29 April 2009

A Lovely Web Site

Hello my Dears!
Today I discovered Denise Linn new web site!


It's truly wonderful!
There is also a Healing Portal with this lovely picture and the sound of the sea.
Very relaxing, to try when you have a five minutes break!

Take Care,
Giulia

27 April 2009

You Hold The Key Of My Heart - Paper Marché

Hello my Dears!
Today I made this cute little jewelry box to add to The Card Tree Collection:


It's very very sweet, pastel pink with a golden key at the top and fairy dust around it


The inside is also filled with fairy dust:


I hope you like it!
Go and heart it, is here!

Take Care,

Giulia


24 April 2009

Green Column - Issue 8 - by Giulia Mauri

Hello my Dears!
Today's Green Column is all about Eco Beauty tips! Exciting!

Everyday we use many beauty products that are supposed to make our skin, hair and nails looking good and healthy.

I recently started to read carefully the labels of the product that I use, and I didn't like what I saw one bit. In the face cleanser that I use in the evening there are about 23 different chemicals! I accidentaly rub the cleanser on my lip and the taste is was disgusting... if it taste that bad can't be good for my skin either...
I stopped using that product and started to look for healthyer alternatives. There are many inviting organic beauty products in the health shop, but they are just to expensive for me. So, I started to reserch by myself simple homemade remedies that I can make with organic ingrediends that I already have at home. This is what I found out so far:

1) Simple Milk Skin Cleanser


Very simple, very lovely.
Bring to boil 1/2 cup of organic milk. Wait until it cools, for at least 5-10 minutes. Then dip a cotton ball into the milk and rub on your face and neck. Wash with only warm water. Done! While cleansing your skin in this natural way you are also making it soft and silky.

Do not use if you have milk allergies.


2) Simple Almond Hair Lotion


This remedy is particulary good if you have long hair.
Rub some almond oil in your head and hear. Then place a towel around your hair and leave the oil overnight; wash your hair the day after, when they are dry, they will feel so silky like never before!

3) Simple Lemon Nail Lotion


Dip a cotton ball in fresh lemon juice and rub it on the nails for a few minutes. Then leave it on the nails until is completly dry and afterwords wash with warm water. This remedy will make your nail stronger and will improve their shine.

With these tips you cannot go wrong, you will never have any side effects, and you will save a lot of money. Get experimenting and let me know how you get on!

I have also recently received this book from Jason's mum and dad:

Grow You Own Drugs by James Wong

I love it! It's a truly wonderful book. There are many homemade remedies for common ailments and also there is a section about beauty tips! At the end of the book there is a charts with all the plant used in the book and directions of how to grown them in your garden and many inspiring pictures. I look forward trying some of the recipes in it!

I hope you have enjoyed this Green Column,
Lots of love,

Giulia

22 April 2009

Secrets Treasure Box

Hello my dears!
Happy Earth Day everyone!
Here the sun is shining and I'm making more and more cute things.
This is one of them:


a little Secret Treasuries Box.
Is made with recycled card, and painted with acrylic colors. It also has lots of fairy dust on it.


Sweet. Perfect to keep one of these:


More artwork is coming soon, alon with my New Web site!
See you soon with more delights!

Love,
Giulia

20 April 2009

Decorating + Ask, Seek & Knock

Hello my Dears!

I hope you are all well and had a great week end!
I spent my weekend at home with Jason, decorating the hall of our flat.
Our entrance it's a very tricky space to work on. First it's very dark, as there are no windows, and secondly it's very small, so it's difficult to find the right furnitures.

So we painted the walls of a pure white and replace the low lightening with a bright energy saving light bulb. We also bought a new lampshade from the fair trade shop but soon found out that we can't use it because as the plastic of the old lampshade has melted with the light bulb holder and it can't be undone unless we replace the whole thing. Such a shame.
There are still a few things we want to do, like painting the doors, replace the carpet or get rid of it completely and sand down the wooden floor.

