Thursday, December 1

Art Prints and Originals on Sale for the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner, and what better gift to give than an art print or an original one-of-a-kind piece of art. These would all make lovely gifts. Of course you can always treat yourself as well!
  
Give them a new home, they need an awesome wall to hang on.

Go take a look:

Please let me know if there's anything you like by emailing me at claudia sutton at gmail dot com ASAP. They're all first come, first serve, including the prints because I will not be reprinting more.

♡ Claudia

Friday, November 4

Freedom Is a Choice

"If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it." - Mark Twain

Freedom is a mindset and a choice. That can never be taken away, only given. Most are unaware or afraid of that responsibility, and don't really want it. It's easier to be told what to do and think.

Best,
~Claudia

Wednesday, November 2

How to Patch a Shoe Sole with Worbla

One of my Vibrams had a hole in it, and I didn't want to throw them away just yet. I also didn't want to go out and buy something new, like Shoe Goo, so I had the bright idea of trying to patch it up with some Worbla that I had left over from my cosplay armor making.

For those of you that don't know, Worbla is a thermoplastic that can be molded into any shape. It also adheres to almost everything, so I thought that I could melt some over the hole in my shoe and continue to get some more use out my Vibrams. Let's give it a go, shall we!


~~Materials Needed~~
Worbla
Scissors
X-Acto Knife
Bone Folder
Hair Dryer

Start by cutting out a small piece of Worbla with the scissors,
roughly the size of the large gap on the side of the hole.

Use the hair dryer to melt the Worbla, and fit it into the large hole with the X-Acto knife. This small
piece will help fill the gap between the two layers and give the patch something to adhere to better.

Repeat this process by cutting out a small piece of Worbla with the scissors,
roughly the size of the small gap on the other side of the hole.

Use the hair dryer to melt the Worbla, and fit it into the small hole with the X-Acto knife. Like before, this piece will help fill the gap between the two layers and give the patch something to adhere to.

Cut out a piece of Worbla with the scissors that is large enough to cover the entire hole.

Place the patch over the hole and use the hair dryer to melt the Worbla.

Gently press, and shape, the Worbla into the sole of the shoe.

While it's still hot, put on the shoe and use your foot to press the Worbla firmly into the sole.

Lastly, use the bone folder to carefully press the edges of the Worbla into the sole.


Now isn't that beautiful! It's a lot better than throwing away good shoes. I know that it's not the most attractive solution, but I couldn't care less because it's holding up. If the patch does loosen up, it's easy to use the hair dryer to melt it back into place again. Ideally, this would have worked better on plastic or leather soles, because it doesn't stick too well to the rubber. Still, I'm pretty happy with the result.

Cheers,
~Claudia

Monday, October 17

DIY Beauty: Easy Tweezing

Make plucking stray hairs effortless with this awesome tip: Do it right after you get done showering. Not only does the heat and steam from the warm water open up pores, it makes tweezing easier because it's less painful to pluck out hairs when the skin is moist. When doing this, make sure to pull the hairs out in the same direction of their growth. This will ensure that they come out cleanly. So have at it!

Cheers and here's to happy, healthy living.
~Claudia

Monday, October 10

The True Cost Documentary

"Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy

Sometimes, it hurts so bad to watch these films, because I know that I am the one to blame. Yes, corporations prey on insecurities, but I am the one consuming their goods and services. It's that simple. This documentary about the fashion industry is so painful to watch, because I know that we're all a part of this.

I've tried to stop. I'm working on one addiction at a time, and now it's time to tackle fashion. We're told that we are what we wear, and that our clothing tells our story. It wasn't always like that, but now it's a learned behavior. We consume things to feel better, and deep down that's what it's all about.

Many spiritual teachers will express that feeling good truly comes from within, and that the only way to change is by altering our beliefs and habits. So that's what I'm doing; I'm changing. I've been a minimalist for quite some time now, but it's time to do a lot better. Watching this film has opened my eyes, and I do not see things the same way anymore.

It's very sad, and this is real. Our planet is being destroyed, and we're losing our humanity. For what: A false sense of self and monetary gain? So I invite you to watch this movie as well, spread the word, and perhaps together we can make a difference.


Here's what I'm working on:

1. Be happy with less. Most of my favorite characters just have one or two signature outfits. Captain Jack Sparrow is the perfect example of this: He wouldn't be the same without his costume. I'm inspired by them, and want a minimalist wardrobe with a few favorite options. How exciting!

2. Treasure vintage pieces. I've inherited many lovely garments from my mother and even my grandmothers. Not only are these items made exceptionally well, they're also extremely chic. I'm grateful for them, and it makes being eco friendly effortless. 

3. Shop thrift. This is a brilliant way to refresh one's wardrobe, or replace worn out clothing all while reducing consumption of new resources. Besides, I have so many fond memories of thrifting with family. It's so much fun to make a day of it when needed.

4. Buy natural, organic, fair trade, or recycled items. I'm trying to only buy goods that are sustainable and natural. Not only is this better for the planet, but it's a healthier option for everyone involved.

5. Go naked. These days I spend a lot of time wearing as little as possible when I'm alone. This works out great because my skin gets to breathe, and it also prevents clothing from being worn out. Why wear much at all if no one is around? Right!

Watch the trailer here:
Happy movie watching.
~Claudia

Friday, September 23

Clear Conscience Multi-Purpose Contact Lens Solution Review

 Clear Conscience Multi-Purpose Contact Lens Solution - $11.99

I've been using this contact solution for about a year now, and I absolutely love it. It took me this long to write about it, because I wanted to make sure that I thoroughly tested it out before I shared my thoughts. That being said, it definitely passed with flying colors and I'll keep purchasing it from here on out.

The main reason that I switched over to this brand is because they do not test on animals. That is a big deal for me, and I'm really trying to change my ways and only buy cruelty-free brands.

It's a little expensive for solution, but as always with natural products that do things right, I'm willing to pay the extra. It means the world to me that companies are trying to do better, so of course those are the people that I love to support.

After doing more research about the brand, I found that most contact solution is made with terrible chemicals, like thimerosal (contains mercury) and chlorhexidine (raises ones risk of heart attacks), and on top of that they're irradiated. So let's put it in our eyes! Seriously, I don't know how these people can sleep at night. Clear Conscience doesn't do that, so it's a much better option for you, the animals, and the planet.

However, I am trying to heal my eyes, so cutting out products in general is the most eco-friendly, natural thing to do in the first place. A lot of raw foodists have found that their eyesight has improved or healed completely, and it's actually quite a common thing. So in the future, I might not even need to wear contacts as much as I do now. I still like to have fun with different colors, so in the meantime while I have a prescription, this is my new go-to product. It's really worth switching over.

Love Claudia  xx

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