Today's blog comes from David Ramsay, Central Library staff:
OK, spring is coming, but it's not quite here yet. What better time for crafts? And, if what you make is useful, gives new life to old stuff and keeps it out of the landfill, that’s a bonus.
In Recycled Home, Rebecca Proctor helps us escape our weather whines and make us productive. She demonstrates how to make something useful out of material we probably already have or can pick up for a song.
There are so many things we hold onto, just in case. Do you have any fabric stored away, just waiting for a project, or maybe a seldom used piece of clothing or bedding? Are scraps of wood taking up valuable work space? The author shows a variety of ways to exploit these materials. This is a repurposing/upcycling book that shows how to change one old thing into something new and better without too much trouble or expense.
You can learn how to recover old oven mitts, build a wall cabinet, a bird house or a wheeled crate. There are instructions for sewing Roman blinds, making an egg cosy and adding colour to old china. Your home will start looking country fresh in no time at all.
It helps if you can sew. The wood projects are simpler. All told, there are both outdoor and indoor projects (for every room in the house) geared for every member of the family. The length of time needed to do the projects varies from 15 minutes to a weekend, with many of them clocking in at about 2 hours time.
By the time you’ve finished a few of these, spring will be here.