Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Truth about Pizza...

It is delicious.  That's a fact.

But I learned something else today about pizza that is worthy of sharing.  (Because we all already know truth #1!)

The box that your delicious, steamy, cheesy, gooey goodness comes in is in every essence, completely and totally recyclable. However, the stuck on dried cheese, grease stains, and sauce drips are not.  Not in any way shape or form.  

In fact, any paper product that you try to recycle that has left over food on it immediately becomes a contaminate to the paper recycling process.  And that is bad. Very bad.

When the paper goes into processing, it is mixed with water to reconstitute the pulp.  But water and oil do not mix, so the oils from food and grease rise to the top of the pulp mixture making it impossible to mix properly thus destroying the entire batch.

Things that are therefore not recyclable include:  used paper napkins, used paper towels, used paper plates, newspaper with food on it (fish and chips?) paper hamburger wrappers, food stained paper hot dog trays, etc. etc. etc.

There are really two issues then. The first being to educate the public that food and food stains are not recyclable, and a simple rinsing, or tearing away of the soiled area are simple solutions to making their recycling efforts viable.  (and by "public" I mean "me.") The second issue is that by not removing the food contaminates, not only are the paper items not being recycled, they are causing hundreds of thousands of other paper recyclables not to be recycled.  Our little pizza boxes.

Here's an excerpt from Earth911 (where I learned all this information!!)
"(Contamination) in the recycling business is a big problem. Some estimates put the costs of irresponsible contamination in the neighborhood of $700 million per year industry-wide. Gellenbeck (Terry Gellenbeck, a solid waste administrative analyst for the City of Phoenix) estimates that for the City of Phoenix, contamination costs them around $1 million annually, because of damage to machinery, disposal costs for the non-recyclable material and wasted time, materials and efficiency. With the City processing 129,000 tons of materials in 2008 (around 7 percent of this is cardboard), money is an important factor as to why residents should know what their municipalities do and do not accept."

It's probably good practice to clean off your recyclables anyway- paper, glass, and plastic.  After all, recycling is an effort, and what's the point of making the effort if it's not doing any good and is instead just doing harm.  

That's totally counter productive. And that's bad. Very bad.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Winds of Change...

The coolest thing happened in Cleveland a couple of months ago.  Just like any other day, I was driving along on the small stretch of highway in between my house and my office, when I looked up and noticed that someone was erecting a giant pole.  Seriously.  A giant pole right on the edge of the highway in what appeared to be someone's backyard.  On my way home later that evening, the crane had moved up the giant pole and had begun attaching blades. 

That's right. 

Giant, humungous, blades... of a fan... to collect wind energy.  In my neighborhood.

How cool is that? 

Over the next few weeks the completed windmill just stood there.  Occasionally the blades would be facing a different direction, and my husband and I nodded knowingly that "they" were collecting "wind data" and getting "reads."  But nothing other than that happened.  We drove around one evening, hunting down the base of the windmill to find that it was in fact off an alley behind the neighborhood, in a small tract of land just before the interstate.  There were no banners, no signs, no fan fare... just us.  Gawking lovingly up at it's statuesque figure. 

And still.  Nothing happened. 

I tried looking up information on the windmill, but the all knowing internet was shy with me.  According to it, there is just one windmill in Cleveland, which we all know is lakeside next to the Great Lakes Science Center.  It shines as a beacon of hope and future promises in a city of steel industry.  There have been lots of talks of wheels and deals to bring more windmills to Cleveland, 1. to improve the environment, 2. to improve Cleveland's environment, and 3. to get this city some jobs!  But we had always been told that these additions would be along the shore of Lake Erie, collecting the almost everflowing winds from Canada.

I am still shocked that the second tower went up in Old Brooklyn, at least five miles inland.

Then, this week, Monday to be exact, the most amazing and beautiful thing happened.  The blades started turning!  Driving westward to work in the morning, I looked up in awe to see them whipping through the air. Gracefully, silently, powerfully.  Each turn one step forward in a ceaseless battle towards clean energy.  On my way home they were still turning, and two more trips past the blades today prove that the windmill is ON.

For a city that has such a poor reputation for it's environmental faux pas (we have a BEER named Burning River...)  it is surprisingly on the forefront of quite a few environmental and biological research projects and movements.  Almost Phoenix like, ... life, and in this case progress, rises from the burned ashes. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Where has the time gone?

