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Colourful apartment

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

My favourite colour is green just in case you have not noticed! When I saw this apartment in Freshome I knew I had to post about it! I really like how the small bits of green here and there make lift up so much the place.

Key strap

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

I have moved recently to a new job. I am now sharing office with other people and the office door needs to be locked when nobody is inside. This means that I need to carry around my keys.

I have to admit that more than once I have left my keys in the office or forgot them somewhere else. So I decided to get one of the straps that I got in one of the conferences I attended and I recovered it with fabric. Now as soon as I get to my office I put the keys on the strap and I have it around my neck all the time.

There has not been a happier girl in the office since!!! no more keys lost 😉

Epoch Boutique

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

I remember reading before about the high amount of clothes/fabric that goes into land fill every year. I can not remember the exact number but I know that it made an impression on me.

I normally like to buy clothes that are a bit more expensive but that they last for longer. This means that I do not buy many clothes a year but I am a believer that it is better to buy something that lasts for longer.

I have been looking around for recycled clothes for a while. I have to admit that I do not like second hand clothes because most of the times the clothes are outdated. This is why I was delighted to read about Epoch Boutique. They have a range of vintage clothes, but also revamped clothes with really awesome designs!

Here are some of my favourites:

Klickity

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Klickity is a product design  studio based in Dublin. They design contemporary, affordable products manufactured in Ireland. I recommend you to take a look at their website.

Here there are some of the products you can buy:

The Omad table top lamp. This table top lamp not only is stylish and useful is even designed to have minimal impact on our environment. Easy to disassemble, when you want to get rid of it you only need to recycle the plastic components and send back to Kllickity the electrical ones!

I love the idea of this modular notice board called Klip. Paint firendly sticky pads on the back allow it to easily attach to your wall and you can arrange the hexagons any way you want on your wall.

 

 

Bunting with left over fabric

Friday, January 18th, 2013

I had a bunch of left over fabric so I decided to do a bit of bunting.

I cut fabric strips  of left over fabric that I had with pinking scissors and then I sewn them in a untidy way to a string.

Here is the result:

I still had left overs from the green fabric so I decided to do a more conventional bunting cutting the pieces in very small triangles and then saw them to the string. Very small amount of work and very effective:

 

C2C Chair

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I found this lovely chair on line. It is from MisoSoupDesign. This Company was established in New York City in 2004. All their designs have a direct connection between environment and limited resource, and the concept of their design always incorporates new ideas with minimal wasted material.

The C2C Chair has a really unique feature, it can transform between a chair and a lounge chair without taking it a part or needing any tools. It is made with 2 shapes of wood ans steel roods.

What I really like about it is that is very elegant but at the same time is so functional and has a double use!

To reduce environment impact, the wood parts used on this chair are manufactured by computer numerical controlled cutting machine to minimize material waste during production.

Fatih Can Sarioz

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

I discovered this really talented designer Fatih Can Sarioz. I am really impressed with his designs.

The best: every design is very well  thought out and one particular unit can have several uses:

Check out this hanger and its multifunction:

 

This other design is very cool too!! it is a lovely design table that takes very little space!

 

http://www.fatihcansarioz.com

Glow in the Dark

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Last time I was in Michaels I stocked up with craft tools and supplies. I bought something I was looking forward to use for ages.  Glow in the dark paint.

I experimented with it this week. I painted a big vase that I have with shells in the balcony with very small dots and then two candle jars.

I also painted the bulbs from the fairy lights that I have in the balcony. I thought that like this even without turning them on they would look to be working.

I must say that the results are a bit disappointing.  There is not as much glowing as I thought! in fact unless I put the jars inside of the bathroom that has no windows and I shut the door, I can not even see a glow!!

I got the idea from Curbly blog and I was expecting it to look like this:

 

Recycle your Christmas waste

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

We all produce that much extra during the Christmas holidays.

I made a list of tips to remember to recycle all your Christmas waste:

  • Recycle your used packaging, used electrical items and batteries at your local recycling centre or waste collector.
  • Keep glass separate for recycling at the bottle bank or recycling centre. Do not leave your bottles on the ground in boxes or bags at the bottle bank.
  • Recycle your used cardboard and Christmas wrapping paper by folding rather than scrunching it up.  Christmas crackers and Christmas cards are all recyclable.  Make sure all the cardboard and paper is clean and dry.
  • No need to worry about selotape on wrapping paper; this can be recycled too!
  • Recycle food tins and aluminium drink cans – Remove any left over food from tin and rinse out the drink can and if you can, squash the tin/can.
  • Recycle plastic drinks bottles, milk bottles, shampoo bottles, detergent and washing up liquid bottles, soap dispenser bottles, shower gel bottles and yoghurt drink bottles by rinsing these bottles out to get rid of any leftovers, squash them and place in recycle bin at recycling centre/waste collector.
  • Recycle glass bottles/jars at your local recycling centre or bottle bank.
  • When the festivities are over bring any unwanted gifts of clothes or toys to your local charity shop/recycling centres or give them away online through sites such as freetrade.ie
  • If you have a real Christmas tree you can avail of the collection service provided by your County Council.

Wall Panels

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Wall Art is a very interesting company that creates really ingenious wall panels. The wall panels are modern and eco friendly they are done from fibrous residue of sugarcane. In order to extract raw sugar you need to crush sugarcane stalks. The remaining fibres after crushing the sugarcane stalks are shredded and are used to be the base for the wall panels. This product is 100% recycled, compostable and is therefore 100% biodegradable!

One of the features that I really like is that you can paint them and make them fit in any room in your house!