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Change Your Point Of View!

20 Apr

When I talk about the relationship we have with objects, the disrespect we have for materials and work invested in making them into objects, I am not talking about this:

This should become a religion, using things as they were intended and in about 30 other ways per thing.

I love this, Don’t you?

Via the fantastic Blue Velvet chair

Popping Purple

12 Apr

I am on a purple kick. I haven’t been on one of those since I was 19 or 20 years old. I painted one of my walls deep purple and loved it. On the wall next to that one I had a stripped piece of fabric in blues and greens hanging on the wall behind an aquarium which had nothing but water plants in it. It was beautiful. I was young and it was all about having fun. Of course I don’t have a digital picture of back then, but I can just picture a bunch of us on my bed, wearing sunglasses and drinking beer  because we were cool, and it was the 80’s!

Then I went off purple for a very long time.

Couldn’t stand it.

Didn’t get it.

And for about a quarter of a century (yes, that long!) I would have nothing to do with it.

It must be a mid life crisis of sorts, because now I am completely into purple again.

I am not wearing it, and don’t have purple walls inside my house, but have painted (or am painting to be more accurate) some wooden garden chairs which I saved from trash the exact same shade of purple my wall from all those many years ago was.

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I was painting it in front of my house, where we have some fantastic gazenia’s growing. The are a very dark yellow, almost orange, and when I stood back to look at the newly painted purple chair, which happened to be standing right in front of the gazenia’s it was as perfect as it could possibly be.

The colors looked perfect together and I felt myself literally filling with joy. Way back when, in the age of the purple wall I used to say I felt like Coca-cola, all bubbly and excited inside.

So one thing lead to another, and since I have a lot of seeds started for my summer garden, a window right above my beautiful gazenia’s and a huge collection of tin cans just waiting to be used, I decided to paint some purple and use them as a sort of window box when my flowers are big enough to be transplanted.

That was the plan, but then Passover came along, and I remembered that this too was a time of a year where modern consumerist tradition called for gifts (at pass over gifts for the house are usually given – dishes, hand towels and so on), since I am not much of a consumer I remembered a little late, and decided to use my freshly painted purple tins and to gift my family herbs. It seemed to be a great spring gift, and I knew it would look great.  So I picked up some Oregano, Thyme and Taragon at the nursery and planted them in the tin cans. Before I did that, I drilled holes in the bottom of the cans so that the water could drain, and prepared little tags for each one out of a tuna can.

To prepare the tags:

Cut the side strip of the tuna can (you can use any tin can for this).

Flatten it with some light hammering with a raw hid hammer (a rubber mallet would be just as good).

Snip of the corners and fold the edges up. By doing this you both eliminate the danger of being cut by the tin, and also give the tag a nice boarder.

Write the name of the herb with a permanent marker on the tag.

(I play around with embossing the names of the herbs on the tag, but since I don’t have letter punches and it wasn’t looking very good, I decided to leave good enough alone and go with the marker.)

I am usually not 100% happy with things I make, but for some reason, this just seemed to pull together well. The purple, the lovely shades of green the herbs have, along with the cute tabs makes me just about pleased as punch!

(Or it could just be spring :-))

Solar cooking – How cool is that?

8 Apr


After (or maybe before) we figure out how to make beer at home, we really need to give this ago. If the insane level of gas and electric prices isn’t an incentive, I don’t know what is -)
via art for housewives

כמה פשוט ככה גאוני – בישול סולארי

8 Apr

איזה יופי! ממש שווה נסיון, במיוחד לאור מחירי הגז והחשמל הבלתי שפויים שלנו, והכמויות האין סופיות של שמש, שהן מנת חלקינו.

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4 Fantastic Links for Cardboard Furniture Inspiration

19 Feb

photo credit creative commons license bakar_88

 We started spring cleaning since we had a very stormy weekend, and there wasn’t a whole lot else to do. The reason I am sharing this with you is because it became painfully apparent once again, that even if we clean till we are blue in the face it will only take about 5 minutes for some of our rooms will look like a hurricane hit them since we don’t have enough storage space.

Anyway, I started researching cardboard furniture and different methods of making it and will probably try to attempt some larger projects in the near future.

In the mean time, For you viewing pleasure here are 4 links to cool cardboard furniture inspiration:

Hours worth of drooling here  Inhabitat.com

 Apartment Therapy  no less drool worthy!

 Eco friend.com  has some great bookshelves that I love in this collection.

 Leo Kempf – all about his process  and materials.

2 Feb

OK, I know twice in one day is a bit much, but this is worth it. How inspiring!!

MUST HAVE: Top salvo buy – London Underground luggage racks

2 Feb

It’s nice to see larger organizations jumping on the upcycle / re-purpose wagon, and not just individuals. I would love to have a couple of those as coat racks. (If you have been reading here regularly, you know I have a coat rack / hook obsession 🙂

HomeShoppingSpy

If you grew up in London and were a regular commuter on the Metropolitan Line, you may well remember their high back seats and capacious 1960’s luggage racks with umbrella hooks. When the trains were decommissioned last year the clever folk over at The London Transport Museum decided to rescue the racks, scrub them up and are offering a limited number in three different sizes. Available from March, you can own a little piece of London history in your own home…

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What a novel shelving solution! Made from aluminium they are super lightweight but sturdy. Perfect if you need a little extra storage in the hallway or kitchen. Other memorabilia includes a reproduction of the original 1960’s poster that introduced the newly modernised line 50 years ago…

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and not sure I’d want to be reminded of the tube this much in my own home, but made to order cushions…

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