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Bunting

Monday, February 27th, 2012

I am organising a couple of parties at the moment and I personally think that there is no better party decoration than bunting!!!

It is easy to make even if you are not used to use the sewing machine and it is a good way to practise with it.

First choose the fabric you want to use and then the size of the triangles that you want to use. In order to cut easily the fabric I recommend to cut with cardboard the size of the triangles you want. Then use that as a pattern to cut the fabric. In order to safe as much fabric as possible I recommend to cut long strips of fabric with the length of the triangle. Cut along the strip the triangles for the bunting. Again I recommend to cut first the triangle with the pointy bit down and then the next one with the pointy bit up like this you will safe as much fabric as possible.

 

Baste together 2 triangles with the wrong side of the fabric on the outside and the right one in the inside. Then saw them on the sewing machine leaving one side not sawn (the top). Then with the help of a pencil you can turn around the fabric and you have the perfect bunting triangles!

For the strings were the triangles are hanging you can choose to do your own strings or buy it on the fabric store. I chose to do my own ones. So what I did was to cut long strings of fabric to the length I wanted and then I folded them in half (with the edges of the fabric in the inside fold) and I saw them (this will prevent the fabric to fray).

Then I just saw the triangles to the strings. I folded (again with the edges of the fabric inside the fold) the top of the triangles on the strings so I would prevent again the fabric to fray.

 

 

Ocean Energy

Friday, February 24th, 2012

I am playing with the idea to pursue a career in green energy. It is a subject that has always interested me so I have been doing a bit of research these days.

I came a cross this website called SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) that has very interesting information. What caught my eyes was the section on Ocean Energy.

Ocean  Energy includes, wave, tidal and offshore wind power:

  • Wave power is the extraction of energy, usually in the form of electricity from the up and down motion of waves.
  • Tidal power is the generation of electricity from the horizontal motion of tidal currents in the sea
  • Offshore wind power includes wind turbines which are either floating structures or are attached to the sea-bed

Apparently the average wave power in Europe is highest near the west of Ireland with an average theoretical power of 525TWh within the total limit of Irish waters. This is a lot if we consider that the total electricity requirement for the republic of Ireland in 206 was 27.8TWh of electricity!

Wheel chair accessable home

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Recently somebody that I know has to redesign her home. Her dad is now using a wheel chair so they do need to change the layout of the house. Their house is not any more suitable since they do not have a bedroom downstairs and their downstairs bathroom is not suitable for a wheel chair.

This made me think. I know that they live in a house that was designed a few years ago but I was wondering… are now new house states designed for this eventualities? are people designing their own house catering for this?

I decided to change the layout of my house based on this. I have nobody in my family using a wheel chair but you never know. Plus homes should be usuable for everybody!

I was already going to have a bedroom downstairs but I am going to change the layout and the bathroom size now. Only by adding another half a metre in width I will be able to have it suitable for wheel chair access! what is half a metre in the design of a house? not much of a change or hassle but having to do this once the house is built is a completely different story!!!

If you want to find out more about all this you can download building regulations from 2010 (the newest I could find) in the environ web site. The name of the document is technical guidance M-Access for People with Disabilities.

Welcome

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

We wanted to welcome all our guests with a big smiley photograph.  A few weeks before our wedding we got our wedding photographer to take a few photos of us by the sea. We choose one of them and we made a big poster with it. We attached the poster to sign post just outside our wedding venue. At the top of the poster we had the words welcome! We thought it would be a nice way to welcome every body.

We also used this same poster to welcome people at the airport!

Lavender bag

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

For toda’s craft a very simple and effective little gift!

A little lavender bag that you can put inside your wardrobe to get your clothes to smell nice and fresh!

In order to do the bags that contain the lavender I cut fabric in big rectangles and then I folded them up. I saw the sides of them and I added long ribbon strings at both sides.  I thought these strings would be good to hang them from the wardrobe bar or anywhere you want!

I dried lavender inside of my hot press for a couple of days inside paper bags. After a couple of days I removed the lavender from the stalks and I used it to fill little bags that I made. I made the bags using some leftover of big organza ribbon that I had. It was very easy again I only cut the fabric in big rectangles then I sew the sides, fitted in the lavender and then I sew the top. Then this bag went inside the other one and ready!

If you want to renew the lavender bag with a fresher one you always have the outer one so you only need to make the one containing the lavender or even better just to resew the inside one!

Demano Bags

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

A few years ago I came across this web site and I thought it was a brilliant idea.

Demano is a company created in the 1999 that uses discarded advertising material-PVC, polyester-from banners that promote exhibitions, festivals, and cultural events to make very unusual and unique bags!

There are so many companies that they are now doing similar work but as far as I know they are the first ones they ever started this! as I said I have known of their website for at least 6 years!

I think it is a very good idea, again an example of  how thinking out of the box can help you to recycle every day products!

IKEA Hackers

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

I do not know if you ever heard of this web site but I love it!!!

Ikea Hackers is a website were people post hacks, how they personalise or how they re purpose IKEA products into the things they want!

It is a brilliant web site of inspiration and also to make you think out of the box!

Have you ever thought of making a bed frame from legs for a bathroom sink?

 

 

 

Food

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Ceremony and reception took place in the restaurant Mas Maroch. Mas Marroch is a venue for wedding banquets run by the restaurant el Celler de Can Roca. It is located on the outskirts of Girona.

Mas Marroch is a 13th Century stately country house surrounded by beautiful hundred year old gardens. It is true that the venue and location are amazing but the treasure of this venue is the people running it! The place is run by a family that they put out all their heart and passion to do the best they can. Three brothers are running the restaurant. One is doing the food, the other is doing the desserts and the third is doing magic with the wines! One of the pillars of this venue is Encarna. She is married with one of the brothers and without her our wedding would not have worked out as it did. She is absolutely brilliant, her attention to detail and to facilitate you on any dream you have for your day is astonishing! She should be proud that she made hundreds of couples so happy in their wedding day. She certainly contributed to our happiness and to deliver the dreams we had for our day.

No wonder that this restaurant has three stars Michelin and that it is featured as the second best in the world.  It is not food that made this possible but the people that work in this restaurant!

ANDROID ROBOT

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

My husband’s birthday is coming up so I made him an Android robot. He loves and works with this technology so I thought it would be cool for him to have one at his desk in the office!

I got the pattern from here

tyle.com/projects/android-doll

I am actually really pleased with the result! I think it makes a nice green friend 😉