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Old Posted: 07-12-2008 , 05:37 PM #31
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You should pick your paint colours for every room and give all your friends a colour and have a house warming/painting night. If everyone brings a bottle and a pot of paint, you would all paint and party at the same time. You , would have your house painted and your house warming all in one night. It would be such a laugh too. The pots of paint would be your moving in presents from your friends. Just make some finger food and put some good music on and you`re laughing.
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Sounds like fun! But theres no need really the painting isnt a problem, anyway I'm nearly 7 months pregnant so the drink will have to wait! lol, kiara x
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Old Posted: 07-12-2008 , 05:57 PM #32
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hi Kiara, wishing you all the best in the new home, and hope you get it set up. If i find anything i think you could use that i have hanging around I'll let you know. I'm not crafty but hey you never know! Best wishes now and in the future, Siobhan. P.S. Enjoy making lots of memories in your new home.
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Old Posted: 07-12-2008 , 06:28 PM #33
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hi Kiara, wishing you all the best in the new home, and hope you get it set up. If i find anything i think you could use that i have hanging around I'll let you know. I'm not crafty but hey you never know! Best wishes now and in the future, Siobhan. P.S. Enjoy making lots of memories in your new home.


Thanks bawnie, I can't wait to have our own place, decorated whatever way we want and the best part... no more moving! Anyone who's renting will know how annoying that is... moving everytime your lease is up! My 3 year old daughter was brought home from hospital to 1 house where she lived for 2 months, we moved into a house closer to my mum but it was freezing so 6 months later we moved again into a beautiful house with brilliant neighbours, I loved the place and the people, my daughter had made friends and it was the only house she remembered and then after two years the landlady decided she was selling up! so we moved again into our current house, its close enough to the last one so we can visit our old neighbours but its just never felt right (we have been here nearly 9 months!) So now hopefully we can settle down and have a real home! kiara x
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Old Posted: 08-12-2008 , 08:42 AM #34
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Congratulations on your new home!

I will def keep an eye out for ANYTHING I might have at home. I might have an old mop that is about to go in the bin if you would like me to save the handle?

Also if you are anywhere near Dublin I will gladly offer you my unskilled hands if you need help with anything! As long as there is tea I'd be happy to help out :)
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Old Posted: 08-12-2008 , 11:29 PM #35
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Congratulations on your new home!

I will def keep an eye out for ANYTHING I might have at home. I might have an old mop that is about to go in the bin if you would like me to save the handle?

Also if you are anywhere near Dublin I will gladly offer you my unskilled hands if you need help with anything! As long as there is tea I'd be happy to help out :)

thanks very much but im in ennis co clare so id say its a bit far for you :) kiara x
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Old Posted: 09-12-2008 , 08:48 AM #36
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He he Maybe just a little far away!

I am so delighted for you with your own place though! I only bought my house a year ago and there really is no feeling like it. Walking through the door and knowing its yours!

I hope you get all that you need from here and wishing you many happy years in your new home!
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Old Posted: 10-12-2008 , 03:06 AM #37
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Hi Kiara - here area few things I had saved to start off with.... I have more but I'm brutal for not categorising my bookmarks so I've to look for them!

Beer can butterflies! Aluminium cans are easy enough to cut using a kitchen scissors (mind the sharp edges though). This can be done with plastic bottles and containers too.

http://www.notcot.com/archives/2008/..._villinski.php


Paper lightshades – I love these to pieces. The second link has a tutorial for making a DIY one.

http://padstyle.com/iq-light/499

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231484.0


Room dividers – the possibilities for these are endless. You can make a big one to stretch across the room, or smaller ones for doorways or just decoration. I love that you can use almost anything to make these :D

http://ayoska.wordpress.com/2008/05/...water-bottles/

http://flickr.com/photos/8171839@N05/792565548

http://frazierandwing.com/one_of_a_kind

(This one’s very cute)
http://www.designsprout.com/my_weblo...recycle-1.html

If you’re using beads for beaded curtains etc., you can make really cool beads from recycled paper:

http://flickr.com/photos/73966497@N00/588658460/



Decoupage – one of my favourite things ever hehe. You can give old furniture a new lease of life, and make plain old cardboard boxes for storage look really cool and designer-y.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6610020
(Everyone’s doing this with old maps and it looks amazing IMO, but you can use anything really)

http://flickr.com/photos/bombusdesign/498231251/

http://flickr.com/photos/moline/532041113/


T shirt rugs: these are really easily made using the latch-hook method

http://museumofhappiness.blogspot.co...-shag-rug.html

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5626795


Tin can kitchen storage… sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. I have lots of my craft supplies in tin cans lol

http://www.canadiandesignresource.ca...gallery/?p=927

You can also just use them free standing, and paint or decoupage them. I think some funny labels like ‘Can of worms’ or ‘Can of whoop-ass’ would be hilarious :P


Recycled paper baskets:

http://en.espritcabane.com/pretty-th...per-basket.php

I know I have loads more, I’ve to sort through all the saved links and see what else I have…. I get loads of ideas from sites like inhabitat.com, apartmenttherapy.com, curbly, notcot.org, craftzine, and my favourite ever - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=347.0

If you go onto Flickr and search using words like repurposed, recycle crafts etc. you can get tons of ideas.

