Awesome Local People!

East Dallas Freecycle!

This is a wonderful and incredibly useful Yahoo Group that I use frequently.  It fits as an entry on this blog, because most of what I try to accomplish with my crafts embraces the re-use or ‘upcycling’ of trash, refuse, debris, or simply making interesting stuff out of previously not so interesting stuff that was destined for a landfill.

And seeing as how the City of Dallas is trying to achieve zero waste by 2024 (really?), I guess you could say these folks deserve an award for Good Citizenry.  Let’s face it, there’s always a bag of something lying around that someone else might just be hoping for.  So if you’re not a member, you might want to read what they post about themselves here, and go for it.  It’s free and easy and you might get hooked!  If you don’t live in East Dallas, no fear – there are plenty of other groups all over the country with the same format.  Read on, from the welcome page on the East Dallas Freecycle Yahoo page:

Thanks for being a part of The (ever-expanding) Freecycle™ Network. We’re
changing the world one gift at a time! This Freecycle(TM) group matches people who have things they need to get rid of with people who can use them. Our goal is to keep usable items out of the landfill. By using what we already have on this earth, we reduce consumerism, manufacture fewer goods, and lessen the impact on the earth. Another benefit of using Freecycle(TM) is that it encourages us to get rid of junk that we no longer need and promote community involvement in the process. Free your inner pack rat!

Begun on February 9 2005, the Lakewood/East Dallas Freecycle(TM) group is a
branch of an incredibly fast-growing international Freecycle(TM) movement, which began in Tucson, AZ on May 1st, 2003 and now boasts thousands of groups all over the world. Please help this group grow by spreading the word! We all personally know lots of great people in our community who would love this idea. So, why not “pay it forward” and tell 3 (or more) people how wonderful Freecycle(TM) is!  You tell your friends, you family, your neighbors, your co-workers…and they tell theirs, and so on, and so on…well, you get the idea!

To post, read or reply to messages or to manage your membership settings
(including email delivery options), visit the group site (aka main page):



I love this place for so many reasons; not the least being that they are super cool and friendly, as well as providing me with all sorts of neat recycleable items that I use in my crafts.  Their cause is a noble one; to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfills and reusing materials, re-bundling and redirecting them to other agencies who then bring them back into consumer usage.

Their mission is:  (to) Foster a culture of recycling in North Texas, provide outstanding service to businesses that care, and use our success to rally for the causes of good neighborhoodship and environmental awareness.

Locations in Dallas (near Fair Park) and Lake Highlands!  Please see below for more deets.  And seriously, check them out!

Recycle Revolution LLC (RR) is an independently-owned, non-landfill recycling company. We provide a one-stop shop collection service for a growing and diverse group of businesses and multi-family communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and waste consulting and project management services to establishments seeking LEED and zero-waste goals. We are also a Community Drop-Off Center for both traditional and Hard-to-Recycle-Materials (HaRM).

March Spotlight:  Photographer Maureen Keating

I must preface this bio by telling you that though I have two accomplished photographers in my family, plus a photographer’s rep, an award-winning illustrator, and load of other types of crafty talent….I counted myself lucky the day I met this awesome lady in a continuing ed program at Richland.  She captures the essence of animals and children so well… she even brings out the lovely personalities behind my plants. (she took many of the pics on my site.) Needless to say, I highly recommend her work.  Plus she’s so darn funny and smart, that working with her is a joy!

Maureen Keating began her photography career as a photojournalist for Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, Washington, DC covering everything from news, hearings, portraits, campaigns and the unfolding of campaigns to the more quirky and lighter side of these elected officials.  As you can see, she also excels at capturing the lighter side of other kinds of animals, like our Russian Blue cat.  (she also captured his elegance and nobility – indeed all of his best qualities)

In addition to having her images public in Roll Call her work appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, LA Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone and People, and on display at the National Archives Exhibit Hall. 

She started working for herself 12 years ago and has experience photographing a variety of things.  She loves creating portraits, and has been specializing in the area of children and pets for many years.  And the black and white medium is very much a favorite!  Maureen Keating is now based in Dallas.

Do check out her website:

And feel free to contact her with any questions at


February Spotlight:

The other day I was sitting in a seminar, and this person sitting behind me told me he works for a nonprofit that does amazing things locally with youth and the environment.  To quote from their site:

The Mission of Groundwork Dallas:
Groundwork Dallas’ mission is to enable people to realize the merits of the Great Trinity Forest, its surrounding resources, and its impact on our future. And, to encourage the community to use, preserve, and enhance these natural resources.

Groundwork Dallas will initially target its work in the Great Trinity Forest and its gateway communities.

Sounds like a great thing… pass the word along! ______________________________________________

Feb. Spotlight:  Local Volunteer Of the Year, Little Forest Hills!

I was very excited to find out that our landlord, who is also the local real estate guru for our wonderful area of Little Forest Hills (keep it funky!) was elected as Volunteer of the Year for 2011 from the board and members of the Little Forest Hills Neighborhood Association. 

Mike has been a great landlord and overall nice guy to us, encouraging Steve and I to dive in and get involved in this super neighborhood we moved into almost 2 years ago.  We have enjoyed volunteering with him at the local East Dallas Garden tour, growing and selling plants alongside him at the plant sale.  Congratulations, Mike!  Good work.  Here’s Mike’s site:  If you’re looking to buy or rent in Little Forest Hills, he’s your guy.


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