Implementing Zero Waste. Month 1 summary

For a while now, I have been the recycling police in the house. And in everyone else’s house (my friends and family – I know I have been a pest).
It is because I believe that we need to leave this world a bit better, not full of waste.
In the last couple of months, I have been looking into options of low waste impact solutions. Ones that are manageable to implement in a 2adult-2children-2kitten household (we’ve expanded – we got twins!! kittens, I mean). And with both adults in full time employment and children within school schedules.
Now my husband is aware that we should be better to the world. He also likes his fizzy pop that only comes in plastic (on a regular shopping trip). And he is a fan of pretty packaging. It is still a journey.
On the other hand, I will think about the packaging and ingredients and plan our meals in advance etc. When I’m not too tired. Don’t get me wrong, I will easily fail every time I see a nutella jar. At least it’s a jar…
But I digress.. What worked in the last month?
I have made my own counter top cleaner! And instead of bath bombs, we did a toilet fizzy cleaner 😀 And sugar scrub – linking STEM activities into every day world, and having a bit of fun 🙂 Fore more details about each of them click on the links 🙂

Top Annoyance

Getting to find things to buy that fit zero waste lifestyle. I mean, how hard is for companies to use anything but plastic in their packaging??
On the highstreet where I live, there are 2 “health food” stores – you know the ones that have protein packs and nuts and dried fruit in bigger packs? Holland & Barret and Grape Tree are the ones I looked into. All in plastic. Nuts? Plastic. Dried fruit? Plastic. Oats? Plastic. I mean really, oats??? At least that could go in the paper packaging? (I wanted to get some in town so I don’t need to drive further for my usual large shop)
On that note – want to get some baking soda? Can’t find anything bigger than a 100g pack in town. And when I ordered one online – it came in a plastic bag?? (picture looked like it will be wrapped in paper – fail on that)

But things that worked:

(please note that I’ve included links to the things I’ve purchased – if you purchase anything afterwards I might earn few pennies)
1) more cloths in the kitchen means less paper towels are being used, mum happily obliged and made me a roll of unpaper towels – similar to ones found on etsy
2) my homemade citrus vinegar cleaner + cloth = less antibacterial wipes being used. I found large quantity of vinegar on amazon
3) kittens are using Pettex Pampuss Woodbase Cat Litter – with poo being able to flush down the loo and wee turning pellets into saw dust that goes on the compost pile/garden. It is a large 30 litre bag but it lasts us about a month and a bit
4) since starting to use it last year, I am continuing to get the Cheeky Panda bamboo toilet paper. Unfortunately it comes in a bag, that can be recycled with carrier bags. I’m still trying to find a suitable (both environmentally and financially) solution that comes without the cardboard roll in the middle and in paper packaging. I am currently waiting for who gives a crap to have their bigger pack back in stock so I can try that out.
5) for my hubby’s fizzy pop addiction during last shop in the local supermarket I found the glass packaging of Diet Coke such as these. I have kept the glass bottles as they are perfect one flower vases. win-win.
6) I’ve done dishwasher tablets! I was skeptical at first but they work like a charm! Very pleased with those!

As a general note:

  • I haven’t gone on a rampage to throw everything plastic out – but I do think twice before I bring anything in the house.
  • My trash (personal or family) doesn’t fit in a jar. Don’t think it ever will. But there will be less of it
  • I am far more in the mood to rant to the producers of everything – either in terms of kudos or suggestions or plain complaining. More of us should
  • It doesn’t take lots of time to do it – just few things at the time will make a difference.

What worked for you? Is there anything you would not do?

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Extension aftermath and back to crafting

It’s been a busy year – or almost 2. After packing (well most of) the house up, demolishing half, monitoring (i’m not even call it managing – it was fairly close to babysitting) builders and plumbers and electricians etc., then moving back in and finally unpacking, we have now reached perpetual stage of house decorating. Yey… (note the lack of enthusiasm).

I mean, it is fun – when you get a blank slate of a room and you have a purpose of what you want it to be and ideally some kind of a budget. Otherwise – a bit less fun. I have been in never ending clear out loop. And I can’t really see that I’ve even made a dent 😀 And each room already has furniture in and it’s difficult to even create that blank slate of a room – when we are living in other rooms and my other half goes and buys pieces of furniture before we have managed to remove the old ones. Thanks babe – really helpful.

Moaning aside – I have managed to unearth few bags of craft stuff just this week – and I completely forgot about them! It was random knits during the house build stage that I was planning to give away or sell but never got around to taking a pic for the project (yes, I’m a bit on that side) and they got lost in the depths of my mental TO-DO list.

So here are a few – weather you want to see them or not 😀

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Featuring Hallie the Head and our diner’s backdrop castle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafts for pennies & priceless smiles

Whenever there is a ribbon, a button, bead, or pretty much anything that looks like it can be reused, in my house it ends up in a craft bucket. You might have a drawer or a shoebox or a tin your gran gave you? Anything can be on there, a little treasure trove.

We visited Nana yesterday and she contributed bits and pieces she saved, asking can they be used. Oh yes they can! In minutes we managed to upgrade accessories stash with new choker necklaces and they took them out for a stroll 🙂

Few ribbons, some beads and a bit of sewing skills. Nothing more. Absolutely priceless memory created 🙂

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It’s that time of the year again…

… and we’re going NEON.

Welcome to the roller skate birthday party preparations. Let the games begin.

