#92 Spray-painted Tins

A few months ago Col and I had a wee bit of a mouse problem here at our house. Now, I can’t blame the mice really – it was warm indoors, there are no cats to contend with, and these home-owners had dutifully left various foodstuffs unprotected in the cupboard. In fact, the lucky mice managed to work through approx 10 mini bags of crisps before we knew we had a problem!! (Shows how often I clean the back of the pantry, and how often we (don’t) eat crisps!)

Anywho, our mini infestation had me wiping every surface and putting any food box, bag or packet which could be nibbled through into an impenetrable container. We happened to have a bunch of tupperware, and I found a couple of cute containers at charity shops, but some things ended up in old biscuit/chocolate tins, “bags for life”, and in non-kitchen rooms (do I buy too much food?!)

Now it’s all very well and good having museli bars in a Roses tin, or crackers disguised as Quality Street, but I just thought they looked naff and there numerous incidents of disappointed mistaken identity. I came across a pin at Christmas time which turns common-as-anything biscuit/chocolate tins into too-cute storage or gift tins, so decided to give it a go:

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#91 Map Side Table

Oopsy – been a couple of weeks since our last post. Time is flying at the moment!! We both have special projects on the go right now, so the blog has been neglected a little. But hey, that’s the way it’s supposed to be: real life first, blogosphere second ^_^

I’m very excited to say that I’ve been a tad pre-occupied because I’m in process of opening a SHOP! It’s feels a little scary real to be talking about it with people, but it’s happening fo’ real! The shop will be a recycle boutique, specialising in super lovely maternity wear. Plan is to open in the Autumn! Turns out starting a business is hard work, so not much time for crafting at the mo, but I suppose I have had a whole year of flexibility to do that, so I can’t complain…

Here’s some of my stock, waiting patiently for lovely new homes later this year:

In saying all of that though, today I had a little time up my sleeve due to a couple of cancellations, and I’ve been a little under the weather, so thought I’d cheer myself up with something creative…

Over the weekend we were in Margate with the fam, and visited a couple of suuuper vintagey, retro shops. Big sis Rose and I spied a loverly map-covered side table (£65!), and I vowed to attempt one myself with some trusty mod podge once I got home. Continue reading

#74 Tinned Tealights

I was keeping tin cans this time last year in case Holly needed them for her wedding (there was so much craftiness going on I didn’t want to throw anything away in case she had an idea to upcycle it!).

This idea was all over pinterest for making punched tealight holders, so dutifully I filled my unwanted cans with water and put them in my freezer…where they’ve been for 10 months! And where they most likely would have remained for another 10 months until my friend Anna reminded me that this project was worth getting my hands chilly for- see her golden syrup creations on her blog here.

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#72 You’ve got mail

My friend Oli had a great idea for a mums crafternoon- shoe box post boxes for our girls. Florence loves posting everything she can find into hers, I highly recommend this for a fun free toy to keep littlies entertained.

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#64 The freebie refurbished bench!

You may have gathered that I like turning old junky stuff into old lessjunky stuff, and I seem to live in a great area for this hobby/lifestyle choice. One of the many, many reasons I louvre living in Tower Hamlets is that when people get rid of stuff, they often just leave it on the side of the road. Result!

Colin and I regularly come across abandoned treasures in need of adopting, and we’re pretty unashamed about collecting things off the street, so you can imagine my delight when I came across this sad but potential-filled lil beauty:

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#46 Rudolph and his (cardboard) friends

All Hallows Bow had their annual Christmas Fayre this past Saturday, and Colin and I were running a couple of stalls – partly to sell some Sweet Notions wares, partly to make some spare room in the spare room.

We didn’t make enough to retire on, but we did have a lot of fun and ate a lot of Christmassy cupcakes.522623_10152288841475136_2095414655_nHere’s my favourite selling off some SN jewellery donations. What a champ! You can just see some silk scarf recovered lampshades in the background, plus my book page bunting.

There’s always a “Santa’s grotto” at the fayre, and this year we were on decorating duty. With some helpers, donated decos, and dark chocolate digestives, here’s what we ended up with: Continue reading