Congratulations are in order!

Strata Community Australia (NSW) is the peak body for the strata sector in New South Wales. … You may be like me and ask.. What is a strata? In Australia, Strata title allows individual ownership of part of a property (called a lot’ and generally an apartment or townhouse), combined with shared ownership in the remainder (called ‘Common Property’ e.g. foyers, driveways, gardens) through a legal entity called the owners corporation — or strata.

The 2014 Whitbread Strata Community Awards were recently announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 18 July. The top award, Innovation of the Year was won by Megasealed. Megasealed was born from the knowledge that shower recess leakage was a major recurring problem and drove the need for a ‘super sealant’. After intensive research the Megasealed crew teamed up with an industrial chemist and invented the perfect product, Megasealed™, which revolutionized the bathroom renovation business.

Recycled Necklaces

If you want to break free of the “same-old, same-old,” I encourage you to check out Novica.  Novica is somehow connected with the National Geographic and it is a website full of fair trade treasures.  They work with artisans around the world helping them bring their crafts to a marketplace and earn a sustainable living.  On the site, there are loads of interesting, unusual jewelry, clothing, handbags and some gift items.  For example, I saw many chess sets and desk accessories.  Here’s some of my favs:

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This necklace is centered by a cow bone pendant surrounded by terracotta and sese wood beads. Colorful beads recycled from plastic bottles and vinyl discs. $34.99 at Novica

 


 

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The necklace is crocheted by hand with beads recycled from plastic bottles and vinyl records.
$67.99 at Novica

 


 

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This stylish sophisticated necklace combines sleek glass beads crafted of recycled glass with recycled plastic disks.

Shower repair information

BathroomStepWIf you’ve ever lived in a place mildewed carpets and rotting wood floors or grungy tiles coming loose around the shower area then you know what it’s like to put with leaking shower. Sometimes the smell of all this nastiness is enough to send you over the deep end. Fixing it yourself is often the first inclination but standard silicone epoxy and caulking or other shower products for leaks might hold off the problem temporarily but for a lasting fix and truly make the shower absolutely waterproof, you’re going to have to call for professional help.

What you really need is an easy solution for shower repair without having to go through all the labor and expense of removing tiles. The best approach I’ve found so far is the Megasealed solution for bathrooms. These people pioneered the ultimate sealant product called Megasealed – which was carefully formulated to end your leaking shower one and for all, without the need to remove tiles! This approach not only saves you considerable money and time but also saves you the inconvenience and labor. To seal the deal they even include a 25 year product warranty.

Your free quote determine what the cost will be for the technician to start. They say it often only takes just 3-4 hours for the average shower and degree of leaking. It only requires you wait a day before using the shower again.

Once the tiles are Megasealed, these surfaces are anti-fungal, water and grease resistant makes your bathroom much easier to clean. You may be wondering if you can just get some of this sealant on your own and apply it yourself. Not a good idea, you really need a qualified technician to insure the best result plus this is an in-house product specifically made for their service technicians, so you won’t find it in the stores. All their technicians are fully trained and certified. There is hardly any disruption to your home when the technician shows up, very little mess involved and only a very minimal smell is detected when initially applied and will dissipate quickly and all trace of the work will leave with the technician. Megasealed prides themselves on having a rigorous quality control program with a 25 year warranty.

Artist self portrait from recycled bottle caps

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Mary Ellen Croteau – Artist and Agitator. (love the tag line, I can tell already that we’d be great friends). Working in Chicago, she created this self portrait titled, “CLOSE”, 8’x7’ which was created from 7000 + plastic bottle caps, 2011.
Visit her website: http://www.maryellencroteau.net/

Mary Ellen Croteau is an artist whose work directly addresses the absurdities of social norms, and lays bare the underlying bias and sexist assumptions on which our culture is constructed. She currently works with non-recyced plastic waste, in an effort to demonstrate the huge amounts of trash we are consuming and sending into the environment.

Limited edition archival prints are available of this closeup shot:
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She has even provided a “how to” in case you are inclined to try this project at home. Interested in the abridged version? It is much harder than it looks! Click here for the instructions>>

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Recycled Robots – for your inner automoton

Found art with personality! First up is Etsy artist, Ken Swallow who creates his “KenBots” in his “Bot Cave” down near Tampa, FL. His artwork runs the gamut of creatures, motorcycles, and ROBOTS. Many of his pieces have a steampunk influence. Very creative and wonderfully inventive! Check out his website at www.kenbots.com or his Etsy Store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/KensArt

 


 

Next stop is artist Branimir Misic from Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. His bio mentions that he is a mechanical engineer and has been working on mixed media sculptures from recycled objects for over 30 years. His creations are true works of art. Check out his Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BranMixArt

 


 

Next up is Will Wagenaar from Reclaim2Fame who has been featured on GreatGreenGoods previously. He is a Floridian who has been creating with recycled re-purposed materials for more than 30 years. His work always communicates the powerful message of creative reuse. You can view his creatures on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/willwagenaar/ or read his blog at: http://willwagenaar.tumblr.com/. You can view his Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/reclaim2fame

 


 

Cheri Kudja from Hollywood FL loves to tinker with small found objects, hardware & jewelry scraps and has a special fondness for spark plugs & lugnuts. Her creations generally contain at least 75% of recycled or upcycled items. LOTS of personality in these robots! She can be found on Etsy at BittiBots: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ckudja

 


 

From Erica Elgin who has a degree in sculpture from Portland State University. All of her robots have names and a backstory. Her site is bubbling with enthusiasm. Erica obviously had a lot of fun making these creatures. Her Etsy site is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/enca

 


 

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