If you have access to a sewing machine or a lend of one, cushion covers and patchwork throws are easy to make up using old clothes, samples and swatches from fabric and curtain shops.

I’ll post more links as I come across them! Hope these inspire you a bit anyway :)
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(disclaimer – all of the links I’ve posted are for inspirational purposes, I’m not suggesting anyone rip the original artists/designers off – I’ve found them great for giving me ideas for similar projects though :D)

A few good sites for creative inspiration….

http://www.packratmag.com/

http://housewife.splinder.com/

www.treehugger.com

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com

http://hautenature.blogspot.com/sear....y.%20projects (Great blog, this is the DIY craft section)

http://craftzine.com/

http://www.notcot.org/

http://www.curbly.com/

This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a bit – I reckon you could get a similar effect by photocopying pics onto overhead transparencies (check schools & colleges for any they might be throwing away, now that everyone’s gone digital).
http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/film-...ade/index.html

Beautiful idea for felt or fabric rugs – I think this could be done easily enough using recycled materials like old clothes etc. http://www.ecosalon.com/title/Felt_Like_It ,

http://freshome.com/2007/03/27/beaut...f-flowers-rug/


Think outside the box when it comes to flooring…. http://asthecrowflies.org/2007/10/14...l-paper-floor/

I’m trying to put together a prototype for sort of a parquet effect flooring made from cardboard… will post pics if I can get it to work…

Never underestimate good old collage for some really striking wall art
http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/20...er_sale_e.html


Cardboard furniture!! I’m itching to have a go at making some of these
http://freshome.com/tag/cardboard/

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/g...rniture-040982

http://www.trucdesign.com/index.php/...435-miss-julia

Imaginative way to store CD’s disguised as art :P
http://inventorspot.com/articles/han...s_wall_ar_9728

This, my friends, is how we’re all going to get rich – check out the price tag!!!!! http://store.greenergrassdesign.com/droog-rag.html
Now go raid your houses for all those bags of old clothes and get busy LOL

The pics are just some random repurposed things I’ve saved for inspiration (not my own work), to get ideas etc.
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Old Posted: 10-12-2008 , 12:29 PM #39
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Good luck with getting your keys today Kiara (it is today isn't it?)

Tell us how it went later won't you :)
I'm all excited for you lol....
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Magiceight I love all the links. Thanks a million.
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Old Posted: 10-12-2008 , 11:02 PM #41
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Oh there are plenty more where they came from....
Does it show that I'm obsessed with repurposing and have way too much time on my hands?! :P

I came across this – it might be easy enough to knock something together in the same style without having to break out the power tools!!
http://www.organizeit.com/poquikcloset.asp


These pine shelving units are fairly inexpensive and the shelf positions are adjustable – when my son was little I used to leave the top space quite big and run a bungee rope around the top to hang his clothes from. I was able to adjust it back to normal when he graduated to a wardrobe :P
http://flickr.com/photos/hoonynoo/1262698526/


Seaweed lamps – aren’t they beautiful? :D
http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/01/...lp-constructs/


Great idea for those old punctured inflatable sofas and chairs…. OK this one’s full of rubbish, but I think it’d look really cute in a kids room filled with squishy stuff like soft toys, cushions etc.
http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/20/...garbage-chair/


Decoupage gone mad…. This is stunning (and so is the price tag LOL)…. But is anyone else thinking aluminium foil?!!
http://mocoloco.com/archives/005596.php


Paper flowers – a few garlands of these would really brighten up a little girls’ room
http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/20...r_flowers.html


IRISH green DIY website :D http://greendiy.ie/wiki/


If you have a check in any of the two euro shops, a lot of them do those big PVC zip-up bags with handles – they’re great for toys etc. and they often have nice colours & patterns (see pic).

The other pic is just an idea for re-using the big 5 litre water bottles - I cut a lump out of the top and fill them with the various cleaning stuff I need for each room, that way I only have to grab the relevant bottle for whatever room I'm doing.
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Old Posted: 10-12-2008 , 11:57 PM #42
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Wow magiceight, you are a mine of information, thank you so much!

