Homemade Tabletop Water Feature

Creating your own table top fountains is a wonderful way to bring out your creativity and self-expression while simultaneously relieving stress and enhancing your interior décor and fengshui.

There are many unique benefits to having a fountain at home or work:

  • The gentle soothing sound of flowing water can help you relax and meditate in your bedroom after a hard day’s work;
  • Fountains humidify the indoor air, especially if your home or workplace is dry due to continual air-conditioning. This is extremely helpful in preventing your skin from drying out.
  • Fountains release negative ions, said to promote better moods and concentration. This is especially important in today’s electronic world as gadgets emit negative ions in our homes.

 

waterfeature290Building a water fountain can be as simple as putting some stones and a small pump into a container with water. It does not have to be expensive or fancy. And personal is what having a fountain of your own is all about.  You might include special coins from a treasured trip abroad, shells from a beach-combing bonanza, a charm from your grandmother’s bracelet, a memento from your first love.

Whatever treasures you choose to stamp your tabletop fountain as your own, know that you can change it as easily as you change your mind or your mood. Yet it will remain immutably, unmistakably yours—and always just right.

 

 

To make your own tabletop fountain, you’ll need:

1 A waterproof container or bowl of proper depth.

Choose a container between 8-16 inches across in diameter and depth of at least 4-6 inches. The water has to cover the pump; otherwise, the pump will burn out. You can use ceramic bowls, glass, or wood boxes. The easiest and least expensive containers are plastic pots or ceramic bowls.

Look in your cupboard for a rarely used casserole, serving dish, punch bowl, or fruit bowl or even head to your nearest op-shop. A great way to up-cycle!

Sea-Shells Water Fountain
Or get creative such as using sea shells!

 

2. A small water pump and clear plastic tubing (1/2″ inner dimension or 5/8″ outer dimension).

Fish tank pumps are fine. The smallest ones work well for the typical size containers. Some shops supply suction cups with water pumps. Both the pump and tubing can be found at an aquarium, hardware, or garden supply store. To straighten the hose, boil it in water for a while.

3. Rocks; pebbles; slate; crystals; semi-precious stones; sea shells, anything that goes in water can be used.

Each item can have a special meaning, thus adding to the individuality of your fountain

If you select rocks from your garden make sure you clean them well. We suggest soaking them in Resparkle’s Dishwashing Liquid and give it a good scrub.

4. Plants add greenery to your fountain. A small clipping will do nicely. You could also use a small pot or glass bottle [baby food jar], fill it with water, put the plant inside and place it inside the fountain bowl.

Steps:

  1. Place the decorative slate or tile on the table. Place the bowl on the slate or tile.
  2. Place the pump at the bottom of the bowl, taking care to see the cord is draped to the back of the container. Use suction cups to make the pump stick to the bottom of the container.
  3. Add tap water to more than cover the intake value [2″ minimum]. Plug the pump into the electric outlet. (It is advisable to test out the pump in a bucket or sink before placing it in the container.) Unplug the pump to adjust the water flow, if needed.
  4. Cut the tubing length to fit your container and design. Fit one end of the tubing to the pump spout. Place larger rocks to cover the pump and fill the bottom of the container.
  5. Arrange the smaller rocks and tiles /slate by stacking them so as to create a diverse and irregular path for the water flow. You can reduce the water flow from a geyser to a gurgle by covering the open end of the tube with tumbled glass.
  6. Plug in the pump, adjust the water volume and stones as needed to produce the sound that appeals most to your ears.
  7. Place figurines, plant cuttings, ivy, moss, shells or tiles to hide the tubing and electric cord.

TIP: Place a candle in a candleholder beside the fountain, the light from the candle will glisten on the water and reflect its light onto the fountain arrangement.