Don't you just hate bloggers who sit down and blog about not blogging?  Geesh. I know. Right?  (So we won't do that.)

But, the last couple of months have been harrowing here in Cleveland.  A cold fall moved in before summer had even started. Then, once all hope of fresh veggies and days of sunning by the shore were gone, it warmed up again--  just in time for that cross-seasonal flu/funk that follows the changing weather.  And don't get me started on the Swine Flu.  Knock on wood, it's missed my house so far, but I am doubtful of being able to ward it off forever. 

I've continued my household green efforts, but have admittedly slacked on my bike riding.  (I am ashamed, but it's true.)  There was some drama for a while with the garage holding my bike hostage, but the truth is, I lost some motivation.  Fall is always good for getting motivation back, so I am looking forward to that spark to get me going again.

My biggest green news is that Physician's Formula, Organic Wear is now making mascara!  Not a big deal to you dudes out there, but pretty huge for us ladies.  Mascara is pretty nasty tar-like stuff, and to have that in and around your eyes is just not good.  The new Organic Wear mascara is 100% natural, extends lashes beautifully, and stay soft all day long.  I was doubtful at first, but am a believer now.  The only drawback for me is that you have to put a few coats on to really get that wow effect.  Small price to pay for health and happiness. 

I also use their loose powder daily (and have for the last year and a half) and LOVE that.

If you haven't already, check em out.
http://www.organicwearmakeup.com

Monday, October 5, 2009

Oh Tom



Toms Shoes has been a long time favorite of mine. Not only are they great looking, Toms has a One for One policy that for every pair of Toms shoes purchased, the company gives away another pair to a child in need. I can't remember how many years ago I first came across their website, but I know that since then they have grown by leaps and bounds. I've even seen Blake Mycoskie, Toms founder, on an AT&T (I think it was AT&T) commercial talking about world wide service and how important that is to his company.

The cool thing I learned today is that they are expanding their reach, once again, by trying a new marketing direction. Bridal wear. Sort of. Green weddings are huge now, and if you are a young Eco conscious bride or groom to be, this may be the way to go.

From their website:

Wear TOMS in your wedding, and help children in need with the first steps you take toward your new life together. TOMS will offer a special deal for couples who outfit their entire wedding party in TOMS to help make an even bigger difference in the lives of others around the world. Shop our wedding TOMS, and as always, with every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ups and Downs

Day two of biking: This morning's ride-in was smoother than yesterdays, and on the whole rather uneventful. The morning is still quite cool here, and the streets are fairly quiet at 7am. Most of the ride is through residential neighborhoods, and it's only every few blocks that you run into any real traffic.

This evening's ride home was a bit more notable. It was my first solo ride, and it rained. I was more prepared this time and had rain jacket with me but even covered I still got considerably wet! There were drips and puddles, splashes from passing cars, and low hanging branches to whap me in the face! The more rain there is, the lower the tree branches fall, and the sidewalks here are a mess-- very jagged and uneven. It was very much like running an obstacle course complete with hurtles! Over! Under! Around! Stop! Go go go!

There was also a road closure-- complete with fire trucks and police officers, that required a rerouting that took me into the uncharted lands of Brooklyn!

However. With all the wet and mud and sweat and humidity, it was still a great ride home.

On the last leg of the journey, I paused for one of the traffic lights. There were several cars that passed me, a couple that pulled up next to me, and then a large city bus that drove by-- just making the light that I was waiting on. As the bus passed, the driver looked me in the face, honked the big bus horn twice, and then solidly, strongly, gave me a salute.

I was too stunned to really reply-- I may have managed a smile, but inside I was overcome. Did he know why I was biking home in the rain? Was he saluting me for my greener efforts? This total stranger Mr. Bus Man? I have no idea what he was really thinking, but I choose to think that in an ever so brief moment of time someone else got it. And we got it together.

It was a proud, albeit silly, moment for me, but one I will take with me if I hesitate and think it's too cold, or too early, or too grey, or too physical to get up and get on that bike. So far, so good. And so good, is great.

Monday, July 20, 2009

New Day Part II

Just an update on my Biker Commute Day One. I have had two small set backs.

First: As I was riding in this morning I hit one of Cleveland's many uneven sidewalks (which usually would be fine albeit ever so slightly uncomfortable..!) I had a travel mug full of hot freshly brewed coffee riding snuggly tucked away in my bike bag's cup carrier, and when I hit the bump the cup (and coffee) went flying out and crashed onto the sidewalk. Not only did the coffee spill everywhere, but the plastic to-go mug broke all to pieces.

