Here's a collection of some of the beeswax wraps I've been making! Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to plastic wrap, they can be useful cover bowls, wrap cut fruit and veges in, carry sandwiches in and more. I mostly use secondhand fabric (which I thoroughly wash) for my wraps. The farm themed fabric I purchased new for a secret Santa gift to a farmer. This was leftover from the wraps I've already made them. P.S.my retro sheet is also an op shop find.
Onehunga has a little Sharing Pantry! I only found out about this yesterday via Twitter, turns out it's walking distance from my house even! Now I have a more local place to redistribute surplus food to. This pantry is run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church and is located on Brookfield Avenue. So freaking cool to see all of these sharing fridges and pantries popping up in the last year.
Well this is surreal, I have keys to my own home! If you've been following my instagram stories this weekend you would have seen massive progress was made on the tiny house. The exterior is now 85% complete, with the cladding finished (sans a small spot where the utility box is going), all the windows and the door installed and the roof on! Because my door (and windows) we're secondhand I didn't have a lock for it. Luckily my grandad happened to have a matching door handle and keys spare. So here we are now, no-one can get in and out unless you have the key or are a cat! (Cat door still to be installed). I'll write a blog post in the near future about the external materials I used. Will also share some more photos when I'm not so exhausted!
I've BEEn making lots of beeswax wraps lately. Beeswax wraps make great gifts, and you can personalize them too. The farm themed ones are a secret santa gift for a farmer! 🐝 Most of my fabric I get from op shops (wash I'm hot water), you can find some pretty amazing fabric there (I shared snaps on my stories the other week of hilarious 'sexy men' fabric).
Why an I sharing a photo of an iron?? Sometimes I question my choices too, but please hear me out. This is the Gifting Economy in action! Yesterday I gave away via Freecycle.org a large bookshelf, which I had originally scored for free off the side of the road. I'm down sizing for my eventual tiny house move. I realised my iron has gone walk about (joys of living in a flat) and I was needing one for sewing and crafting. So I asked on freecycle if anyone had a surplus iron, and here we are! This iron has only been used a few times and was surplus to the person who gifted it to me. Win win for everyone! I love the gifting and sharing economy, and mention it quite often in my grams. I recommend you check out @gippslandunwrapped and @tinygolightly's blog posts about the gifting economy.
Fun fact: Those paper coffee/milkshake/ice cream cups are not biodegradable. They are paper lined with plastic. I found this #MaccasNZ McFlurry cup in my worm farms from my flat mates. It would have been in there about 6 months as it was all that was left amongst the rich compost and worms in the bottom tier. The worms did a great job and ate all the paper from the cup, and left me this soft plastic casing. If this cup was in the bush or the ocean the same thing would have happened. I've reclaimed this cup and cleaned it to send to the soft plastic recycling plant in Melbourne instead.
Yesterday I volunteered for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation at the @nzflowergardenshow. Here's some snaps of my favorite gardens! Most of my favorites were unsurprisingly part of the 'upcycle challenge.' make sure your scroll through to the end to see the People's Choice Winner, the Hobbiton Bee garden. More snaps in my stories by the way! @nzflowergardenshow it would be great if you guys added compost bins to your waste station! Would be very fitting for the show.
1 year ago today the #communityfridgeakl was launched! After some 6 weeks of planning and organizing and collaborating, it was such a relief to launch the project with a huge success. The experiment was so insanely popular that it is now running for the long term. I could never have foreseen how big the fridge would be, I was blown away by the response. Thank you so much to the awesome people/organizations who subsequently set up their own fridges. A massive thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers who look after the fridge and collect donations, the fridge would not be possible without them. Thank you to @WeCompost who donate their services to provide our food waste compost. Check out my latest blog post for an update on the fridge. Link in bio and in comments If you would like to be involved as volunteer or food donor please email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Got quite a bit done on the tiny house over the weekend! 1 side cladded and windows installed. Also there's a blog post to come about the materials I'm using.