Just wanted to show off the new Rubbish Revamped banner that made its debut at the Didsbury Arts Festival this weekend. Of course it is fully made from rubbish, including old ties, plastic bag pieces (eg spot the frozen pea bag) and old bits of material. I’m only just learning how to use my new sewing machine, received last Christmas. It’s an Impression 2000, in case that means anything to anyone, and has a rather peculiar bobin casing. Here it is, after sweat and nearly tears too, and help from the lovely husband (the one responsible for the purchase…) and the patient and talented embroiderer Liz Cooksey (if she had a website there’d be a link…).
Most popular today was button bracelet making. The new sock monkey kits went down well too. More to come!
Back in July, Louise organised a Rubbish Revamped craft ‘jamboree’ for Stockport girl guide helpers for a massive centenary celebration (we hear the button bracelets were a big hit!). Whilst here, among the Rubbish Revamped sock monkeys, junkmail pots and other ecclectic crafts, she spotted some little wire button hearts. These inspired her to ask for a Rubbish Revamped wedding favour and place setting based on buttons hearts. Here is her chosen design.
The little pegs will have each guest’s name on them. That is, all 95 of them! The button hearts can be hung up on the wall or Christmas tree. What a lovely memory this will be for their family and friends, especially as they were all hand-crafted by Louise and her bridesmaids.
Hope you have a fabulous day on 16 October, Louise and Robbie!
Fun and busy times at Rubbish Revamped this month. Here’s a little photographic diary. Fancy some crafting yourself? See what takes your fancy on the workshops page.
Sock Monkeys, Junkmail Jewellery, Folksy Hangings, Blissed Out with Buttons – lots of favourites are on the Autumn menu, ready for you to book now.
There’s some new ones too including Blissed out with Buttons: The Bag and weaving baskets from magazines, among others.
Not only is there a lovely new programme but prices have been kept low with most workshops costing only £12.00 including coffee and cake. What are you waiting for? Hop on over to see what you fancy at www.rubbishrevamped.org.uk/workshops
It was great fun training up a group of guide leaders in preparation for a massive celebration camp this summer. Blast 100 is celebrating 100 years of girl guiding with a three day camp packed full of activities including, you guessed it, Rubbish Revamped crafting.
Six lovely guide leaders trouped in to learn how to make CD sun-catchers, greeting card boxes and button bracelets. Things did indeed get a bit giddy when the buttons came out, especially when organiser Louise delved into the box of nearly 5,000 buttons supplied for camp stocks.
“A fantastic evening – really love all the crafts. So friendly – a great experience”
Hope you all have a fantastic time at Blast 100 and look forward to seeing you again for some more crafting.
The Big Lunch is a fantastic venture from the people who set up the Eden Project. The idea is for people living near each other, but not necessarily usually spending time together, to get to know each other by enjoying a lunch and other sociable activities – such as crafting!
Here we are in Altrincham joining in the fun thanks to Trafford Housing Trust and the lovely Hub community centre. Children and young people were quite taken with the latest Rubbish Revamped CD crafting, the Flying Fish and the Fish on a Stick.
Button bracelets were much in demand too – with all ages and both genders.
The icing on the cake – after a delicious *free* barbecue, salads and cakes – was the lovely Vicki Duncan, youth worker extraordinaire, picking up her guitar and singing some tunes. It even stopped raining for a while…
Yes indeed, those are champagne flutes you see before your very eyes on the crafting table. A nice coincidence for the last in-house Rubbish Revamped workshop of the summer, it was Lynne’s birthday and her two accompanying friends, Louise and Debbie, brought a bottle of champagne. This was saved until ‘half time’ when we stopped for cake (yep, with candles) and were moving on from the slightly fiddly button heart decorations to the more soothing button bracelets. Do admire the results below.
“I’m very un-crafty and creative but it didn’t matter… Lovely friendly, relaxed and supportive environment” Anna
“Made a lovely birthday evening! Such a lovely atmosphere. I have never done anything like this before and found it very relaxing. Thanks for a great evening. Had a laugh too! (Now hooked!).”
Really sorry to all of you who could not get a place on this session. The workshop will definitely be available again in the Autumn/Winter programme. Can’t wait that long? Get a group of mates together and host your own Rubbish Revamped button party – email me at email@example.com for a quote. I’m also working on Blissed Out with Buttons: The Bag. Oh yes, there is no end to the excitement available from button crafting.
Hopefully many of you are supporters of the Big Issue magazine (sold by homeless people in the UK, for those of you visiting the blog from foreign parts!). If you missed last week’s edition, here is a copy of the Rubbish Revamped article, “Bin there, done that”. The article is full of ideas for using rubbish creatively and decoratively in the garden, as well as offering other thrifty gardening suggestions.
Don’t miss out on the last of this summer’s workshops. Here’s what’s on the menu this July:
First on offer on Thursday 1.7.10 (7-9pm) is Clear-up-your-clutter tin can storage system.
It’s what it says on the tin. The ultimate in revamping: rubbish made functional and stylish. It’ll come in handy in the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom, for craft items or even for gardening sundries. You know you need one! Only £10.00 including all materials.
Fed with the football frenzy? Get away from it all on the finals night, 11 July 2010, for a special treat crafting beautiful brooches. We’re having a football-free crafting fiesta with Rags to Brooches. We’ll experiment with trapping materials in laminate sheets. Come and join the fun. £12.00 including all materials.
On 15 July, we’re making gorgeous wire heart decorations from buttons, followed by jazzy button bracelets – they’re all the rage! Blissed Out with Buttons is £12.00 including coffee and cake.
More info and bookings at www.rubbishrevamped.org.uk or from Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org All welcome age 14+
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.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.