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Street Finds

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This morning's walk had me discovering a whole lot of stuff on the sidewalk waiting for the garbage trucks. I was upset to see so much stuff that would end up in the landfill when it all looked in pretty good shape. As an example, see what I found below.



Both the shutters (there were 6) and the chair need a bit of TLC but the rewards would be enormous. Here are some ideas. You'll find plenty more if you do a bit of research.


SHUTTERS


An easy way to reuse the shutters as head boards in the bedroom with just a lick of paint and then flipping them.  




Make sliding doors to glamour out a doorway. You can purchase the sliding gear at hardware stores.



Our lady Martha looked at her shutters and made this linen cupboard. 



If you have the carpentry skills, transform shutters into this kitchen island. Now for the chairs.


CHAIRS



Bored with that old armchair. You can actually paint it! Apparently there is paint specially designed to use on upholstery material. To find out how, click here.



If you prefer fabric, you can pick up wonderful pieces of vintage curtain drapes or upholstery fabric at charity stores and even if there's not enough of one colour to cover your chair, you create a one of a kind of chair like this ... 



or this.



This is my favourite - I have a thing about stripes.



Workshop News and Examples in the Making

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)



Did you find that August just flew by? I can't believe it's already SEPTEMBER!! Boy, do I have to scurry!!


I've finally got my act together and will be posting my new workshops later today. I've been working hard on making samples and sometimes I tend to forget why I'm making them. One of my workshops will be on Halloween decorations. It was so popular last year that I will be repeating it. The most popular project were the rosettes/pinwheels wall decorations and the bunting rosettes/pinwheels (I call them rosettes, others call them pinwheels).




As I was making my rosette samples, I wondered if there was another way I can use these decorations. I know that the concept can easily be transformed for any holiday or occasion - just fold away and glue, right? But what else besides wall decorations, bunting or garlands can I make?


Why not a Christmas or holiday tree! This idea was inspired by those little trees made of squares of paper. They were all over the web a year or so ago. 



This one is from our lady Martha.  But I could never seem myself cutting up all those itsy bitsy pieces of paper. I don't have that long an attentions span!! Could I do this with rosettes and would it be easier?? A good question.



Et voilà ! Here is what I did. It's a prototype and still has a few kinks. So I wouldn't have to make tons of rosettes, I simply added a small piece of 1/2-inch foam poster board between each rosette. Because I get bored easily I was happy enough to make each rosette while watching Escape to the Chateau, a Channel 4 British show now on CBC.


What do you think?

Street Find - Transforming a Discarded Chair

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)


My Sunday morning street find this morning was this side chair. On my way back, someone had picked it up and I was glad of that. We certainly don't need more furniture in the landfill. This chair could have easily been donated to our neighbourhood charity shop at St. John's Church just around the corner!! 

The possibilities for transforming this chair are amazing. 


All it takes to transform the chair is new modern fabric. Above is an example of fabrics used on chairs sold by Anthropologie.

There's a lot of info on the web for reholstering chairs but for me, they are way to complicated. I've reupholstered simlar chairs in the past and, because my attention span is nil, I found an easy peasy way to redo my chairs.



Not to bore you with my own instructions I found that Liz over at Love Grows Wild has nice detailed instructions for recovering an office chair. But since it was the only chair I found that had a separate back and seat, it would be easy to follow what she does.


To see how she does it, click here.


You could end up with something like this.



I love the simplicity of this fabric.

Recycling Plastic Containers - Water Play

Posted on August 24, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)



If you've got a stash of plastic yoghurt and other similar containers in your recycling bin, why not put them to good use and have your little ones enjoy some 'science guy' time.  Water play is a fun activity that let's your kids enjoy experimenting with water. This is one activity that can go on for some time - you may have to replenish the water occasionally but that's all. 



All you need are the plastic containers and water - and, oh yes, somewhere where you don't mind getting a little wet - the balcony or patio. You can also add some kitchen tools such as a turkey baster, frozen pop molds, and funnels. When the kids get a little older, you can have them experiment with food colouring as well.


While the kiddies play, you can sit back and enjoy a little quiet time.


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