Following in from my Christmas in January post, where I explained what this was all about here is my February Christmas card. Just to briefly recap, My friend Sandie over at The Paper Cove has challenged me – and herself to make a Christmas card a month, to alleviate the burden come December!

So here is my February card. I am doing my usual working off scraps from my desk to ‘tidy’ it up so it is a bit non traditional in colours, but similar to last months card in theme…..

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I hope you enjoy this one and perhaps get inspired to join us in our madness of all year round Christmas!

Happy Crafting,

Nicole

Christmas in February!

So here it is D-Day – Live Lagom has begun!

I thought before I explain what we would be doing in this project, that I would first introduce myself and my family. There is just the two of us, living in a 1950’s house, with our pet rabbit Flopsy. She lives in the house with us. She pretty much rules the house!flopsy on rug (1)

We bought our house as a fixer uper and we spend our spare time doing DIY and decorating on a budget, room by room. We love being able to re-purpose and reuse in our home decorating efforts, but not have it look like a thrift shop in our house!

When we saw this Ikea project call, we applied because we thought it was a perfect fit for our lifestyles and the direction we were trying to go. We already recycle everything, reuse as much as possible, harvest rainwater (we have 4 water tanks in the garden so we always have rainwater for gardening, car washing etc), we converted our toilet to a dual eco flush toilet instead of replacing the toilet completely, and lots more things! So we thought, this challenge that Ikea was extending was the perfect opportunity to take things further. Where could we Live more Lagom? We applied and luckily were chosen! The next step was then to set our New Year resolutions for the project. So what did we decide upon?

Our New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. To save on our energy usage, saving money and helping the environment in the process.
  2. To reduce our food wastage, to aim for a 0% food wastage target – aim for 0% and get as close to that as we can achieve!
  3. To reduce heat loss – rugs and curtain liners to prevent heat escaping.

We chose to focus on saving energy because it is a very quick and easy fix that has instant results. Our current electricity bills are on average €120 every 2 months. And that was with us having energy saving bulbs in place already. By converting to LED bulbs this figure should come down.

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After switching all of the bulbs out to the IKEA LED bulbs we went down from 10KWh per day to 8KWh per day of usage. This should see a saving of about 20% on our bill. We will have better figures as we get more data on our monitor after the LED bulbs have been installed for a while. Not only that but we are now consuming roughly 60KWh less energy a month, which is placing less demand on the energy grid. If every household reduced by at least this much it would make a huge impact.

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This site here has some really shocking information about food waste. Predominately that there is over one million tonnes of food waste disposed of each year in Ireland. Around 1/3 of this comes from households. Nearly 60% of this is avoidable food waste such as gone off fruit and veg, food past its date etc. I think this is a shocking figure. I want to make sure we are wasting almost nothing. We already compost and our rabbit is a great way of recycling vegetable peelings too! But we need to make sure that we are not throwing away food that has gone off before being used.

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So for our shopping trip in Ikea with the wonderful Sarah Carney of Ikea Dublin, we focused on LED bulbs, lighting, food storage, heat/insulation. Now comes the challenge – operation lifestyle transformation. First the house, switching out all the bulbs and light fittings. Then comes the kitchen – meal planning and bulk meal making to use up all food in the house and storing and freezing food instead of it being thrown out for a start. Then insulating with the rugs and curtain liners. It is time to roll up those sleeves and move into a more Lagom future – it is already a brighter one with all the Ikea LED bulbs I am currently surrounded by!pic 8 small

#LiveLAGOM!!

#3: The Resolutions!

Hi All,

Just stopping by with a quick make showing this cute and simple little treat bag made for Papermilldirect.

I created the cute valentines treat bag cut using my Silhouette. You could easily use a bag template too however. I then decorated it ready to fill with some sweet treats as a little valentines gift. Products used:

  • Papermilldirect Baby Pink plain card
  • Patterned paper
  • Silhouette Fancy Hearts Bag cut file
  • Ribbon
  • Altenew Label Love Stamps
  • Stamping Bella Script Stamp
  • Altenew Inks

You can see how I made this bag here.

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Fancy Heart Gift Bag

What is this? A Christmas card you say? Is it a late posting, or a very early one? Well I am afraid to tell you it is a VERY early one! It is a brilliant idea of my friend Sandie from The Paper Cove. (PS: Check out her fab Etsy Store, she has some gorgeous goodies over there to tempt you with!!) We have agreed to do at least one Christmas card by the 7th of every month. That will give us a stash of cards, more than we usually get done, and will help alleviate the panic and rush to create them just before Christmas. This should take some of the pressure off at such a busy time of year hopefully, and give us more cards to send out to people we don’t usually get time to make them for!

I think this is the best idea ever and Sandie is a genius for suggesting it! So here is my card. I actually made this from scraps of paper on my craft desk from Christmas cards in December, in effect I made it while tidying my desk. It was a nice quick card, because everything was already cut, so it was a case of layering everything until I was happy with the layout and sticking it all together. I love the graphic look of it, I think I will keep along this theme for a few more cards throughout the year!

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Thanks for stopping by today, and if you get inspired to join in our little project leave me a comment and let me know!

Christmas in January!?

Hi all,

I am just dropping by to share this cute new baby card for the new year with you all. What cuter way to say Happy New Year? I have a step by step on how I created this card up over on the Papermilldirect blog and you can find that HERE, so head on over and check it out!

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New Baby Card

Hi all,

I just wanted to stop by and say Happy New Year, and thank you for being a blog follower over the year (or years!). I have put together a little collage of some of my favourite projects over the past year, with some of the most popular projects from on my blog creeping in there too. It is nice to have a little visual representation of what you have been working on for the year! I have loved sharing my projects and tutorials with you all.

I hope you all had a great 2015 and that you all have a happy, healthy and crafty 2016!

Looking forward to sharing more with you in 2016,

Nicole

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Happy New Year!