Hi! I'm Claire and this is my blog....... I am a Photographer and Graphic Designer who loves making pretty things, taking beautiful photographs and generally 'tinkering' around!

Here you will see samples of the art that I make from upcycled materials... I love bringing new life to something that would otherwise be discarded.

Hopefully I will be able to share all sorts of wonderful things with you all...Happy viewing xx
Feel free to post a comment and let me know that you have been here to visit today!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

its here again the recycled art competition

Its here again.. The Hornsby Council & Hornsby Art Society's Returned to Glory, Recycled Art Competition/Exhibition

find it here

I have been busy making my goodies for this years entry and have just found out today that all 4 of my works have been accepted!!!

Heres what I entered..

fingers crossed that in my 4th year of entering... I will win a prize!!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

check it out...knitting needle bracelets!!

I have been wanting to do this for ages and finally found the needles and the time to make them in!!!

what do you think? I hope you like them as I have just gone and bought some more... and a crochet hook too!

see more creative loveliness here

Monday, March 19, 2012

upcycled jewellery

another look at some bright and beautiful upcycled jewellery

these are made with pieces of t shirt fabric and bits and pieces of beads and things!! All available to purchase here

DIY colour block footwear

This season colour is EVERYWHERE!!! If you walk into any shop you will be hit by a blinding aray of yellow, blue, red, orange pink and green.

I tried a pair of boots on ( similar to this)

 and loved them... looked at the price tag ($229) and put them back!! and then I had a thought..

I have a pair of black boots at home that I can dust off and add some bling!

heres how to do it its EASY PEASY!

take one pair of boots...

buy some glue and glitter....

cover the area that you want the glitter on with glue...sprinkle the glitter on ( I did a little bit first and rubbed it into the glue with my finger and then added more until I couldnt see the glue anymore)

wait overnight for it to dry, then cover the glitter area with another layer of glue (I did a thin layer) so that the glitter adheres to the shoe properly..wait until its completely dry (probably another night!) and...VOILA!

an old pair of boots with a new look!!! and it only cost about $5.00 ( and I have enough glue and glitter left to do about 4 other pairs!!!!)

I also got stuck into a pair of country road wedges that I bought at the seconds shop for $10 about 3 years ago...

 I bought some white and orange acrylic artists paint and just stuck some masking tape around the edges of where I wanted to paint. i did a coat of white, let it dry, then added 2 coats of the orange

I got my inspiration from these..

arent they gorgeous?... although I could never walk in them they look great.

Let me know what you think...I will be doing a pair of jeans dip dyed and acid washed next!

head over here for more creativity!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

book page art

This week I have been combining two of my favourite things ( well 3 actually... If you include the choccies I was eating while i was working!!!!) anyway, My two fave things, books and doodling!!!

Heres the end result....

I put some in a frame and I think they look quite cute!

linking up here

Thursday, February 23, 2012

easter craft and upcycling

Hey there readers!

I had seen a tutorial quite a while ago and always wanted to give it a go... and guess what.. it was so much fun! The kiddies will love it even more because it involves scissors, glue and loads of teeny tiny pieces of paper!! if you are looking for a fun way to make an easter present this year.. read on!! I can also mention here that this is a reuse and recycle tutorial and is also PERFECT for kids with allergies!!!! I know first hand how hard it is for kids and mums at easter when there is a dairy, nut or egg allergy in the family.. so you guys must do this! Its a great (and much more fun) alternative to egg dying!

here we go...

first of all.. you will need..

 a magazine, scissors, glue an egg carton ( you can also use a plastic one that contains chocolate easter eggs) and some ribbon ( not pictured!)

cut some thin strips.... no need to measure or anything.... just cut the pages as you wish

then cut the strips into smaller pieces to make magazine confetti! CUTE!

put some glue on your egg carton.. I did the top first and then the sides

 here comes the fun bit!!!!.... sprinkle the confetti onto the glue
cover the top and sides of the lid! looks good so far right?

close up........!!!

add some easter eggs or lollies or anything you like really!!! use the rest of the confetti and pour it over the top....

tie some ribbon around the carton and VOILA!.....

 you have the cutest upcycled Easter gift to give away at this special time of year....

while you are at it... you can also make a card with letters from the magazine..... do as little or as much as you like!


photography by frangipani designs

linking up here

Thursday, February 16, 2012

more paper lantern love!

If you saw my lantern last week and liked it... here is another! I think I could get a little bit addicted to making these... this one is made from an old street directory. i love the muted colours together as much as I like the book pages too!

Im going to need some more followers on this new blog, so if you like what you see, please link up! You can also have a look at my photography and design here

oh yeah, and I thought i would throw in a little pic of my 'Valentines' present!! YUMMMMMMMM!!

Claire x

Thursday, February 9, 2012

mobiles and lanterns

This week I have been making hanging things! What do you think?
I have also launched my new facebook page for 17 studios.. a place where you can find all my handmade items.. click here to have a look!

check out some more creative lovelies here