Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

A Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

The Conscious List

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This weekend I'm getting ready to leave for a retreat with gilfriends. I can't wait for a couple days of good food, catching up and relaxing.

I'm making a batch of this beet butter from all the veggies I got at the farm's work party.

My friend Jessica makes the most whimsical garlands.

This tea from a local apothecary is all I need right now.

I'm learning so much from Inuk activist Shina Nova.

Will this be my winter 2021 lounging outfit?

This little tool is working miracles of my winter knits.

I've been obsessed with this song since I've seen Haley perform live at the Sisters Folk Festival!

How gorgeous is this bicycle double basket pannier?

These reciprocal foraging guidelines are so important.

Who vs whom.

Picture by Victoria Bilsborough

A Minimalist and Floral Needle Felted Cushion DIY

Minimalist Floral Needle Felted Cushion DIY by Conscious by Chloé

In the first weeks of the pandemic, I stocked up on crafting supplies to keep me busy during lockdowns. Candle making, soap making, sewing, rope bowl making... I have to admit that it took me some time to get around to using them all!

Minimalist Floral Needle Felted Cushion DIY by Conscious by Chloé

In my constant issue in figuring out the size of the bedding items purchased either in Europe or at Ikea (why isn't everything standardized?!), I finally decided to make my own cushion and pillow covers out of old curtains and sheets.

I naturally-dyed the pillow covers (another passion project of mine), but didn't know what to do with the cushions. Until I remembered a DIY I had pinned years ago about needle felting.

Here's result of my attempt to create a needle felted cushion.

Minimalist Floral Needle Felted Cushion DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Supplies

  • Cushion cover
  • Pencil
  • Felting tool kit
  • Wool roving (I found mine at the restore)
  • Sponge (or, in my case, a piece of foam which protected a new appliance during its delivery)
  • Embroidery hoop (optional, I found mine at the restore)

Minimalist Floral Needle Felted Cushion DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Tutorial

I will not detail the steps of this DIY, which you'll find in this article (the video is no longer available but this one might help).

But all I will say is that needle felting is therapeutic.

Mad about something? Stab your cushion!

Minimalist Floral Needle Felted Cushion DIY by Conscious by Chloé

The Conscious List

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Tonight I'm celebrating my friend Dina's birthday and we're having a real French raclette. Time to take the stretchy pants out of storage!

This week I'm reading this guide to traditional skills.

I'm gonna use these buttons to make my latest thrift finds fit me like a glove.

I'm looking forward to this event to fill my pantry (preorders open on the 23rd).

This is your reminder to protect your passwords.

I loosely followed this recipe to freeze kale for the winter.

I'm still pinching myself for having been able to be a part of this incredible secret supper.

I saw these pants on my friend Alba and cannot wait to get mine in the mail.

It's almost time for me to make a new batch of kimchi (I'm gonna try to remember to wear gloves this time!)

Kara is giving me all the inspiration and motivation I need to keep learning how to knit.

I found the perfect lipstick shade (for my complexion)!

Picture by Christina Rumpf

A Review of my 21 for 2021 List

21 for 2021 Year Goal List for my Happiness Project by Conscious by Chloé

In January, I wrote a list of 21 things I wanted to achieve during the year. I have to admit I kinda of forgot about it in the summer, so I thought I'd have a look at what I've accomplished so far and see whether I'd get close to my goal by December 31st.

1. Read 21 books

Things are going pretty well. There definitely a couple home decor, cooking and DIY books here and there in my reading list, as well as easy summer reading that I grabbed in the "Hot title" section of the library before my road trip, but I'm overall happy about how much reading I've done this year.

2. Find a way to treat my parents from afar

I'm still hoping for a reunion if and when the borders open again in November 2021. But a gift idea recently popped into my head and I'm currently working on it.

3. Write 12 letters

Oh this is bad. I wrote 4 of my handcrafted cards in 2020 and only 1 in 2021! Will I catch up before the end of the year. New Year cards maybe?

4. Go on a multiple day hike

I replaced this one with shorter one day hikes. I'm still not sure my body is able to withstand strenuous efforts for long periods of time. I first need to figure out why it is that I severe menstrual cramping when I do HIIT or go for a run. I keep a symptoms diary and will hopefully soon do a thorough health check-up.

5. Host a party in our backyard

We've had a couple pizza parties in our backyard. Not a party-party per se but something that we felt comfortable enough organizing in the midst of the pandemic (and in-between smoky days).

