My Earth Day resolutions start by believing my contribution to the wellness of earth is never insignificant. People often believe if they’re not rich and famous then they are no-bodies, therefore their actions are unaccounted for. Well… That’s not true.
If you’re not in the media, and if you live in a small town, your actions and the way you treat the earth & nature are always very significant. Because you can never know whose life you’re touching, or whether a little child is learning from you and secretly making you their idol! What’s more important is, the quality of our lives, the quality of who we are is always an important matter, it doesn’t have to attract attention or make us lots of money: Our character, what we do, and how we live life is a daily gift. Our happiness depends on our choices!
So my first resolution is…
I am responsible for my actions, no matter where I live, or what kind of life I lead, and whether or not I have “fans” or not.
My second resolution is…
I am conscious of my consumerist trends and try my best to change them. I don’t have to follow the fashion or buy the latest technology, but rather buy what I “need,” not what I “want.”
Here’s a video (up above) to help understand these two concepts: Need & Want:
The earth is polluted because most of us “want” things and we don’t care about the price we’re paying. We create heaps of plastic and don’t care if they’re bio-degradable or not.
We are responsible because big companies carry out research that study people’s general trends & attitudes and serve these attitudes by making more new things. They make more and more and more of what we “want.” But if we go back to the basics, we will discover we only need a few things to make us happy, and these can all be handmade.
My third resolution for that matter is:
I try my best to buy handmade. Even when it comes to clothes, I try to find a local tailor instead of buying ready-made attire.
I try my best to recycle, upcycle, and DIY. And if I “want” something badly, I try to make it, instead of buy it.
Happy Earth Day,
I just found this video over at Scissors Paper Wok (S.P.W). I love this tutorial for making your own paper pencils, and I thought I’d share it with you.
I’ve seen other tutorials where you wrap an ordinary wooden pencil with paper using white glue as adhesive, but this one is different. You’re actually wrapping the inside lead (the writing part of the pencil, also known as Rsas in my dialect) with paper and creating an all-paper pencil.
How to Make Paper Pencils (tutorial) - Via S.P.W
And if you find the passion in you to create more paper pencils, here is a great idea for you:
Use layers of different colored paper to create a layered effect every time you sharpened your parer pencil!
Use layers of different colored paper - Via S.P.W
For a DIY person, nothing comes close to learning about Martha Stewart’s semi-new Craft Paint line – that she launched mid last year. I learned about it via Tatertots & Jello, a cool blog with lots of ideas.
If you live in a village, an island, or in certain parts of the Levant, then you must know the feeling of not being able to get your hands on products that can really make your life all that much easier, as an artisan.
Martha Stewart Craft Paint line (Via Tatertots & Jello)
I spend a lot of time looking in nooks and crannies, super stores, and small shops for alternatives for all of the cool products “out there.” I have always craved products “out of reach,” like Modge Podge. But this one happens to be “THE” one product that the Levant needs to start importing! (Hello merchants, are you hearing me?)
I would like to – very gladly – announce the Martha Stewart Craft Paint line as my Most Craved for Craft Product of the Year. I can easily state that this versatile, multi-surface, paint line is the dream of every crafter (at least this one here). It breaks my heart that they don’t sell it over here.
As Karboojeh gets ready for Spring crafts and creativity, looking for tips to enhance one’s lifestyle and taste is a good idea. Here are a few links that take you to videos I have discovered lately to upstart your Spring.
Here is a wonderful video featuring the underlying secrets of creating your own yummy salad dishes this spring, bistro-style and all. Karboojeh presents you with Utah-based Studio 5’s take on salad making; not quite a craft & DIY video, but quite useful knowledge for all Karboojeh readers…
Click here to watch the video…
Spring decoration colors:
If you are about to create a new craft, a beaded necklace, or a pencil holder, wait before you choose your colors and get a glimpse on this spring’s color pallets… These colors in the video recommended here are very Scandanavian, mixing earth hues with very bright pops of rich color to accentuate your design.
Click here to watch the video all the way from Utah…
The ultimate stenciling video:
I have watched tonnes of videos to learn jewelry basics, and all sorts of artistic tips, but this video here is the ultimate tutorial for wall stenciling… gives you all sorts of ideas to use stenciling techqniques for :)
Watch the video here…
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