Creative recycling: central heating copper pipe, scrap silver & rough emerald

Butterfly brooch and lily pad ring - with original pipe
Ink sketch effect of my copper jewellery set

I believe in creative recycling even when I am making jewellery. These two statement pieces were made using copper from a salvaged central heating pipe (from my own central heating system, I have not raided a skip). The butterfly brooch has silver antenna and pin, while the lily pad ring matches a pair of silver and gold earrings I made earlier on.

The silver circles on the ring are made of recycled scrap silver (melted into a ball and hammered into the size of a tiny watch battery) and a rough emerald (one of those they send you with certain junk mail offers - yes they are real but not precious).

Why am I posting this? Two reasons: to show people you can turn trash into a treasure and to enter a competition organised by http://www.ableskills.co.uk/.


Silent Saturday


Hello, long time, no see!

Dinner in my revamped summerhouse/shed, 
furnished by recycled/upcycled items. I only bought
the external paint, the internal paint was a leftover.

I had a very busy time and neglected all of my blogs, including this one, my very first! Looking at the statistics, I still get readers, despite the lack of updates, so thank you for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment and/or a link to your blog!

Aside gardening, I have kept up my recycling interests by attending Carbon Cambridge Footprint and Transition Cambridge events (I recommend the Swishing, Food Disco and, Seed Exchange events, their Open Eco Homes - I lent a PR hand for two campaigns) and recently joined a gardening project (follow this link to find the organiser's email).

So I swapped seeds, got ideas to use leftovers, acquired a few items of clothing, harvested a few veg, all free! The Seed Swapping events have a very small admission charge, but as it goes to the charity, it doesn't count!

So if you live in Cambridge, I hope to see you at one of these green events, you can learn something too. I haven't still managed to attend the Green University, but I would love to know how to fix my bike - here is my article: Pedal Power for all, full of family tips.

Last but not least, if you live not far from Victoria Road, please join this new Skills Exchange: http://www.cambridgeskills-exchange.co.uk/.

Have a good summer, I am already picking apples - everything is early this year!


Bedsheet ball gown, indeed!

I sent a photo of myself in my homemade Jane Austen/Regency outfit and it got posted on Cambridge Carbon Footprint's blog Live Well with Less.

If, like me, you like to make do and mend - while lowering your carbon emissions - I recommend reading this excellent blog.


DIY projects in my 1930s house

My revamped summerhouse - the 1930s house blog

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I'm busy working from home and doing some DIY. If you want to catch up with what I've been up to, visit 

http://fromrattopositiveparent.blogspot.co.uk/ (juggling parenting with work)


http://the1930shouse.blogspot.co.uk/ (DIY, crafts and vintage stuff)

I think running five blogs is a bit challenging. I have two others, an arty one and an SEO one.

Have a happy summer!