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Origami Wall Decor With 1000 Paper Cranes

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Lovely bride Nicole Osseola was kind enough to share a cool eco-chic idea from her wedding.  She and her husband, who is half-Japanese, continued a family tradition by featuring paper cranes. The groom's mother folded 1,000 (!) paper cranes, and from the photos, you can see the effect was amazing.

In Nicole's own words, here's what makes this idea eco-chic:
1) Instead of spending an additional couple thousand dollars on flowers, this eight foot display provided nearly all of the "statement" we needed in terms of decor!
2) We gave strands of the cranes to our parents and close relatives.  We all will string the cranes around our Christmas trees for years to come, rather than using tinsel/garland or lights.
3) We now have about 10 strands of the cranes hanging on a wall in our living room, rather than having to invest in art, painting or another piece of furniture!
So, we've taken a beautiful, personal, fabulous wedding addition and found ways to reuse it that allow us to always remember our special day.

Here's a shot of the cake and of Nicole dancing with her handsome groom:

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Anita Roddick of The Body Shop

Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop, has died. She was the first to truly inspire me with her revolutionary business idea:  Make good things that are Good. That's it in a nutshell.  Let her legacy live on.

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I leave you with an interview with Dame Roddick from Waitrose.com....

Your kitchen is huge - what goes on in here?

Everything. We eat here, relax here - the French windows by the sitting area open straight on to the garden, which is lovely. I even invent products for The Body Shop here; I've just made the most amazing body scrub from salt, olive oil and aromatherapy oils. When my kids and grandkids are here for the weekend this is the room. The kitchen, including the table, was designed for me by Milanese kitchen designer Michela Razzini.

You have some amazing things in here - where do they all come from?

All over the place. I collect outsider art, which is often made from recycled materials, by people who haven't been trained. It's easier to get hold of in the States but I keep an eye out wherever I go. Those cupboards in the shape of the New York skyline, and the one shaped like a bottle, are from a guy in Santa Barbara and the painted chairs, including the Marilyn Monroe one, are from LA and New Orleans. There's a good shop in Percy Street, London, where I also pick up bits, like my wall-hanging that reads, 'I can't remembe'. I like quirky things; these plaques, saying things like, 'too many wines spoil the cook,' make me smile.

What's your greatest extravagance?

Good quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and entertaining; we have big food bills. I love sitting round a table, surrounded by friends, handing the wine around, chatting about the kids and eating food that we've prepared ourselves.

What sort of things do you like cooking?

My husband Gordon does most of it and my real skill is setting the table, but I do make the world's best tomato sauce and I'm great at soups! I'm also an obsessive cleaner-upper - hence the three sinks, I can't bear to let the sun set on a mess.

What are your favourite foods?

I love chocolate, especially Bounty bars, in fact, I'd steal my grandchildren's chocolate. Apart from that, I love Botanicus products - the caramelised onion chutney is sublime.

Do you eat organically?

Absolutely. We're so ignorant about pesticides and their effects that I think it's necessary. We grow our own herbs and salad and make wine from our vineyard by the house. I don't use harsh chemical cleaners in the kitchen either - vinegar, water and bicarbonate of soda are just as good.

Have you got any tips for people wanting to emulate the look of your kitchen?

Colour, use it. There's a trend at the moment for everything to be vanilla, but it doesn't warm the heart. I look on every blank space as an opportunity to fill it with something delightful. But, you do have to be able to stop, and say, 'OK, enough is enough.'

What are your plans for the future?

To get through the next 20 years with as much mischief as possible! There's a quote I identify with: 'A woman in advancing old age is unstoppable by any earthly force.' More concretely though, I want to spend time on child labour and sweatshop issues and making human rights sexy.

Take it Personally by Anita Roddick and her autobiography, Business as Usual, are published by Thorsons and are now available in paperback, priced £7.99 and £12.99 respectively.