You ain't gonna miss the new in-store packaging of thisum Buzzcloth, honey! No siree Bob! And 'tis right that 'tis so! Somethin' so fabulous should scream itsa delights to the whole world and his dog, don't ya think so, honey ?
Not sure whah I got me some yankee accent in thisem post but let's go with it, darlin', shall we ? We at Buzzcloth HQ are so damn excited about dem packages, and seein' our hard work and sweat come to fruition that we are celebratin' big time! And did ya see that cutesy little barcode ? Gotta be the most 'riginal barcode in this entire world darlin', don't ya think so, with that little sweetie bee an' all! I don't mind saying that Vanessa Van Wyk, she is one heckuva artist, yes she is, and she did this one for me that I was huggin' myself til I was almost raw with excitement.
Now, all that's requir'd is that more and more of dem shops will take to our vision kindly, and order some of dese sweet little Buzzcloth packages, and start to sell 'em to their mighty fine customers so dat together, we can all help to save this ole beautiful planet o' ours from that nasty plastic, I'm tellin' you!
So, if you fine people wanna help with dat, ya need to ask for Buzzcloth, dat's right, Buzzcloth! Every tam you goin' into a store, ya gotta ask for them beeswax food wrap things and if them give ya a blank expression, ja gotta ed-oo-cate 'em!
I'm thankin' ja from da bottom of my little heart, and wish you a mighty good day further!
Thank you to my biggest fan, Nadine Gregoor, for sending in these photographs illustrating her 'daily use of Buzzcloths'. Nadine, and her husband, Joris, own the most fabulous B&B in Leuven, Belgium, and the world ! Check out their website on www.yenn.be.
Notice the barcode stickers ? Nadine is very eco-conscious and buys as much fresh produce as possible from a delightful little shop around the corner from her called Content. You take your own containers along and Content will fill them up with pasta, beans, rice and all sorts of things. Each of your containers is measured and gets a barcode sticker. Nadine uses her Buzzcloth 'container' for buying and storing her cheese. Thanks so much for sending these photographs in, Nadine!
Not literally! I mean, I hope they're not green! I mean, have you found a natural deodorant that actually works? Well, after many years of trial-and-error, a friend of mine discovered the BEST product ever, with the unlikely name of Schmidts!
Love, love, love the Schmidt's story! The founder, Jaime Schmidt, was determined to create an effective deodorant that was not full of chemicals. She came up with this sort-of grainy cream that you would think is too moist to do anything useful in the under-arm area. But it's fabulous! It really works. Check out her website for more information here and to buy some.
Just so you know, I am not at all connected to this website so I don't benefit at all by gushing about the product. I just wanna share good, eco stuff ! You're welcome !
I have a new hero - Ricardo Semler. Not so new, actually, because I read (and loved) his book 'The Seven Day Weekend' years ago. But I'd kinda forgotten about him. But today he resurfaced for me in a fabulous new TED Talk. He talks about his 'Terminal Days' which to me is definitely an idea worth sharing (like Buzzcloth! Ahem).
Terminal Days are based on the idea that it's crazy to put off your dreams and desires until you're retired, thin, clever, rich or if you should suddenly receive news that you only have a limited time left on this mortal coil. We should make time NOW to do those things. But he explains it much better than me (and throws out some other incredible ideas that blew my mind) so watch and enjoy!
Lunchboxes are the reason I created Buzzcloths! I hated wrapping sandwiches in foil or plastic, and even wax paper. I tried the various fabric options that you can buy these days but whichever version I had, it was always the wrong size, and too fussy.
And then I came across the idea of infusing cloth with beeswax! Epiphany! I made some and they were fantastic! But not for long as the beeswax cracked. Cutting a long story, I set to work to create a new recipe using various natural ingredients and Buzzcloths were born.
We literally use ours everyday. The kids love them. They get used for sandwiches, wraps, apple pieces, muffins, pieces of cheese - you name it.
