Archive for May, 2010

Dance your art out: NoBo Night Out

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
NoBo Night Out

NoBo night out

What do you do when fun shows up on your doorstep? Dance! Eat! Look at art! Meet some new friends or hang out with some familiar ones!
Sound appealing? We think so, and want to help promote a new local Boulder tradition: NoBo Night Out.

This is a “cooperative monthly event in North Boulder offering a fun, relaxing night out on the town featuring Colorado art and artists, unique gift items, clothing, furniture, antiques, dining and music.”

The fun will happen on June 4—as it does on every first Friday now that Boulder is hip and happening. Details can be found on Facebook or over here.

Do you have a First Friday or an Art Walk event in your home town?  Here are some others that we found:

What do you do better than anyone?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

A friend of ours posted this video on her Facebook page.  I watched it and couldn’t help but wonder—what do we do better than anyone else? You can’t help but watch Jessica and wonder: what is the thing that makes you want to pump your fist or want to sing into the bathroom mirror?

We here in the pit crew make recycled handbags better than anyone. They are cooler, more fun, more durable, more useful, better designed and generally more kick-ass than your average handbag. Plus, our bags have a better-than-carbon-neutral footprint, with wind energy offsetting more energy than it takes to make, market and ship them. Plus, each is one-of-a-kind and make the folks who carry them feel like a million bucks when they are stopped and asked about their bag.

So this afternoon we are shaking our butts a little and humming our own theme song. We can do anything well! Better than anyone! Yay!

Supporting great eco-ideas

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

While in a coffee shop/bookstore in Ft. Collins last week, I cruised by a selection of foodie books that caught my eye. As is my habit, I busted out my trusty Moleskine, added the titles to my library list and got online to reserve what I could when I got back home.

I just got back from the library where I picked up a loaner copy of The Town that Food Saved by Ben Hewitt. Inspired by the local growers that steadfastly come to Boulder every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning for the Boulder County Farmers’ Markets, I’ll be digging into some local produce for dinner tonight and reading this book to see how a passionate commitment to supporting a great idea can make many ships rise on a tide of entrepreneurial idealism.

Good ideas may be a dime a dozen, but props to the folks who see them into fruition—and I am proud to tell you that I work for one of them). It makes the world a better place for all of us.

So you want your belt to make a statement…

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

…but did you think that it might make you make one? We tend to say some version of: “oooh” and “ahhh.”

At bare minimum, a belt should hold up your pants. We think that it should also be vegan, recycled and made in the U.S. And now, if we are imagining my dream belt it would also be, in a word, bitchin’.

English Retreads has two awesome belts that fit that criteria: the Fan belt and the Seat belt. The Fan belt is dark, understated, classic, and hands down the most deliciously comfortable belt I’ve ever sucked my gut in for. The Seat belt is cool and colorful and a great design equally worthy of sporting your prize rodeo buckle. But don’t take my word for it, check out what Erika over at Fancy Green has to say about it.

The Fan Belt

The Fan Belt is definitely my favorite. I like to think of it as a boyfriend belt. Sort of like the slouchy jeans that crossed gender lines last season because they are so effortlessly cool. This belt looks like it could be your brother’s but it is made to fit you.  The belts are made of recycled rubber inner tubes from trucks which is a sturdy but flexible material that has some give. Which as it turns out, is a fantastic thing in a belt.  Mine hugs my hips but never pinches as other belts do when I bust out one of my informal daily yoga moves like streeeeetching to grab the sheet of paper from the printer or reeeeaeaching to grab my phone out of my bag, which always seems meander five feet away from my office chair.

The back panel of the belt is almost always cut from a piece of the tube that has markings, to guarantee a one-of-a-kind belt sure to get you some attention. Mine has a mysterious sequence of numbers and in the corner, which I find awesome.

The belts are sold with a classic buckle or a choice of some great specialty buckles. Any buckles can be swapped by unsnapping the two snaps near the buckle end and replacing the buckle with another of your choice. Over the years we have been contacted by some terrific artists who make belt buckles and many of them sell our belts as their vegan belt option. Which is pretty cool.

Here are some of my favorite buckles out there in the universe of online shopping.

Fosterweld: recycled and very industrial chic

Mukkee Designs: recycled skateboard decks made locally here in Colorado

Swear Jar Design: made by an occasionally profane local artist from Nederland, just up the canyon from us