“Simple Tin” The Sequel

11 May

In yesterday’s post I showed you some cool ideas that would help you convert your Tin Cans into cool and recycled items. Today we step it up another notch in “Simple Tin” The Sequel and show you some artisan pieces. Many variations of these cool items can be found on etsy and generally online.


~ Starring the Tin Can ~


This mirror made out of pop cans is really cool! The colourful mosaic look is something that can be achieved or you could use one colour. Squares could be cut larger. Be careful – since a project like this means exposing the sharp edges of tin.


Metal Cutter



Stud Tack

Backing Board



Check out this Tin Frame, inspired by beer cans.

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This Tin Can frame is made with all dimensions of the can.


Beautiful room? Sure Tin! Now look closer!


The feature wall is made of Tin Cans!

This designer was brilliant!


Tin Can Wall Design? or, Wall Storage?


Add additional new hardware…

and you’re up-cycling the Tin Can.


Tin Can Caddy.

Once again, with additional re-purposed hardware this time you have recreated the Tin Can into this cool industrial caddy.

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Add a few more years of shelf life to the Tin Can and get inspired to re-cycle, re-purpose and reCREATE.

Next time “Simple Tin” returns…..


“Simple Tin”

10 May

Recycling is something that I have embraced and just do!

My actual garbage output has decreased immensely.

I am glad to see that programs have been started all over the world to create less waste and promote recycling things. If you think of the amount of stuff that just lies around, unwanted, unclaimed and unused it’s a little sad really.

I would safely guess that Bottles, Paper Products and Tin Cans make up the bulk of product packaging that is collected and recycled.  When you go through a supermarket or grocery store shelves upon shelves are stacked with this sort of packaging.

In a previous post “message in a bottle” I showed you some ideas that hopefully inspired some of you to consider to re-CREATE with bottles.

This post is Act One of “Simple Tin” starring the Tin Can.


In this post I am showing you some simple ideas that can be completed fairly easily.


Now these tins have been selected for shape, graphic, patina and are used in a very simple way – AS IS VASE!



These Tins have been converted by wrapping it, painting it, belting it or tiling it. By using any of these techniques you can transform the tin from basic to beautiful!


And TIN there was light! The Tin Lantern. This is another neat way to illuminate a regular Tin into a starring role. With this method you may need the following items.



Ice Pick

Paint is optional

Tea Lights

A Design in Mind

These look great where ever candlelight is desired whether that be in the garden, on the veranda or porch, at the dinner table, on the mantle…

Have Fun!

Next time we step it up in Act Two of “Simple Tin”

“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”

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