Advices and extra-tips for bird lovers

June 2nd, 2011 - 

If you have a passion in feeding animals and if you like them so much, here there are some advices: don’t overfill the feeders. Birds are messy eaters so everything will be messed around. Keep the area clean and be careful not to leave the dried fruits hanged too much.
If birds did not discovered the area yet, there is the possibility that your feeders are rotten and they will smell and be dangerous for birds in a few days. If you can, add some water source also near the grains. If you are so passioned
about this, you can try putting feeders in the same place the year round. Soon they will be habituated to come in the same place and they will know that the area is a reliable food source. So, you will have your friends around, plus tier music:) the whole year. Don’t establish the place in a crowded area or in a place that your cat can easliy reach. Good luck!

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Home made bird feeders

June 2nd, 2011 - 

There are shops that sell grains and food for birds in shape of balls. I bought some and gave them to the birds in the park in front of our home, but I didn’t see much fight for food. At least, as those products smell, i understand the poor birds. So I think I will stick to the bread next time. Or, try these advices I found on Ecollo. 
With simple ingredients, we can make tasy treats for our feathered friends. And if you have a tree in front of your window, you can hang those feeders and enjoy birdwatching. For the base, you need either peanut butter, or animal fat,
liquid. Then you need grains, seeds, shelled peanuts, dried fruit ( apple peels, diced pieces of fruits, apricots or berries). as support for your feeder you can take a pine cone and spread the peanut butter all over it and then roll it in the seeds. Also, a toilet paper cardboard can be used instead. If not, you can use a half grapefruit or orange. Carve the middle and fill it with the composition. Than you can hand this in any tree. The last option is to make garlands like in the picture here. You have to take a needle and a string thread and create with this, the fruits and popcorn a nice garland that you can also hang.

Create your own eco-friendly recipes

June 2nd, 2011 - 

Conditioners are the products that help our hair look good every time. With ingredients that you can find in any kitchen: natural and effective. First step: pick a base: olive, grape seed oil or sunflower oil, mayonnaise or plain yogurt. Mayo contains both egg and oils so they are benefic for your hair and scalp.
Yogurt has also benefits for hair and skin due to the lactic acid that makes your hair shiny and smooth. So, it’s easy, simple add your favourite ingredient and apply. If you don’t have these at home, you can try also fruits: bananas, mango
or avocado or honey and aloe. they contain vitamins and minerals, potasium, beta-carotene or vitamin C. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, the most recommended is the aloe vera.
As about rinse, you can use green tea that you prepared yourself in boiling water. What else? Beer.:) You never thought of it, right? Pour beer after your shampooing. Beer will help the dammaged hair. And don’t worry, no offensive smell remains.

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Creative things to do with bubble wrap

June 2nd, 2011 - 

What can you do with bubble wrap? You can use them as a carpet and jump on it at a party to enjoy yourself with your friends. You could follow the scandinavian example and use it as a carpet also but this time brutally run over with your chair. Pop a lot technique.:)

Apart of the common thing to de-stress, there is a list of what can you do with your bubble wrap:
1. Make bubble wrap curtains – nice idea to use bubble wraps. Instead of the blue tape you can also use wood frames that you can color also. Bubble wrap could also function as partitions in your house when you want to isolate a corner for more intimacy. This, if your guest won’t quickly pop pop pop your creation:)

2. Use bubble wrap for your garden -it takes only 30 minutes to install this in your garden. Measure the sizes of your green house, fix the bubble wraps into the frame with nails or pins. You can play with large or small bubbles for more or
less light. This installation should be good for at least 3 years without replacement.

3. Paint and make beautiful bubble wrap stamps out of them. Use ink or watercolors to create nice paintings on the surface of the bubble wrap foil. Or you can make stamps and play with the dotted surfaces to create decorative paintings. You can use the bubble wrap after that, when the colors are dried. Cut the foil in shapes and make collages out of them, as you want: for your journal, for bookmarks to your beloved book or artistic cards to send to friends. See the pictures below from Daisy Yellow.

Renewable energy generating art installations

June 2nd, 2011 - 

Here are some art installations that have beautiful design but they also are examples of best energy savings.

The Lunar cubit is the winning design by the New York based team of Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Ballhaus, and Adrian P. De Luca for the 2010 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition. The pyramids are covered in solar panels that will provide energy for about 250 homes.The monuments will be arranged in circular form to create a huge lunar calendar.The proportions of the pyramids match those of the Great Pyramid at Giza.
The solar powered dunescape by designer Khourvy Levit Fong creates electricity also. The construction has mirror polished stones towards the sun. Concave eye-shaped surfaces reflect light upon pipelines, superheating their liquid contents and powering electricity generating steam turbines housed beneath their crests.
Windnest art installation that you can see below ( the picture with tubes) is used to produce energy from both solar
and wind power.Great structure!
The solar sunflowers are built in Texas. They capture the solar energy but in the same time they function like huge umbrellas for the people of Austin that can hide from the sun during days.
Apart all these, there are eco-art installations that provide energy due to the footsteps pressure of kids jumping around in the park. 
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