|Posted on November 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
Looking for some new and wonderful ideas for this coming holiday season? I know, I know, Christmas is coming up way to fast and everyone is busy (never mind that my US friends still have to get through Thanksgiving!!). So, along with getting my Christmas Make & Take workshops organized, I’m searching out Christmas holiday ideas that incorporate recycling, reusing, and repurposing as well as being quick, easy, and economical to make. Just for you!
Advent calendars are at the top of my list right now. These will need to be up and ready for the little ones (and not so little, either!!) by December 1. If you're anything like me and have a horde of used (but clean) brown paper lunch bags collecting dust somewhere, you’ll love this idea for a quick and easy Advent calendar. This comes from Annie, over at Most Lovely Things. Brilliant and so easy to do!
|Posted on September 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM||comments (2)|
If you or someone in your family are off to uni or college and moving into a dorm or student apartment, there are plenty of ways to organize your stuff, decorate your new home, and even help the environment. Oh, and did I mention you’ll save money, too? None of these ideas take a lot of time, all use material and items from around the house or recycling bin, so save a trip to the store and keep the green in you pocket.
1. Blackboard reminder. You can make blackboard reminder in minutes using a flat piece of trim, or plain wood. Affix a piece of blackboard contact paper to the board, add a bulldog clip and you’re done. It can be hung on the wall above your work desk or by the door, and the clip works to hold any coupons you’ve got.
2.Cell phone charging holder. Cut an empty plastic lotion bottle into a holder for your cell phone while it’s being charged. No more phone hanging down from the outlet - the cord and phone are up off the ground, and tucked away into the little holder, while the phone charges. Find out how to do it here.
3. Shoebox Desk Organizer. Aunt Peaches shows you how to keep things as easy and organized, with a shoebox organizer to store pencils, pens, erasers, and other supplies. To make it, just take an empty shoebox and some cardboard paper tubes cut to the same height as the box, then stick them into the box. Easy, peasy and so useful.
4.Organize your cords. A simple idea from Real Simple magazine, ccontain your extension cords and cables inside a cardboard tube. Wrap the cord or cable around your hand then slide the whole thing inside the tube. Line up a row of removable hooks inside a cupboard and hang your cords on these until they’re needed.
5. Recyle milk jugs into storage. Instead of investing in store-bought containers, use empty and clean plastic milk jugs to store your cereal and other dry foodstuffs. Use different sized-ones and you’ll be surprised how useful and decorative these can be. When the school year is over, you be able to assign these to the recycling bin.
6.No sew cushion covers. When you’re tired of your cushion covers, but don’t want to spend (or have) money to get new ones, make your own without a sewing machine. You can find great fabrics at charity shops or even garage sales. Mom will be so impressed but only you know that all you did was fold and tie. Here’s how.
|Posted on August 26, 2013 at 6:15 AM||comments (0)|
My 2014 Ikea catalogue arrived yesterday and I spent a fun morning looking at all the things I wouldn't be buying. I did, however, spot a couple of ideas that I have actually made. The first were the folding screens on pages 30-31. I made these some time ago and eventually sold them when I was making my great move. I posted instructions for the screen here. I recommend reusing whatever fabric you have on hand. As for the wood, if you don't have any 1" x 2" lengths handy, ask a neighbour or go to freecycle.com.
The second idea were the paper cone covers for forcing bulbs. There they were smack dab on the cover of the catalogue. If you want to have paperwhites, amaryllis, or tulip bulbs for Christmas, now's not a bad time to start, you can 'fool' the bulbs ithat it's winter by covering them with a paper cone. Make it out of whatever paper you have on hand - newspaper, magazines, junk mail or just pop a paper cup over the bulbs (just remember to pot them first).
|Posted on June 14, 2013 at 4:05 AM||comments (2)|
I'm excited to let you know that our popular workshops are coming in late September. Right now I'm working hard on ideas and gathering materials that will be used. The theme, as in all our workshops is recycle, reuse, repurpose, reinvent. Cardboard, plastic containers and bottles, magazines, junk mail, paperbacks, fabric scraps, corks are only some of the materials we'll be upcycling in new and exciting ways. Our in-house style guru will also be on hand to show you ways how to use your creations to decorate your home or turn into lovely gifts.
Absolutely no skills are necessary and the emphasis will be on having fun and creating something to take away with you! Best of all, most of our upcycling workshops are kid-friendly so if you are looking for an activity for yours, register for one of our courses.
Stay tuned for more information as to what we’re planning including our exciting 'mystery' workshops!
|Posted on June 8, 2013 at 5:50 AM||comments (0)|
My Ottawa Citizen Father's Day article is out and you can view it here. I loved making the above tray and have another version in the article. To make the one shown, I downloaded a copyright free poster and then had it enlarged it at a copy centre to fit the tray, glued to the bottom of the tray, slapped on clear matte contact paper to protect it and, voila, all done! Enjoy!
|Posted on May 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|