Tranquility du Jour #220: Upcycling with Tina Sparkles

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Welcome to the 220th edition of Tranquility du Jour. Today’s show features upcOMing happenings and Upcycling with Tina Sparkles.

Workshops + Retreats
Join moi for a true tranquilologie experience:
1:1 Mentoring 
* Benefit for the Animals in DC July 29 
* Chair Yoga + TranquiliT Trunk Show at Phillips Collection in DC August 4
* Hip Tranquil Chick Retreat at Kripalu in Mass August 28-September 2
* Tranquility Project 4-week E-course starts September 7 
* NEW Creative + Conscious Business E-course releases September 15
* Fall Tranquilologie Teleclass September 22
* 3-hr Women’s Urban Retreat in DC September 25 
* TranquiliT Trunk Show at NYC Greenfestival October 1-2
* Yoga + Creativity at Yoga Tree in San Francisco October 9
* Tranquilista Lifestyle: Joie de Vivre E-course starts October 12
* Art + Yoga Cozy Cabin Retreat in WV October 14-15
* Art Journal Playshop in DC November 6
* 3-hr Women’s Urban Retreat in DC November 12
* NEW E-book Tranquilologie: A DIY Daybook of Everyday Tranquility releases November 27
* Hip Hop Yoga in DC December 16
* Costa Rica March 3-10
* Yoga + Art Retreat in Paris + Provence May 24 – June 2 SOLD OUT, second one added June 7-16, 2012
* Yoga Retreat in India November 2012

Featured Tranquilista: Tina Sparkles
My name is Tina Sparkles and I live in Austin, TX.   I am totally obsessed with fashion, sewing, crafting, drawing, dancing, teaching, DIY and creative activism.  I teach lots of cool classes at a local sewing studio called the Stitch Lab and also teach Fashion Design at a local high school called the Griffin School.  Check out my “Classes and Workshops” page for more details on my classes. I also recently wrote a book called Little Green Dresses.   It is all about how to make your own clothes with a special focus on pattern-making and refashioning with already existing materials. To find out more about the book and to see photos and whatnot, go to my “Little Green Dresses” page and look for it at your local bookstore or check it out on Amazon. In addition to teaching, I like to keep myself busy by organizing events and fashion shows as well as designing and working on art projects and activism.

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How can I practice upcycling this week? Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Signature Style: TranquiliT is a line of layers in rayon made from organic bamboo. We are locally sewn and plant 150 trees each month while also donating a portion of proceeds to Nest and Tranquil Space FoundationFeatured item: 60s vintage slip coming this week to vintage/reclaimed. J’adore!

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