give it forward.

I’m a proud member of Cosa Verde. This beautiful website is a gathering place for artists and crafters who use recycled or repurposed materials, or who use green business practices. Last year, they started a charming tradition called Give It Forward for the holiday season. I joined Cosa Verde several months ago, so I’m very pleased to participate in this event this season. They explain it better than I could, so I’m posting their press release below. My joie de vivre necklace, pictured above, will be listed for Give It Forward on Friday, December 3. If the spirit moves you, please participate and nominate a recipient, either for my necklace, or for any of the other beautiful donations that will be showcased today through December 10.

Bringing a sustainable side to holiday shopping, cosa verde is celebrating the season with a special kind of holiday giveaway: visitors to the website are invited to enter to win handmade gifts not for themselves, but for someone in their lives who deserves a special surprise.

This is the second year of cosa verde’s Give it Forward giveaway. Last year over thirty artists participated, ultimately sending their handmade work out to recipients in all sorts of situations—good and bad. People who had just lost a job or a home, and people who had always been there for the entrants; newlyweds and chemo patients—the stories collected in the contest entries were truly heartwarming as people celebrated their loved ones. Several of our artists were so moved by last year’s contest that they jumped at the opportunity to participate again.

This year we are calling Give it Forward the “Ten Days of Nice.” For the first ten days of December, one to two handmade gifts will be posted to our blog, with comments open for contest entry. Gifts include handmade jewelry, clothing, homegoods and accessories, and range in value from $20 to $55. Visitors to the blog are invited to comment on why their loved one deserves a special gift this year; winners will be chosen at random from eligible entries. Entries will be accepted for seven days after each post goes up, with the final entries accepted December 17. Follow cosa verde on Twitter (@cosaverde) or Facebook for updates when new gifts are posted.

cosa verde is an online showcase where independent artisans and craftspeople from around the world promote their environmentally-friendly wares and connect directly with environmentally-conscious consumers.

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