too long and no see, well that is because there has been a lot going on. Here I present one project I have been working on and until now I have not been able to share it. This is a restaurant who appointed me for the a remake of their interior, which had to follow the environmental line, not everything is though but as far as possible we have installed conscious products, and here is the result:
This certainly was an interesting and challenging project, where the remake had to take place without painting the walls or changing the floor, and the place was very dark and with many mirrored sections on the walls. So to give it a more warm feeling I designed a solution by systematically covering all the mirrors with wooden profile list so it looks like windows instead.
A play corner with ecological toys and a cosy tent was dedicated to all children who goes there.
However the biggest challenge was that only a small part of the restaurant were given attention and a new style and to make that sit well with the old style was a bit tricky. But so much fun to have a creative challenge and met fantastic people along the way!
How many people go on holiday by train and come back with more suitcases then when they left?
well I did! -believe it or not we were carrying more suitcases on our return then when we left 5 days ago (after that I knew my hobby will stick with me forever). The thing is that sometimes I just fall in love and when there is an idea to pursue little will stop me, and this year I am determined to do as much as I can eco-friendly, and that includes everything, like traveling and Christmas presents for our little monkeys. So this is what I have in mind for the little ones (glad they can’t read yet…) -we will fill a suitcase with second-hand clothes and accessories to make a dressing up Pandoras box! Like that we can use recycled garments, hats, scarfs, shoes, gloves and jewellery, and the little ones will be delighted, without a doubt. Hence when I saw the suitcase in Oslo I just knew I had to bring it with me, and this is the start of the girls present.
WHAT ABOUT THE BIG PEOPLE???
well my tip of the year is to get people this staple-free stapler!!! -its AMAZING!
basically what it does is that it staples paper together by punching a U-shaped hole with a slit above it and then folding the punched bit of paper back on itself and through the slit, really its to good to be true! and the great thing about it is that it makes recycling so much easier and encouraging + you don’t have to buy any staples and therefore minimizes consumption. My question is why its made in plastic (well I know, but really it could have been made to last a lifetime(s)) and should this not be integrated at all schools, offices, municipalities etc etc? Just think how many staples we would save! so please spread the word and go buy a staple-free stapler for your friend!
pssst! I will now let you have a peek at a little present we have made for my niece, however she mustn’t know about it yet as her birthday is coming up on Friday…but the past week our focus has been on the kids, we have made autumn picnics in the woods with fire and hot chocolate, been to the adventure playground with friends and allowed the girls to attack the kitchen by making desserts (fantastic fun and hours of cleaning) but they enjoyed it sooooo much, -especially the eating part! so to start off this post have a look at the eco-cheesecakes and my kids stuffing their face! -yum!
so back to Freja’s present which is a soft cuddly doll made by broken garments from the whole family; thereby she will get something from all of us, and we avoid throwing away all these meters of fabric (I mean we all know how bad the garment industry is!!!) and I personally have decided to reduce consumption of new products; especially the once from China! -climate criminal No.1, –we simply can’t support them (but its not easy as soooo many things are made there) anyhow, back to Freja’s doll and this upcycle project:
to start off I cut up my old leggings (which had a hole on right knee) and made the body, legs and hair, then my older daughter allowed me to use her leggings which were also broken on both knees to make arms and daddy donated an old T-shirt for hands and feet and our youngest one unknowingly gave up a stained and outgrown body and socks to make a head and hairbands, and all the remaining bits of fabric became stuffing. To finish we made a dress out of an old curtain and Freja now has a little present waiting for her!
The nice thing with this project, apart from being able to re-use old garments; was that the girls could help and push the stuffing in to arms & legs; -know the difficult part is that they want to keep the doll and they have already asked me to make something else for Freja…(well I am working on an elephant at the moment so lets see how we can solve the situation in a diplomatic manner), will let you know the outcome. -Have a good week!
Lets turn the focus to our little ones; my oldest daughter keeps asking and talking about ecological concepts and she really can’t understand why people would spray toxins on natural products like fruit and veg and how people can then buy it?!?! -it does not make sense to her…(or to anyone else for that matter)
We have now spent some time cleaning out this little playhouse and we want to fill it with eco toys and natural materials. We have already picked out some lovely wooden toys and there are loads more to find on-line. One of our favourites at the moment is a wooden stable with horses (my girls are mad about horses…) and the nice thing about it is that you can take it apart and then put it back together again; -kids like interactive toys and its also good for their development.
