Saturday, April 24, 2010

No MDF here!

Medium density fiberboard, or MDF, is a composite wood product similar to particle board. It's made out of wood waste fibers glued together with resin, heat, and pressure. MDF is appropriate for many applications, from cabinetry to molding, because it is smooth, uniform, and won't warp.

MDF has a nice, smooth finish. It cuts great and the paint goes on beautifully. It's cheaper to buy. So why wouldn't I use it over wood?

In all fibreboards such as MDF, formaldehyde resins are used to bond together the constituent parts. This is usually urea formaldehyde, but some fibreboard including exterior or marine quality board will use stronger glues such as phenol formaldehyde.

Even at a low levels, exposure to formaldehyde though inhalation can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and mucous membrane. Formaldehyde can also affect the skin, leading to dermatitis, and the respiratory system causing asthma and rhinitis. The International Agency for Research on
Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, quoted evidence that even short term exposure to formaldehyde could cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat.

The IARC's findings also stated that wood dust is a carcinogen' (cancer causing) and that 'formaldehyde is probably carcinogenic to humans'. IARC was also concerned about the reproductive hazards of formaldehyde'.

Although the greatest risks are in the cutting and sanding of MDF, the formaldehyde is still known to seep out through it over time, even when it's painted.

Yep! I'll stick with wood, thanks! I think you will also appreciate knowing the products you buy from me are safe for you and your family!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

New Hair Bow Holders

Our hair bow holders are becoming such a popular item I thought some new designs were in order. From funky flowers and lady bugs to the currently popular owl I guarantee you won't find others out there quite like these! They are drawn free hand then cut and painted by hand making them very unique!

Stay tuned for more designs to follow! Some are cut; they just aren't painted yet!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Two Stray Cats

Bouncing Off The Walls is pleased to announce that we will now be carrying gorgeous designer pillow covers and plush toys from Two Stray Cats out of Alberta, Canada!

Two Stray Cats is a shop owned and operated by Lily who before moving to Canada worked full-time as an Interior Designer in New Zealand specializing in soft furnishings and colour consultancy. With a love for textiles, colours, patterns as well as the way the fabric feels she brings a fun, whimsical touch to all her items!

We will be carrying a variety of pillow covers and plush toys made of the highest quality. I urge you to check back often as the designs will change!

If you are interested in having custom pillows or creations made in the fabrics and designs of your choice please just let us know ~ We would love to help to bring your vision to life.