Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Black polka dot dress and a new purse

That's my two years old polka dot dress. I think I've never shown it here although it's very nice to wear on hot summer days.Our pond is full of water lilies. You can't see almost any water at all.
 And here's my new purse that I bought at our local second hand shop "Oldies but Goldies". It's a Jamin Puech one. He's a French designer and I must say I've never heard of him before and I don't like lots of his purses but this one is great, isn't it. It's not true vintage because it's only some years old but I think it looks as if it was produced many decades ago and that's ok for me.
 What's mistress doing? Who's interested in bags? That's a really boring topic.
 Julie, do you want some strokes? - Oh yes, the more the better!
 But what have I heard there over the pond? That's a really interesting noise!
 BTW the brooch is thrifted too. It was only 50 cent but goes so well with the peter pan collar, doesn't it?
I feel that a little twirl could be right now to celebrate the summer days and my pretty new purse.
 No sooner said that done!
 Ok that's enough. Let's be less pretentious.
 When it's a little bit colder I usually wear my black beret with my summer dress.
 Have a lot of warm summer days so that you can wear all your summer dresses and enjoy warm evenings outside with your beloved ones.,
Miss Maple

Sunday, 7 July 2013

The idea of a zero waste home

Do you know Bea Johnson from the blog Zero Waste Home? I found her blog some weeks ago and it has impressed me deeply. Bea is a French married to an American, she lives in California with her husband and two teenage sons and tries to live a simple and waste-free life to protect the environment.
Bea's motto is:
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot
(and only in that order)
She says: "The zero in "zero waste" makes it sound scary and hard to achieve. 
It is actually not as hard as it seems, and it is as simple as following these Five R's, in order:
  • Refuse what you do not need.
  • Reduce what you do need.
  • Reuse by using reusables.
  • Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse.
  • Rot (compost) the rest."
After I browsed through her blog and read and read for a long time I understood that she was completely right and at least I must start to follow her footsteps even if it will be a long way to go only half as far as she did. A really big problem is that Bea is a minimalist and I think I'm just the opposite cause I like lavish decorations and I own a lot of crockery and a lot of clothes. But I want to find a way to produce as little waste as possible by not changing my personality completely what I think wouldn't work anyhow.
First I want to show you some pictures of Bea's minimalistic home which looks quite different from mine but makes a really deep impression on me and inspires me a lot.
 
Bea is right. There's not many things we really need and we'd have much more time for interesting activities and experiences if we would only focus on the few things we do need.
She even wrote a book about her Zero Waste Home.
And she also said: "All of this might seem like a lot of work, but if you start small, one step at a time, you'll be hooked to Zero Waste. One small resolution to yourself such as: "I will not bring another plastic bag into this house"... will bring on another and before you know it, you'll ready to move on to another room."
Have a sunny Sunday!
Miss Maple

PS: What do you think about a Zero Waste Home? Let me know!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

DIY Project 8: Drawing pictures

I forgot to show you my drawings that I made last summer. I'm really pleased how they came out. They were all given to friends. Unfortunately I haven't had the time to make more.
 
 
 
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple
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