Two days to go and we are almost ready for the big day! These old windows will serve as menu board and seating plan.
After searching through my fathers farm house we found three nice old windows which we cleaned up and then used a white pen to write with. The windows will be placed next to each other and around the edges we have written the guests names and in the two central panels we have presented the menu.
I started off by choosing a font I liked and adapted the size to fit the given space of the window, it took a bit of calculation but once that was done I just had to print it out and tape it to the back of the window with magic tape (which is easier to peal off and does not leave any glue marks on the glass.) Then with a steady hand work your way down, starting at the top so not to smudge the text as you go on. Then simply remove the printed sheet of paper and you are left with neatly presented text.
It’s nice seeing it all come together and I still have other objects on the way, but this is a little preview of work-in-progress and I promise to post some photos once its set up on location on the 20th of March, so more will come!
Could not resist any longer, -I suddenly fell victim for the bronze coloured trend, and in accordance with the hunting season (which has just started here in the north) I made a metallic wooden elk. You see, I really can’t kill any animals, not even a worm! so the thought of hunting is simply out of the question, however, around here it is a big thing. People belong to a certain hunting area and work in teams; and each year the government allocate them a number of animals which they are allowed to kill, and some people eagerly awaits for the hunt to begin as it is their biggest passion in life. But I will happily make do with my little metallic elk sitting on the mantelpiece…
So what happened with the leftovers?!? well after painting the elk with metallic colour I was left with a whole sheet of bronze coloured newspaper; – hmmm what can I do with that (did not want to throw it away as it had paint on it and with my recent emotional attachment to this colour I knew I had to use it in some way) oh yes, I can make 3D placement cards for a party! By carefully stenciling out circles and butterflies and folding the wings outwards I quickly had some decent placement cards, then it was just the names; -done and dusted! cheers x
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!
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:
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 alternativeswhich 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!
Am pleased to present these 100% ecological and recycled cans, which have been turned into flower vases for a eco-wedding. They will be part of the table decoration for this event but could also be used as a general pot around the house for pens, coins or any other loose item you would like to collect in one place.
So how were they made? Well first of all I washed the tins with environmentally friendly washing up liquid ( yes, -am a bit brainwashed about using all things eco…) then after drying I painted them with ecological paint, in 2 coats, and while that was setting I carefully cut out ornaments and flowers from old vintage curtains which were glued on the tin and left to dry over night. The good thing is that metal tins holds water and works perfectly as vases. As spring has just begun to reveal itself here in the north of Sweden it is to early for wild flowers, however once they arrive I will pick some and arrange a ‘complete’ photo, but for now you can have a look at these…
Japp! today we brought our second-hand sourced crockery in to the house. For a whole set of dishes and compliments we only paid 250 kr, which is about 20 pounds; and not only is it eco-friendly because we are recycling existing plates, it also helps to add that lovely vintage style to an event. I don’t know if you ever thought about it, but plates from the past are a lot smaller than modern plates which is quite interesting considering the fact that a lot of people are struggling with their weight nowadays and obviously that is because we eat to much and move to little…they didn’t really have that problem in the past as generally life was more physical with a large proportion of the population working with agriculture as well as having smaller plates and less processed junk.. -so hey, lets move towards the old days a bit more!
Currently working to get all the details ready for the wedding by recycling peoples rice lamps and turning them in to garden decoration for the special day. After a multiple call for unwanted rice lamps on local advertising boards, we now have a supply of them to transform; and by using left-over paints and freshly ordered eco-paint, with second-hand sourced fabric, lace and unused jewellery this is what we have created…