I'm hunting for a old Victorian rounded shelf or half table. I would like to paint it white and to place it on one side of the corridor opposite to the framed old map of the local area.

We have already spotted great lamp to go on top of it, but we will purchase it once we have the shelf or table. Then, the last few fen shui touches must be added, or course! Like a lively plant (probably a fern because there isn't much light) and also a moss terrarium.

I'm also making an inscription for the bathroom door, using a piece of drift wood that we found on the beach.

Don't worry, I haven't just been decorating!
:)

I also have something for you too. A new Paper Marché box!



I really like it!
I painted a silver key on the front. The key it's a simbol of wisdom, indipendence, knowledge. The key its surrunded with fairy dust ecause it's a magic key. I also painted a short exact from my favorite verse in the Bible:


"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7,7

I like to read this little paragraph everyday. It reminds me that life is a gift and you can't waist it waiting around for things to happen.

"If you want something in life... you jump and grab it" Into the Wild 2007

I really like the idea of having words like this ones on objects, like a box, that you can see and experince everyday. The back of the box it's also reach in details:


With red polka dots aound the edge, a pretty banner and my signature.
See you tomorrow with more of my works and estract from my life.

Love!

Giulia

17 April 2009

Dreams


Hello my dears!
Thank you so much for all your comments! You are very dear and very sweet indeed.
Today I have another artwork to share with you!


It's a little oval Jewelery box for The Card Tree Summer collection!
At the front it features a pretty letter flying high in the sky, along with the saying:

"You can only fly as high as the dreams you dare to live"

I really love this saying. Maybe you already noticed it, but it's also on the side bar of my blog!
I really belive this is a very inspiring thought.


Inside the box, there are tre little fairy dust hearts to keep company to your jewelery when the box is closed:


The box is made with recycled card and painted with acrylic colors.

It's also, aready in the shop!
See you soon with more paper marché boxes and other interesting artworks, tomorrow.
Hugs and Kisses,
Giulia

16 April 2009

Mini Treasure Box

Hello my Dears!
Well, how are you? Hope great!
Thank you so much for your sweet comments in the last couple of posts, you really make my day! If you do have a web site or blog, please add it at the bottom of your comments so I can visit you as well!

The artwork I want to show you today it's a mini Handmade Tresury Box.


I had the idea to making a little box like this one when I was working as assistant chief in Café Rouge, and I couldn't wear my Eternity ring while working.


So I made a box like this one, to keep my special ring next to me in my pocket while I was working.


Then I thought, as I really like it, maybe other people will too!
So now I'm working on a full wide range of ring boxes, with different shape, sizes and colors. And I take commissions as well! For example you can have your name written on it, or a spacial simbol that means something to you!


This box is also perfect as gift box, for example if you have a small gift to give to someone, like a necklace, a pendant. Or you can keep a tooth for the tooth fairy or a lock of hair!

This cutie is made it with 100% recycled paper card and is handpanted with acrylic colors. It has a veil of glossy water-based varnish that is totally eco friendy and safe around children.
The box is collectable and signed at the back!


It will be in the shop very very soon.
More cute artworks coming soon keep visiting to see more.

Love,

Giulia

ps: This post is partecipating to the Etsy Cottage Style Blue Blog Party!

12 April 2009

Easter Special - Green Column &Tutorial - by Giulia Mauri

Happy Easter my Dears!

Nice to have you here again!
This week we I have an Extra Special Green Column - Tutorial for you all!

a. Overview

Every Easter millions of chocolate eggs are sold in supermarkets chains.
This sales represent, in the UK, 10% of the chocolate industry sales per year.
The competitive market urges the chocolate companies to design bigger and flamboyant packages in order to excite children and their parents and to boost their profits.

Even if, in recent times, some chocolate companies have updated their packaging making them more eco friendly (using recycled plastic or Fsc card), the Easter egg you end up buying is excessively wrapped up in plastic, and tin foil and card that can't be recycled in your local county, so it ends up in our landfills.

