A Life Sustained Sponsor: Green Mama Design

Please welcome A Life Sustained sponsor Green Mama Design!


In Taryn's words: "I am the mother of two children, Finn (3) and Phoebe (4 months), and I teach environmental science part-time at Portland Community College. In my not-so-spare time, I love to craft, take photographs, and share my thoughts on the environment on my blog, Mama Gone Green. I decided to start up my etsy shop, Green Mama Design, when I was pregnant with Phoebe. Knitting and sewing was my way to wind down every night, to work out my anxieties, and I was running out of things to make that my family needed... so I thought I could maybe share and sell some of what I made with others. Now that Phoebe has arrived, my crafting time is a bit more sporadic, but it is still one of my favorite "me" times of my week. I find inspiration for both my blog and my designs from watching my children, my other crafty mama friends, and the natural world around me."


 Was there a moment when you knew that you wanted to live a "green" life or have you always cared about such things? Tell us about it.

I think my true interest in all things environmental started freshman year of high school, which was in 1991 (and by the way, it makes me feel really old to say that). A couple of my friends and I actually started an environmental club at my school. We mostly did silly things, like have an Earth Day cake baking contest and make club t-shirts, but we also got recycling cans put in all (or most) of the classrooms and also started an environmental education program where we traveled to elementary schools and taught enviro-education to little ones. Man, that seems like a lifetime ago!


How did you learn to sew? Who taught you?

I used to do a lot of sewing with my grandma when I was really little, however, that mostly entailed me instructing her what to make and then watching her do it. I first really started sewing the summer after I finished high school. I got on this big kick and starting making a bunch of my own (very simple) clothes. My mom taught me how to use her machine, but never actually taught me how to sew anything. In fact, I had never used a pattern until just a few months ago, and it was a really simple one at that. Previously, I would just think up a design in my mind, sketch it onto the fabric, cut and go. It was a great way to encourage my creativity, however, I often (OK, usually) didn't get things right the first time around. I did a lot of stitch pulling and fixing. I am sure I spend 3 times as long making something as if I would just have used a pattern to begin with. As time has gone on, I have started to use my own patterns and to figure out what works and what doesn't. I still don't know sewing lingo or the "right" way to do a lot of things... I am hoping to tackle some harder patterns this summer/fall and maybe even take a sewing class one of these days. It would be nice to learn some skills on a more formal level.

Is there a relationship between the work you do as a teacher and the work that you do as a sewer/maker of things?

In ways, yes. A lot of what I encourage people to do in the classroom is to take small steps to lower their carbon footprint. I don't try and preach to people to give up their car or to move into a tent, but I stress the little things... the things that your average person can change without feeling it to be too large of a burden. I believe that by crafting items for my family and for my etsy shop, I can reduce some of the packaging and shipping that goes into those items, and can help reduce our impact on the Earth. Plus it's nice to keep more money in the hands of people and give less to big corporations.


What is one hope that you have for your children as they grow up?

One hope. That is a hard one, as I have so many! I think my biggest hope is that my children will follow their dreams, wherever they may take them. I think that is harder than it sounds as society has so many preconceived notions and I of course want what is best for my children (which won't always coincide with their dreams). But, in the end, their happiness is what truly matters.





Taryn is offering to one lucky A Life Sustained winner their choice of the ruffled green pillowcase dress pictured above or any onesie from her shop! Upcycled from a woman's skirt, the dress is 100% linen and will fit approximately size 3 months to 12 months.

 Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing to win. Comments will be closed and a winner will be chosen in the evening of July 30. Good luck!

The winner is...Tannis!
"that dress is super cute, but the onesie is great too!"
Thank you Green Mama Design!

37 comments:

  1. As a fellow mother of two babies, environmental scientist, and avid sewer, I am so excited to have found Green Mama Design! I'll definitely be checking out her Etsy shop. That pear collection is adorable!

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  2. I know a gel who would love that dress - well- her Grandma would anyway. Great pictures, I must visit the shop too. xx

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  3. I'm a follower of Taryn's blog and love her shop. I'd love to win one of her hand mades! :)

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  4. I really love hearing how people learn to combine their passions and talents - and then find ways to share with others! Lovely items and a pleasure to learn more about Taryn. Christina G

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  5. Nice! Would be perfect for my cousin's upcoming arrival.

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  6. Love the owl and hedgehog onesies!
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  7. Green Mama Design's gems are truly delightful! : ) I just had to "heart" them on Etsy. Thanks so very much for this truly generous giveaway! : )

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  8. I would love to win one of these items! I love how she reused the dress for the little girls' dress.

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  9. I would love the chance to win. My daughter and boys are too big to win anything from this...but my niece is 6 months old and this would be perfect! Thank you for the chance! :)

    Katy

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  10. I would love to win the dress! It would be perfect for my hope chest! :-)

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  11. Love the onesies!

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  12. So adorable! Would love to win :-)

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  13. Beautiful!
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

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  14. Love the Hedgehog and Mushroom Onesie! Thanks for the opportunity! Meredith dot Targarona at gmail dot com

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  15. So cute!! I would love one!!
    natalia
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  16. Very cute shop!

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  17. We'd love to win the linen dress, my twins would get lots of use out of it!


    Life Unexpected. : Adventures of a SAHM
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  18. Oh my gosh! I love her page - definitely a new heart for me :) The hedgehog and mushroom is too cute - and that lace pillow dress?!? Too much!

    krherning at yahoo dot com

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  19. Would love to win!
    dinos_still_exist (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  20. I would love to win this for my niece.

    redshadow1606@gmail.com

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  21. Heck ya, sign me up! ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

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  22. I love the rocket onesie - that would be perfect for a shower gift for my pregnant friend!
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  23. that dress is super cute, but the onesie is great too!
    tannis_z at excite dot com

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  24. The upcycled dress is adorable. Thank you for the giveaway!

    anniegmurdock at gmail dot com

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  25. This shop is ADORABLE! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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  26. I love the Rocketship onesie , but any other boy would do. My youngest son & DIL are expecting their 1st in Sept & would make a cute grand-baby gift! I follow this blog & enjoyed all the items on Green Mamas design esty shop. ~Faythe
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  27. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the Baby Owl Onesie.

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  28. Adorable stuff, best of luck with your store :)

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  29. she makes really cute stuff. have a friend having a baby in Sept. and this would be a great gift
    robinlscott4 at hotmail dot com

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  30. What cute stuff! I love the onesies!

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  31. i am so truly impressed with the end product of her upcycling. I'd love to win my choice from such a great collection

    penguinjo99 at gmail dot com

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  32. Such amazing items! The rocket onesie is simply adorable. :)
    Allibird1 at aol dot com

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  33. Very cute!! Would love to win :)
    hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

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  34. I would love to win a onesie!
    Lola G
    lkgreene05(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. That dress is gorgeous!!! I would love to win it for my little girl Eva. Thanks for the chance.

    kayceewilliams at gmail dot com

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  36. I hope I win a onesie! My best friend is pregnant and this would be a perfect surprise to forward her way. The 'Give A Hoot Felt Owl Appliqued Onesie' is so cute!
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