Let’s get Ready for Christmas | Week #3 | Gifts & Giving

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WEEK #3 – GIFTS & GIVING 

It’s the time we focus on gift lists, gift buying and gift wrapping – I’m sure you agree that this is the biggest organisational challenge of them all.  For many families, gift-giving is a prime source of holiday financial stress. Instead of heading to kmart & buying something just to fill the Christmas stockings, why not make something. It’s more environmentally friendly, won’t break the budget and the recipient would appreciate it a whole lot more.

 

 

Here’s a Coffee Scrub Recipe that would take you less than 30 minutes tops.

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Coconut Coffee Anti-Cellulite Scrub

INGREDIENTS
1 cup coffee grinds, used or unused
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
1/4 cup sugar

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS:
In a bowl, mix all ingredients until the the texture becomes pasty and scrub-like. If necessary, add more of any ingredient until you reach desired consistency. Transfer to an air-tight jar or container, and enjoy!

Next week we’ll start to think about decorating.

See you then!

 

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WANT SOME GIFT INSPIRATION?  

Check out these wonderful businesses, doing wonderful things for You, Your Family and the Planet.

SKIN-CARE/Cosmetics

  1. DNA Elements
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  3. 100% Pure 
  4. Jacqueline Evans
  5. Luk Beautifood Lipstick
  6. Nourished Life: One-stop for non-toxic skincare, cosmetics & home-care products.

TOOTHPASTE

  1. Grants of Australia 

SHAMPOO

  1. Weleda Hair-care 

GO PLASTIC FREE

  1. 4 My Earth: Lunch boxes, Food Wraps & all things non-plastic
  2. Biome Eco Store

Organic Cotton

  1. Bhumi Organic Cotton : Bedsheets, Quilts, Towels, Throws.
  2. Pure Baby: Organic baby clothes

Food for Every Day Health

  1. Matcha Maiden : 100% pure organic green tea leaves ground into powder. Up to 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea!
  2. Remedy Kombucha: A super healthy alternative to frizzy drinks!
  3. Whole Kids: Healthy snacks for kids and adults too!

Household Cleaners

Resparkle of course! We’re the only home-care brand in Australia that is truly 100% natural and hold a organic certification by NASAA.

There you have it. All you need to KEEP CALM & QUIT CHEMICALS.

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Go Plastic Free: Tips on how to save the earth & money!

It aint no secret that plastic has stamped it’s mark in today’s world – but as we know it, that stamp is not good. Plastic is everywhere, usage continues to rise and our environment continues to suffer.

Thankfully, a group of Earth Carers (www.earthcarers.org.au) have made it their job to raise awareness on the amount of plastic in our lives and they challenge us to reduce the amount of single-use disposable plastic. This initiative happens July every year and we encourage you to hop on board www.plasticfreejuly.org

So why is plastic such a problem?  

  • Plastic is here forever! Every plastic item that is developed, still exists today. In fact, in the last 50 years of the 20th century, over 1 billion tonnes of plastic was produced. This figure has already doubled in the first ten years of this century (Scientific American).
  • Recycling! Recycling is not a long term solution, that’s why we need to focus more on REfusing, REducing and REusing
  • Health – some plastics contain BPA (bisphenol A) and phthalates. Both these chemicals can have harmful effects on human development
  • Litter & Marine Life – its not a surprise that 80% of the Ocean’s marine debris comes from the land, which is destroying marinelife through entanglement and ingestion. 

What can we do?

Because our plastic usage continues to skyrocket and every piece of plastic will continue to exist for many years to come, we need to REDUCE, REUSE, REFUSE, RETHINK and REPAIR!

Don’t worry, reducing plastic is not going to happen over night and you certainly aren’t alone.

At Resparkle, we have concentrated our efforts on smart packaging so that collectively we can help to REduce landfill and carbon footprint by REusing our BPA free bottes.

