Monday, January 24, 2011

Music Coasters Complete

My upcycled music coasters project is now complete...


$3 thrifted coasters from the op shop

$1.50 music sheet from the op shop


In Box

(Shadows of self taking photo; fail!)

Top of Box

More shadow fail!

These music coasters have been made as a gift for a relative. Possibilities are endless with these upcycled coasters, my Dad thought about using personal printed photographs which is a good idea, I thought maybe a vintage bird book with images of pretty birds would also look nice. Maybe some comic book coasters! Does anyone else have ideas of what I could do?

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Music Coasters Work In Progress

Yesterday I stepped in as a tour guide for Melbourne Op Shop Tours East Route. I picked up a few treasures, including this music sheet which is for my current upcycled coaster project.

Work in progress:

Coasters $3 from Family Life Op shop, purchased last week

Music sheet cut to size, so I now I need to mod podge those puppies :)

They should be complete by tomorrow, and I will post a picture then!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Handmade Clutch Bag Auction for Flood Appeal

I made a clutch bag today, of which I am auctioning on my other blog for the QLD Flood Disaster Appeal. Check out Recycled Fashion for more details. Thanks a lot x

Monday, January 10, 2011

Freecycled Jam

Freecycle is worth registering to if you have not done so already. The Freecycle Network is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.

I am relatively new to freecycle, but have already found new homes for outdoor stools, an outdoor kiddy gym that we were no longer using, and a bag of clothes that I no longer wear.

Just about anything you can think of will be given away on freecycle. It is like a big swap shop, and I am all for it.

I have picked up a bag full of childrens clothes for my son, as well as a bag of dinosaurs from another freecycler.

But yesterday I noticed an interesting message; a freecycler giving away home made plum jam!

"I have just turned 10kg of mimi plums into jam and I have way to much for personal consumption, so i was wondering if anyone would like some?"

I thought this was a really kind thing to do, so I went around to her house today and picked up three jars, and I have to say, it is beautiful!

Not all three jars are for my consumption, I am giving away two as gifts for my parents, and my mother in law. To make them look a bit pretty, I simply cut two squares of scrap fabric with pinking shears, and put an elastic band on the top:

Years before the internet, one would simply knock on the door of our neighbour to offer such things, but these days we have all become quite reserved. I think freecycle re-introduces that community generosity we once had.. so I would encourage you to give freecycle a try, you might find some treasures, and meet some lovely kind people too.