Now, initially, there were rumors that the little wonderfuls would like Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory parties, but that went down the drain on Monday. Luckily I hadn’t had time to go nuts but I’ve found sooo many ideas that my brain was already buzzing. Oh well – perhaps we do that next year, who knows. Onwards and upwards and lets get into ’80s feel as neon and skates are screaming for large hair-dos!!

OK, so plus side is – it has to be out there (we can’t fit in the house) and it has to be indoors (as outside is either wet or freezing) – I was maniacally googling and calling around on Tuesday morning and voila – there was a space in a sport centre nearby and they had the date that is perfect (and a Saturday, which makes my life soo much easier). Now, I got to choose between 12 o’clock slot and 3 o’clock slot – now that was a dilemma – earlier slot means there should be something children can have for lunch (even if reality is that they will skip straight to sweets and snacks) and the later one is the one where by the end of it we will all be ready to collapse.

Risking the early morning panic – and my manic behaviour – I’ve picked the 12 one. Only time will tell how bad did I do 😀

Now, back to work – I have some party invitations to whizz up – last years’ movie tickets went really well with the audience so I’m thinking of what to create to keep the standard going 😉 I loved little beach huts we did this summer (just tried to link them and then I realised – as usual – I forgot to write that post, so here they are)

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summer party invites

And now I’m crawling through the google image results for that just perfect template/image/something magical I can reuse and tweak into the perfect invites. Not there yet.

On the other hand, I’ve found neon leg warmers that will be our party favours, printable cake toppers that I’ll turn into stickers and mini disco balls for the cake they ordered. That will require blog post on it’s own – to be continued…

Something for me :)

Went to visit Crafty Old Birds today to visit their latest work – so many beautiful things, from Sally’s wet felted hats and scarves and dresses, Jay’s woven scarves and beautiful metalworks and earings made by Cathy. I commissioned a pair last week and here they are – absolutely gorgeous!
my new earings
I don’t have the other links, but if you contact them via the B&B’s page, that will do – and maybe you come for a visit too!

Clearout time

Time for a clearout. This blog, like most aspects of my life, has been quite messy and very neglected for a while. So starting anew 😀

Currently, I’m in full blown ‘get things done’ mode. Not sure how long it will last, but riding the wave as long as possible! I’m in the process of finalising house extension plans, slowly getting back to crafts and cooking and baking again. My hand is finally getting close to being usable (so far, I’ve been out of commission for the last 6 months due to repetitive strain injury, aka RSI). There is still some pain, so I’m taking it gently, although it feels good to have a grip of things again.

So… back to the clearout. I’m clearing my house, my mind, and alongside – this blog. I have loads of ideas humming in my head and I will try to get some of them out. Picture wise, I’m not sure will I be able to put more effort in, we shall wait and see. I am aware that is needed. Topics that will continue will include mostly crafting, with occasional interrupt around house or life or universe. I take requests 😉

To the supermums out there: I get you, congrats!

Not sure how is for you, but in my case, Sundays exhaust me! Honestly, by 6pm I’m eagerly awaiting working week and some help in getting my two duracell-like-bunnies tired. I mean, we had a busy weekend: they walked, ran, played for hours on a birthday party, been out to shops they like, pub lunch they like, we watched turning on of the Christmas lights, walked some more… and despite everything, I still have to fight bed time. As they aren’t tired. Not at all. Yet the parents are the ones who need a break 🙂
Today I sort of feel a little bit closer to that ‘supermum in training’ title. I finally put most of my stock in the shop. Not sure did I get the pricing right but I’ll learn eventually. Heck, I’m not even completely convinced that I’ll sell anything, but at least feels like I’m doing something. This is my present to myself this Christmas – instead of buying some (nice) yarn – actually I was aiming for another phat box – this month I will try to destash some more, in finished objects sense 🙂
If nothing else, I got some inspiration to do a toy. Won’t say much, but gnomes here I come 😉
Girls helped me set up the shelves buy spreading minicards all around. They were really cute!

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Managed to some exercise as the younger one decided to fall asleep half way to the town when we were going to watch turning on of the Xmas lights. And no, I did not bring the pram. And I felt really really stupid. As my hubby said we’re all going but in the last minute changed his mind saying he’ll just go and get a haircut (actually, he said that he’ll catch up and we should go ahead and then thrown in  the haircut possibility while we were walking away). Of course, it was so busy later that they didn’t let him thru the barriers due to too many people. Gee, one event in ages and no rain – do you think people will go? Doh! So he was waiting for us outside while I tried for good 40 mins to persuade little munchkin to wake up. At the same time neighbors helped and lifted the older one up every now and then so she can at least see something. Hope no back pain for them as she’s getting bigger every day. Overall, lights were pretty but the organisation quite poor (and not due to the barriers) – but I’ll leave that for another post… anyway, no need to lift weights next week!
after putting them to bed, I so far sorted the washing, did the dishes and another round of laundry in the queue, and I’ve sat down to continue on other bits and pieces. Still have to finish tidying up the living room, but I’ve brought everything in here, the other round of washing and eBay sold stuff to be packed and I’ve turned on the telly to see that the “Dirty Harry” is on and now I do feel lucky 🙂 bit of a break to ramble here and me and Harry will continue with the to do pile.
In case no one told you today how great you are for doing everything you are doing to make anyone and everyone in your life happy or just helping along with stuff that needs to be done – I get you! Congratulations, you’re doing an amazing job! And if your Sundays are tiring – have a lovely coffee or tea break on Monday!