Child’s oak sword and shield

One of the chores I hate most is cleaning the shed/ work room. If I worked sensibly it would never get into such a state. Sadly I never learn. This morning I set out for a big clean, found some oak offcuts and began making a sword and shield for my son. The shield hasContinue reading “Child’s oak sword and shield”

Roundup of upcycling in 2021

This has not been a productive year for projects and upcycling. Mainly due to the birth of our first child. The previous year, 2020, with the novelty of a first lockdown meant it was the most productive. What was achieved? In the garden a potting table made out of pallets has proven particularly handy. MakesContinue reading “Roundup of upcycling in 2021”

Classic rugby ball and cricket bat

I’m not quite sure this is upcycling. It was my father’s 75th birthday last week and we are due to see him, touch wood, for the first time in ages, so this is in his honour. When my parents downsized, to his bemusement, I nabbed his old rugby ball and cricket bat. My father isContinue reading “Classic rugby ball and cricket bat”

Artillery shells and dried flowers

I’ve written before about dried flowers being placed in upcycled whisky and milk bottles. One step further are these used artillery shells. They found there way into our house when my parents downsized- I have no idea where they originally came from. For now they contain dried flowers from the garden. I quite like them.

Indian water carriers

I would love to say I found these wondering a market of the world and brought home. In reality we were in a shop full of cool bits and bobs in Southern England. It was love at first site, a slightly rash buy for us, we didn’t know what we would do with them. OneContinue reading “Indian water carriers”

Wicker cat dome cable tidy

One of the annoying things about British houses is that the phone sockets are always in the hall. I fondly remember my childhood sat in a freezing hall calling friends. Thankfully we now have cordless phones and you can call people from the comfort of your sofa. The problem is that the phone still needsContinue reading “Wicker cat dome cable tidy”

Losing your marbles?

Not much time to make things with a seven month old baby filling the hours. Appropriately, this week’s upcycle involves the marbles from my childhood. Placed in a vase, they make a nice ornament in our bedroom. Shame they are a horrendous dust trap. Might be a few years until it’s safe for the babyContinue reading “Losing your marbles?”