Batty about Butting

21/10/2010 at 10:25 am (External workshops)

Crafty mums at Stretford Children’s Centre, getting decorative with junkmail bunting.

Shhhh, heads down, we’re concentrating.Bunting workshop

Ta dah!
Completed bunting

Ready just in time for Sarah’s birthday. Hope it was a good one!


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Bloomin’ marvellous time in Centenary Gardens

27/06/2010 at 10:12 pm (External workshops)

Fantastic weather + bags of enthusiasm = just the right formula from the people Old Trafford for today’s celebrations in the centenary gardens.

As well as the old favourites, making CD sun-catchers and button bracelets, we took on board the green-fingered flavour of the event – it being within the lush looking centenary gardens – by making crazy planters.

Making crazy planters at Trafford Centenary Gardens

Making crazy planters at Trafford Centenary Gardens

Fancy making your own crazy milk bottle planter?
Carefully slice the bottom off a one-litre plastic milk bottle and make some holes in the lid (eg with a small screw driver).
Turn upside down, and fill with compost topped with a plant of your choice.
Doesn’t the handle look like a nose? Ok, so decorate the bottle to look like a face, drawing with felt pens or simply sticking on some googley eyes.
The plant looks like hair and we added further decorations by stringing buttons and beads through holes made at the top of the bottle. We also made colourful bead circles from Fruitshoot bottles.

'Parsley head' the crazy milk bottle planter

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Meeting up in Moss Side

23/06/2010 at 11:02 pm (External workshops)

We were pleased to join up with groups in Moss Side for this networking event attended by a whole raft of interesting and dynamic people working in this part of South Manchester.  Got quite a good crop of juice cartons to revamp into wallets from the buffet – thanks!

Here we are making button bracelets with a lovely group of ladies.

There was some worry over how long they’d manage to keep their own bracelets until they got snaffled by daughters or grand-daughters. Hey, send them on a Blissed Out with Buttons workshop to make their own!

Many thanks to Sian and Hayley from the Big Life Company for inviting us.

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The Barnaby Festival

21/06/2010 at 9:18 am (External workshops)

The Barnaby Festival has been a feature of Macclesfield (on and off) since 1595! Rubbish Revamped had a great time joining in with workshops to suit all ages. As there was a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme, we made Mad Hatter’s Crazy Garlands with CDs as well as greeting card boxes and CD sun-catchers.

Mad Hatter's Crazy Garland

Mad Hatter's Crazy Garland

Imaginative CD sun-catchers

Imaginative CD sun-catchers

And there’s Macclesfield native Becky Waite in the background – many thanks for your amazing help today!

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Revamped provided much entertainment, with sock monkeys playing their parts, a sock bunny posing as the Dormouse in the teapot and an approximation of the Cheshire cat featuring on the greeting card box. Served up at the tea party were bottle top pin-cushions as cupcakes and chocolate mousse pot pincushions as drinks (oh the hardship of having to eat those chocolate mousses…).

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party Revamped

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party Revamped

The organisers put an an amazing array of arts, culture and entertainment for this weekend-long festival. We caught a glimpse of an art show in Christ Church called Save Us which is open until 4 July and definitely worth a visit. Check out further info at I am particularly taken with Hilary Jack’s fairytale-like sculptures from mossy logs and broken porcelain figures.


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Rain doesn’t stop play in Trafford

08/06/2010 at 4:02 pm (External workshops)

The lovely children of Trafford turned out in their droves for some half-term crafting thanks to Trafford Housing Trust on a very wet morning of 8 June. Their enthusiasm was catching as both boys and girls got stuck into making a choice of juice carton wallets, greeting card boxes, button bracelets and CD sun-catchers.

Half term crafting with Trafford Housing Trust

Half term crafting with Trafford Housing Trust

Second from left, youth worker Michaela, looking after new friend ‘Hubert’ the sock bunny
Note the trendy button bracelet on Vicki’s wrist, ‘freshly’ made (far left)

Juice carton wallets

Juice carton wallets

The gazebo did a pretty good job and is now in recovery flooding the kitchen as it dries.

Gazebo drying out after its sterling work in the rain

Gazebo drying out after its sterling work keeping the rain off

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