Polly Gone

A short while ago in my local newspaper, there was an exceedingly sad story. An elderly lady had been cleaning her kitchen with a product that was loaded with solvents. On hearing a strange noise she turned round and found her greatly loved parrot called Polly, had literally dropped of the perch. With a broken heart she wrote to the newspaper to try to warn others about this danger.

Most people are aware of solvent abuse and its very deadly outcomes in our most marginalised communities, they just do not expect it in their own homes. However, they unknowingly bring solvents into their homes every time they decorate with┬ápaints and tints that contain them. Even many of the “low” V.O.C. paints on offer, become full of solvents after they have been tinted. Please do not be fooled by fancy tin labels, it is what the real contents are, after the colour is added, that counts.

If you have ever had the experience of one of your loved ones struggling to breathe after being exposed to normal paint,you will agree its not something you want others to suffer or witness. That is why Colourfied only sells 100 % solvent free paint and tints.

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Dolly Mixtures

When I was only little and had saved up some pocket money, one of the exciting things to do was to go to the Grocers Shop to buy some lollies, as a special treat. It really shows my age when I tell you that the “sweeties” as we called then in Scotland, were weighed out into a paper bag. I often selected the Dolly Mixtures, as they were very light weight, so you got a lot for your money. By now you will have guessed I am Scottish.

After taking the lollies home,the mixture was poured into a glass bowl and looked fabulous. There were lots of different colours, shapes and flavours, some were all one thing and others were made up of multiple layers. Some even stuck together with other pieces of their own kind or got blended with another type.

Now, I am yet to meet anybody who liked all the different flavours or colours, but the great thing was, that someone always liked and chose the ones others did not much care for. So, by the end of the bowl, none was ever left uneaten.

It made me think about families and how they are a bit like Dolly Mixtures. Not every one is the same nor to everyone’s taste. However, it is only because they all exist and can exist together, that makes the mixture work.

Into the wild wild web

It finally happened, after many hours and a learning curve like the side of Mount Everest our website https://colourfied.com went live yesterday. Mel and I had to crack open the Champagne, the joy was so overwhelming. Really hope you can have a look at our website and we would love as much feed back as you can give. The more we hear the more we can refine the experience for our visitors.

This blog post is dedicated to all those who love us and those who have loved us in our lives. It is that care and support that created the foundation where we could build our dream. Thank you.

Colour our homes and wellness

So excited, at last its time to spread the word about how colourful life can be, without compromising the health of our loved ones and of course, ourselves. As a long time product developer and designer in the woven textile industry, I have become increasingly concerned about all the toxins we have surrounding us, even in the most sacred of all places, our homes.

We all try I think, as much as possible, to do the right thing ┬ásuch as eating organically and not deliberately endangering our health. However, the “nasties” I am concerned with, come leeching out of our walls without our being totally unaware.

The Environmental Protection Agency has identified paints to be a major contributor to VOC’s in our houses. The scary thing is, that on top of normal decorating, just think what happens when New or Expectant parents want to create a lovely and safe space for their little one? They all rush around to kit out the nursery and that 9 times out of 10 that means painting.

When this awful thought occurred to my best friend Mel, who is also a designer, and one hell of a great Mother, we simply had to do something about it. So we are in the process of setting up Colourfied, an online company to promote and supply practical, washable non toxic paint in fantastic colours to Australia. It would be great if you can choose to join us on the journey, because after all, nurturing begins at home.