Gift Tag plea.. create your own upcycled gift tags

Recycled Gift Tag Ideas In our family there is a birthday just before Christmas, Christmas, and then a birthday. Coupled with five siblings to be more than generous to our children, we inevitably have carrier bags of gifts stuffed into the wardrobe.   Yesteday evening we were busy hunting for names written  on wrapping paper, … Read more

Recycled Paper Christmas Wreath

  To create your own recycled paper christmas wreath  you will need: Glue gun Old book Paper plate Scissors String To make: Start by marking a circle on your paper plate Cut out the circle Create two circles/layers of scrunched paper Create the first outer layer – scrunch your paper in the middle, and using … Read more

Recycled Gift Wrap

Here are some great ideas for Recycled Gift Wrap – enjoy:) Old Dress Patterns for tissue paper, with a pretty string and gift tag:) Tots drawings – we go through copious amounts of paper in our house so it’s great not to put it all in recycling, what could be better for a grandparent? No … Read more

Upcycled Skirt and broach

This week I have been inspired by Kids Clothes Week. This great project encourages you to sew for one hour a day for seven days – I’ve made one of the seven!!   I am delighted with my upcycling project – one rather large skirt altered to fit my daughter. I trimmed off from both sides … Read more

Family hols, Guess the location?

We have had a great weekend away, can you tell where we went? Beautiful tile details, at doorway entrances Spotted some great upcycled bottle trees, always keen on a spot of upcycling! Stayed in a stylish apartment, with a great mix of old and new design:) Upcycled cinema seats for the dining room table Spotted various … Read more

20 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Glass Jam Jars

I have recently been introduced into the novelty of a jam jar tombola. My daughters school has just held the annual big fundraiser BBQ with said tombola. So what did we contribute? Inspired by Jen (make do and mend year) amongst others I was determined to avoid filling our jam jars with plastic tat toys … Read more

Upcycling & Recycling Denim

  What do you make with old denim trousers? I don’t know about you but I always seem to have some poor fitting jeans around ready for recycling. There are lots of great tutorial around, I’ve started making some denim baskets for my sewing room for storing odds and sods in! If you fancy making … Read more

Scrap fabric flower tutorial

Last week I was sharing the inspiration my friends flower corsage provoked. She advised me it had been made on a course, and involved two washer taps and three metres of homemade fabric ribbon. Here’s my version of the scrap fabric flower tutorial. This week I have visiting various DIY store to try and find large washer taps.. … Read more

Inspiration strikes

Last week I have had a delightful couple of days with my mum who came to stay.. A trip to the local toddler group for some superb singing, followed by lunch out at one of my favourite cafes in Holt, plus just a little clothes shopping. I was very pleased to pick up a pair of … Read more

Recycled Jumper Cushion Cover – Tutorial

Not sure what the weather is like with you but it is rather cold and snowy here. The perfect time to set too and make the woolly jumper cushion cover then! The previous cushion cover had seen better days!! I am using this jumper I gained from a local clothes swish:) It is acrylic and will easily … Read more

Homemade Christmas decorations

Thoughts are turning to Christmas… I am loving this advent calendar, and think my daughter would really enjoy helping to make it. I’m considering a visit to a few DIY stores for green wallpaper samples 🙂 Other ideas include a rag fabric wreath, or felt flower wreath, tinsel made of scraps of felted wool jumpers… I do … Read more