3.20.2013

Upcycled teak pepper grinder

I've been pretty busy with work, etc which is cutting into my crafty time unfortunately. I have done a few small projects like this teak vase. It's actually a pepper grinder from the Lions Gate Thrift Store.



I bought these last week. I wanted to paint the silver candle holder since it's a bit rusty. I also thought of turning the pepper grinder into a candle holder but a vase for dried flowers seemed like a better, less invasive fit.



The top was irretrievable. Plus it was missing the screw at the top.



First step was removing the middle metal piece.



I unscrewed the bottom, removed the middle piece then screwed the bottom back. Notice the name of the manufacturer - it's Haenlein Winterthur. Apparently the pepper grinder in good condition could sell on eBay for $150-200. Crazy! But mine is broken and I paid $2. Although a friend of mine thinks it would easy enough to make a new top for it and track down a screw. Maybe one day I'll turn it back into a grinder. I'll keep all of the pieces for now.


Next I sanded the teak a bit then added some oil. I love the shape of the grinder - very simple and elegant. I added some pussy willows. I'm really liking the grinder as a vase!



I have a few pussy willows around my place - they're perfect for someone who is horrible with plants. They look good and require no TLC. ;-)



Next I'll work on updating the silver candle holder.

Thrift Store Finds

I'm finding a few FAB things at the thrift store these days. Mainly the Lions Gate Thrift Store. I bought this scarf for $1. I'm going to make house-shaped lavender sachets using this fabric.



And this purchase has already been upcycled! I paid $1 for this card holder. Love the design!



The card holders are made by URBAG out of polyester posters.



Happy Spring everyone! Here's hoping the sunny, warm weather is on its way!

3.16.2013

Craft, the Environment and Our Community

Here's the info about the upcoming series I'm part of through the Craft Council of BC. So exciting! I'm really grateful to the Craft Council of BC for asking me to be part of the 'Craft, the Environment and Our Community' talk. It's going to be super fun! Hope to see some of my crafty peeps there!



I'm going to try and attend the other talks like this one on March 20th - 'Library Resources & Creative Inspiration'.



I'll post more info about my talk in the next while.

3.13.2013

A plethora of sachets

I'm still cranking out the lavender sachets. I love how I can use up scraps of fabric or repurpose an apron or a tea towel into cute, useful lavender sachets. I'm still hoping to get some onto my Etsy site but I keep giving them away! :-)

So here's my latest pile of sachets.



First I cut out a bunch of different sizes and shapes of the heart using the fabric from the thrift store aprons. Then I sewed the back and front together leaving an opening for the lavender. Added the lavender then sewed up the opening. And then they were done!



I used one of my cookie cutters for this one - I have large and small heart shaped cookie cutters which would be perfect for a set of sachets. Cookie cutters are so great to use as patterns for ornaments, sachets... And for felt applique projects!



Here are the sachets I've been sewing so far.



Next I want to use this tea towel from the thrift store. I'm going to try different shapes - maybe squares or maybe a leaf shape!



I also found this mauve fabric I used for some pillow covers out of the vintage apron. I can combine these for more sachets. Sooner or later I'll move on to something new and exciting but am super happy with this project.



This weekend I'll post another quick and dirty upcycling project... Found some funky items yesterday at the Lions Gate Thrift Store that I want to fix up this weekend. Yay!

3.11.2013

Back to the old hood

I've started to work on my presentation as part of the Craft and Environment talk through the Craft Council of BC. The obvious beginning is when I was living in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast trekking around garage sales, the Sechelt dump and the Gibsons Recycling Depot for items to update. This is where my upcycling adventures began and where I met people who inspired me.

My first stop was the Gibsons Recycling Depot to see Barb. She's one kewl friend and always full of support and inspiration!



The depot is growing, developing and making great things happen! Gibsons Recycling Depot received the Best Green Business Award, as recognition for its commitment to energy and sustainability through leadership and green practices with a long-term commitment to energy conservation and waste reduction. The award is part of the Successful You Awards Contest, hosted by Small Business BC.



The depot was crazy busy!



I of course had to check out the Reuse Store to see if anything took my fancy.



These chairs were tempting!



They had tons of houseware items...



Next I hit the Sechelt dump to check out the Share Shed.



I miss the Share Shed! I found so many funky items to update! And paid $1 for each item! My favourite chair is still one of my Share Shed finds.



The Share Shed was pretty bare but again found some chairs that would have been worthy of an update. I resisted!



Here's the wood pile where I've found brass drawers pulls, wood legs, etc.



You really could find some FAB things to update...



Like this would be fun to refinish into a table. Maybe?



Was a perfect day revisiting my old haunts and meeting up with Barb. The day was definitely inspiring and made me think I need to work less, create more and see how I can make a difference in my own way.