Christmas

It’s Christmas, time to put the tinfoil antlers on the camel

December 6, 2012

It’s Christmas, time to put the tinfoil antlers on the camel

Other perhaps some other pagan holiday options? Perhaps we could consider Saturnalia. Or, if it must be organized religion, then the Flying Spaghetti Monster whose mockery-loving followers are known as Pastafarians.

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Buy Nothing Day

November 23, 2012

Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day was launched by Vancouver’s Adbusters Magazine.

“The journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step. It could all start with a personal challenge, such as this: make a vow to yourself to participate in Buy Nothing Day this year.

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Brown paper packages tied up with string

December 15, 2010

Brown paper packages tied up with string

These are a few of my favourite things. Above, a white painted branch with Kraft-paper wrapped gifts is a minimalist advent calendar, by the inventive DIY Brigg from Norway via The Style Files.

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Furoshiki – Wrap holiday presents in the green, Japanese style

December 18, 2009

Furoshiki – Wrap holiday presents in the green, Japanese style

This is a Japanese tradition we desperately need to adopt in North America – re-using textiles to wrap presents. It’s an art form, but it’s worth learning because it dispenses with all the annoying and wasteful tape and paper and ribbon, it’s a fun skill to learn (for kids too), and it’s an educational conversation piece – you might have to explain to the recipient what it is, but that’s probably worthwhile.

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Categories: design, Uncategorised

Wrap your bottle of wine in a furoshiki this year.

December 14, 2008

Wrap your bottle of wine in a furoshiki this year.

Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese means of wrapping presents or carrying objects in a square of cloth. It’s waste-free, it’s practical, and it’s beautiful. As an art form, furoshiki is less known outside Japan than origami, but it is just as venerable – it simply uses fabric instead of paper.

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