Samstag, 10. November 2012

No more cold feet

As a first step of greening my bedroom I decided to fully turn off the heating. I love to sleep in a cold room, as long as the duvet is warm enough (another point I need to address). But often I go to bed with cold feet and then it takes me hours to go to sleep.

So, here is my fully recycled solution: A small cushion filled with cherry stones, which can be warmed up in the microwave.

The cherry stones I have bought online, although I have just found instructions on the inernet on how to clean your own cherry stones. However, since I am allergic to cherry, my own production is not really an option.

Next I have measured the size of the glass plate in our microwave in order to optimize the size of the cushion, and sewn a circular insert, which I filled
with the cherry stones.

For the cover I have used some wool fabtic, which I had left over from a sewing project. But bits of old sweaters or blankets work just as well.

Finally, since I am planning to make them for the whole family, I added my name to the cushion.

Now all I have to do every evening before taking my cold feet to bed, is this: Take the insert out and place it into the microwave for about a minute. Then put it back into its soft cover and tuck it under my duvet. Mmmh!!!

Sonntag, 4. November 2012

Two sustainable souvenirs from Austria

For last week's school holiday, we went to our forest in the North of Austria. The area is called "Waldviertel" and is famous for its forests and for growing poppies and hemp.

In a speciality shop for local produce I found handmade soaps made out of poppies and hemp. They do not only smell nice, but are wrapped in paper, which
gets me around the problem of what to do with the plastic packaging. 

Since we so far have mainly used liquid soap, I don't have any soap dishes at home. I wanted something, which is cheap, beautiful, non-breakable, has a low impact on the environment and - ideally - comes from the Waldviertel area. 

On our woodpile I found a relatively flat piece of beech fire wood. I asked my dad to cut it off to roughly a square shape, and now I have a soap dish. And when I don't need it any more, I will return it to its original purpose and put it on the fire.