Do not forget also that the Easter eggs you find in the supermarket shelf were transported by lorry for miles and miles, and the ingredients to make your chocolate eggs come from overseas lands too.

b. Are you really buying chocolate?

No. Commercial milk chocolate Easter eggs only contain 20% cocoa. (Dark chocolate contain about 50% of cocoa). The remained 80% / 50% is a mixture of Palm Oil*, Vegetable Fat, Soya Lecithin, Nuts, Emulsifiers (E442, E476) and Flavorings. Does this sounds normal?

Palm Oil*: has a huge environmental impact in the world. The Tropical Forest is been cleared every day to create palm oil plantations causing also many problems for the local fauna. Check out this article for more detailed information.

So, what can you do?

c. Choose a Green Easter!

Make your Easter Extra Special this year, making your own chocolate eggs!


1. Find a Easter mold.


It can be an Egg, a rabbit, a chick, anything you wish! Be creative!

2. Break the chosen chocolate into pieces (choose some tasty organic or fairtrade choccolate!)

and gently melt in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water. Stir until smooth, then take off the heat and leave until cool, but still runny.

3. Spoon a quarter of the chocolate into one of the egg moulds and spread thickly over the inside with a flat pastry brush. Be sure to cover the sides well, as this makes it easier to join the edges. Check that the chocolate is even by holding the mould up to the light. Repeat with the other mould.

4. Leave in a cool place to set, then chill for 5 mins. Putting the egg halves in the fridge once the chocolate has set makes it easier to add another layer of warm chocolate. Don't leave the moulds in the fridge too long otherwise the as condensation could cause the chocolate to discolour.

5. Re-warm the remaining chocolate and repeat the process for each side of the mould. If you would like to decorate your egg, save some chocolate for later. Use a knife to scrape away any excess around the rim of the mould to give a clean, straight edge. Turn out each half onto a sheet of greaseproof paper, carefully pulling away the mould until it releases itself. Place one half of the egg on its back, brush the chocolate around the edge of the egg. Place the other half on top and press together. Leave in a cool place to set firm.

6. Decorate your egg


Using the remaining choccolate, decorate your Easter egg stucking sweets, nuts, seeds, sugar letters or icing.

5. Wrap it up!
You can place your egg into a reusable basket, wrap it into some tissue paper, or even a new kitchen cloth and retty bow, that can be given as a present with the egg.

Please note: After a few days, your Easter egg will start to take on a slightly mottled appearance. This is simply the fat and sugars changing with air temperature, it's absolutly normal, harmless, and safe to eat!

I really hope you enjoyed this Green Column - Easter Tutorial.


Wish you all a very Happy Easter!

Fondly,
Giulia

09 April 2009

Easter Week

Hello my Dears!
Hope you are all well and ready for the Easter weekend.
I have been very busy like a little Easter Bunny this weeks!

After reading this book


Clearing The Clutter, 100 ways to energize your life by Mary Lambert I decided to dedicate sometime to our home. What I love about this book is that it goes straight to the point: it's a 100 pages book, that you can easily read it in a couple of hours. It will give you the necessary tools to understand the basic of Feng Shui and has lovely pictures that will inspire you to create a nice energizing atmosphere in your home.

There are still some things that I would like to get done, but I'm already very happy with the results of my 4 (!) days clearing. We moved around fornitures, mirrows and pictures, filled several bags with items that where un-used for ages, and we bought new indoor plants.

x


05 April 2009

Forget Me Not

Hi Everybody!
I was in the garden today and I took this cute picture, of a Forget Me Not.


I love the blue of these flowers, and the green of the grass.
It's definalty spring now!

Much love,

Giulia



04 April 2009

Award

Hello Everybody!
Today I have been nominated by Amanda for this very summery and un-usual award called The Lemonade Award.


