Trying a hand at sewing

 

 Moda Bake Shop

Must be something in the air this weekend as I was also inspired by the Moda Bake Shop and its website is so cute. They have an extensive amount of projects and my wish list is growing by the day with their DIY sewing projects.  In an impulse buy yesterday I ordered a Singer sewing machine from the UK and can’t wait for it to arrive. Bit surprised by how much they cost though could not find a second that suited me but you there are quite a few popping up on Adverts.ie so keep an eye open if your interested.

Just hope I’ll be able to find the time to make everything I want! I am a sewing newbie so I’ll let you know how I get on. My first challenge is this cute warm blanket for my daughter. Everything I ordered off Fat Quarter Shop in the US so hopefully wont take that long to get the fabric. Feel free to share your own little projects too 🙂

Creativity is flowing

My little one has the flu at the moment which means we are housebound until she picks up. Thought it would  be the perfect time for a bit of creativity! We decided to make these cute recycled paper beads and turn them into  a bracelet. It’s a great way to use up some of your recyclables. They make a great gift to grandmothers too! See here for instructions.

Before you recycle anything you should have a look at Disneys website which give instruction on how to create a wallet out of a milk carton. Might try this next week!

It is a great site that includes some fantastic projects that kids will love. Some of the best include the Cereal Tote Bag, Simple Shakers for very little ones and Portable golf course made out of recycled plastic bottles will entertain Dad too.

Etsy finds

For all those who have never heard of Etsy, it is a unique shopping experience online. Not unlike eBay but people sell their own handmade items. Here I am including a few cute finds:

Adorable hot tea cozy from user Knitstorm made from forest yarn with attached felt tea bag that reads “green tea” or “hot tea”. Also good to know that all items in her shop are handmade in a smoke-free home.

 

Be eco-friendly while carrying your cash in a one of a kind wallet created with a recycled billboard banner. It comprises of  1 compartment for your notes, 4 compartments for standard-sized cards holding at least 2 cards in each, and 2 compartments on each side for other items (eg: receipts, notes, etc,). All billboard banners are brushed, washed, cleaned by hand, and carefully selected, measured, and cut into eye catchy pieces before being sewn into this bifold wallet. Created by Notty Pooch who have a whole shop of similar items. Well worth a look!

 

One for the kids. This “Snails and Turtles Coloring Bag” is recycled from old jeans and holds 15 colouring pencils on the outside and colouring books inside. This bag is perfect for keeping a child entertained on the go and is available from La Chiffonniere.

Green Fingers

With the frost gone and the sun slowing beginning to come back to life we have decided to begin a new eco-friendly hobby, vegetable growing!

Just giving it a try with a few carrots and seeing how it goes. We travelled over to Griffins Garden Centre at the weekend picked up a plastic pot, carrot seeds and kids gardening gloves.

Two-year old loved getting involved in all the dirt and mess! Its good to see her getting out in the fresh air and watering them too. If all goes well we may spend the rest of the spring creating our own place in the garden for growing our organic veggies. Have been reading that it is possible to grow vegetables in containers without the need for a whole stretch of the garden.

Something which caught my eye on Johnstown Garden Centre was an item which is actually a raised timber bed that can be used for growing yor organic veg. Seems very convenient being so self contained and can be positioned wherever you want it even over gravel and concrete. If all goes well I think we’ll be going for this option! Would be nice to have a constant supply of our own organic veg. Good for the kids too!

The beginning of my green world

After almost two years of recycling my waste and doing my bit for the environment I have decided to go all out and this year go green. If not for the sake of the planet but also for the pocket! I will be giving my ideas on everything eco-friendly and sharing my experiences, ideas and findings from the perspective of a busy mom. 

Thinking about where it all started. Strolling along at the checkout in TK Maxx a few months ago something caught my eye…a reusable shopping bag. Without even trying to resist the impulse buy I picked it up thinking it was a cute idea.

This started it all. With a two-year old I am constantly on the go and this means almost constant trips to do the grocery shopping and I regularly would end up with quite a lot of those “Bags for Life”.  Honestly it was the last thing on my mind to pick up those ugly things before I ran out the door with the toddler in tow. Looking at the press full of bags costing 22c a piece I knew I was beginning to waste too much to them.

However with my impulse buy I had no problems in forgetting the tiny bundle as it could be attached to my keys and also handy to just throw into the stroller. It was compact and durable holding almost three times what a plastic bag would hold. Even used to hold the odd bucket and spade for a trip to the beach too.

I became so happy with my purchase that I started looking online for more. Having just the one reusable bag turned into a bit of a struggle with a weekly shop. This is when I discovered reuseit.com. I have fallen in love with this place! Waiting on three orders from them now. They have everything reusable such as shopping bags, bottles, lunch boxes and importantly everything is so funky!

Also feel quite happy that I’m being green with my daughter! Will be letting everyone know how I get on when I get my long-awaited delivery.

Hello world!

Inspired by my recent purchase on reuseit.com I have decided to take the plunge and do what I’ve always been meaning to spend time on and that’s creating a blog about something I feel passionate about…living as eco-friendly as I can. Through my posts I hope to spread the word on the green way of life and maybe save a few trees in the process!