Environment

Simple Sustainable SOLUTIONS to Reduce Waste and Plastic

According to the [U.S.] EPA, the average person produces approximately 4.9 pounds of “solid waste” or trash per day. Thankfully, you can recycle many everyday household items to help promote a cleaner, greener environment. porch.com It really isn't that hard to Reduce your waste and Recycle. But rather than focus on the problems, spreading the… Continue reading Simple Sustainable SOLUTIONS to Reduce Waste and Plastic

Environment, Photography

Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Recycling

Japan is a very clean country. You won't see or find litter in the streets. Why? No litter anywhere in Tokyo and Kyoto Several years ago in Japan, a bomb placed in a busy commuter station waste bin exploded and this on top of a 1995 domestic terrorist attack using deadly Sarin Gas also in… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Recycling

Environment

DIY Recycled Fashion Skirt

Reducing Landfill Waste In my bid to make this a sustainable living year, I decided to re-purpose an old item of clothing and up-cycle it to a new piece. This helps reduce landfill and provides a new item of clothing to wear and enjoy. With a small piece of elastic, a skirt like this can… Continue reading DIY Recycled Fashion Skirt

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Community

Kicking out Plastic – Tutorial Signature Shopping Bag

Ten minutes to a pretty Environmentally friendly solution? I will take that! Anyone can try this embroidery hack, and it is a great activity for children. All you need is a calico bag and a fine tip permanent pen.

Community

Upcycling a T-shirt into a Four Strand Plaited Belt

If you are anything like me, you tend to accumulate a lot of T-shirts. The ones made in China and Bangladesh, stretch out of shape oh so quickly. You can still wear them around the house, or as pyjamas, but there is still often too many. There is a way to use them up. Cut… Continue reading Upcycling a T-shirt into a Four Strand Plaited Belt

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Upcycling – Stool/potplant stand 30 minute Makeover

So many things are thrown away that are still useful. This stool was just begging me to rescue it from a kerbside clean up. And even with just a small embellishment, it has found a new home on my porch. Steps to its New look: 1.  First a coat of Forest Green acrylic Gouache (artists… Continue reading Upcycling – Stool/potplant stand 30 minute Makeover

Painting

Upcycling: Folk art – Tole painting on metal jug

  Despite the intense heat of the last few days, I did manage to produce a small item of decorative art. An old metal jug/watering can needed a facelift.  A simple daisy flower painted with a technique of using progressively lighter overlaying shades of acrylic gouache, some blended dry brushed leaves and some flyspecking with… Continue reading Upcycling: Folk art – Tole painting on metal jug

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Up- cycling DIY Tutorial From Tired Placemat to Pretty Tea Cosy

What can you do with an old fabric placemat, that feels too good to throw away. Use the extra thermal padding and pretty fabric as a Teapot Cosy.
10 minute upcycling project, that will leave you with endless cups of hot tea,( or as much as your teapot holds) and you will be helping the planet. Waste less, enjoy more!

Community

Recycle an Ikea Cushion

A quick up-cycling project One old Ikea cushion was getting a bit tatty and needed some TLC and renovation. Using some pretty quiliting fabric and co-ordinating remnant, I made 2 smaller cushions that look new and trendy! I only had to add some extra stuffing. and Voila.... The larger one I take in the car… Continue reading Recycle an Ikea Cushion