donate all their profits to charity. A model I hope more businesses adopt. I hope you try it. It's worth it. You may find that special dressing and never want to let go.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sneak Peak!

Okay, I promised you a sneak peak of some upcoming projects. The one I am most excited about is for the Green Bean Coffehouse in Greensboro. My very best friend Katie, who owns the Green Bean, is on a mission to 'Green the bean' by adopting all sorts of environmental and community minded practices. One of which is to start using rewined recycled glassware. Here is a sneak peak of the custom etched design.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


My brother Andy is a Chiropractor in Decatur Georgia at a wellness center he founded called Well Beings, he just sent me his latest newsletter which had this simple but great observation in it.

There is a huge difference between fear and caution.

Caution moves forward with care, fear stands still,

paralyzed. Avoid paralysis at all cost. It is not good

for the body or the soul -- and it gets you nowhere.

I hope you move through your day today with freedom, wellness and joy...freee from paralyzing fear. As Mark Twain said:

"I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened"

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Zeke starts blogging; friend "unimpressed"

So I was at my friend Adam and Justi's trying to think up ways to promote the upcoming Glenwood Multiculturtal Festival (where last year we met the most amazing chinese calligraphy artist) when on the spur of the moment I decided to start a blog to promote my etsy store. Sounded fun, easy, like a good thing to try, so here it is. Adam, needless to say, is unimpressed. I hope to keep it interesting with some Rewined Recycled Glassware specials, links to cool indie-eco stores, and maybe a bit of wisdom now and again. What's the worst that can happen?
Oh yeah, The Glenwood Multicultural Festival is Saturday May 16th 11Am-5Pm on the corner of Grove and Glenwood Street in Greensboro NC! Be there!!