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Junk Kouture is an awesome recycled fashion competition held in Ireland for secondary level students to create their own recycled and wearable fashion items. What a fantastic way to get teenagers thinking about what they can do to help recycle and preserve the environment around them for their own and furture generations. Below is some amazing work by the kids in CBS Westland Row - all made from recycled materials! The materials they used were all sourced from Recreate Ireland. Recreate Ireland is a fantastic initiative that partners with businesses to recycle their waste for use as art & craft materials. Well done to the talented kids in CBS Westland Row, incredible work and all made from 'junk', some serious talent and creativity- best of luck in the competition!
Upcycles often present themselves in the strangest of places and ways when you least expect it! I bought this fab second hand farmhouse style table for my own dining room. I had big plans to paint the legs and stain the top to a classy dark oak colour. I want to add different coloured painted chairs eventually (when I find the right ones!).
I collected the table from a lovely guy who helped load it into the van too. When I got it home and lay the table top against the wall with the underneath facing up I couldn't believe it, the underneath of the table was even nicer than the actual table top! The before pic below is the table top as it's meant to be - a varnished pine finish, and then assembled with the underneath now as the top.
I love the rustic look and this has it by the bucket load, and was completely unintentional! What a happy little accident. It took a LOT of sanding to get it to a level and useable finish but I have completely fallen in love with it.
After an intense sanding (that I'm still not the better for) and sealing with a matt varnish to protect it, it now has pride of place in my dining room. Now that is some looking at things differently!
I actually decided against painting the legs entirely - once the top was finished, the wood just looked so lovely all rustic and worn so I left it as is, for now at least! :)
Table top before (the lighting was terrible!!)
Table top after
I am completely obsessed with The Great Interior Design Challenge!! I love seeing how each designer interprets the clients ideas, but especially love the upcycle challenges set each week by the judges. The designers are given a random selection of items to create something unique for their room.Take a look at some of the amazing things people have come up with here.
I love Christmas, but really don't like all of the waste that comes a long with it.
Why not put that leftover paper to some create good use by trying some of the ideas on Buzzfeed here. Some of theses are very adorable, and anything that saves waste from going to landfill is a win in my book!
Hats off to 7up for this clever marketing campaign. As I always say, anything can be made unique and fabulous if you just look at things differently.
By simply using some glue, tape and glitter, empty bottles have been upcycled to make them sparkle for the festive season. So simple to do, the kids will love it.
Phew! The Flea was such a whirlwind, what a weekend! Now for some well deserved sleep, which I am starting to feel very deprived of. The flea was so busy that I started running out of stock and had to come home in the evening and make and pack up more to sell! What a complaint to have. I may now sleep for a week however zzzzzzzzz
Was great to see so many familiar faces and meet so many more of you too, thank you so much for coming by my stall to say hello and helping to support my little business and my dream - it means so much to me!
I had a real treat when Lights, Camera, Laura stopped by (thanks Laura White!) to have a little chat with me about my products and ideas. I am however not used to being in front of a camera as you can see by the result! :)
Delighted to be able to showcase my little business. Meet the Maker behind The Makery - enjoy!
Beginning to look a lot like Christmas ❄⛄
All go down at the Dublin Christmas Flea in Point Village but not complaining!. Great response to my creations and some lovely feedback from customers. Makes all the mental long hours of prep worthwhile
Come on down and say hello and pick up some unique Christmas gifts!
Is it a drum? Is it a table? No, its a drum table!!!
Upcycled floor tom drum turned coffee/side table. It works great with one of my upcycled record stools too
Perfect for the rock music lover in your life, or someone who just likes really cool furniture! This is now available in the online store for collection (local delivery may be available for a small fee, please get in touch for more info) - you can buy it here
But be quick, I only have one!
*This is now sold! This was incredibly popular and sold way quicker than I thought, so watch this space as I hope to acquire more as soon as possible!