Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mmmmm, someday!

It's time to get productive again, kids, VERY productive. Now, I'll be honest ... I'm a baby. I've been resistant to learning the bus system here in Milwaukee. Maybe "resistant" isn't such a great word, maybe BOYCOTT is. Coz, I think the price they expect you to pay for a ride that drops you off blocks away from your destination 80% of the time is unacceptable.

I could just be spoiled.

But, this is not the point of my blog.

I had access to a car (and the very best chauffeurs: my parents) this weekend, so I went SHOPPING! And what was I able to pick up? Well, card stock was first on my list. I love card stock, because you can make lick-n-stick stickers with them. The paper is thick enough and can stand up to getting wet with the gelatin you use to make the lick-n-stick part.

So? More drawing for me!

Also, my landlord STILL hasn't fixed my stove. She keeps telling me she's sending someone over and no one ever comes. EVER. So, fuck you, landlord, I got a toaster oven! It's much smaller, so I'm using less electricity to heat it up, it's easier to clean and I can make shrinky dinks!!! Shrink plastic, while not so good for the environment, is a cheap and easy way to make unique and clever jewelry. I'm very much obsessed with tattoo art and want to cover my body in tattoos. The problem? I am a person of immense change (and growth!) and it's hard for me to ever just pick a tattoo or style that I think will still be personally relevant even weeks from when I get it. I know people change all the time and that tattoos can be a monument to who you've been and a mark of how you've come to be who you are now, but ... I change a lot, a lot. Just ask my family and friends. I'm a little crazy.

So, what does that have to do with shrink plastic? I can take my tattoo ideas, draw them out on shrink plastic, cut them out, pop them in the oven and make them into pins, earrings and necklaces that I can wear, express myself, but take off when I feel that is no longer an expression of who I am.

With out a working stove, I couldn't make my shrink plastic tattoos, but with my toaster oven, I CAN!

Last, I picked up some more yarn. My goal is to make cheap, but adorable knitted skinny scarves and sell them on etsy. You look at most of the items that are knitted on etsy and they are EXPENSIVE. Scarves are one of my favorite accessories and not just because I'm cold ALL OF THE TIME (!!!!!), but because, I really feel that scarves are a great way to add color or a pattern to an outfit and I don't think you should have to spend a lot of money on this. Luxury yarn is WONDERFUL! It really is, but for a lot of people, it is unnecessary. Stock up on fun scarves that are machine washable and affordable.

My etsy shop will hopefully consist of lots of fun scarves, shrink plastic pins to add to the scarves and little gift of silly, nifty lick - n - stickers ... all for a price everyone can afford.

hopefully I can do this and be so successful, I can quit my day job and just focus on my shop! Mmmmmm, someday!

Until then, it's all about working my ass off and always keeping busy!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Plastics Issue

So, it's proving much harder for me to find ways to reduce, if not stop, the number of plastic bottles I bring into my house. EVERYTHING comes in plastic these days. EVERYTHING. And trying to find recipes for home made soaps ad shampoos is proving almost impossible. At least so far. There is a plethora of information on how to make your own house hold cleaners (pretty much just use distilled white vinegar for anything and everything. including in your rinse cycle for a clothes softener!), but they warn against making large quantities and storing them. It's not terribly safe.

So.

I'm taking a break from the plastics issue and even "celebrated" so by purchasing new facial cleanser and mouthwash with out feeling guilty.

I'll get there.

Eventually.

Until then ... I'll find ways to re-use what I do bring in and throw the rest in the recycling.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Until Then, Rock On.

So, there is this change starting to take place in me. Not so much a CHANGE, but a ... a ... re-boot, if you will. I'm starting to have things to write about again. I'm waking up with ideas in the morning, things to research, implement in my life. It's been a while. I like it when the gears in my head and heart start to click together a little differently and I feel excited. Because, the past few months have not been what they should have been. My whole life changed radically from what it had been. I should have been coming to life, but instead, I hid myself in my apartment. Stayed away from a city bursting at the seams with possibility and promise.

There is too much for me to do and see to hide away any longer.

I think, in addition to spending my time trying to reduce my impact on the environment, I need to start increasing it on the community. I am a person full of passion and love, with ideas and things to say and a very loud laugh. I should be out there making my mark on them, and getting their mark on me.

New rule: I must go some where new every week. I don't know if I'll have time this week to start it, but I can certainly start making the list and setting up a plan.

If you live in Milwaukee and know of any great places I just HAVE to go see, drop me a note. I'd love to hear it.

Until then, rock on.

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

This Blows ... The Cold Wind, That Is.

My winterizing endeavors have been squashed by a fever, BUT, my father and I managed to get FOUR WHOLE WINDOWS covered with plastic film. HAHAHA!!!! Every thing looks really good so far, though, and I couldn't be happier with the work that has been done. He plans to come back in from Madison some time late October to finish up the rest of the windows.

One thing that was interesting was that, as soon as we got the the four big windows covered, we noticed a significant drop in the temperature of the apartment. The temperature outside was noticeably warmer, but because of the coverings (and probably just the nature/architecture of the building its self) were keeping the cold air in. Which means, when we DO finally start running that furnace, that warm air will be kept in the house and that is a very good thing.

One thing we have to keep in mind is that we have a gas stove. That means at least ONE window must be kept unsealed. This will provide for some airflow and not allow gas to collect inside the house. I was worried about that one window causing some significant leaking, but a fellow local blogger, Sarandi (check out his BLOG it's really extrasupervery cool and interesting!) suggested that I make snakes for the window sills made of old clothing. That is not only a smart idea, but sounds like a great project to keep me busy. My only problem is, I just moved. I just donated all my old clothes, so I don't really know if I have anything to use. We shall see though.

So, that just leaves the ill-fitting front door. My landlord said someone would be over yesterday to check out, but problems arose and they were unable to make it, but hopefully sometime after 4:30pm on Monday. Once that problem gets put away, heating this old house should be pretty efficient. I am SO excited!


Now that I have a firm grasp on how I waste energy at home and what I can do to change that, my next challenge is to reduce the amount of plastics i purchase and bring into the house. There has to be a better way to get soaps and such with out having to full the recycling bin with plastic bottles. Reduce, reuse, recycle! I'll do the research and hopefully find places that use either plastic alternatives, or heavily recycled plastics.

I've already started reusing what I can at home, putting my sugar in my coffee canister and my rice in my spaghetti jars, but I'm sure there is more I can do and I plan to find it.

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