Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Recycled Arts

So I'm always raving so much about recycled treasures, and I just have to share with you some original pieces I came across this weekend.

Recycled Arts Recipe

2 cups passion
1 cup creativity
4 Tbs resourcefulness

pinch of sensibility
beauty for garnish

Combine passion and creativity, mix thoroughly. Gently fold in resourcefulness until mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add a pinch of sensibility. Spoon into serving dish, garnish with beauty.

This recipe comes to mind when I see such ordinary, everyday things brought to life by an artistic, resourceful mind. I would love to share with you such originality:

This crazy cool little butterfly was once a grapesoda can. Now, it's holding up someone's kid's report card up on a fridge somewhere. And... It's beautiful. Imagine that.

Seriously? A little funky, a little urban, a splash of color and you have an upcycled masterpiece in no time. Or maybe a lot of time. I don't know, but I couldn't resist.

Time and time again. Ok, last pun... promise. But how adorable is this? A pop of golden color with some organza ribbon and cord resuscitates this vintage watch movement. Who knew something so forgotten could be so attention grabbing?

Rubber is one of those things that, unless it is natural rubber, isn't biodegradable. And a wallet is something most every man uses. Why not combine the concept? Kudos to palepink for such an innovative and practical approach.

So this is a double shot of goodness! And I'm not talkin' espresso. Not only is it recycled felted wool, but it is also stitched with organic cotton. And it's green to boot! Honestly, need I say more?

Thank you to: KMStudioDOTcom (Recycled Aluminum Can Magnet/Brooch - Grapette Butterfly), 1byliz (carrot recycled bike clock), asecondtime (Portrait of a Butterfly - Steampunk Jewelry - Vintage Watch Movement Pendant - Designed by A Second Time - FREE Shipping to the USA and Canada), palepink (Bike inner tube wallet with neon elastic closure), remadeshop (spring green recycled felt mug cosy)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Easy Natural Facemask Recipe

Ahh, Sundays.
Last chance to relax before another busy week. Try an easy homemade face mask to help relieve tension and rejuvinate your skin! I've jam packed the best ingredients for you to get the best results. You will end up with a fresh, soft complexion!

3 Tbs avocado, mashed
3 Tbs honey
1 Tbs banana, mashed
Vitamin E Capsul
1 egg

Powdered Oatmeal, to thicken *optional

Combine all ingredients until smooth paste forms. Add powdered oatmeal to thicken as needed. Apply to face in circular motions. Relax for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Gently pat dry.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

First for Everything

Ok, so I have to admit, I have a newly aquired understanding of blogging. Until this year, it had been some vague anomoly that everyone seemed to know about, except me. The best part is, I am pretty computer savvy and have been utilizing blogs without even knowing what they were. All the how-to's, tutorials, and informational tidbits that I've accumulated bookmarks of? Blogs. I've decided, blogs can be pretty useful. I'm always looking for something all-natural, handmade, eco-friendly, organic, and such to indulge my body with. When we walk into a store, we mostly find processed, refined, bleached, injected, chemical laden, goods. Most of which are made using cheap, culture exploiting labor.

I'm blessed enough to live in Southern California, where we have many alternative health stores that carry food, clothes and beauty products made with natural and safe ingredients. For those who live in areas like where I'm from (a small North Carolina town), this can be a challenge. Thankfully, more and more Americans are becoming conscious of the long-term effects of these health-harming products and are opting to look for what mother nature intended. The online market is booming with such products. You have to put a little more effort into searching for what you want, but it will be well worth it. My goal is to use this blog to make it even easier for you to find these little-known treasures.

Here are a few from Etsy to start things off:

Thank you: infusion (Organic Essentia Satchel in Storm Blue), zelaya (racer back manta dress)lupin (Crimson Corsage, beaded felt flower brooch)