Green Valentine - Poppytalk Packaging

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm in the process of heading back home from my travels so I have no time (or materials) to come up with any Valentine recycling ideas just now. So here is a neat idea I discovered on Poppytalk, a great blog based in Vancouver, Here's their take on how to create great packaging using leftover fabric (at least I would use what scraps I had). Enjoy the how-to here

Recycling crocheted doilies

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm still recovering from a bad cold that I think I may have picked up on the plane coming over to the UK but again, today I'm feeling a bit better. Cruising the web is always fun because there is so much out there (I know a lot if rubbish - but the creative folks out there make it worthwhile to take a gander at what they are up to).

I found this creative reuse of vintage crocheted doilies at one of my favourite bloggers, Anna Leena. She stitched a few doilies together to make this cute table runner. What a clever and practical idea! If you, like me, have collection of these doilies and are reluctant to toss them or leave them neglected and forgotten in some drawer, why not recycle them this way? It's so easy  and you can make it in no time at all. Instructions here. Skill level: nil!!

Taking time out

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year, everyone. I'm taking a little time off to catch up with myself. I'm in Edinburgh for a few months planning a city tour and sourcing info for articles. The holidays here seem to be all about shopping as I discovered when I made the big mistake of going to Princes Street the day after Boxing Day (which is a holiday here - no shops open!!). Anyway, what an eyeopener. I saw women hauling bags and bags of stuff purchased at so-called sales. If they had more arms, they probably would have bought even more. At the Primark store (sort of a Zellers with attitude) I saw women grabbing unopened boxes staff were bring out to refill the shelves. I saw women buying stuff they didn't even bothering trying on - they were just cheap. Does anyone really need a dress that doesn't fit? For reselling on eBay?? Perhaps.

Did I mention I really hate shopping? I tend to buy classic styles (hard to find nowadays), well made and usually in small shops. I hate to think what impact all those cheaper than cheap clothes have on our environment.

Making a short curtain longer

Posted on July 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM Comments comments (2)

I'm not sure why but I've come to the conclusion that door making has become a lost art form. In every place I have stayed in recently (other than hotels where most of them still get it right), none of the doors fit properly - some are downright out of kilter entirely (in one flat, I could never lock the door). In my second storey basement apartment the door has enough space all around to let in draughts in winter of Arctic proportions and in summer heat that defeats the valiant breezes created by my fan. At night, light seeps in from all sides.

So, of course, I've decided to place a curtain over the door. Not having a curtain long enough, I will have to add on additional piece to make the curtain longer and as I don't have a sewing machine, I will use double-sided fabric tape to hold the whole thing together. This is a great way to use up a piece of fabric that's too small for any other project and you can use the idea not only to lengthen a curtain but also to widen one along the sides. 


I'll be using an extendable shower curtain rod to hold up my door curtain as I don't want to put any nails in the walls.

Once it’s done, the curtain will keep out the weather, the light, and as well, the noise coming from the hallway at midnight when the other tenants clammer in from their late night debaucheries.

The above photo from Ikea's Livet Hemma site shows one way to add a plain panel to a floral curtain. This idea will work for me but in reverse - I have a plain curtain that I will add a nice floral panel to. I'll be adding a panel to the bottom of my old curtain but you can also add it to the top as in the Ikea photo. 

This idea works for any curtain that is too short for a window or doorway. Besides doors, other non-conventional ways to use curtains is to hide storage, use as a room divider, or instead of a door using whatever fabric you have on hand. 

By the way if you need instructions for this, blogger Jane at Finding Fabulous shows you how.

Recycling scraps of fabric - just bunt it!

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

While cruising Ikea's Livet Hemma site (I know, I know, I seem to be obsessed with this Swede!) I found yet another neat idea. If you sew, this would be a nice way to use up those bits and pieces of scrap fabric. And Sandy over at Sandy A La Mode tells you how to do it. Nice.

Seems everyone is bunting these days. 

Recycling Torn Tights

Posted on April 24, 2011 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)


If you're wondering what you could do with a bunch of brightly coloured but  torn and ripped tights hidden away at the bottom of the laundry basket, here's an idea i came across while cruising the web late last night (Note to self: No more cheese sandwiches before bed-time!!).

Camilla over at Family Chic for glams up some plain, clear glass flower vases with a pair of hot pink tights. She uses NEW tights but I think it would work better if you recycled your old and torn hosiery instead. You could change the colour of the vase depending on the flowers, I guess.

Anyway, it's similar to what JC over at J.C.'s Loft blogs about using socks and I also mentioned in my  the socks over flower pots. Heck, I've even used a similar idea to decorate pumpkins with torn black lace tights. 

Photo 1 via Family Chic

Photo 2 via J.C.'s Loft