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How Can WE the Consumer Help to Reduce Single-use Plastics? After watching several TV and Youtube documentaries on marine plastic pollution and the devastating impact on marine life, I decided to seriously review our plastic usage and recycling efforts, especially single-use plastics.

A little book of flowers and hearts At the moment it is actually a little book of blank pages, but my intention is to doodle, just simple patterns in black pen, and flowers and hearts will fit the bill nicely. The pages, and the cardboard covers, are decorated with a combination of ink, scraps of sheet music, coloured tissue paper and white gesso.

One Year Anniversary in our Rustic Beach Cottage Here we go; one year anniversary in our rustic beach cottage. I truly love this home. From the first time I stepped through the door it already felt like "home." That might sound crazy to some of you and that's ok because I am a little crazy.). I used to think that as far as homes go, the bigger and the newer the better.

Milk Crate Magic: Neat Things You Can Make With Upcycled Milk Crates How to make a DIY woven milk crate stool from Sam Henderson HGTV More eclectic milk crate furniture.

Billy Porter Does It Again: The Pose Star Wears Upcycled, Gender Fluid Glamour to the 2019 Peabody Awards If you're anything like me, you are counting down the days until Pose returns for its second season on FX. But until that happy day arrives, the cast has been giving us no shortage of red carpet drama, most recently at Saturday night's 78th annual Peabody Awards.

Jackson Pollock inspired lamp and media unit To get the desk to blend with the room, painter and friend Stefanos Alafouzos came up with the idea to hack the item in a Jackson Pollock painting style. The painting would add a splash of black to tone down the white. It took him 1 hour, not including drying time.

Jamaica Unit Study: Juice Box Truck Years ago, many children in Jamaica didn't have toys like we had today, they relied on their imagination and creativity for playtime. By doing this, they came up with many creative toys, games, learning coordination skills, teamwork and social interaction.

How to make a doormat using old jeans The beauty of making your own doormat is you can make to the size which suits you - this doormat is 27.5″ by 16″ fitting perfectly between the back door and our dining room table. Sign up to my newsletter for fortnightly news and tutorials - I am passionate about sparking your creativity to use the resources you have to hand.

Upcycling coffee cherries for food: 'Every major chocolate company is looking at this' Country of origin labelling. Sustainability. Dual Quality Food. Food prices. Natural and clean label. Sugar, salt and fat reduction. All Events. Shows and Conferences. Editorial Webinars. Online Events. The Coffee Cherry Co. - formerly known as Coffee Flour - is working to create value for farmers' discarded coffee cherry pulp in origin countries.

How to make a self propelled boat craft from a magerine tub! Sorry to hear some idiots have attacked your site. It would be much appreciated if you didn't refer to them as "Hackers". Real Hackers are people that create things like WordPress. "Vandals" is a much better name. Keep at it going please, and I hope you have covered up whatever vulnerability the vandals used.

Melted Crayon Rocks: Gifts That Kids Can Make Here is a post that I have been meaning to share for AAAAGES, part of the recent "Gifts That Kids Can Make" series of ideas: Crayon Rocks. These are the perfect Father's Day Craft. Crayon Rocks make excellent paper weights and are a lovely gift to any family friend of relative.

How to make a recycled self watering planter As a fan of sets of things this collection of multi colored self watering planters is as pretty as it is functional. I am currently propagating ivy and this would be so much more attractive than my current set up.

Hendersonville, NC: Best Antiques, Vintage, and Thrift Stores The Council on Aging Thrift Store. Whenever I do one of my Junkin' Journeys to new towns, I love finding local thrift shops that directly benefit agencies / groups in that immediate area. And The Council on Aging Thrift Store is a delightful and heart-warming example of that.

New Bloom Industrial Nature-turning trash to treasures. Oh boy, do I have a treat to share with all you up-cyclers, crafters, artists and nature lovers with this post. I have found another one of my people. Didn't get to meet her in person, but I did get to see her art in person. She is one of the good guys out there, doing her part, making this planet of ours pretty.

Use A Few Stones To Create A Beautiful Landscape For Your Yard From simple footprint arrangements to intricate car statue, you can use any of the DIY projects found here in order to create a beautiful landscape for your yard. We suggest you start with simple, funny looking arrangements, to capture your guests' interest and then lure them to your more complex stuff.

Sea change: Upcycling the treasures of the ocean As part of this year's International Literature Festival Dublin this month, the siblings are bringing together their commitment to ethical and sustainable design, and their love for the sea, to create a special art workshop for children at The Ark.

DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 478 - Funky Junk Interiors Boy, does it feel so good to get back on the keyboard, while going over all your incredible DIY inspiration! Thanks for the eye candy! Why the feeling? This past week I went back to 'school'. I am taking a course that could very quite possibly have me helping empower you in a much different way.

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Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen Island and Bar It would make a great island or bar for the perfect, rustic, farmhouse touch to a kitchen or family room. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your kind words!

Live Lagom hacks - IKEA shows us the way First there was Hygge, now there is "Live Lagom". It's a Swedish word that means just the right amount - not too much, and not too little. It comes from the phrase "Lagom är bäst" - the right amount is best.

A drum for Taal A larp character of mine needed a drum for ritual work. A very good friend of mine had an old tambourine lying around that her kids had outgrown and a genuine native American drumstick I could use for inspiration. The drumstick was pretty simple - wrapped in leather, a tassel at the end and a strip of fleece wrapped around the head.

Upcycling Wood: Disused Materials Transformed Into Valuable And Useful Objects In his book Upcycling Wood, Reutilización creativa de la madera, the architect and artist Bruno Sève writes and edits a non-exhaustive guide of the uses and possibilities of recovered wood, as a framework for responsible reuse; from small scale, such as furniture or artists' canvases, to medium scale, with its use in interiors and facades.

SABIC Introduces LNP ELCRIN iQ Upcycled Compounds to Extend Useful Life of PET Bottles SABIC has introduced its LNP ELCRIN iQ portfolio of polybutylene terephthalate compounded resins derived from recycled polyethylene terephthalate to support the circular economy and help reduce plastic waste.

Outdoor Cushion covers - Envelope Pillow Covers How to make outdoor cushion covers to update your old patio cushions. Plus how to make your outdoor fabric stretch further using drop cloth fabric.

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