I had a very full weekend filled with work and fun, perfect mix if you ask me. I like to be busy and this weekend I was definitely busy.
I spent a good portion of my time working on furniture. One piece I will be keeping for myself, the other two are a request for my youngest grand child. With several pieces going at the same time, and having to work inside due to the rain and humidity I was shocked by the sight of the apartment today. It looks like a box of crayons exploded in here.
I finally finished the commercial cafe chair. Here’s what it looked like when I started, it needed some serious repairs to the back of it.
Knowing this would be used by a 2-year old I had a cute piece of fabric picked out for the seat. Instead my oldest granddaughter informed me she knew what her cousin would like better than I did.
I decided to go along with her, I think she has a gift as it turned out cute.
She wasn’t done, she found a piece of wide purple ribbon and informed me the chair needed a bow too. I added the bow which can be removed at any point.
I listened to my son and his wife who have been asking me to get a futon or sofa bed for their overnight stays. After months of looking I decided a futon was the best choice. It was cheaper, took up less space and would be easier for me to move when I need to clean under it.
Here are a few of the colors scattered around my apartment at the moment, does it look like a box of crayons to you?
Looking at the mix of colors its easy to see why we don’t want to have too many colors in one room, it’s overwhelming on the eyes. All this is in addition to the colors already in my apartment, and the pinks and purple in the chair.
I am struggling with the no plastic in July challenge. I purchased Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free: how I kicked the plastic habit and you can too. I was surprised by how good this book was. I learned quite a bit new including:
- Even though I have single stream recycling many types of plastic are sent to the landfill if there isn’t a buyer for the plastic
- My Tom’s of Maine deodorant containers are recycled along with yogurt tubs, food containers and even pill bottles by Preserve’s Gimme 5 Program.
- Do you remember the plastic on the organic bananas I buy? I never knew why this had to be there. Now I do. Its to prevent mold. Non organic bananas are dipped in a fungicide to prevent the mold instead.
- Chewing gum is plastic. So much for being told its safe to swallow.
- Do you know that silicone is made from sand and which is pressed through hydrocarbons, petroleum or gas. This is a hybrid product using different chemicals that can take more heat, but the jury is still out on whether its safer.
- Polar fleece has plenty of environmental problems. Every time you wash fleece, or other polyester or synthetic fabric you are releasing tiny plastic fibers into the water system. These fibers are being found in the oceans.
I found much more in Plastic Free, I urge you to read it if you care about your health, reducing plastic or wanting to protect the health of others and the planet. You will find recipes to make your own cleaners, condiments, and ethical businesses where you can buy what you can’t make or find locally (including Ms. Terry’s favorite etsy shops)
First I missed seeing two bags being used for my purchase of peas at the farmers market, then I bought 3 containers of plants at the market. I will reuse these so they won’t be single use, but they are still plastic.
The first two were to fulfill a promise to add flowers to the fairy garden. At least these were grown locally and not shipped in.
Then I purchased a tomato plant as the deer ate mine.
Sunday I did some shopping. There are a few items of clothing I won’t buy used, of course that resulted in two more bags of plastic (I’ll use them for picking up the dogs leavings when he visits). I also needed clothes line to reweb a few outdoor chairs I rescued last summer. Why this had to be encased in plastic I can’t figure.
I also found myself having to purchase apples in a plastic bag with a plastic tab to hold it closed and the plastic wrapper, plastic tape, and a produce sticker on the bananas.
Every day needs to have a little fun. Saturday I received a visit from my granddaughter and her mom. The little one begged to have a tea party with me. She and mom baked cookies.
I added some freshly picked strawberries, since there weren’t many ready to pick I added orange segments as well.
She planted her pansies.
Then we walked to the beach where she made a friend.
But evening the sky opened up, with an amazing thunderstorm.
I will be able to reveal the other projects in a couple of days.
How was your weekend?