After many years of deliberation I finally got my backside in gear and started a YouTube channel! The first video is now live, go check it out to see a good summary of the work I have done over the years and plans for the future.
The channel will have tutorials on different sustainable crafts I’ve learnt over the years along with tips and tricks. It will also serve as my vlog to keep you all upto date with the projects I’m currently working on.
You can watch the first video below:
If you like what you see, please like and subscribe! I’m hoping to get a new video out each week, so if there is anything you would like to see, let me know in the comments.
Followers of my Facebook Page will know that I have been working on my own version of Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the 2017 Version of Stephen King’s IT since I watched the movie for the first time last year.
My 9 to 5 day job is in HR for a large company. Now, said company are upgrading some of their systems.
Me being me, I saw an opportunity to buy some older PCs for next to nothing, which I would salvage for parts and cases for later projects. So off I go to speak to the person in charge about the PCs.
To my absolute shock I was told no, the PCs are off to be destroyed because of Data Protection!!
Now obviously within my role I understand the key importance of the Data Protection Act, however, what I don’t understand is why companies feel that the whole PC needs to be scrapped…How Wasteful!
Nearly 99% of the PC can be reused without infringing upon data protection (literally remove the old hard drive and take a hammer and chisel to it!). Now don’t get me wrong, I am not annoyed that I was told no to buying the PCs, what annoys me is that perfectly good components are being sent to landfill for no reason.
Anyways enough of my rants for this week I can hear Luke calling me from the workshop!!
Keep your eye out for the next project soon to be posted!!
Evening all I went a bit mad this weekend and used up some of my scrap fabrics to make these little Voodoo doll guys 💀
What do you think?
I had so much fun making them, and it saves on waste too! Can’t wait to make some more! They’re for sale on my Etsy page for £13 each
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I was pointed towards a new page this week by a work colleague. There’s a local guy that takes animal skulls and applies decoupage to them to create beautiful works of art. Some of them look like they are made from porcelain, it gives a whole new meaning to bone china. Beautiful. Check out his facebook page here: facebook.com/DeadCoupage
This weekend we popped along to check out the Festival of Thrift in Redcar. What an amazing event! Over 120 stalls, entertainment, workshops & events running all day. I’d highly recommend it.
It was fantastic to see so many people there, all with an appreciation of upcycling and sustainability. Harry and I spoke to many of the stall holders, all lovely people with great individual styles. We saw reinvented furniture, altered clothes, cigarbox guitars (yes, Harry had to have one of those!) and even some great art installations. Kudos to the organisers, we were walking round like kiddies at Disneyland!
And to top it all off I got to meet one of my idols, Mr Max McMurdo of Reestore. What a lovely guy he was, I could have chewed his ear off with upcycle talk but the poor guy was hungry so I let him go for lunch. Not before getting a signed copy of his #Upcycling book though (give it a read, it’s great!)
We were so impressed, I’ve enquired about having a stall there ourselves next year. Come and find us! I’ll post an update nearer the time.
Well after an amazing 11 years here on the Costa del Sol we’ve decided to pack up and move back to the UK. Time for a new adventure. The upcycling scene is a lot bigger back in Blighty with some great people to meet. Watch this space!
Here’s a new technique I tried out. I found a chair that was missing a seat and I was considering making a wooden seat with upholstered cushion. Then I had the idea to weave a seat instead.
Belts made a perfect medium for this project. Not only are they strong and durable, they’re the perfect size to weave around a chair seat. I made this without cutting one belt. All of the belts are also woven underneath the seat and buckled together. This way, if any of the belts need replacing over time, it’s really easy to do so, without any tools at all!