Second: Random off the radar thunderstorm! It wasn't supposed to rain today. It wasn't on the forecast at all. This morning it was perfect and cloud free. And here I sit, listening to the thunder roll overhead. Luckily for me, on my very first day of being a bicycling commuter, I will not have to face the elements. My husband has volunteered to come and get me.

We will try this adventure again tomorrow!!

New Day!

So the Madsen contest is officially over, and I officially did not win a new bucket bike. However, my efforts to be greener continue and today was a huge day for me!!

As many of you know, I have talked and talked and talked about riding my bike to work for over a year now. Biking to work was even one of the incentives of buying a house closer to my office! But there has always been an excuse, and it just seemed like such a huge change that I was never willing to actually get up early and take the leap.

But biking continued to be something I talked about -- all the time!

The weather has been so nice here in Cleveland this summer that every day that I didn't ride seemed like a huge waste. With the Madsen contest coming to a close, I just knew it was time.

This morning started a new schedule for me at work, and with that I thought a new mode of transportation as well. I loaded up my bike bag, strapped on my helmet, rolled up my jeans, and off I went!

I recently read a quote that said something like, "You have the power for change, but do you have the courage?" That's pretty big for me. It's easy to take on the small things, and easy to talk about the bigger ones, but for me, it does take actual courage to step out and do something different.

A big thank you goes out to my husband who road with me on the maiden voyage to keep me company.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pretty is...

...seeing these picturesque flowers through your window every day.




Summer Lovin

Cleveland has had a remarkably cool summer this year so far. (Knock on wood!) I was chilly on July 4th, and have come to ridiculously dread the "high of 85" that the weather girl gives me on occasional mornings, only to live it and remember that even 85 is not so bad.

I waited a long time to plant any summer gardens as it was just so cool I was afraid of a late frost. It wasn't until late May that anything finally made it into the soil.

This year, I am back to growing tomatoes. However, I veered from last years Big Boys and instead planted something called a Supernova. The big difference is that they are already blooming and starting to fruit, however the fruit doesn't look incredibly healthy. My neighbor told me that it is ill advised to plant tomatoes in the same place every year (even though family members of mine do) so we will just wait it out and see what happens.

My major focus this summer is a spiraling cluster of cucumber crops that we planted in a homemade cucumber box! Fed with lots and lots of yummy compost, the cucumbers look and act out of control! I had no idea they would grow so big and climb right up and out of their box. Right now they are covered in yellow blooms and I've seen bees buzzing around trying to help me out. I hope to have little fruits soon!

I do have two concerns when it comes to the cucumbers. 1. My neighbor said hers once got eaten by tiny hard-to-see bugs. (I am now out there every day looking for invisible intruders.) There are bugs out there, but the leaves don't look damaged and the plants continue to grow. 2. Just in the last few days some of the leaves are turning yellow, and some of the blossoms are wilting. I am not sure if it's too much water, too many plants (over crowding) or just the natural state of cucumber life.My emotions swing back and forth between being very concerned, and really ok with the plants living and dying the way nature intended.

I will research it all and get back to you as these are clearly very important topics!

No News is Bad News

For those of you who know me, this statement can be applied to a couple of different aspects of my life. Tonight, it is in regards to the Madsen Cycles.

Yesterday they announced the top 20 web/blogs that had given them the most hits. They then randomly chose one from those 20 to win a bike. (I didn't quite make the 20 list!) Then today, they gathered together ALL of the websites that had participated, and then randomly picked a winner from that batch. They have not officially posted it yet, but seeing as I have not been contacted, I don't think it was me!!

I am saddened. I feel like my former eight year old self who desperately wanted the giant neon green scooter that the elementary school was raffling away. I truly, with all my heart, believed that if I wanted it badly enough I would win- without even buying raffle tickets. And I would stand, dreamily outside the office window gazing into the handle bars of the green scooter, just willing it to be mine. (FYI-- I didn't win the scooter.) That being said, this was not quite the same experience as my adult self did participate, and so did you!

Thank you to all my friends and family-- including all the facebook friends, who clicked to help me compete! It was a wonderful dream.

Stayed tuned next week as I attempt to ride not a Maden Cycle, but my own cycle, off to work.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mad for Madsen

If you are here to support the Contest Cause-- click the image of the bike to the right to be directed to the Madsen website and get your tally in on my behalf. If you are here just visiting, click the picture of the bike anyway and then come back!!