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A Tip from the Resparkle Girls

Did you know that the plastic bags used to pack your fruit and veggies traps moisture and may speed up the decomposing process? Instead line your Crisper box with Paper or Tea towels (so that it absorbs moisture), then place your fruit and veggies in the box (without plastic bags)

+ Using Tea Towels

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Using Tea Towels. credit: image from participant of Alexx Stuart’s 30 Day Low Tox e-course. www.alexxstuart.com

+ Use Produce Bags

These eco-chic produce bags can be purchased from Aussie company 4MyEarth.

Using 4 My Earth Produce Bags
Using 4 My Earth Produce Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENJOY! longer lasting Fruit & Veges SAVE! Money BE PROUD! that you have done your bit to support Plastic Free July

Last but definitely not the least, in support for Plastic Free July, we will be giving away a free reusable bag with the next 50 Resparkle purchase via our website www.resparkle.com.au.

FREE Keep Calm & Quit Chemicals Eco-Bag with every Resparkle Purchase online.
FREE Keep Calm & Quit Chemicals Eco-Bag with every Resparkle Purchase online.

 

 

Unique & Chic Table Decor Ideas – Using Fruits

The next time you have a party and if you’re tired of the usual flowers-as-decor routine, why not get creative using fruits instead?

Nothing breathes in life and freshness to a dinner table than hits of color from fruits like Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Apples/Pears, Peaches. You can even use the fruits for your after party smoothie to detox from any over-indulgences! Next up on our blog, is top 5 quick smoothie/juicing recipes for beginners!

Here are some ideas to get you inspired.

(1) Green Apples – Vases and Garlands

I especially love this idea of using the apples as a vase for flowers.

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(2) Lemons/Limes – Centerpieces

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(3) Fall Colors – Candle Holders 

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Top 5 Ways Resparklers have Made a Difference

1) Saved Loads of Plastic Bottles from Landfill

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With every new customer won over, more amazing beautiful people are doing their part in saving plastic bottles from going to the landfill. Plus they’re keeping their homes clean without nasty chemicals and saving money all at the same time.

Goes to show that simply by opening up our minds and re-thinking our daily habits, you too can make a positive impact for both yourself and our planet.

 

2) 831 people in Ethopia received clean water for a day

We’re very blessed to live in Australia with abundance of almost everything nature has to offer, from amazing fresh produce to something as basic as clean water.

Sadly, every 8 seconds, every day, a child somewhere in the world is dying from drinking contaminated water. A simple well and water pump is all that is needed to reduce deaths from water-borne diseases.

As part of our commitment to resparkle our world, this quarter we’ve pledged a part of every sale to helping people in Ethopia have access to clean water through the Well Wishers Trust via B1G1. Image below is a screenshot of our Giving Journal from B1G1.

Resparkle Impact via B1G1
Resparkle Impact via B1G1

 

3) Best Start Up Idea Finalist for Nationwide StartUp Smart Business Awards 2013

Ok so, this is a little ego-boosting moment but hey it’s nice to be recognised every once in awhile 🙂 We didn’t win it this year (all top 50 were raking in millions!) but we’re not giving up!

More importantly, being a Finalist does give us the assurance that we are in the right direction of building a sustainable business so we can continue with the opportunity to make a difference.

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4) Welcomed 10 Retail Shops who have joined us on our journey to Resparkle.

We are constantly inspired and in awe of all our retailers as they’ve all had the guts to go up against giant supermarkets and start a healthfood store/green grocer. Most with a genuine belief that they can make a difference in people’s and planet’s health.

Every one of our stockists have been so quick to support our Resparkle journey and I know we keep saying this, but again THANK YOU!

For our list of stockists, please have a look here.

They are all small but inspiring businesses well deserving of our support. I personally love knowing that every dollar I spend with a small business goes towards the livelihood of a family not lost in some cold corporate maze.

 

5) Happy Customers

Last but definitely not the least, nothing motivates us more than receiving positive testimonials from happy customers. It’s really what keeps us going! So if you’re happy (or not) with Resparkle, we would love to hear from you 🙂

Here’s a snippet of what they’re saying:

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