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Half term holidays – Antibes & upcycling


I love visiting France, it brings back happy memories of family holidays both as a child and as an adult.

This year we were fortunate enough to have 11 days on a campsite on the edge of Frejus. We spent hours by the pool and on the beach. In return the children agreed to visit some French towns with us.

Antibes - old town

We had a lovely morning in Antibes, wandering the streets in the rustic old town. The children are not overly interested in old French architecture, to keep them interested we let them choose whether we turned left or right as we wandered. They had to do some exercise before they were allowed to indulge in Nutella ice cream!

As a result we stumbled upon Rue James Close. There were two shops which caught by attention – firstly Universerecyclage.


My eye was immediately drawn to this wonderful shop selling bags made from upcycled materials.

Bag made from rugby balls

Rugby ball?? Personally I would probably not use this bag but I love it’s ingenuity and originality.

leather upcycled bag

My favourite has to be this bag – I’m wondering if it’s made from bicycle tubes?

UPcycled Bag - universrecyclage


The second shop on first appearances was a nik nac gift shop, but my husband spotted these lights which he new I would appreciate. The shop keeper of Un petit spouvenir de toi spotted me taking a photograph and immediately drew me into the shop. Through sign language and very limited English from him, and pigeon French from myself we had a great conversation.

Beach comb light stand

It transpire he makes the lights himself from driftwood. He was keen to share his delight and skills with working with driftwood and clearly enjoyed talking with someone who appreciated his craft.

Beachcomb stand

What a delightful morning, and a great surprise to stumble upon high craftsmanship in an area I would expect to be full of tourism based shops… It certainly made a change to shops selling bikinis!!





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Handmade Gifts for Fathers Day – Fabulous Ideas


Its suddenly dawned on me – Fathers Day is in a weeks time here in the UK… Eeekkkk! I’m not prepared, are you??

Here are some quick and easy makes for a thoughtful handmade gifts

Earphone holders – this is so super easy and quick. A great idea from Agy over at Green Issues Singapore. Find our more here.

credit card earphone holders

Tablet case – use some old jeans or trousers, refashion into a great tablet sleeve. Find the tutorial here.

denim tablet case 1

Bottle Opener – this is rather cool if your Dad is into beer. Easy to customise too. Find the tutorial here.


Notebook Holder – a great use of two former ties. I love the contrast of the fabrics. A great tutorial from Jill of Creating My Way To Success can be found here.

Upcycled Men's Necktie Notebook ad Pen Folder

Phone case – another upcycled tie idea! Create a fun phone case, a great talking point! the tutorial can be found here.


The gardener What’s not to love about your won hand balm after a hard day in the garden? Tutotrial here



Feeling more adventurous – how about men’s cologne? selection of fragrances, with instructions here.



Edible gifts – I suspect this would be my husbands preference!! a great list of 10 recipes from domesblissity here.

Diet be damned, you'll gain 10 pounds just looking at this little hamper style basket overflowing with sweet chocolatey treats!

Have to admit I’m still not sure what I will be making! Will you be making a handmade gift for fathers day?





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Coming up – One Planet Norwich

Coming up – One Planet Norwich

How very exciting – One Planet Norwich is an event being hosted by Norwich City Council to promote caring for the environment. Its this coming weekend, specifically aimed as a family event there is LOTS going on.

“The One Planet Norwich Festival brings two days of free fun, events and activities right in the heart of Norwich – this is not to be missed! The sustainable living festival hosts a whole range of activities, including a make your own pedal-powered smoothie, you can sit back and watch students/bloggers/designers upcycle charity shop garments to fresh new catwalk outfits and you can find out all about different sustainable transport measures, as well as a range of others! It’s all here. This year the festival will be held from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March at The Forum.”

There is so much going on. I am signed up to take  part in Norwich Fashion Jam . The aim to create a whole new look from upcycling clothes into new creations. It’s going to be great fun to rummage through clothes donated by Age UK Norwich. With the majority of my clothes sourced from charity shops I shall feel right at home!

“a fun challenge for anyone to get involved with, with the opportunity to showcase their catwalk collections in a fashion show in the iconic Castle, giving an atmospheric setting”


Upcycled fashion 2

I’m not sure I will come up with anything as stylish – bit who knows!! Naturally I am hoping to style an outfit and create an upcycled new bag… Hurray to register, registration closes today!

Secondly I am very excited to be meeting Karen Cannard of The Rubbish Diet. Regular readers will know that I take part in zero waste week. The week focusses my mind, I cook like a frenzy and end up exhausted. I am looking forward to hearing Karen’s hints and tips on reducing waste from the household, in a sustainable way. Despite the fact we recycled lots and compost loads (scraps of fabric are saved for rags for the charity shop) we still have a full wheelie bin once a fortnight. I have been analysing our bin – lots of cooked food waste and plastic wrappings of food from the supermarket. I have signed up to the slim your bin challenge. Lets see what small steps I can implement to make a real difference to our personal rubbish sent to landfill.

Find out more about the festival here.



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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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