This is another blog entry under the theme of ethical sustainable clothing brands, this time in the realm of yoga, active and leisure wear. I’m hoping that seeing all these loving items will inspire me, one day, to start exercising again. I could garden or do housework or DIY all day long but actually setting time aside to do ‘exercise’ just doesn’t float my boat. Maybe I’m just doing it wrong!
A dear friend of mine was departing these fair isles for her home country of Australia and I was asked by the other members of our knitting group to make her a card. Here is the end result. It’s simply a circle of cardboard, wrapped in wool with two wooden skewers – capped with strips of paper – pushed through it to represent knitting needles. Simple!
I rarely get time to be visually creative, something I really miss from my days as an Interior Architect. When I get the time to make cards it’s a nice, inexpensive, low-waste way to design and make something visual and it helps to put a smile on the faces of those I care about. Win, win.
I was recently filmed for the news on our National TV station RTE. The segment was about the use of brown bins (compost bins) in Ireland, which apparently is on the decline. The piece equated food waste with brown bin usage but i made the point (which was edited out) that if someone is doing an excellent job of reducing their food waste they may not even need a brown bin!
It’s that time of the year again; spring cleaning, and this year lets ditch all those nasty chemicals and clean effectively without putting our health at risk. I am a minimalist at heart so I like to use the least ingredients possible! You’d be surprised at just how little you need to clean your house effectively. In our house we clean as follows;
So guilt-free undies, do they exist? Are they hideous? Are they expensive? Well firstly i’m happy to report that they do exist and they’re not at all hideous (well most of them) and you seem to be able to get them for the same price as an average good-quality bra, which is very encouraging. As always the definition of ‘sustainable’ and ‘ethical’ is open to interpretation. I aim to give you all the information that you require to make your own decision on the issue, just remember sometimes all we can do it make the least bad choice.
It’s mother’s day in Ireland this weekend and in an effort to avoid that awful plastic wrapping you get with most shop bought mothers day cards I’m making my own. Personally I wouldn’t mind not getting a card as long as there was some gesture of appreciation, but I think my mum would be heartbroken if she didn’t so this is for her.
I found this tutorial for a pretty origami dress online and teamed it with some cute patterned card that I’ve had stashed for years. I tried a few tutorials and this was the one i thought was the easiest. The tutorial is for paper so my card was a little bit stiff, which made it a bit tricky so I decided to hide its imperfections with daisy edging from a ribbon – also from the stash!
Anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while will know that I kinda have a thing for paper craft. I love how you can create something stunning, and often functional, from a renewal material and for relatively little. I am currently lusting after these amazing paper bird lamps by two architects based in Portugal.