I think there are some lovely eco toys out there on the market, some of them are a bit pricy but as I am trying to teach myself and people around me to not over-consume (which we all do) and be more selective;- I am not planing on buying loads of stuff however I have to admit that I find it hard to resist all this eye-candy, if I could I would buy all of it! but just looking is also quite ecological! Here are some of my favourites at the moment; (however as I said we will be selective of what we will fill the little playhouse with). I know that the girls like playing cooking and animals, -cooking is interactive and they can recreate real life as they process things around them.
My youngest girl, who is a year and a half, really likes to pull things along and pack, unpack, open and close things, so she enjoys animals which she can pull along and things which she can build, load and unload so the cooker, market stall and pull along animals would probably be a good bet for her. The oldest one, who is five, is obsessed with horses so I better make sure that we have some four legged friends there and the circus sets her imagination free. What would you pick?
we have just finished our eco holiday in the countryside, and in a few words; -its been great!!! we did not have any running water or toilet so our basic needs has been put to the test, but we did have green fields in every direction and plenty of quality time together, cooking and eating outdoors and playing garden games and most importantly -laughing a lot! its been a long time since I have felt this happy and the fact of waking up to bird song and the smell of coffee and going to sleep to the sound of silence with the people you most love -makes you wonder what else you need?!? its also felt great to avoid plastic and toxins as far as possible and I am reading ‘Zero Waste Home’ which is further inspiring to some life changes… now my next challenge is to start and grow our own food however that will have to wait to next summer as the season is very short here. But we did come over some eco meet as one elk got killed by a car and my partner (who is a chef) was called out to help butcher the dead animal (am not very comfortable with killings and cutting raw meet so have decided to not post any pictures from this event) but he was extremely happy about this and kept saying “darling its ecological!!!!” anyhow, we all make our choices…happy holidays!!
Its been a busy week and the onset of summer here in the north has definitely given me more energy! Apart from crafty creations I have replanted all the plants in the house, -so now they are very happy, and the girls room got a little make over and am just about to complete an eco-outfit for my youngest.
Some time ago I sourced these beautiful vintage woven tea towels which I am now transforming to summer dresses. However as I have two curious creatures in the house it is much safer (and easier) to get the sewing machine out at night…(hence the industrial spotlight). I used old invoices to make some quick pattern pieces in order to re-use existing materials, and the best invention was the eco labels! For that I made a mixture of very strong coffee and salt which I then applied to cotton bands by using rubber stamps and hey! -I got some garment labels! you know; coffee stains the fibres and salt acts as a fixative and together they make an ecological ink! So these are the first samples:
well, I still did not get the iron out and got to complete the neck and hemline however today I tried it on to check the fit and yes it looks like it will work! (will get some photos with my little model once its 100% completed)
so now I have to make one for big sis too, -equal rights are an important factor in a democratic home! that’s why I made two eco labels straight away, I know what I have in front of me and I better get on with it A.S.A.P. Anyhow; – here you can see the printing process: to make an ink pad I just cut off a small piece of cleaning cloth and gently soaked it with the coffee & salt mixture, and I would recommend that you test print on a scrap piece of paper before you apply it to the real item.
So there we are; front and back view with an eco label, and yes; will get on with the second one now, -see you soon!
With all the bits of fabric, cardboard and unwanted garments we have at home I feel its time to clear out and make something new, -rather then just putting it in the bin (japp, I know, that is the easy option) but hey its so much more rewarding when you have actually made something and it could be a nice gift for yourself or someone around you. In my case and in this instance, this creation is for my little girls, you know they just happen to be the people I love the most, so making things for them comes quite naturally…so here we have some recycled artwork.
So what materials were used for creating this image? well to start with I got a bit of cardboard as backing (the cardboard came in a delivery that I received the other day) and then I cut out the owl’s body from some fabric that was laying around the house and glued that to the cardboard. Then the wing was created with a bit of lace which came from a skirt and the eyes and beak were made out of a paper bill (glad I could use that for something more fun…) and green yarn were added around the eyes as a contour line. To complete the image I painted some stripes and dots with ecological paint and framed it, -so here you go!
The other day my friend posted an article about a guy that does recycled art on a much larger scale which I found very interesting, so click on this link for some humane inspiration and architecture on a whole different level!