|Posted on May 25, 2012 at 5:05 AM||comments (0)|
What a good marketing strategy! Ikea is urging us to reuse our PET plastic containers for gardening; then you get to buy all the products they sell such as recycling bins, shelving, etc. to make it all look pretty. Gotta admit their stuff makes recycling more interesting and neater than my old cardboard boxes, but will I spend the dough on the Ikea stuff? No, and not just because I'm
cheap frugal but because they're too darn far from where I live.
The Ikea Livet Hemma site also has a great photo of seedling pots made from magazines to decorate a brunch table. I do this a lot as I'm too cheap to buy those little papier mache seed pots. Here's how to make them. Just remember to tear the newspaper or magazine before sticking it in the ground when replanting your pots; otherwise the roots won't have room to spread out.
|Posted on February 23, 2012 at 5:20 AM||comments (0)|
Loved this idea when I saw it at the Ikea Livet Hemma site by guest blogger, Anna G.. 'Course the idea here is to highlite and promote Ikea products, but it was the recycling of newspapers as wall covering that I spotted and liked (you could also use book pages or black and white pages from magazines). If you are anything like me and can't make up your mind what to do with boring walls, it's one very inexpensive solution, and makes a fabulous temporary covering if you are in the process of redecorating. Great conversation piece for guests at a dinner party, too.
|Posted on January 22, 2012 at 5:30 AM||comments (0)|
Okay, so I’ve been pretty lazy about blogging but I’m just getting back on my feet and am feeling frisky again. My OC article on keeping your new year’s resolutions by going green was published yesterday. Here’s the link.
So because my energy level is not quite up there (I’m saving it for a new project!), I checking out the web to see what others are doing by recycling creatively. And, of course, I keep folks on the web who are doing wonderful and very professional looking recycling projects (none of this macaroni on cardboard recycling crafts!).
And speaking of recycling - here’s another example (amazing) of what you can make from the pictures of magazines, calendars, or card--ta dah--clever DIY candle votive covers.
|Posted on January 18, 2012 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
Cold is over but my energy level is still pretty down so I've not done much lately. I'm working on an idea proposal for recyclables and this is taking up a lot of my time.
But, in the meantime, I spotted yet another idea for recycling a wire coat hanger – found it at Ohhh...Mhhh. You could also use a plastic coat hanger but I’m sure the aesthetic would not be the same and a wooden one would maybe be too bulky.
|Posted on November 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
My funky little Christmas trees made by recycling magazines, books, and junk mail are making the rounds here in Ottawa. My friend Sean will be making these and displaying them in the window of Britton's magazine shop in the Glebe and a few days ago, when I showed the gals at High Jinx at 621 Somerset Street how easy they were to make. When I left the shop, both were busily folding magazine pages. It's a very soothing craft and can be done while watching your favourite shows, making a call, or even waiting for a bus (although admittedly you might get a few odd looks).
If you want to learn how to make these and other delightful (and low cost) Christmas decorations, come to my Christmas workshops. I have one tonight at the Daily Grind Art Cafe on Somerset Street and will be holding 3 workshops starting on Nov. 17 at the Bloom Artisan Boutique on York Street.
The 'trees' shown were made from magazines, junk mail, and old books.
|Posted on November 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
Now, that Halloween is over, I can concentrate on flogging my Christmas workshops. My first workshop will be held at the Daily Grind Art Cafe at 601 Somerset St. W., on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Details at the Daily Grind website.
We'll be making Christmas decorations from recycled materials. See you there.
Then, I have 3 workshops at Bloom Artisan in the market. Check the website for details for these workshops.
We'll be making Christmas boxes, tags, crackers, and paper trees. Bring along any magazines and card stock you have on hand.
My friend Sean Everett will be holding his fabulous gift wrapping workshop at Bloom Artisan as well starting Tuesday, Nov. 15. Check the website for details.