The contest winner is announced tomorrow, and I am dreaming of daily commutes on my baby blue steed of steel. Oh yes, my friends, this crush is serious.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Madsen Cycles!

Ok-- so this has to be one the neatest things I have seen in a while. Or-- as my husband would say, "a-wHiLe." (That's a shout out.)

Presenting the new Madsen Cargo Cycle. Available in two styles: Rack & Bucket, and in three fantastic color choices. As many of you know, I fantasize about becoming a serious biker. Not like, the athletic kind, although there IS that, but the "instead of car kind." Last year I did a trial run from the house to my office to see how it would go and decided it was totally doable, but then I took forever considering the logistics of carrying a change of clothes, my lunch, my purse, and on and on. Apparently I am not such a light traveler.

However, I also love the idea of biking for errands. My husband and I frequent our local market at least biweekly with our handfuls of cloth and reusable bags. We have some regular vendors now (shout out to Joe!) and love the ritual of the whole thing. In my daily efforts to be greener, this is right up my alley.

Here's a small blurb on the Bucket version from their website.

Load up the kids and head to the market. The kg271/BUCKET model will carry your precious cargo and help you complete all your errands in style. The BUCKET comes equipped with a removable seat and two seat belts.

Click on the link to the left (See BIKE!) for pictures and more information. They are also having a contest and a free bike giveaway to 1. people who post about them and 2. the most hits they get from other sites! Help me win! Check out the Madsen today!


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

It's late in the day to be posting this, and I have to apologize to everyone for getting so far behind on my big "Happy Day," message. I was pretty excited earlier on in the year about celebrating Earth Day, but then somehow I fell completely off the radar.

No pictures, no links, no food to share. All I have is a big "Happy Earth Day" to you. Go out and hug a tree today and plant some tomatoes.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

This Bread is Bananas!


B-A-N-A-N-A-S!! That's all. It's just banana bread. Mmmmmmm. Banana bread.

Shelving!

The "Before" and "Afters" of my kitchen wall.

The entire kitchen got painted, the two windows got new curtains, and this wall, this wall got the old spice cabinets removed, a new added cabinet for extra work space, new drywall installed, new paint, and now-- new shelves! We are so excited. The storage capacity of the kitchen just increased by 15 more feet of space, and the wall seems to finally "fit in" to the function of a kitchen.

These elfa shelves came courtesy of The Container Store, one of my favorite places in the world (I used to be a full timer.) If you need me to sell you on this high quality system I'd be happy to, as they are the best-toughest-strongest-never break-never rust shelves you can get anywhere. No joke. I even offer installation lessons. The Container Store is having a 30% off elfa sale now though May 10th. (Can you hear the man in the background chanting... "hurry, hurry, hurry!")

The whole thing makes me want to sigh in relief... "Ahhhh..."






Thursday, March 26, 2009

Coolest Laundry Hamper Around

Link
Check out these amazing, extra large hampers! These are by Jenny Hurth at Elbow Grease Designs in San Francisco and are made from discarded vinyl signs and banners. Check our the website to see lots more great products out of these materials.

Elbow Grease Designs

Green Coffee Sleeves!


... Since I mentioned it below I thought I would go the extra mile and do a quick update about the "insulation rings" for coffee cups. (But if you google them don't search it that way! Try "green coffee sleeves" instead.) Here's a great website with some very trendy sleeves retailing for about $12. If you drink coffee regularly it can really add up to a worthy investment. Plus they are just plain cool.

Check it out! These are from Wishing Fish.
http://www.wishingfish.com/cupcouture.html

(Take a look around Wishing Fish. They also sell some great Envirosax Reusable bags and the Not a Paper Cup! Yeah!)

Not a Paper Cup


Like me, you may have seen this product for sale in a number of places. I had seen it and thought -- Wow, what a great idea! But not being too much of a shopper left it at that. Then, back in December, one of my friends gave it to me as a birthday gift! As I like try out new and exciting green products and report the skinny, I thought I'd share.

This is called, "I'm not a paper cup," and is in fact NOT a paper cup but a porcelain cup with a silicon, heat resistant lid. The outside of the cup is matte (to look dull like paper) and the inside is coated to repel stains and odors like a regular coffee mug. I already have a slew of to-go coffee mugs in my attempts to be-greener, but somehow this little lidded mug had the perfect spot in my life as an in-office afternoon tea cup. It's nice because it's easily washable, non disposable, cute, readily available, and --- has a lid! (Unlike other coffee cups.) The only con I have found so far is that it gets very hot, like mugs will, and there is no handle and no insulation ring a la Starbucks. They do sell reusable insulation rings though, so maybe that will be my next purchase.

