IKEAHack How to transform an old ottoman with a crochet weave

ikeahack alseda ottoman with knit

I have an Ikea ottoman which is essentially as old as my kids. It’s from the time right after my twins were born, when I was as energetic as a hibernating bear, and as grumpy too – primarily because I had given up on vital things essential to life – rest and coffee. My kids, bless their hearts, slept like babies – and I mean that literally, not in the clichéd way i.e. they woke …[Read more]

Kids Crafts 3 Cool ideas to upcycle old cork coasters

upcycle coasters with paint and thread art

At our home, nothing gets thrown into the dustbin without the scrutiny of 3 questions: Is it still in good enough condition to donate? If it is damaged, can we fix it? If we can’t fix it – can we use it for arts and crafts, or upcycle it? As you can imagine, the filter question number 3 means I have more cardboard boxes, egg cartons and general packaging than I care for – especially …[Read more]

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]