Bottle cap Lampshade

Another fantastic idea!

I believe it could be used also as decorative item. I’m totally doing that. I need only to save the bottle cap!

you can find the tutorial here!

Coca cola bottle lamp shade

Today is my last day of holiday before to come back to work :-(. In a week time I will go to Maasai Mara and we will start the Eclastic project with the Maasai Women. Let’s hope for the best.

I really wish to see a cleaner Kenya.

Today, driving back home, I saw on the side of the road a little hill of rubbish, a baboon from the National Park looking for food. Very sad.

Will things ever change?

During my lazy Saturday afternoon between pizza and mint chocolate (need to lose weight…:0) I came across an easy project I want to share with you. The coca cola lamp shade.

You can find the tutorial here

It is a very simple project and if you are wondering where to find the modge podge, I’ve bought it at Muthaiga Shopping center at the Hobby and Craft shop upstairs. It cost 600ksh.

I don’t know where to find the yarn, if somebody has any ideas please leave a comment below. In Galleria there is a very expensive shop that may have it.

In case you don’t want to use the yarn you can still use the plastic bottle itself. Check the tutorial here

Happy recycling!

Purple or not purple?

I remember once, long time ago in Sicily, I was working at a Horse Racecourse. I was very good, never made a mistake and everybody loved me.

The winner used to bring me gifts, chocolates, hats or just a nice tip.

Then it happened.

The incriminated day I decided to wear a purple/lilac shirt. If I went to work naked, or with green hair, or with a chicken on my head nobody would have noticed. But the purple shirt of course was unforgivable.

Not only nobody was coming to play at my counter, but they were looking at me in a bad way and eventually they blamed their bad luck on my lilac shirt. A crazy guy chased me with an umbrella. I had to leave the place from the back door.

This absurd experience didn’t stop me to wear purple or lilac or to create this lovely necklace and earrings.

Positive Meanings of Violet / Purple

  • Spirituality, Faith
  • Magic, Mysticism
  • Ceremony, Ritual
  • Unconscious, Subconscious
  • Creativity, Inspiration
  • Imagination, Awareness
  • Passion, Sensitivity
  • Calming, Contemplative
  • Bravery, Courage
  • Wealth, Opulence
  • Luxury, Nobility
  • Aristocracy, Royalty

from http://www.color-wheel-artist.com/

Purple’s rarity in nature and the expense of creating the color and has given purple a supernatural aura for centuries. Purple is the most powerful visible wavelength of electromagnetic energy.  It’s just a few steps away from x-rays and gamma rays. (See the chart here.) Perhaps this explains why purple is associated with supernatural energy and the cosmos than with the physical world as we know it.

Taking all aspects of purple’s past and present into consideration, purple symbolizes magic, mystery, spirituality, the sub-conscious, creativity, dignity, royalty – and it evokes all of these meanings more so than any other color.

Variations of purple convey different meanings: Light purples are light-hearted, floral, and romantic. The dark shades are more intellectual and dignified.

Global Meanings of Purple

Purple’s global similarities are significant:

Purple tends to be a color that people either love or hate.

Among Mediterranean people, purple was reserved for emperors and popes. The Japanese christened it “Imperial Purple”

Purple is the color of mourning or death in many cultures (U.K., Italy, Thailand, Brazil)

Purple is not a common flag color. Only two flags contain purple.

Unique Meanings of Purple in Different Cultures

The “Purple Heart” is the American award for bravery.

Purple is a symbolic color for the gay community in many Western cultures.

Purple is the color of popular children’s television characters – “Barney” and “Tinky Winky” (the purple Teletubby from the BBC).

In Italy most performing artists would not go on stage if they have to wear anything purple.

from http://www.colormatters.com/

 

 

 

Photographic challenge

Whatever I need to do I look on google or youtube.

I love youtube.

I’ve learnt how to do nail art, how to put make up, how to do this and that. 