All in all, the cuteness wins here. It's ideal for me, where there is coffee and tea readily available at work throughout the day, (we have a Starbucks here, in the building) and it's a nice way to refuel without the waste.

The bottom image I found online when searching for extra info about the cup. Someone had decorated theirs to give it a little extra "personality."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Make Over March

Ever since I started this blog I wanted to do my own header (above.) I finally figured it out. Either that, or blogger finally made it so easy I could figure it out. Regardless, I was finally able to post my own header, and I decided to try out a new template as well to incorporate more green!! Right now there are things I am trying to tweak, but I am liking the overall feel. What do you think?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Plain Janes

I can't remember now how I first happened upon the Plain Janes website. I am sure it was after I decided to start changing the small things in my life to become a greener Me, but I don't remember when or where I was. I do know that as soon as I came across the website, Plain Janes became an instant and permanent addition to my "Get Green" links.

I am so excited and proud to announce that now, I am not just a fan from a distance, but I am also a qualified, bon-a-fide, for-real-fan. (i.e. I bought the stuff!) It was a semi-birthday, semi-Chrismas present to Me, from Me, that I had to talk myself into buying about three times before I finally placed the order. It was a big decision for me because I didn't just want the shower spray. Or the glass cleaner. Or the plush micro fiber rags and mop heads. No. I wanted it all.

What's the saying? If you're gonna go, go big?

So I ordered the large starter kit. AND The Tool, which is like a swiffer mop (used for wet and dry mopping) but oh so much better.

And. It all arrived in the mail today! Marta, at Plain Janes, even added in some extra goodies for me to try (like smell good sachets for your linen drawers) as there was a mix up at the Post Office and the packages went back to her to be sent again. (I am convinced our mail man just didn't want to deliver them in the snow... see my post below!)

Ironically, in the weird twist of fate that is life, my husband cleaned the whole house today. So when I got home later, it was sparkling and clean, and my Plain Jane packages were sitting there waiting to be opened and begging to be used!

So I did. I couldn't resist. My husband was sweet enough to leave me some bathroom "surface" cleaning, and I went to town with my new Glass and Mirror Spray and new Glass and Mirror Microfiber Cloths. All I have to say is: AMAZING.

First of all, all of the products smell fantastic. It's almost aromatherapy. It's almost edible. It is so much better than trying not to breathe and choking back the fumes of the other toxic brands. Secondly, I have used everything under the sun to try to clean the beautiful glass doors in our downstairs shower. They are actually doors that when I first laid my eyes upon them (with my realtor) I thought to myself, "Hello, Trouble." I have used foaming spray, glass cleaner, mildew remover, squeegees, shammies, and finally, an every day after shower spray. The shower spray does help, but only after I scrub and scrub and scrub with one of the other foul-smelling-ruin-my-clothes products.

The Plain Janes spray (mmm lime) and microfiber cloth were just that. Spray. Wipe. Sparkle. Done. Yeah! I was so impressed that I proceeded to clean all of the mirrors in my house, some so old and grimy I never thought I'd see myself clearly in them again. Plain Janes worked on them all.

So. I am sold. Hook, line, and good for the Earth sinker. I am especially excited about the good for ME part. It's OK to be selfish every once in a while.

Dining Room Diner

In our big "remodel" push that started a few weeks ago, we went ahead and bought a gallon of paint for our gray dining room. In our last house, all the rooms were yellows and golds and warm tans (or red) and it was small and cozy and very home-y like. While this new house is in every way a vast improvement from our last, we hadn't really done much (color wise) to make it feel all warm and cozy. So we painted. The dining room is now a beautiful warm yellow. It's amazing how quickly the feel of a room can change with just a can of paint! And it's also ridiculous how long it took me to decide on yellow since yellow is THE color to match everything in that room. Dishes, curtains, pictures, etc.

