Saturday, September 11, 2010

It's about Time!

As I seem to be totally engrossed in assembling clocks, I have collected a few of my favorite time pieces assembled from recycled materials from flickr. From the simple vintage plate to the tin robot assemblage, adding a clock movement takes the item from decorative to functional.

1.Spork the Clock 2.Atomic Eggbeater Clock
3. Willow Clock 4. Scottie Clock
I love Kim from the Sassy Crafter's fantastic repurposing of egg beaters to make her version of the Atomic Clock.

Vintage trays also get a makeover in the Sassy Crafter's etsy shop.
Kim says "The trays in my projects are hand collected by yours truly from estate sales, flea markets, and other dusty treasure troves. I take them home, clean them up, and turn them into clocks. You can feel good knowing that this is an upcycled product!"...........
Upcycling=saving stuff from landfill = warm fuzzy feelings!
And for all you Recyclers, Re-users and Re-purposers out there, you might be interested in checking out this website called ReTrash
They are compiling a database from all around the world of ways in which different people are reusing waste and reducing landfill. This database will be converted into a comprehensive book “retrash” which will categorically list all of the different materials that have been given a second life and turned into something of value. Submissions are now open.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Watch the Birdie!

As I'm still embracing the bird motif over at Lino Forest I thought I would share some more pretty birdies made with recycled or repurposed materials.
Bird brooch made from recycled vintage biscuit tin by Adelaide based Lolalayla.Saw pierced by hand, not laser cut - totally old school & cool. Yay for saw piercing, it's the true crafty production method that is done by the hand of the jeweller and not a machine!
These bird brooches are cut from recycled biscuit tins & riveted onto perspex for strength. Unique to you, no two are the same!New Birds 3 deluxe recycled paper postcard pack by Inalux. All printed on gorgeous matt 100% recycled card. It doesn't matter what Kristina Sostarko draws, it is all totally stunning and just throbs with beautiful hues and dynamic graphics! Female Huia Bird cut from a recycled Little River Band Greatest Hits Record by Record Breaker. Claimed by many to be one of New Zealands' most beautiful native birds,the now extinct Huia is being brought back to life with the 'endangered' vinyl LP record in the form of wall art.
What a blessing this Little River Band record will never be heard by human ears again!
Deep Cherry Red Bird Bag Made of Recycled Leather by Bonspiel .This is a one-of-a-kind shoulder bag made from beautiful deep cherry red leather that used to be a coat. I am seriously coveting this bag, and I defy you not to be tempted by all the baggage at Bonspiel.