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In January I pledged (along with my daughter) to reuse and make do as much as we can. In the past nine years I renovated a couple of Victorian houses and I have done a lot of work myself, including soft furnishings and revamping junk shop furniture.
I have written a few articles about this, they are not glamorous makeovers, more budget ones where I did a lot of the work myself, only employing builders and other trades when necessary.
Here are a few photos of my earliest projects - more recent crafty solutions are in the pipeline, so watch this space. In the meantime, have a look at the below and leave a comment if you wish!
1980s MDF chest of drawers with plastic handles before I transformed it. See the final result and read how I have done it by clicking here.
Avocado bathroom suite and fake-wood panelling, see the transformation by clicking here.
A leanto conservatory I had built bespoke using wood and breeze blocks. I finished off the shell with the help of Mark. Click here to see the final result.
Victorian cast-iron fireplace before I restored it, the article is looking for a home - will post the link as soon as I have found a place to publish it.
|Breastfeeding support aid or breast prostethic?|
I got the idea for the baby's mouth from Alison Blenkinsop, author of Fit to Bust - a Comic Treasure Chest. For instructions, visit www.linkable.biz and click on the button 'the breastfeeding enabler's toolchest'.
While looking for a pattern I also discovered that woolly boobies are made for cancer sufferers as they are nicer than prosthetic breasts.
Knitted breasts are used to teach mums how to achieve a good latch (hence the baby's mouth made with as lemonade bottle and a scrap of pink fabric secured with an elastic band). I filled it with torn pieces from old babygrows I machine washed beforehand.
I can definitely tick the creative recycling box with this make - the wool comes from odds purchased from my local charity shop.
But here are my favourite woolly breasts, sourced through a google search:
- Pink & fancy handmade breast
- A rainbow of woolly tits
- Beaded breast
- Breasts by generous nana
- Spring tits
- Golden boob (scroll down for English instructions)
Feel free to add your favourites but keep it clean!
UPDATE: there is a knitting tits challenge here for Breast Cancer Day 2011, click here...