Tag Archives: re-used

use what you got and make it better!
DIY redo on an outdated journal cover.

inside is 10% full = lots more using.
outside this cover no longer reflects where i am at

subtle transformation

used paper collage softens    changes the messaging
i like it better now    especially as it fills with current dreams and learnings.


we have a shower curtain that does not reflect house values in appearance.

In practice it does reflect house values, specifically because it was salvaged from somewhere it was not needed. We took it because we needed a shower curtain.

LEFT is my first attempt at designing a cover for it, which will hang on the outside. it is from my collection of sheer fabrics.

note the umbrella pieces salvaged from a campaign umbrella. David Eby would be proud!


RIGHT is attempt two, the winning design. these fabrics were selected to allow the maximum amount of light to penetrate into the shower, to reduce need for using artificial light.

i’ve ironed the fabric, now i need to find time to sew this project together. will update with more pictures when finished.

so glad to use this fabric… no doubt some of it is vintage, and has been in my possession for years!

scrap paper initially used as resist for spray paint project.
mark making materials not ideal, but made with what i’ve got at the studio. i remembered to bring my eraser with me from home in my bicycle pannier, since i’ve only got one.

i found these words in The Open Road by Pico Iyer. It is a book about the Dalai Lama, who “speaks slowly and carefully, in precise, rounded phrases, as if offering the stones out of which he’s built his thinking.”

Using the famous silver paper/foil, recycled from the offset printing process. I have SO MUCH of this stuff, and it will therefore appear in future posts i expect.

Another item of note is the pink streamer from a bicycle tassel. I’ve been saving this for maybe 10 years, but never installed them on any bike, nor ever given them away. Truth is while I love them… they have become stiff with age and would not blow in the wind at all. So i cut it up. Feels good.

Also, a transparency with drawings of openings of all visible containers in my room. Random but present and contained herein.

Use what you got.