All posts tagged: repurpose

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 …

Repurposed Roses Part 2: How to make homemade potpourri

    Part 1 of repurposing roses was my 50th post! So blessed to have 50 posts on the blog, and I hope all of you that support Eco Chic Cayman are enjoying the posts. xo. So round 2 of repurposing roses. In addition to making rosewater you can also choose to make homemade potpourri.  Potpourri can easily be incorporated into your home decor. Steps to making homemade potpourri  1. Allow roses to dry over a period of days. 2. Remove rose petals 3. Place in a fun bowl or vase to change things up 4. Optional- Add Essential Rose Oil to fragrance the dried petals.   Alternatively, you can always keep the dried roses in a vase or recycle a wine bottle as a feature piece in your kitchen, living room or guest room.

Repurposed Roses Part1: How to make homemade rosewater

As promised here is my post on how to make homemade rosewater.  Rosewater acts as a natural facial cleanser and toner.  Some say that rosewater helps keep you looking younger… who knows.  One  benefit of using rosewater as a part of your daily beauty regime is that it can help reduce redness from irritated skin.     Steps to making homemade rosewater  1. Remove rose petals 2. Boil rose petals until the color is drained from the petals 3. Strain the water to keep petals out 4. Pour into a recycled/repurposed glass bottle 5. Store in fridge to keep cool (lasts probably about 3 days or so)        Have a lovely weekend! with love xo  

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 …

Repurpose Glass Jars & Wine Bottles the Eco Chic Way

  This week I wrote about recycling glass in Cayman, today I would like to share ways to repurpose glass. Glass Jars Instead of tossing out a glass jar that use to store spaghetti sauce or peanut butter, think of creative ways that you can repurpose those jars so that they have a functional value.   Here are some ideas… 5 Repurposed Glass Jars Ideas 1. Use them to store baking goods like flour, sugar and pancake mix. 2. Use them as candle holders. 3. Store fashion accessories and materials like needles & thread, buttons, pins etc 4. Store pennies for a rainy day. 5. Use them to store small office supplies, like pins, paperclips, staples etc.    Repurposed Wine Bottles: Eco Chic Shabby Wine bottles can be quite versatile.  A previous article I wrote, Eco Chic Water Bottles was about repurposing wine bottles as water bottles.  Wine bottles can also serve for decorative purposes. A Wine Bottle Repurposed as a Vase                                …