Friday, 14 June 2013

Father's Day Gift Ideas from Recycled Ties

Photo courtesy of Lil Blue Boo

Nothing says Fathers Day like a slightly gaudy tie, boxed or wrapped. What are the chances this latest gift will languish at the the back of your Dad's wardrobe with the others, especially if he's not a white collar worker, or a Disney character? Seriously what were you thinking?

Hunt out those long forgotten ties and get crafty, then regift them back under a new guise, crafty, thrifty and Dad probably won't even remember it was his to begin with!

Dad secretly destashed at Goodwill? Pop down to the Reuse Centre and pick up some more, then get snipping, and sewing with one of these great recycled tie projects.

We've scoured the internet for the best of the best recycled tie gifts to suit even the fussiest of fathers.

Teary New-Age Nostalgic Dad

Have him reaching for the Kleenex with one of these tie memory books, one photo of you picking your nose dressed as Mary in a preschool nativity should get the ball rolling.

Buy Low Sell High - The Business Dad

Is your Dad still a high flyer in the business world? Keep him focused on bringing home the bacon with these $ sign cuff links from Escort Handbags on Etsy Recycled Tie Cufflinks

Green Dollar Sign Recycled Necktie Cufflinks Navy Embroidered
Photo courtesy of EscortHandbags

The Don Draper Dad

Ralph Lauren shirts? Boating shoes? always immaculate? Pop one of these into his gift bag.


Photos courtesy of Jetsam
Go Go Gadget Dad

Keep his new iPhone scratch free with this VideoTutorial for a basic sew gadget case.

No excuses this year, he may SAY it's the thought that counts but you know he secretly wants something cool. Go on, treat the old guy that fixed your bike, put up your shelves, gave the death stare to your prom date and drove you to college, he's worth it.

- Emma (Volunteer)

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Vintage Magazines - Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover

One of my favourite spots at the Reuse Centre is the crafty books and magazines. I always leave happy and with arms heaving under the weight of a big stack of magazines brimming with crafty inspiration.

You see for me I'm obsessed with the 1970's. Crazy swirly paisley fabric,  pompoms, crochet on everything, macrame hanging from the rafters? I love it all, so when I see left and unloved magazines like these, I know they are going to be a fun read. I'm almost reluctant to call them vintage even, as a (very well preserved) child of the 70's I can't help questioning what does that make me?!

This latest scoop was a Better Homes & Gardens Needlepoint magazine from 1981. Sure the outside looks a little cheesy, and you are definitely going to have a sneaky giggle at the poor men modelling knitted vests, but look closer inside and you may find patterns like this one.

Tree of Life Design

A beautiful cross stitch sampler that I just had to start as soon as I got home. Only 5 different skeins of colours in fresh and vibrant shades produced this design that I can't wait to hang up in my home.

Gorgeous spring flowers

In all its glory

So the covers of these magazines are bound to be dated, but give them a chance, look beyond the psychedelia and try your hand at some of the fun projects inside.

Thinking of crafting for Christmas yet? Get started early, scoop up the Christmas craft books whilst everyone is still buying mosquito lotion and then rustle up some gift worthy crafts like this amazing log cabin dollhouse.

Image taken from magazine below

Have you made something from a vintage pattern, magazine or book you found at the Reuse Centre?
Drop us a line, we would LOVE to hear from you, potential to be featured on this very blog, please get in touch.

-Emma (Volunteer)