Archive | April, 2013

“Sack of Ideas”

26 Apr

Today I’m going to change it up.

I’m going textile. Not just any type of textile.

Specifically “BURLAP“.


What I love about burlap is that it’s a textile fibre that is actually part wood.

Made from the Jute Plant and Sisal Fibres.

ImageImageBURLAP is probably one of the least expensive textile crops in the world and offers many cultures versatility whether it be used as food, rope, fabrics or packaging.

The fact that BURLAP is an eco friendly natural green material is creatively inspiring to me.

Check out some of these re-purposed creations.

Many of these ideas can be found on etsy and other online sources.



ImageImageDrapes ~ Ottomans ~Mat ~ Lamp Shades ~ Chair Covering




ImageCoffee Sleeve ~ Basket ~ Make-up Pouch ~ Messenger Bag

ImageImageImage~ Cushions ~ Cushions ~ Cushions ~

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You can source burlap bags for your next burlap project from coffee or potatoes.

~ Remember ~

“Reclaim ~ Re-purpose ~ Re-create”


Bicycle Made For Two

24 Apr


“I can’t remember, not ever having a bicycle.”

The joy of riding a bike is something that I look forward to when the weather is good.

Now mind you, I’m not a fanatic that joyfully cruises through rain, sleet and snow or dodges traffic like I’m on a dirt bike course.  I do have a few friends who are like that though.

Yes, there are times I am GREEN with envy as they tell their collision course all-terrain weather provoking bike stories.

“That’s when I switch gears and talk GREEN, earth GREEN.”

As an Artist and Designer people are often fascinated when I start spouting the whole reclaim, recycle and re-CREATE mantra. Many get it and some don’t really seem to be interested in reusing something ~ until you start talking about something they have a passion for.

“Today it’s the bike!”

Check out these cool items…

Once a Bicycle, Twice Something Clever


A Bicycle Made For Two“.

Even my die hard cyclist buddies could not resist wanting to own some bike paraphernalia.

~ ReCycle ~ UpCycle ~ BiCycle ~


~ made from the pedal bracket ~




~ made from the rims and/or chains ~



~ made from the rims, pedal brackets and gears ~



Lazy Susan / Wine Rack / Pot Holder
~ made from the rims and pedal brackets ~

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~ made from the rims, pedal brackets, chains and handlebars  ~


~ ReCycle ~ UpCycle ~ BiCycle ~


18 Apr

I tend to prefer re-purposing various natural inspired materials like reclaimed wood, metals, textiles, paper products, glass and stone.  Working with these materials keeps me connected to nature and I find them easier to integrate into my design projects, artwork and stand alone styling.

However, my hat goes off to those who recycle and re-purpose man made items. I can definitely appreciate that someone can take something that was made with one purpose in mind and put a new spin on it. These are the items, that by re-inventing their use, landfills get a reprieve from becoming a wasted dumping ground. The tire is one of those things that needs to find a second life.


Just think! Our cars and trucks look spectacular in a new set of tires and rims! Remember there are four in a set. We are encouraged to dump tires every season or every few years for a new set! Got the picture! That is a lot of Tires. Well it’s time to “Re-Tire” and burn rubber. These designs are awesome:



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Image~ Furniture made out of rubber tires is a fabulous idea for interiors and exteriors ~



~ Rubberized Housewares ~


~ Fashion ~


~ Garden and Sculpture ~



~ Sheds and Housing ~

Truly amazing and inspiring what we could do with old tires



Book It!

14 Apr

“I love books and I have quite an extensive library of books.

All sorts of books are found in my possession.

The feel of the paper as you flip the pages is a most gratifying feeling.

I give books away as fast as I pick them up.

One of my more recent things is collecting early editions of books.

Vintage and Antique I like them all.”

Nowadays people are quickly moving towards electronic readers and devices to get their information.

From a GREEN perspective…

What can we do with the volumes and volumes of these bound treasures that sit gathering dust?

Reclaim! Re-purpose! ReCREATE!

 ~ Here are a few ideas by various artisans that offer some inspiration ~


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“So Bookmark this page and have a rethink about all those books sitting around in garage sales and thrift shops.

Book It!”

Headboard Heaven

13 Apr

Decorating is both a personal thing as well as a public display of who you are.

People either get others to create their space for them or they create their own haven.

Your bedroom is one of those areas that needs to entice and comfort you, as well as, maintain its functionality as a place to rest your head.

Lets face facts, your eyes may be closed for the better part of your time in your bedroom.

Styling bedrooms often starts with the bed as a focal point.

The “headboard” is an opportunity to creatively set your bed apart from all others.

Nowadays by just thinking a little green, doing a some reclaiming, moderately re-purposing you can do a whole lot of reCREATing.

Welcome to my “Headboard Heaven” where the angels sing lullabies of reclaimed, re-purposed, reCREATed Coolness!

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Wrought Iron, Shutters, Tin Tiles, Old Doors and Books…

Metal and Wooden Gates, Barn Doors…


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“Headboard Heaven ~ Pleasant Dreams”

Pallet “Royale”

6 Apr

Welcome to the third installment of the world of the

reclaimed, re-purposed and reCREATed

~ Pallet ~

Thanks for checking out previous posts “Pallet Playground” and “Pallet Romp” for a variety of cool, inspiring and easier ways to reinvent the Pallet.

Check out some of these mastered Pallet pieces.

From Cribs to the Home Theatre to Armoires to Office Furniture ~ Sheds, Chests, Chairs, Tables ~

It’s all possible by thinking outside of the box.

A picture says a thousand words…

Presenting the Royalty of the Pallet!






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See you next time…

When I feature various materials and found objects

that Artisans and Designers

are reclaiming, re-purposing and reCREATing.

It can be a fantastic “green” world out there

where anything is artistically possible.

~ DeeBeeCool ~

Pallet Romp

1 Apr

“As promised the wonderful, versatile, utilitarian, raw, inspiring Pallet makes another guest appearance…”

This time we step it up another notch with designs and projects that involve a little more Do~It~Yourself (DIY) acumen however these are still very manageable and doable.

As I keep checking out this understudy of raw reclaimed material I am both intrigued and awestruck with the Pallet’s ability to be re-purposed and reCREATed.

“Check out some of these pieces people have created in another cool Pallet Romp…”

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Multipurpose shelving is an awesome way to use the Pallet. The cool thing is that it can be enhanced with the finish or lack of finish, modified with added details such as wheels and stacked in various combinations.

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Different table styles are also a creative option with the Pallet. Once again the finish can enhance, adding other re-purposed features like legs and configuration is key to the final purpose.

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A Pallet feature wall or flooring in the right room or space may be an interesting alternative to other materials. Sanding, staining, painting, vertical or horizontal placement will all impact on the final look. Until I saw these I would not of considered using the Pallet in this innovative way.

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Add photographs or plants to a Pallet and create a cool piece for any indoor or outdoor space.

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A Pallet Gate Anyone? Looks great with all the plants.

Could also work as garden division or feature walls.

The black finish looks pretty sleek.

“The Pallet is proving to be quite the contender in the reclaimed, re-purposed and reCREATing world…”

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