Tag Archives: Create

More Coffee Tables Please!

30 Jun

Here is another batch of Coffee Tables to inspire your D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) spirit.  Lately, I have been in “table” mode. I have been picking up pieces I can use for both bottoms and tops.  I recently picked up some wrought iron sewing machine legs circa 1800’s to add to my collection. Also, picked up an old door with some beautiful details that someone was tossing out curbside. Anyhow, check out these coffee tables. Wood is a wonderful resource for reclaiming, refinishing and reusing. Getting your hands on some re-purposed table legs or frames can give you some cool finished pieces.



For me it’s all about reclaiming ~ re-purposing ~ recreating. Why not reuse the old to reinvent the new. So over your next cup of java make a plan to D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) your very own Coffee Table. Let green thinking rule.


“Wood” Side Story

20 May

Two weeks ago one of our neighbours had to take down a large Maple tree that apparently was deemed unstable. In many heavy wind storms large branches had cracked off causing some concern for fellow area dwellers. The older couple, whom the tree belonged to, made the final decision to call in the experts and take care of business.

ImageThese moments are always a little “bitter-sweet” for me. On one hand, I love to see the natural beauty of these magnificent trees and foliage growing and coexisting with us in our urban and rural settings. So it is bitter to see one go. Quick observation: Suburbia is still in a mode of catch-up since most new developments seem to be planned on flat unobstructed land.

ImageAnyhow, back to the regal tree. To see such a beautiful specimen have to go was a sad moment. Now the sweet part to this love story was that the older couple who were also saddened by their “be felled” tree offered us a “slice of wood”.  At first offer, I said sure! I love wood and the thought of reclaiming, re-purposing and recreating a piece of natural history was a no brainer.

After a few days of cutting and getting the tree down, I went over to check out my piece. OMG! My slab was about 4 feet by 3 feet and maybe 500 lbs. It was beautiful, It was huge and how was I going to haul this sucker down the street to my backyard. Anyhow, after a few good men and women, a couple of dollies, one incline and a good half hour later we rolled that baby home.

ImageIt is currently drying out. I am considering cutting it thinner or in half. I have plans to make a table or two or four. Still deciding on the configuration!


Check out some of these table ideas.

I am getting inspired by looking at Wood Grain Slabs that have been turned into tables.

These are absolutely cool!








The purpose, the finish, the design are all things to consider.

This is going to be awesome!

“Simple Tin” Returns

14 May

Another installment of Tin Treasures.

1. Tin Can Lighting

This is a clever way of reusing old discarded tins.

By adding some electrical hardware “Simple Tin” shines…




2. Tin Can Tea-light and Candle Holders.




3. Tin Can Art Pieces


4. Tin Can and Metal Sculpture




There are a lot of crafty ideas that can be created

using the various components of Tin Cans.

“Simple Tin”

“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 ~

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