All posts tagged: eco

Organic Food In Your Backyard

    Choosing fresh organic food is a way of life.   One way to ensure that your food is organic is by growing it yourself.  At the beginning of summer I embarked on growing my own little food garden.  There has been some success, and some fails.  Overall, I’m writing it down as learning.  I have yet to get lemon seeds to grow into lush lemon trees.  I absolutely love lemons!  I always add them to a tall glass of ice cold  water.  Unfortunately, when I try planting the lemon seeds they never seem to want to grow, which is a shame.   My hope is that eventually, I will have a lemon tree in my backyard.  I have to admit limes are just not the same thing lol In the picture above, you can see that I have successfully grown mint from a packet of seeds.   I just love the fresh scent of mint.   Though I am not a fan of mojitos, mint is great for making some fun flavored mojitos …

I’ll Drink To That… DIY Chic Chalkboard Paint Repurposed Bottles

Over the weekend I found some time to work on some eco art projects.  I had a fantastic time!    Here is another eco chic way you can repurpose your wine bottles and glass jars.  Confession, this may have been one of those catch 22 art projects.  On one hand, I tried to be eco friendly by repurposing the glass bottles into chic decorative pieces for dinner or birthday parties by painting them in chalkboard paint.  Yet, the chalkboard spray paint may not have been so eco friendly. What you will need: chalkboard paint, chalk, wine bottles or glass jars. Easy Steps:  1. I bought some chalkboard paint in a spray can.  It was easy to use and pretty cheap.  (I purchased it at AL Thompson) Confession, it may have not been the most eco friendly choice, but I could not find one that was made with eco friendly products.  I felt it better to buy the spray can version as opposed to a can of chalkboard paint.  The spray can had the amount I …

Painting until the sun rises…Repurposed Canvases

Painting until the sun rises…  For the nights I find myself an insomniac and remedies like a glass of warm milk or counting sheep won’t help me fall back asleep- and yes I have tried them – I choose to paint.  For me the best thing to do when I am restless and wired with a sudden burst of energy is to immerse myself in creative projects, like painting, writing or scrapbooking.  From when it was just minutes to midnight, to almost the breaking of dawn, I let my music play and I listen to all the artists bearing out their souls. I harness any inspiration or sparks of creatvity and just paint.  Granted I am purely just an amateur  when it comes to painting.  I love experimenting with different abstract ideas.  Personally, I am drawn to earthy colors like 50 shades of blue,  greens, a sea of turquoise variations, and every now and then I like to mix in some gold. Since I am not particularly attached to any of my works of art, I …

Vinyl Records, Summer Days + the ticking of a clock

  Only just recently have I gotten back into a mood of putting my records on and letting them play, (in reality it is my iTunes collection of music playing from my iPod or laptop) I can’t even remember the last time I played an actual cd and let the music fill the spaces and hallways of my house.  I have to confess it’s always been a secret wish or unfilled dream of mine to have a collection of vinyl records and a vintage record player.  I was heartbroken when I had to let go of my mothers collection of vinyl records.  She must have started her collection from when she was a teenager or in her early twenties- I remember seeing a lot of Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby.  She brought them all the way from London to Cayman.  Unfortunately her collection was ruined after hurricane Ivan (2004), and it was only just last year I finally parted with them.  There was no way to restore them.  I just had to let them …

Eco Art: Repurposing Cayman Logwood Into Exquisite Art Pieces

For everyone who loves local artwork which showcases the essence of Caymanian Heritage then you need to check out Cayman Logwood Products! As some of you may remember way back in the olden days Cayman Logwood was once a prime export for dye from the Cayman Islands.  Today, Cayman Logwood has evolved into a source for  producing exquisite art pieces.  The beautiful logwood is crafted by local artists into exclusive pieces of art, which are symbolic of the roots of Caymanian Heritage.  Owning a  Cayman Logwood art piece allows you to hold onto a piece of Cayman’s History which  transcends into the modern art world.  It will make an exceptional conversational piece in your home decor. Cayman Logwood products are not only aesthetically captivating, they are also eco friendly.  Only fallen Logwood trees are harvested, and repurposed into the handcrafted artwork.  Thus, there is a renewable local wood supply available for the manufacturing of Cayman Logwood products. If you love art and the environment then please support Cayman Logwood Products. Each piece is as collectible …

Get The Skinny on Jeans… Their environmental impact.

    I love jeans, and must admit I own quite a few pairs.  A while back I was at a Green Living Expo and discovered that Levi’s is working towards making more eco friendly jeans.  It’s pretty cool what they are doing, using garbage, in particular plastic bottles, which are incorporated into manufacturing their jeans.  Here is a link which explains in more detail along with a short video about the process http://explore.levi.com/news/sustainability/introducing-levis-wasteless-8-bottles-1-jean/ How to be Eco Chic with your jeans 1. Depending on where your jeans rip or tear, its possible you can do a little work and turn them into a stylish pair of distressed jeans without having to pay the expensive retail price. 2. Turn your long jeans into jean shorts- great for summer time. 3. Use the material from a few pairs of jeans you no longer wear or want and create reusable napkins. 4. Donate your jeans to a local thrift shop like the Cayman Islands Humane Society or NCVO.   When you go to purchase your next pair …