Drab to Fab Discarded wine case is reclaimed to create wall art and a side table

wine case to side table upcycle

If you have ever given a child a gift, or remember your own childhood, you know how important packaging is. The present itself is loved of course, but the box it comes in –  now that’s a treasure, the bigger the better! It could be a rocket, or an office, or a boat, or a bus. It could be a suitcase for all the stuff toys, or the raw material for the next craft. It …[Read more]

Drab to Fab Sneakers get a vintage makeover

upcycle old sneaker vintage

I must confess – I love buying shoes. My closet isn’t enormous by a regular girl’s standards, but yes, it is rather full, and has the standard pumps/flats for work, and dressy stilettos/strappies for outside, and a few sneakers/sandals for comfort, and a couple of boots for a cold day, and some handcrafted finds from India… as I said, a regular girl’s closet! I’m not a big spender however, and am always looking for deals, …[Read more]

DrabToFab Broken, abandoned tray table becomes a bright addition to the living room

DrabToFab | Wooden table transformed

Usually, I don’t go for broken, dusty tables. But, when I saw this wooden tray table lying abandoned in the basement, I couldn’t ignore the fact that it was free, no shipping costs involved, and (no small thing) I had DIY duties to fulfil for Secondsguru! True, nothing had come of the abandoned pallet I had last picked up from this same benevolent venue, nor did my kids really play with the wooden puzzle boards …[Read more]

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Blockprinting fabrics A workshop with Indian artisan Khushiram

Blockprinting fabrics | Workshop with artisan Khushiram

You have definitely seen and drooled over them: the beautiful, delicate blockprints of Rajasthan. Their shapely forms repeat endlessly, creating geometric beauty in their wake. You can sight them on all sorts of drapes – scarves, stoles, curtains, sheets… Step into the fabric markets of Delhi or Jaipur, and you cannot escape the draw of their prints, their hypnotic patterns. What amazes me is how the art form of blockprinting, several centuries old, has evolved …[Read more]