minimal waste journey
I thought it’s about time to give you an update on our minimal waste journey / plastic free life. After three books ( this, this and this, all german ) and lots of internet research, I started making stuff myself. Yesterday I succeeded in mixing up my own dishwashing detergent and it only took me about 5 minutes. I couldn’t stop cleaning and almost emptied out the dishwasher.
I also banned a lot of plastic from the kitchen and this wasn’t really a hard journey either. The tupperware had to go and the old and beautiful preserving jars I found in my grandmother’s basement were finally put to use. We are now owners of an reusable steel coffee filter and an diswashing brush made of beechwood and tampico fibre. We bought our daughter a steel bottle and are using cotton bags to go shopping at the bakery and the weekly farmer’s market. Still a lot to do, but we are getting there.
The bathroom is also looking less cluttered. We are using up all of our gels, deodorants and lotions. Next step is to make my own deodorant, toothpaste, as well as washing powder. Looking forward to it!
The pictures shows an very old curd soap, which the grandmother of my husband gave to us a couple of months ago. It’s stretched and weirdly shaped and almost to pretty to use. Just almost though.
Holiday means lots of time for messing up my sketchbook, like beach handlettering. I like the beach ( who doesn’t? ), I like handlettering and I love the french language. Can you tell?
You might know my love for the french language from my project “Dis-moi”.
This page is inspired by Lauren Hom’s “no Photos, please” project. If you don’t know her and her work, go check her out immediately.
Savoir vivre à Lacanau-Océan
We’re back and we had a fabulous time in the wonderful south of France at Lacanau-Océan, near Bordeaux at the Atlantic Sea. Sipping chilled wine, devouring fresh oysters, listening to the ocean, moving gently with the waves, hiding toes in the sand, feeling the sun and the salt on your skin, scratching moskitobites all day and night, smelling sunscreen everywhere and still feeling the heat at midnight.
These are two of my favorite pictures. Because I just adore pictures like that. But the tones in these ones sum up our holiday pretty good.
You’ll find more pictures for now on my VSCO page. Go have a look!
lost in universe
Busy as a bee, mostly enjoying the weather. Because everyday I am afraid that summer will be over tomorrow. So I am making sure, that I don’t miss out on any summer days. Yes, and actually working a lot, too. My head is full of ideas and time is rare. Also, we are leaving for France this week. Holidays! Woah!
But besides all those things going on, we even managed to put something on our white walls. This analogue collage called lost in universe is now hanging in our bedroom and I am very happy with it.
As always, you find more of my collage work here.
Because I came across them the other day and I think they are super pretty. These are mostly tickets from our Balkan honeymoon trip back in 2015, when my husband was still using his old name, haha. Oh look at those tables, let alone the colors! As much as I love having tickets on my phone, I think it’s a loss of beauty in this world. Why don’t we design digital tickets as nicely as these analogue ones?
I’ve always loved taking photos and still do, but I actually like to look at them even more. Old photographs have always fascinated me, because of the grainy black and white look and those fringy borders. You literally feel the paper.
And I also know how hard it can be to get a great analogue photograph. Especially in times, where film wasn’t super sensitive, but super grainy. So if I do see old pictures, which are also great in composition, my heart jumps. In these photographs you can see my grandmother in her younger years. I wonder, if the flowers are real. She had a peculiar weakness for plastic flowers.
wait for summer
People wait for summer all winter long. But every year I am amazed how quickly spring finally arrives. It only takes a couple of warmer days and all of the sudden everything is in full bloom. It just hits me. Every year.
Surprisingly, I exchanged my boots for my sandals already ( which is super early for me ), but my to do list didn’t update itself. So I guess I was busy enjoying the sunrays and smelling magnolia and cherry blossoms. By coincidence, I went to the botanical garden today, which is my second visit to a botanical garden this year and also the second visit in the last three weeks. Additionally: I prepared growing lots of vegetables and berries on the balconies. Yes, there are two of them and I gotta take advantage of the space and the sun. So, please excuse me.
Last weekend we did a little trip to Bremens new city quartier called Überseestadt. That’s basically the place where old left over harbour buildings meet the future. The area is one giant construction place. I love walking around in urban, unfinished, but also abandoned places. Also, I love the term Überseestadt. It’s real german, because it’s crazy long.
Living in Bremen
By now, we had some time to roam the city of Bremen and especially our neighborhood here. I just love walking around for no specific reason except getting some inspiration and fresh air. You might have realized by now, I have a weakness for rather moody pictures ( or let’s say motifs ), so don’t let the pictures fool you. It’s actually very sunny here all the time at the “coast”. Really, I was expecting living in Bremen would be far more gray, especially since it’s winter.
Bremen, I am starting to like you very much! Keep it up.
You’ll find more pictures on my vsco page.
Doing my first baby steps while going minimal waste. First things replaced were shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and deodorant. Besides the fact, that I am very surprised by the awesome results I love that the bathroom smells wonderfully and also look at how pretty these bars are! I mean, really. Couldn’t stop taking pictures. Pastel colors! Another plus: this is the end of leaking shampoo bottles. For me, this was always a problem while travelling.
Also, I had some bowls left over. They are tiny and I used them as an ink or water depot while doing calligraphy, but I realized I am fine with the lid of my watercolor container. But hey, they are more than perfect for the solid shampoo and the other soaps, not only that they fit nicely, but also colorwise.
No sacrifice replacing the ugly plastic containers at all. Aesthetically a total win. I guess I am a designer thoroughly.
So far so good.