This is how it works!

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate 10 blogs that show attitude and/or gratitude.
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they have received this award by commenting on a post.
5. Nominate your favorites and link to this blog.

These are my favorite blogs! Go to visit them!

Green Earth Journey by Hyla
Cat Productions by Carla
Green Leaf Reviewer by Jenn
My Pink Turtle by LuLu

03 April 2009

Green Column - Issue 7 - by Giulia Mauri


Hello Everyone!
Thank you so much for all your kind comments in the last few days! I feel a lot better today and I've been working on the Friday Green Column for you.
I really hope you will enjoy it! This week topic is about:

Making your work Envirnoment Greener

Beeig enviromentally aware and more energy efficient at work has many vantages, including financial gain and enhance in your company's reputation.
So how can you create a envrnomental friendly office or studio?

Here just a few easy tips that you can apply in your everyday work life.

1) Save Paper

An office uses an avarage of 20.000 A4 sheets a year. Unfortunalty, most of it get thrown away!
To save paper and money you can:

- Avoid printing e-mails (and if you do, use both sides of the sheet)
- Send e-mails when ever possible rather then letters, memo or faxes. Perhaps add a message like "Don't print this e-mail and save our trees"at the bottom each e-mail you sent out to pass on this eco friendly tip.
- Make sure that the photocopy is on the right setting before pressing the green button
- Reuse old scap paper paper for notes before shredding it:



Simply cutting an A4 in half, then putting it together with a metal peg like in the picture.
- Reuse old envelopes with a sticky label at the front
- If you are a fan of the fireplace make your own logs with the Log Maker using the shredded paper of your office. Once burned, your documents will definatly be safe and so our precious trees!
-Recycle the old paper, newspaper and magazines.

2) Use Green Stationary

You can:
Buy green supplys for your office such as:
- Recycled paper
-Refillable pens
-Paper pens



3)Recycle or refill your ink cartridges


Over 7 million toner cartriges and 40 million ink jet cartridges are used every year and thrown away in ladfill when could be recycled.
You can:
Set up a little box in the corner of your office to keep the old cartriges and send them away every so often. There are many companyes that will collect your old toner for free, like this one in the Uk.

4) Avoid using plastic glasses and mugs for your teabreak

You will save our envirnment and your health!
When plastic is heated a chemical called Bisphenol A leaches out of the plastic cup. This chemical is an endocrine disruptor that disrupts the physiologic function of our hormones.
That's one of the reasons why industries have started to make baby glass bottles once again.
You can...

Use a real mug.
This will also prevent your finger from getting burn while drinking your tea!
I personally have a vast collection of handmade & fairtrade mugs, all of different sizes, colors, and memories. It's so nice to bring those memories and personality into your work place!

4)Put a plant on your desk

Indoors plant are natural conditioner and can remove up to 87% of indooor pollution in 24 hours!
So, put a plant on your desk. It will also help to create a nice envirnment for you to work in.
If you like, why not trying to make a terranium? Have a look at this Tutorial i made for you.

Hope this tips interested you.
If you like what you read, share it with your friends!

x

Much love and Happy Green Week-End from Giulia!

02 April 2009

Cold in the Spring?!


Hello my Dears!
Thank you for visiting!

Today I'm a little coldy! Oh, poor Julie!
Outside there is a wonderful sunshine and I can't wait to feel better and go out there enjoing it!

So, to help my body recover I'm resting on the sofa, while watching Blades of Glory I have an healthy meal like this one:

• garlic bruschetta (with tomato and basil)
• cauliflower
• squash and potato soup,
• green tea.

I'm excited about writing the Green Column tomorrow!
See you soon sweeties!

Much love,
Giulia

01 April 2009

Happy Birthday Dad

Hello Hello!
Today it's the 1st of April and it's my Dad's Birthday!
Happy Birthday Daddy!

Took this picture and I dedicate it to you.
Much love,

Giulia