Category Archives: Materials

2015: The clothing challenge

So 2014 was a year for cutting back on my purchases in General and especially on clothing, so every purchase was carefully looked at to see if I really need it and most of the time, I didn’t. I am a keen Charity shop browser and even when I buy from retail shops, it tends to only be if it is on sale.

So for 2015 I looked at my wardrobe and decided that as I wasn’t a fashionista who needed the latest styles and designer labels, I probably wouldn’t need any more clothes this year.

So my Challenge for 2015 was not to buy any new clothes!  Continue reading 2015: The clothing challenge

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Upcycling Durham, UK First meeting!

Our first Upcycling project
Our first Upcycling project

So after an interesting email sent around from one of the many mailing lists I am, a new group has been formed: An Upcycling one!   On Thursday the 15th of May at the Old Church in Sacriston we held our first meeting. This was a chance for us to get to know each other, see what everyone else was making from their unwanted stuff and be inspired by each other. Continue reading Upcycling Durham, UK First meeting!

Mini Herb Wall

Everyone likes a few fresh herbs, the ones that they use the most and the best way to use them is to have them on hand in your kitchen. Vertical gardens are also a huge thing but not everyone can dedicate an entire wall to keeping herbs. My smaller version can be made as large as you want, depending on the space you have and the amount herbs you want to keep.

Mini Herb Garden
Mini Herb Garden

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Easy Bird feeder

We all like to help our animal friends when we can and a large part of the population put out bird food, especially during winter but this isn’t always a cheap option. Never mind the cost of the seed, or nuts, or fat balls the average bird feeder will set you back between £4 and £5 each, this is cheap and easy way to feed the birds and make something beautiful and unique for the garden.

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Finished and in the garden, just waiting for the birds

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Sweet Display

Bottles are a fabulous resource, I often use the top and main body of them as mini green houses for plants. This leaves me with lots of bases that normally just end up going in the recycling. I saw an image of a jewellery display made of the bottom of large bottles and liked the idea but didn’t need a jewellery stand at the time.
Instead when I started thinking about things I would like in my stall at makerfaire I thought about adapting the idea to hold sweets.

Finished, with ribbon trim
Finished, with ribbon trim

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