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Are you ready for the 21st Century

by on Nov.29, 2010, under Internet, Society, technology

“Intuitively, people everywhere are now sensing that they are living on credit … borrowing from the future in terms of the economy, the environment and sources of energy. People from all walks of life are beginning to realize they are borrowing from an uncertain future to finance current levels of prosperity. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that the current models for society are mortgaging the quality of life from future generations in order to fulfill current desires.

Thus, mental models are beginning to change, and people don’t want a range of disparate studies on various disconnected problems; rather, they are seeking concrete analyses and approaches that can help redirect or remedy difficult and complex situations.”

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Are You Ready for the 21st Century ? from Michel Cartier on Vimeo.

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Salt Dough Creations

by on Nov.19, 2010, under Art, Cooking, Craft, Family

Looking for something fun and inexpensive to do with the kids? salt dough is the answer. The dough itself is very easy to make – the hard part is deciding what to make with it.

With christmas fast approaching, and a tree sorely needing decorating, salt dough provided an fantastic opportunity to make some homemade decorations and presents.

The recipe is simple:

  • 2 Cup Plain Flour
  • 1 Cup Table Salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

Preheat oven to 120°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. In a large bowl, mix table salt and flour together. Gradually add 1/2 cup of water and mix to desired consistency. Knead the dough on a flat surface, adding a few more drops of water as needed (but not making it too moist).  Bake decorations for 2 1/2 hours or until firm and dry. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • You can store prepared salt dough in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a day or two before using.
  • You can add color to the dough by mixing food coloring or paint into the water before adding it to the flour/salt mix. Alternatively, you can paint the finished baked dough with acrylic paint.
  • Painted objects should be sealed on all sides with polyurethane spray or clear varnish to make them lasting gifts or keepsakes.
  • After baking, smooth any rough edges with fine sandpaper. An emery board will also do the trick.
  • When adding small molded pieces, always put a dab of water in the spot where the piece is going to be added. baking will “cement” the piece in place.

More Resources

To help you with your own salt dough creations, I found the following resources quite useful:



My Fruit bowl prior to baking in oven

My fruit bowl experiment prior to baking in the oven

Post-oven fruit bowl

Post-oven fruit bowl

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Pooktre Tree Shapers

by on Nov.19, 2010, under Art, nature, Woodwork

“In 1987 Peter had the idea of growing a chair. In 1995 Peter and Becky became life partners. One year later Pooktre was born. Together they have mastered the art of Tree shaping. Pooktre has perfected a Gradual shaping method, which is the shaping of trees as they grow along predetermined designs. Designing and setting up the supporting framework are fundamental to the success of a tree. Some are intended for harvest to be high quality indoor furniture and others will remain living art.”

For more information about Pooktre and this wonderfully creative team, please visit their website:

Pete in the living garden chair

Pete in the living garden chair
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