I wanted to take nice photos of my plastic jewelry and I cannot really afford right now to pay a professional photographer, so as usual I’ve looked on youtube.

I’ve found a tutorial which included the creation of a box like this:

I’ve created one myself, however late in the afternoon, when all my little creatures are inside the house my box got destroyed 🙁  😯

One day I will probably learn to store my stuff in a safe place instead of leaving everything around. Shame on me.

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Recycling a bottle, flashmob style!

flash mob (or flashmob)is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression

 I am luckily still on holiday and I wish they could last forever! Spending time at home with my animals, with my husband, creating and experimenting makes me deeply happy.

Today I was surfing the net trying to find inspiration and new ideas for Eclastic and I came across this 2 minutes video who made me smile and cry at the same time.

I would love to do something like this here in Nairobi and see what happens. Create awareness. Anybody would like to help?

New kanga necklaces

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Grocery Bag earrings

From this….

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To this!

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Mr. Dudu – Introducing Kibe!

Kitengela Glass, a long time neighbor to Nairobi National Park, is a hidden gem. Founded in 1981 by Nani Croze, provides a lively training center for over fifty artisans receiving on-going training and/or employment in various artistic disciplines. In addition to helping individuals make a living through their artistic abilities, Nani is committed to maintaining the natural landscape by planting trees, promoting renewable energy sources, and limiting waste.

It is there, during one of my walks in the area that I’ve met Kibe, an interesting, polite and very creative young Kenyan man. Kibe loves insects. He likes to watch them and cannot understand why people want to kill this little and amazing creatures.

I could write a book about it…but this is another story.

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Kibe Mr Dudu

He was working on a very busy and confused table, full of soda cans, wires and various tools.

He told me that he was creating Dudus (insects in Kiswahili) with soda cans and plastic.

Today I went to visit him to see what he was doing. On arrival I’ve met 2 not very nice gentlebirds….(see photo below…)

Well not very gentle as they tried several time to bit me.

I’ve decided to go back home, where nobody, other than my chickens, try to bit me.

Kibe followed me shortly and we had a very nice chat.

 

WHO IS KIBE/MR DUDU?

Kibe: I’ve just graduated from the University of Nairobi in Sociology and Tourism.

WHEN THIS PASSION STARTED?

Kibe: When I was very young I was gathering trash and my Mum wasn’t happy. I believed that “trash is my cash”.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST ITEM YOU HAVE CREATED?

Kibe: It was a hat. it wasn’t done very well but people liked it.

WHICH MATERIAL DO YOU USE?

Kibe: I like to use soda can and bottle top.

WHY DUDUS?

Kibe: I love insects, they are fascinating.

WHERE DO YOU SELL YOUR DUDUS?

Kibe: Mainly at Kitengela Glass, or in various craft fair, but I can deliver anywhere in Nairobi.

WHAT IS YOUR FUTURE PLAN?

Kibe: I’ve been invited at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2014 (When I hear Smithsonian I usually think about “Bones” the famous tv series…but I guess it is not the same one…)

I will be in the recycling sector, we will build a hut with recycled material and we will teach children how to recycle things.

With time I would like to open my own company and call it “Smart Waste Solution” to introduce the art of recycling to people, specially the young one because they are our future.

SOMETHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY?

Kibe: Environment is very fragile and progress has brought many problems related to pollution. We need to do something about it and recycling is a start.

THANK YOU KIBE, SEE YOU NEXT TIME!

Marabou Stork

Marabou Stork

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Trying to bite me the first time

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Trying to reason with him…

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I’m hopeless

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One of Kibe creations

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Butterflies

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More butterflies

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Tusker beer

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A dog?

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Amazing earrings

 

 

New Crystal Clear Necklace

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My neighbor once said that square is “evil”.

And here you are with a super evil necklace made with plastic bottle and beads that my mum gave me last time I went to Italy (something like 3 years ago…)

I personally love this one, so simple but unique in its own way.

Earrings are included.

 

 

 

 

Tutorial: How to store your earrings

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