We are all aware that going greener is the way to go but which eco switches would you like to make. While all being at home during this Pandemic we are sure many people will be having a birthday and in particular, the younger generation who will feel a little left out without all their friends around. Try swapping plastic balloons for paper and get the children making their own.
You can also buy Japanese paper balloons. Petra Boase has a lovely range including penguins and fish.
Or go for felt bunting which again you could make yourself or have it personalised. A great site is House of Hooray who has lots of ideas and simple banner flags like below.
If you love having a go yourself but are not quite sure of the sizes etc then head down to Homemade Gifts who have images and tutorials on how to make your own bunting. There is even a tutorial for a no-sew bunting.
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Onling, the ultimate Danish Hygge clothing is an online shop full to the brim of all you would embrace in Hygge wear.
You immediately think natural exquisite materials which make you look and feel great.
Not only do they sell clothes but they also sell wool and run workshops and events ( although not very local for us Brits).
One particular class which has totally sold out and caught my eye was ‘knitting class for experienced knitters, learn to read English patterns’.
Onling say “We believe that the fashion industry needs to change by producing better products that last longer and are environmentally friendly.
At Önling we select fabrics that leave the smallest possible impact on the environment, as we know that a piece of clothing will not stand a chance of becoming the modern consumer’s favorite, if it is not responsibly produced.
We select the best, natural fabrics for our clothes. We only use organic cotton, we buy left-over fabrics – called deadstock – from other brands, and we incorporate sustainable fabrics like bamboo, Lyocell and fish leather into our limited collections. We only produce 200 pieces of each style, which means that you will get a unique product, when you buy Önling.
In addition to that, we have completely avoided plastic in our packaging, as we do not want to add to the plastic islands floating around in the pacific ocean. All our products are wrapped in recycled paper bags and even though this might sound like small thing, for us it is big. We have saved the environment for 70.000 polybags by now, and we are proud to take on this responsibility.”.
Lets hope others follow this lead and become as environmentally friendly as Onling.
How to Hygge in the morning during the weekend is a lovely graphic from Hello Peaceful Mind which is a beautiful site with links to Wellness, and how to achieve things in life.
Hygge the FREE way.
The old-fashioned saying ‘The best things in life are free’, can be achieved if you want to change your home into a Hygee home.
According to Meik Wiking the author of The Little Book of Hygge ‘hygee is humble and slow, it is choosing rustic over new, simple over posh, and ambience over excitement. simplicity and modesty are central to hygge’.
You can soon change your style of home into a hygge home. Go through each of your rooms and write down how you would change it, what little things might make it more hygge, what accessories or furniture you want to finish it the hygge way.
Home is where the heart is, you can transform a room with the simplest of items which you could get for FREE or for very little by checking your local FREE pages or popping to your local car boot. If you just enter what you want into Google with for free after it you would be surprised what comes up.
Summer hygge means more outdoors so look at your furniture outside and think of ways you can transform them into something more cosy with simple throws. Add candles and the right lighting and carry the lights on into the patio door to extend your room. Summer is probably the easiest time of year to enjoy hygge.
10 ways to embrace summer the hygge way –
- Pick some flowers, my house doesn’t feel like home without a few fresh flowers in it. For best results, collect cut flowers in the morning when their stems are fully turgid and avoid picking during warm and sunny conditions as the plants will be water-stressed.
- Visit a flower show. There are lots of flower shows around the UK at the moment with the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in full swing this week.
- Get cosy on your patio with a warm rug and cushions and look at the stars or visit the sight Go Stargazing to find a stargazing event near you.
- Get your toes wet by visiting the seaside or lake near you.
- Go and watch the sun go down. According to Hallmark Hotels, some of the best places to go and see the sun go down are Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth. …The O2,London. …The River Severn, Stourport. …River Mersey, Liverpool. …Beetham Tower, Manchester. …Ely Cathedral, Cambridge. …and Misty Island, Loch Lomond.
- Enjoy a picnic and with friends or toast marshmallows on a campfire, this is the time for making memories and enjoying the warmth.
- Watch a wedding at your local church. There’s nothing more exciting than watching the bride arrive then leaving with her groom after the service. Don’t forget your camera.
- Don’t take the car get some exercise instead by exploring your local area by bicycle, and embrace the fresh air and family fun.
- Enjoy some ice-cream. Look out for the ice-cream van or visit an ice-cream parlour.
- Go strawberry picking as late June is the best time to pick the best strawberries ready for making some delicious homemade jam.
I just love this graphic from Pinterest on ‘Ultimate Hygge Summer‘, from Begin Better Today blog which explains in great detail ‘How to Hygge’ this summer…