All posts tagged: eco friendly

Festival of Seas: Blue Gala

  (Silent Auction Artwork & Photography donated by Cathy Church, Ellen Cuylaerts, Guy Harvey and Dready 2013)   Happy Friday Everyone! It is with great pleasure to announce that tomorrow night the 10th annual Festival of Seas: Blue Gala Dinner fundraising event will be held at the ARC, Camana Bay. The Blue Gala dinner helps to raise funds for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. The CCMI is located in our beloved Little Cayman. The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is Cayman’s only non-profit, and non-governmental organization dedicated to understanding and protecting the islands’ reefs and the life they support. All proceeds directly benefit the CCMI’s mission of protecting the coral reefs for the future. “Currently the work of CCMI shows that although coral cover declined significantly following the 1999 global coral bleaching event, reefs in Cayman recovered completely by 2012.” Our coral reefs are vital to the Cayman Islands, as they are imperative to our ecosystem. Not to mention, a national treasure which divers around the world come to see. Lets help protect our beautiful coral …

Make It Pop Like Pink Champagne

Post Birthday Post… If you had a chance to read my birthday girl wishes post you already know I did a Roaring Twenties, Gatsby themed party.  It was  a blast!  I wanted to share with you some of the party inspirations. 1. The Invitation I did my best art deco, inspired invitation, keeping it as an evite. 2. Free Printable Table Decoration Just repurpose an old picture frame to display. 3. Birthday Greetings on a Champagne Bottle Forget birthday cards, (though i really love giving and receiving cards for any occasion) having guests write birthday wishes on a champagne bottle is a great keepsake. with love, xo

Eco Mad hatter Hats

                  Last weekend, The National Trust for the Cayman Islands hosted an awesome 5K Glow Run!! “Light up the night for a brighter future” In the spirit of this fundraising event one of my bestie’s and I joined in with other participants creating funky glow costumes.  We made “Mad Hatter Hats” which of course, had an environmental theme.  One was nature themed, the other ocean themed.  In addition, we added some glow accessories, funky shades, and faux/synthetic feathered boas (which can be recycled for other events). How to make Eco Mad Hatter Hats What you will need: Plastic black top hats (repurposed New Year’s Eve hats), cardboard, faux flowers, faux/synthetic feathers, toilet paper rolls, postcard, sea fan, glow in the dark stickers, glow paint (non-toxic), glue gun. “Dear Verdant Island” The Cayman Islands Blue Iguana was the mascot for this hat 🙂 Made out of cardboard, (repurposed pizza box). Written below the Blue Iguana, is lyrics from the Cayman Islands National Song “Dear Verdant Island.”  Some faux flowers …

Happy World Environment Day 2014!

  Happy  World Environment Day!  Help educate your community and raise awareness about global environmental issues as well as ways to help protect the environment. 10 Eco Facts 1. The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. 2. Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it. 3. North Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. 4. We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road. 5. A plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. 6. Fish ingest an estimated 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic per year in the Pacific Ocean. 7. Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic. 8. 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic. 9. …

Sunday Dinner Wine Bottle Centerpiece

In this house Sunday is family day, which entails brunch, a lovely dinner and scrabble games which turns into a battle royale.   For the centerpiece I reused wine bottles, glass water bottles, olive oil bottles and glass jars. Wine Bottle Vases Wine bottles can easily be repurposed into vases.  With bouquets of daisies, it looks simple and beautiful.  I choose to have different height levels for the bottles to give the overall look some dimension.  I got really lucky that the labels on the wine bottles matched my candles and table runner.  Olive Oil Bottles as Candlestick Holders Wine bottles can also be repurposed into candlestick holders.  I decided to keep it interesting, so I went with olive oil bottles, one tall and one short this allowed me to keep with adding different layers to the overall design. Glass Jars as Candle Holders When you finish a jar of peanut butter or jam, think of repurposing it to hold candles. Wishing you all a fantastic week! with love from one tree hugger to another, …

“He Have Founded Us Upon The Seas”

                In Honor of Discovery Day, I decided to make some commemorative decorations.  In 1503, Christopher Columbus came across the beautiful islands known today as the Cayman Islands.  A place I call home.  Originally, Columbus named the islands “Las Tortugas,” due to the overwhelming amount of turtles swimming in the surrounding waters of the islands.   The phrase, “He Have Founded Us Upon The Seas” is written on our national flag, below the coat of arms.                 Above is the second canvas, which has lyrics from the Cayman Islands National Song, “Beloved Isle Cayman,” written by the late Mrs. Leila Ross Shier, in 1930. How I made it What you will need: Canvas, parcel paper and tape. To keep it as eco friendly as possible, I repurposed some canvas with parcel paper.  The parcel paper helped achieve a vintage or aged look.  I found a wonderful font for the print.  I printed the design and then wrapped the parcel paper around the …