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a little gift to help RareFunk

1 Jun

For the next few weeks we are gathing donations of any kind to pass along to RareFunk as a grand THANKYOU for all your time and efforts.

any amount is greatly appreciated .. please follow the link below to read more

via keep the funk ALIVE!!.


junk lovin: Map to my heart

17 Feb

decoupaged dresser :: Nova + Lorsten

This super duo, Nova + Lorsten, has dominated any furniture within arms reach with a simple touch of paper and glue. i am crazy in love with this reclaimed dresser/side table dressed in discarded maps. check out more of their works

broken dishes adding splashes of colour outside

11 Aug

while living in the house i simply adored, we put a lot of effort into our yard. there was this sweet little path at the back of the yard leading you to the wooden compost bins, and vegetable garden. i wanted something cool along this path, especially since it saw sun almost 12 hours a day. my idea was to scatter broken pottery along with pebbles, to add a splash of colour — but this store in Provincetown, MA went above and beyond my little backyard plan…

found via sensational colour

… and covered the entire driveway with tiny splashes of colour. now im completely jealous that i don’t have a driveway that can be filled with broken plates or even gravel, and that i dont even have a backyard to create my special little pathway. perhaps you do…?

well here’s a thought..

i will live through all of you…
upload a photo of your backyard where you have incorporated recycled materials to our Flickr Group, or facebook group
i may choose your beauty to share right here in the blog.

… and then secretly dream it was in my very own yard
what’s life without dreams.

cant wait to see what YOU have created!

Spring pinecone crafts

2 Apr


After moving into a beautiful newly renovated house I find myself a little detached from my eclectic recycled style. I mean everything is so clean and new, compared to my mismatched and handmade. Despite my husband desire to cut out all the nicknacky things… I am going to attempt to bring it back. Maybe this time replace the new pillow with old – not just add to the massive collection.

Modern + sleek is still possible with organic and recycled bits.

The iside of the house is coming along, but the outside was calling our names today. The little princess collected a box full of mini pinecones, meaning I needed to find a craft for them…

Pinecone + ribbon garland

Mini pinecone trees

Spring wreath

Pinecone earrings

But I love these best of all…
Mini pinecone magic wands

Goes well with our new fairy house

tutorial: paper + fabric flowers for spring

2 Mar

Paper Flower Table Setting

Paper Flowers Tutorial :: Wendy Chung of Dozi Design via Craftershock


Fabric Flower Garland Tutorial :: Katye Terry (this is love forever) via Creature Comforts

inside my sustainable house

15 Feb

.. if i had one…

tshirt shag rug

shag tshirt rug :: old picture i saved a long time ago

a tshirt shag rug….

about two years ago now i came across a tutorial for a shag rug made from tshirts. it was similar to the one in the picture, where 2″ strips were knotted onto a base. except the base was also made from the tshirts. sigh.

until i find that tutorial again i will settle for a tshirt braided rug

Braided Rug Tutorial :: Moda Bake Shop

Megan Goos is an independent crafter living in Ontario, Canada with her husband and daughter. She is obsessed with recycled crafting and while the house is overflowing with materials to eventually use, so is her head. Find more about her recycled creations on her blog ithinkirock

Valentines Flowers

12 Feb

This could be fun for a lot of different occasions like birthdays, shower favours etc simply by choosing different colours and even changing the size of the flower.  Since Valentine’s Day is literally around the corner I decided to make these flowers for my daughters Kindergarten class.

I got the idea from LiveLaughFoodCraft, who got the idea from Disney Family Fun.

I didn’t take any pics of the progress, sorry, but I did make a few changes based on the materials I had available to me.

I used red tissue paper and did 4 layers of paper.  I cut the squares 4.5″ the same as in the first tutorial and this worked perfect because my tissue paper was just the right size to make 5 flowers from each sheet.

I didn’t have any pipe cleaners on hand and since I was giving this to kindergarten kids, I didn’t really want to use any wire though I did consider twist ties at one point.  I used string instead.

Since I wasn’t using pipe cleaner or wire I needed something to attach the flowers to the suckers.  I happened to have some florist tape on hand so I just wound that around the string and sucker stick making sure that I wrapped a little bit of the flower to the stick as well to make it a bit sturdier.

And voila! 15 cute little valentine flowers for my daughter’s class!  I still need to get her to sign some little cards to attach to each one but there are still a couple of days. 🙂

Just to recap my materials:

red tissue paper
lollipops or suckers (I got heart-shaped ones at the bulk store)
florist tape

I also added heart-shaped cards so my daughter could write who they were from.

Donna Giroux is an independent crafter living in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two children.

You can find more of her writing about recycling materials, and reconstructing clothing at Punkn’