I collected the keys today, unfortunately the council haven't done everything they were supposed to so I have to go back to them tomorrow, nothing major though and I'm going to buy paint tomorrow and get quotes for flooring etc.... exciting times ahead! Thanks to all for suggestions and kind words.

I have as suggested made a 'wish list' in wanted! Fairly long list lol :)

I'm going to take some before pics tomorrow so I can show ye all what I'll be doing, kiara x
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Wow magiceight, you are a mine of information...
Here, here! Sterling work, magiceight!

Kiara -- good luck with your new home!

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Old Posted: 11-12-2008 , 02:30 PM #44
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thanks chris! and magiceight iv know added half of those to my favourites, thanks again, my 1st project... the bottle ends curtain!
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Old Posted: 11-12-2008 , 06:03 PM #45
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Yet more recycling/repurposing links… enjoy!
(Seriously, I could do this all day :P)

Wooden pallet furniture…
http://en.espritcabane.com/furniture...ffee-table.php

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/200...rom_recla.html

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/b...pallets-052991

http://www.superuse.org/story.php?ti...etfloor-rdf181

http://en.espritcabane.com/garden/pallet-wood-deck.php

http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/look/...-austin-061009


Shipping container houses (I. Want. One. Of. These. :D)
http://weburbanist.com/2008/05/26/ca...s-and-offices/

http://www.architectureandhygiene.co...2con_main.html

More cardboardy goodness… :D
http://www.vivavi.com/catalog/produc...oducts_id=1223

http://www.lifedeathhappinessandstuf...furniture.html

http://www.gizmag.com/go/7969/

http://keetsa.com/blog/eco-friendly/...m-cardboard-2/

http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/04/07/...ard-furniture/

http://keetsa.com/blog/home-and-gard...rom-cardboard/

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/d...niture--050820


Recycled furniture from old bits of furniture and reclaimed wood…

http://www.enviromedia.com/enviroblog/?p=77

http://bedzine.com/blog/bed-news/rec...he-pile-chair/

http://coolhuntinggreen.com/tag/recycled-furniture/

http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/02/01/...llation-chair/

http://www.wendellrobbinsdesign.com/...llsize/f1.html

http://www.bravenewleaf.com/environm...us-furnit.html

http://blog.2modern.com/2008/03/discarded-recov.html


Random repurposing…
http://heathersdrivelandwhatnot.blog...purposing.html

http://coolhuntinggreen.com/

Seatbelt pillows….
http://www.reformschoolrules.com/pc/...eatbelt+Pillow

Metal washer lightshade….
http://www.alternativeconsumer.com/2...metal-washers/

Old street signs into the coolest furniture ever….
http://www.poetichome.com/2008/08/21...stylish-decor/

Chairs & seating made from repurposed stuff…
http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/03/...de-from-trash/

Recycled CD chair…
http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/notag/-308488.php

Big tyre chairs…
http://www.coolbuzz.org/entry/re-tyr...y-carl-menary/

Carpet sample chair…
http://hautenature.blogspot.com/2007...le-sample.html

Seating from old baths and shopping trolleys…
http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/12/20/...y-max-mcmurdo/

Recycled inner tube seating…
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007...oool_recyc.php

Wine cork chair…
http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/chair...ed-wine-corks/

Hockey stick deck chair…
http://www.canadiandesignresource.ca...allery/?p=1422

Recycled bike chair…
http://www.coolbuzz.org/entry/funky-...ike-furniture/

Recycled skateboard chair…
http://keetsa.com/blog/eco-friendly/...d-skateboards/

Soft toy chairs!!!
http://meganmidori.blogspot.com/2007...on-finale.html

Repurposed lighting…

Spectacle chandeliers…
http://hautenature.blogspot.com/2007...-haygarth.html

Plastic laundry detergent bottle lighting…
http://www.coolhunting.com/archives/...ulian_lwin.php

Wine bottle lighting…
http://www.trendir.com/green/jerry-k...dern-ligh.html

Biro chandelier…
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/200...point_pen.html

Cutlery chandelier…
http://www.curbly.com/DIY-Maven/post...e-Chandeliers-

Plastic bottle lighting…
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/07/post_42.php

Chandelier from recycled bits and pieces…
http://www.stuarthaygarth.com/default.asp?V_DOC_ID=1080

Plastic bottle ends lighting…
http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/05/28/...de-chandelier/

Plastic bottle lighting…. These are absolutely gorgeous…
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/g...th-nash-012898

Shuttlecock lighting…
http://hautenature.blogspot.com/2007...something.html
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