Recycling Glass & Plastic Bottle Ideas

Posted on August 19, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

A neighbour stopped by with a box full of itty-bitty clear glass bottles and asked if I could use them. As soon as I saw these adorable little containers I instantly imagined a fun Halloween idea for each one. But you'll have to wait to see what I'll be coming up with.

Hint: One of the jars shows a possibility!

Another neighbour brought me over some plastic and glass bottles and asked if I could find a use for them. I promptly placed a flower in each one and corralled them all on a vintage pewter charger, all tied up with a green ribbon. I returned these to my astonished neighbour who wondered why she hadn't thought of this idea herself. 

Possibilities are everywhere - we just have to be lucky enough to notice them.

New Year New Start

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the past few days I've been clearing out my closets and storage area with the aim of downsizing the stuff I haven't looked at or used over the past year. Some of these are already posted on my Etsy shop and on UsedOttawa and Kijji. All the money that I make from selling my stuff goes into my grandson's college fund (he's only 3 but, hey, the sooner you start saving, the better).

Unlike the hoarders you see on those reality TV shows, I really don't have a lot of stuff. I find having too much weighs me down mentally so normally when I get something new, my philosophy is to get rid of something that's not being used. It usually works. My problem is that I can see possibilities in almost anything for the purposes of recycling, reusing, or upcycling so it can be a tough process. I'm off loading the what's left of my Tiffany glassware (via my Etsy shop), my cherished vintage canning jars (mantra - I don't need them, I don't need them, I don't need them, etc.) via Kijji and Used Ottawa for starters.

I did use my canning jars for storage but these took up a lot of room as I could not stack them. Now instead of storing craft stuff in my lovely canning jars, I'm using clear plastic containers my neighbours pass on to me. Before the canning jars, I kept my little bits and pieces in boxes but could never find anything without having to open up every box (labels always mysteriously disappeared). Keeping them in jars made finding stuff easier. Now the plastic containers will serve the same purpose - they are also stackable, lightweight, almost non-destructible, and I don't have to worry about broken glass if these get dropped.

Also, I'll be reusing any jam, pickle, mustard, etc. jars from the grocery store (emptied, of course!). Aren't the stylized Union Jack lids of these jars cute. They came on condiment jars I purchased at Marks and Spenser's food court in Edinburgh and, after finishing off the contents, now serve as containers for my office supplies.

How are you getting organized for the new year or are you?

Recycled glass chandelier

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 9:34 AM Comments comments (1)

I've been wanting to put up a chandelier to brighten up my balcony but after looking in charity stores for a second hand one and finding none, then checking out the price of new ones, I thought I would have to give up. But IKEA came through again with this really easy-to-make chandelier and it has inspired me to try making my own.

Perfect for me because I already had everything I needed to make this chandelier: old wine glasses that I never used, a large wire Christmas wreath form, Christmas lights. That's it. I will just wind the lights around the wire form, wire on each glass using thing white wire, add a few baubles and voila a new chandelier. To hang I will have to get a large S-hook and an extension cord. But first I have to figure out how I will hang it as the ceiling on my balcony is metal. 

Upcycle Old Tennis Rackets into Stylish Mirrors

Posted on August 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM Comments comments (1)

When I was clearing out my stuff before my big move, I found a couple of wooden tennis rackets long forgotten and collecting dust in the basement. What would be a clever way to reuse them, thought I? Well,  Country Living magazine has a clever and fun way of transforming them into stylish mirrors.

Here are the instructions:

1. Take a racket to a glass shop and ask them to cut a mirror to fit inside the racket. You could, if you like, also get them to custom-cut bevel the edges of the mirror but this can be pricey.

2. Following the package instructions, squeeze a mirror adhesive (Liquid Nails Mirror Adhesive $4.97 from onto the back of the looking glass and firmly press it onto the strings (be sure to protect your work surface with newspaper).

3. Let the adhesive dry overnight before hanging this decorative ace from a nail.

NOTE: If you have glass cutting tools and an old mirror you can use, measure the inside of the tennis racket and cut the mirror to fit. Then go to step 2 above to attach the mirror to the racket. You won't get a beveled edge with this mirror but you'll save money doing it yourself. Just be careful cutting the glass and make sure you sand the edges to avoid cuts.

Image Country Living magazine.