Reusing Lightbulbs as mini terrariums

October 13th, 2011 - 

 

Even if it is not a very new idea, I still like at and find it inspiring. To have such a tiny world of your own, directly on your desk. Rivers, stones, beautiul places, anything cand be created! All you have to do is to add some water inside from time to time and you will be rewarded with a little bit of nature every day, on your desk. Two tillandsia plants, also known as air plants, are nestled along with preserved reindeer moss in river stones held in place (more…)

LegendBlues, antique style furniture and old jeans recycled

July 4th, 2011 - 
 

All jeans tell a story. Your first concert ever, the first kiss, a nostalgic journey and a lot of treasured moments you keep in your heart. Furniture designer Liz Richardson of LegendBlues thought of even more: what if we could transform these pairs into something that could last longer?
You will have all your memories near you. So, in 2009, the designer created a furniture line using recycled jeans and old furniture combined: pillows, chairs, armchairs, ottomans and accessories. In the meantime, she works with a team that handcrafts each chair out of solid Northern Soft Maple. This wood was choosen for its fine hand finish and its
quality but you, as a buyer, you can choose from from 6 wood finishes and nails in either brass or pewter. Also, you can ask for a full customization: sending your personal jeans and asking for special pockets to be built: for your iPod, remotes or other belongings. For an addiyional fee, you will have a nice embroidery also.

Via here.

Photos: LegendBlue website

Ways to save paper

June 23rd, 2011 - 
 
It is very easy to save and recycle paper. First, all you have to do is to arrange the paper into 3 categories: newspaper, office paper and colored paper– like magazines for example that may have toxic ink added. Keep in mind to use both parts of the paper when printing or photocopying.

When it is possible, refuse to receive advertising on brand that you are not interested. I all the time receive a lot of informations by post that I really do not need. Others: use the email more than sending stuff by post and when it comes to send some congrats or invitations it is always better to make it via online.  Pay your bills by Direct Debit and
ask to receive Bank Statements less frequently. When you have extra magazines or books that you don’t need anymore just donate them to hospitals, GP surgeries, dentists, libraries or anywhere with a waiting room.  Buy second-hand books or just borrow them from friends who have them already. 
See an interesting movie here about recycling and its advantages.

Via here.
Images via here.

Help the Environment And Save Energy

June 5th, 2011 - 

Generic advices on how to save energy and go green:

Heating related:
– in winter time, heat only the rooms you use, not more and close the doors between halls and rooms
– don’t set the heather too high, better wear something warmer
– invest in thermostats
– use double or triple glazed windows: they will keep you much warmer and their wooden frame will last much longer than a plastic frame

Water related:
– use your washing machine and dishwsher only when they are fully loaded
reuse water in your household
– if you want to boil water, use as much water as you need, don’t waste and don’t use more than necessary
Energy related:
– use energy saving bulbs turn off lights not used
Others:
– avoid buying packagings and products that have too many layers of packaging
– buy in large containers, instead of 5 bottles of mineral water containing 1 liter it is better to buy a 5 liter bottle
– don’t use your car if short trips; if you have the possibility just walk or take the bike
Via here. 
Picture from here.

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.