Category Archives: A spot of recycling

Another Find, Another Project

Well after all that rain on Wednesday and having G’daughters too, I definitely needed a different sort of challenge. I’d seen a picture in a magazine recently of a foot stool/ box made from an old wooden fruit box.  I happen to collect old wooden boxes most of which hold clay pots in my summer house. One though had been languishing at the back of said summer house getting damp and cobweby. Out it came with a quick brush down and a dry off in the greenhouse. I had some fabric left from a bag I made a while back, the foam came out of a pillow I was throwing away, so really it cost me 80 pence for the hinges…..not bad eh….

This was so satisfying to do. It now houses my binoculars and wildlife books, keeping the sun off them, plus a seat too…. And the price of the one in the magazine £145….. Sue



Filed under A spot of recycling, From The Sewing Room, Rain

Storm Doris

The wind is strengthening and the rain is lashing on my workroom windows. I think it may be a  bit of a rough day ( that being the understatement of the day ). *

Time to take stock of all the beautiful ‘collectables’ that have accumulated over time and now languish in jars and boxes. Some of the pieces bring back memories of childhood, the sea glass from holidays around Britain, the small bits of broken china from family pieces.  Sorting through old family button boxes always conjures up memories of clothes we wore as children and from my own children now.

In the past I have arranged small items on old paint charts as you will have seen in past posts and I thought I would do that again. Also I picked up a chart from a more expensive paint company and it’s  huge. The colours are gorgeous and the names are way over the top…names such as ‘Mad King George’,’ Cleopatra’s Nose’ and ‘Jazz Cafe’.

With 120 spaces to fill you would think that I could just delve into the jars and fill every space easily but no, finding samples to go with the colour or the title took some doing.So here is the final result mounted on a frame Mr Malc made me and it now hangs in my work room.


A piece of shell my daughter bought back from Australia, a piece of dried lichen, a button from a coat I wore when I was 6.


Glass, pebbles,a cup handle….


A tiny shell my Mother-in-law always kept in her purse for good luck….


Flint from the Norfolk beaches…..


And lots of sea worn glass…..thank you Lucy……


* Hope all of you who are being blown about by Storm Doris batten down the hatches and stay safe…. Sue



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New from Old (a spot of recycling )

A few days ago I saw a jacket in Oxfam, a lovely autumn colour and only £9-99. It had to be done. It just had one problem, the shoulders were quite droopy. I can’t make out the age of the jacket, it could be 80’s 90’s but it could also be as early as the 40’s 50′. Either way I love the shape and the colour, so a little tweaking and reshaping on the shoulders a quick de-pill and I now have a presentable jacket that will see me through the next few months.


The label on the jacket.


Jacket fits nicely apart from the shoulders.


Sleeve head out.


Trimmed and reset.


New shoulder pads and the lining to hand stitch in.


Sleeve head and shoulder looking a lot more tailored.

So for a little effort and all for under a tenner my autumn jacket is ready.


Filed under A spot of recycling, From Sewing Room To Potting Shed