Try a Buzzcloth - I warn you you'll be smitten!
Happy new year and may 2015 be full of blessings !
For the first time this Christmas, our four children (ranging from 14 to 8) all participated in the spirit of giving. This substantially increased the amount of time we spent around the Christmas tree as we are quite a big family! The great thing was that, due to their limited budget, they had not much choice but to make/ up-cycle/ recycle - the result being a fabulous array of highly creative, very personalised gifts.
Included in the range was a lovely little jar containing chocolate drink powder, marshmallows, and mint sweets for a delicious Choc-Mint hot drink (you crush the mint sweets), a bag of coffee beans which were decanted into another jar with a personalised label saying ' Grandpa's Special Coffee Beans' and a delightful little wooden boat whittled by my youngest son.
I also loved the creative wrapping made by my daughter for a friend of hers. It's a lovely book, but the wrapping has made it much more special and memorable.
With a little imagination, it's amazing how much joy you can bring to someone without adding to our global landfill problem.
Of course, Buzzcloth would also have made a good present for Christmas! We gave them as presents to our teachers and much appreciated they were too! Just an idea...
With love, and see you soon
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A friend of mine, Alexandra, had a birthday the other day and whilst brainstorming gift ideas, another mutual friend, Andrea, suggested I give the birthday girl a copy of my favourite book. (I'm mentioning their names because they'll be forced to read this post. Hi guys !)
Great idea, I thought. My favourite book is The Quincunx which was given to me by special friends, Nadine and Joris, in Belgium when we lived there for a couple of years (hey, jullie daar in Leuven! Gaat het goed bij Yenn?).
Anyway, I decided that I'd actually give Alexandra my copy - the exact one that had a special place in my heart - with dog ears, coffee stains included. After all, a well-thumbed book with its own story is more interesting than one that sits in perfection in the book shop.
I thought it'd be great to personalise The Quincunx by decorating the first few pages, and painting the letters of Alexandra's name on random pages throughout the book. The result was stunning - despite the fact that I am not actually artistic. Alexandra loved the book and its personalised artwork, and we decided that once she had read it, she would pay it forward and also paint the recipient's name in the book.
In fact, it's just occurred to me, Alex, that if everyone who receives and reads the book writes their name and email address on the inside front cover - perhaps we'll get to see it again and get in touch with all the recipients who could be spread out all around the world! What d'ya think ? We could get together, have coffee, talk about women's issues, raise money for charity, discuss the film rights... Ok, ok. I think I'm getting ahead of myself. But we could start a whole new networking group with just one book!
It just goes to show that 'new isn't necessarily nicer' and by recycling gifts, we can pass on happy memories and loving energy. And Mother Nature too will be smiling.
Damn. I was supposed to subtly mention Buzzcloths in this post. Oh well. Next time.
I have to rave about a fabulous book about sticks. It's called "The Stick Book. Loads of things you can make or do with a stick" and it contains great ideas.
We based a 6 year old's children's party around it recently and the kids loved it. Armed with only cashews, water and a packet of modelling clay, we set off for the local forest. We started by creating a sort of obstacle course, conveniently using fallen down trees, bushes and other equipment provided by the forest fairies. Then we started collecting branches and constructed a makeshift fort in which to have our snacks.
With satisfied tummies, the children (and adults) set to creating some forest people, using sticks and bits of clay to form protuberances like noses, ears and chins, and then 'planting' them in a magnificent oak tree as a gift to nature.
There were other things we could have done in the same vein but I find that often adults try too hard with parties and that the KISS (keep it simple) principle is often best.
We have since been back to the same oak tree to visit the forest people we made, and what a delight it is to see them, peeping out of the tree in a gesture of welcome.
What's the Buzz, man?
This is the rather unconventional blog for Buzzcloth, the fabulous biodegradable and reusable alternative to foil and plastic in your kitchen and lunchbox.