Recycling/upcycling window shutters

April 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Nothing has suffered more in my month-long funk than my house. Laundry is still on the clothesline, bedsheets have been used to cover sofas because I’m too lazy to look for my throws, and my sewing materials are all crammed on top of a table the bunny can’t reach. One of the priorities in my getting-back-to-reality program is to reorganize/redecorate the house, so it’s back to the net to look for inspiration.

I’ve always loved old-school wooden window shutters. Unfortunately, where I come from and where I am they’re considered antiques and get quite pricey. Still, I love the idea of having them all over the house, or even having a full wall of them. If you’re lucky enough to be in one of those places where you can find window shutters lying about, please check out this list of things you can do with them to brighten up your home from scraphacker.


I see the light

March 19, 2012 § 2 Comments

How do you get a down-in-the-dumps crafter sewing again? Invite her to an event for which she has nothing to wear, of course 🙂 I’ve been invited to an event with a “Tropical Paradise” theme, and while I do have a sundress, the weather has been erratic and I don’t want to chance freezing among a very well-dressed lot. A cheeky friend said that since we are from the tropics anything we wear should be appropriate, but I thought sewing something might just be the push I need to finally lose the doldrums. Besides, I feel like stretching my newly formed pattern drafting muscles. I’m going to make myself a maxi dress. All three designs look perfectly fine in my head but we’ll see what works out best. The major difference between the three is the neckline but one will be a tank-maxi, another will be an upcycle patterned after my old sundress and one will be completely from scratch. Watch this space 😉

Grocery bag . . . well, bag

February 8, 2012 § 2 Comments

I’m on the fence with this one. I like the concept of recycling plastic bags and I admire the patience of crocheting it to make it something else, but . . . I think it’s because it doesn’t really become something else? Just a better-looking bag? In any case, I still love the eco-friendly effort, even though the last thing I crocheted was a friend’s dreadlocks. Have a look over at and maybe we can come up with some other way to recycle grocery bags.

Tablecloth shirt

January 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

Beautiful, isn’t it? I’m partial to anything with lace, emroidery and even crocheted trim. The beauty of DIY is you’re not limited by a lack of materials. Anything you already have can become anything with a little bit of imagination, and for me, additional skills on the sewing machine. Had I known I was gonna be a crafter in the future, I would have carefully stored my grandmother’s crocheted bed covers and linens instead of using them to build blanket forts and splattering them with chocolate and jelly. Oh well. More gorgeous pics of this project at One Avian Daemon.

Upcycling wooden pallets

January 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve seen a lot of ideas for wooden pallets and been itching to try them out, especially the couch/daybed ones. Problem is, I still haven’t found anyone who has a few of these stacked away and I’m too chicken (and carless) to go around the industrial area begging factories for a few. Anyone out there willing to send a few my way? Cookie, cake and coffee may possibly be in the future for you if you do 😉

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