Upcycle: DIY bird mobile from plastic lids

Last year, I ate a lot of nuts. And since I wasn't buying them in bulk, I made myself keep the packaging. As evidence of my nut habit. But also as a reminder to myself to stop buying pre-packaged nuts! 

I knew I'd find a way to use the containers (did you see my nutty lamp?) but I had no idea what I'd do with the lids... until my daughter asked for a mobile. And then the wheels started turning!


Waste? Not!: Week 2 - Bras, booze and burials

Bras are hard to upcycle. I've been trying to create a "bra roundup" for years... and have failed. Because really, outside of the dog ball, these upcycles are funny, but not terribly realistic right? Having said that, bras aren't really thrift-store material either. So what on earth do you do with them when they're worn out??


Upcycle: Finding your marbles

It's only been a week since I moved but what a week! Chicago was hit by a massive blizzard last Sunday - meaning we were pretty much housebound. So the final part of moving my stuff out of the old place has dragged on, finally wrapping up this morning. The snow too has clung on. So has my daughter's nasty cold, which by Thursday had turned into some sort of chest infection requiring a nebulizer and antibiotics.

So. It feels appropriate to be posting a collection of marble upcycles. Because I've felt like I was losing mine this week. But I think they're regrouping.

Starting at the top...

1. The colors in these marble topped tables - the one at the top is perfectly sweet shop, don't you think? The one at the bottom is little more grown up, with it's earth tones.

2. A little sensory marble massage? Not just for kids I think!

3. This marble toothbrush storage idea is simple and proper old marbles would work just as well and look better I think! I also like the idea for paintbrushes, pens, flowers...

4. And finally, the marble fence idea. Not at all new, but there's a reason bloggers keep talking about it. It's a LOVELY idea! See examples and tutorials here, here and here.


Fab: Repair Manifesto

They don't make 'em like they used to. They really don't! "Built to last" sounds nice but how on earth would our economy grow if your stuff actually DID last for a decade or more? 

I lot of things these days seem to be made to self-destruct. About 5 days after the warranty expires. Is the default to get your broken toaster fixed? Not in my world. Because a) where do you find a toaster-repair person? and b) repair costs... it's "cheaper" just to buy a new one. Right? 

What do you think of the Manifesto? Repairing is better than recycling stands out and feels true.

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