We once again used the Home Depot Fresh Aire (bought at the same time as the kitchen paint) and I now have this to add to my previous glowing review: This paint must be used over primer. I know any professional painter will tell you-- of course you use primer first! But we had really convinced ourselves that because the walls were light (light gray) and the paint had gone on so easily in the kitchen (over primer!) that we would not NEED primer. So we didn't prime, and it was a nightmare. It seriously took us three coats of paint-- which meant we had to go back to Home Depot and buy another gallon of paint-- of which we used the whole thing. (And this is not cheap paint.) So. While I still hold to my original comment, "Wow-- what great non toxic non stinky paint," I will also add, "MUST PRIME."

Now that we are done... the dining room is wonderful. It reminds me of some romantic little bistro, or even the basement wine cellar in Cortona where we would eat our Wednesday night brick oven pizzas... almost. Without the rows and rows of wine. Or the brick oven pizza. But you get where I am going.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Winter Cometh

The first big snow storm of the season comes to Ohio. Sigh.. with it still forecasted to snow the rest of the week. I was really ok with the cold, and the snow on and off, and the big piles of snow are pretty... but TERRIBLE to drive in.





I think I can...

So fresh and so clean! The kitchen, almost done. All we need now are the shelves (for the empty wall) and a new floor rug. Anyone know where I can find one to match my new curtains?



Monday, January 5, 2009

Kitchen!!


That's almost all I have to say. Just... "Kitchen!!" Once it got started, we got excited, and away the whole thing went!

The new wall was finished today. The antique cupboard got a new, fresh, bright white coat of paint, all new pull handles, and a new magnetic clasp / closing device to keep the door shut. (We feel so fancy.) And. We bought paint.

We had a gift card to Home Depot to spend and inquired at the paint counter about the new "Low VOC" paints everyone is talking about. What a sweetie Mr. Paint Man was. "They are all low VOC, but if you are really interested in that sort of thing, we sell some stuff now that is NO VOC." Exactly.

So here's my review of Home Depot's Fresh Aire.
(http://freshairechoice.com)

Colors that will take your breath away. Paint that won't.

The Freshaire Choice™ Paint contains no volatile organic compounds — commonly known as VOCs — harmful chemicals that contribute to poor air quality. Although other paints may claim to have no VOCs, what they don't tell you is that these chemicals are put back into the paint once the color is added.

Our paint leads the industry with an innovative, eco-friendly solution that contains no VOCs in the colorant — the exclusive, pre-measured ColorFresh™ delivery system.

Now you can choose from 65 gorgeous colors and feel better knowing that the cleaner air inside your home is good for your family because our paint is certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), a well-respected industry-independent, non-profit organization that provides verification for low-emitting products.

Fresh Aire delivers rich, true shades that apply flawlessly, dry fast and wash up beautifully.


Now you can tackle indoor painting projects all year round and enjoy freshly painted rooms immediately without sacrificing the air inside your home and the safety of your family — because clearing the air shouldn't mean compromising.

It's almost twice as expensive as the other stuff, but it comes in beautiful, stunning colors-- all "earth inspired." At first I didn't think I was going to be able to find the bright aqua and yellows that I had picked out on the Glidden wall, but they were there. Sure enough. Also, the color comes in a powder, which comes in a plastic bag, which comes in a foil pouch. You pick out your powder, the base paint can (which is made of a recyclable plastic and is recyclable, the label is printed with soy ink on 75% PCW paper, and the chips and brochures are all made from recycled paper and can be recycled) and the Mr. Paint Man takes the powder out of the foil, and tosses the whole thing, plastic bag and all, into the base and mixes it all up.

And now, after having used it, I am seriously impressed. Seriously. Low odor, no toxicity, MUCH easier to clean up, and if you opps and get it on the ceiling or floor, it comes right up with water. And. It's gorgeous on the wall. Did I say I was impressed? It also dries extremely fast.

Back to the kitchen. So the wall was finished today, so we primed, and painted the trim and the first coat tonight. Hopefully, tomorrow I will have pictures of the new, finished kitchen, sans curtains, which I have still not decided on.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Updates!

Here are just a couple of photo updates of the ongoing work being done in the house. The wall in the kitchen is almost done...

And the wall(s) in the studio are no where near being done but are coming along nicely. I forgot to mention my fabulous experience at Home Depot recently that occurred when I went to buy my spackling supplies. I had about five different men stop and ask me if I needed help-- none of which worked at the store, and one of whom proceeded to yell at me because I wasn't doing it right, "didn't know what I was doing," and decided in the end not to do it his way at all. Needless to say I was a little ruffled and have decided not to do my hardware store shopping in the middle of the day (with the professionals) and will stick to my usual evening strolls. At least for the time being.