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!
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!
You know, I was just thinking about how to change current consumer behaviour, and that you got to start with the small things in your own life, but if we all did it it would actually be something really big, the change would be collective. Ok this was hardly any rocket science, however it is good to remind oneself that we are all part of the bigger picture. -Yes, I know that people around me probably think ‘oh here she goes again’ when my repeated conversations of what is better for the environment, how to minimise our carbon footprint, or how to recycle and consume in a more conscious way etc etc starts; -but at the end of the day I know that on some level my nagging is making them think and even if they just change one thing it is a step towards the collective improvement, and how we can get better! (got to stay positive otherwise its so daunting…) So we all got to help out in improving the environment, on whatever level we are able to!
So lets keep at it!
now, while my angels were asleep I got some old photos out and suddenly I had this urge to make a collage, so by re-using old images and newspaper/advertising I ended with these little creations, – of course, late at night… it seems like that is my time to work, the only problem is that my 1 1/2 year old always wakes up around 5 in the morning…but what can we do? well, just keep at it and change for the better, no?!?
If you want some more inspiration from someone who has taken this idea of change to a whole different level, check out Bea Johnson at ZeroWasteHome
who has really gone the full hog of changing her lifestyle! quite interesting, but of course, we all have our ways…so which is yours?