blueberry paint & paper lace garland

blueberry paint

Apart from making delicious smoothies and blueberry pies, I have been making some true ecological paint using only berries and salt; -and boy did I feel happy when I came to clean out the brushes knowing that what went down the sink did not harm the nature in any way!2014-08-26 12.20.052014-08-26 12.43.34

just could not resist making a picture of the sink and my washed out paint, it just felt so good! to make the paint I simple blended some berries and mixed it with a bit of salt to help it set in the fibers of the paper and then used a normal flat brush to paint with. The consistence was quite thick but I am sure you can dilute it with a bit of water if you wish it to be more runny. Then I also experimented with the colour itself by tinting it with white chalk paint and here is an example of all the shades I made:

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Then I have also been working on making some paper lace garlands in order to offer more ecological decoration for wedding and parties, because it makes me see green when people buy all this decoration made in plastic from China -the largest polluting country in the world! so why on earth do we carry on to encourage that by consuming and ordering products from there?!? well partly because its cheap and quick but also because we are lacking alternatives which are economically viable, I said it before and I will say it again: WE CAN’T CHANGE THE WORLD -BUT WE CAN CHANGE WHAT WE DO!

however I do know that its not easy when there aren’t that many alternatives around…

having said that though I do think that there is an upward trend for ecological consciousness, at least that is what commercial statistics are showing here in Sweden, only in 6 months the sale for eco food has increased with 56 %  -that is great, no its fantastic!! However in other areas things are moving more slowly, and because we were planning to get married I have been looking a lot at the wedding sector (crinch!!!) and o’my god; -people are desperately buying mass-produced plastic stuff from China -for just one day and then they don’t want the stuff anymore….well could go on for a long time, but don’t want to bore anyone with my rant, instead this is my little contribution for now on alternative decoration, more will come!

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Back to the grim reality…

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So it finally came to an end, our free life with plenty of nature and fresh air, here we are waving good bye to the countryside and returning to the city… bye bye green grass and hello gravel.

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however, on the return to the city we faced some distress when we passed the supermarket to buy food…

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Because going from free growing, berry picking existence to commercial plastic environment we could not help to feel distraught when one bag of supermarket products gave us this much plastic junk! -despite buying everything organic!!! so unless you have access to farmers markets or large city bulk buying options (which we don’t)  you are forced to bring home a lot of plastic rubbish; -crazy!  -tick tock waiting for times to change… 

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ok sometimes we just got to look in a different direction; so to distract our minds from all this madness I wish to show you my latest up-cycle projects which I have worked hard at for the last few days.

Some time ago we purchased some second-hand furniture, which looked a bit dated,  but they have now been given a fresher look:

Project no.1

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it looked something like this before the makeover (this is a borrowed photo because I got so carried away that I forgot to make photos before I started)

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-now it looks like this.  First we cleaned it up and then gave it a new life with an ecological white wash, new metal hairpin legs and doorknobs.

 

Project no.2

-to give new life to an old chair, very simple, just change the fabric but don’t buy a new piece just recycle something old by adding paint to it. I actually had some old print samples lying around so I decided to use this ‘failed’ print which looks a bit abstract but makes a nice contrast to this vintage chair.  Gone old fashion embroidery!

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