6. Sell stuff

I've sold a bunch of stuff on Poshmark and gave away some stuff through my neighborhood Buy Nothing group. I still have a couple items (a screen, a robot vaccuum, a Kitchen Aid) to list and sell via Craigslist or FB Marketplace. I'm putting it on my list right now...

7. Pay off my credit cards

There have been a couple ups and downs, but I'm happy about where I'm currently at.

8. Watch 12 documentaries and classic movies

Oh this does not look good. I've watched Emily in Paris twice and just started Girlmore Girls again! Also, I've gotten really into following people on Youtube and watching their videos on our projector screen, there's just no time for movies. Octave and I have a hard time wacthing movies together. Maybe we should start hosting movie nights with friends?!

9. Donate blood

Having grown up in France, I am not eligible to donate blood in the US and will most likely not go back to France this year so this will have to wait. If you can donate blood where you are, please do it for me!

10. Re-launch the Zero Waste Switch Challenge

As you may have noticed, the blog has been on the back burner for a couple months, so I definitely did not work on this project. Also, zero waste seems like the last thing on my mind during this pandemic. Maybe next year? You can always sign up for the challenge and be notified when it's relaunched (your email will only be used for this particular challenge, no spamming, pinky promise!).

11. Travel to Hawaii

Bwahaha. This will never happen. Leave Hawaii alone!

12. Go on a yoga retreat

Money, time, pandemic. Also... people. I might simply do another 30-day yoga challenge before the end of the year. Shall I chose November or December?

13. Plan and plant a garden

It happened! And the gardening season is just about over here in Central Oregon. I was also on the board of my local Community Garden this season, so I feel very accomplished!

14. Host a canning party

My gardening experiments have been successful, but not that successful, canning will have to wait. I also am waiting to know that I'll stay in this house (and this country) long enough to make the canning thing make sense.

15. Make jam

There might still be time for this, I was actually talking about this with a friend just last weekend. Who has a great recipe to share?

16. Build a fire

I was definitely not gonna play with fire this summer. Now that it's safe and could be useful to do so, I might experiment in a safe environment.

17. Weave a basket

I've done a lot of DIYing this year, but basket weaving hasn't been one of them, so far...

18. Knit a sweater

Optimistic much?! I did just ordered a beanie and a sweater kit from We Are Knitters. I'm taking things really slow and am making sure I'm not skipping important steps. I've learned a couple stitches and feel confident I'll have a beanie by the end of the year, and maybe a sweater by the end of winter?

19. Take a first-aid or an avalanche course

Covid, timing, price. This has not happened last winter, maybe at the beginning of next year?

20. Make my own chai mix

I like it when I set easy goals for myself. I did it and even wrote an article about it!

21. Make soap

This has been a challenging endeavor and after one failed attempt, I shadowed my friend Em and ended up following her recipe. Blog post coming soon!

21 for 2021 Year Goal List for my Happiness Project by Conscious by Chloé

So, let's see 7 goals reached, 6 in progress, 2 adapted, 5 not met, and 1 postponed. Wow, that teaches me about letting go of expectations and learning to aim for progress, not perfection!

Have you met any of your goals for this year yet?

How to Stop Spam, Junk Mail, and Targeted Ads

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Every time I move to a new place, I try to make sure that junk mail will not follow me.

So, to the best of my abilitites, I do not give out my personal information unless it is absolutely necessary (i.e. the spa does not need my mailing address).

I've recently been getting unsollicited credit card offers and did a deep dive into privacy protection.

If you live in the US, here are a couple steps to make sure you won't be bothered too much with unwanted marketing material.

  • DMAchoice.org offers consumers a simple, step-by-step process that enables them to decide what mail they do and do not want such as Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers and Other Mail Offers. You’ll have to pay a $2 processing fee, and your registration will last for 10 years.

  • OptOutPrescreen.com is the official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website to accept and process requests from consumers to Opt-In or Opt-Out of firm offers of credit or insurance.

  • Yellow Pages Opt Out allows you to select the number of directories you wish to receive (or not). You are able to select individual books only, select multiples and opt out of receiving any or all directories.

  • Catalog Choice is a non-profit organization working to stop junk mail for good. Gather the unwanted catalogs and other junk mail that clutter your home or office. Search for the sender, and submit the opt—out request.

  • WebChoices is a tool that scans your browser and allows you to opt out of website cookies and avoid targeted ads from participating companies.

  • The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls.

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You might be interested in reading my 10 Ways to Stop Junk Mail too.