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Archive for May 2nd, 2009

This totally cool retro clock is up for grabs on eBay right now – but get your  skates on – bidding ends on Sunday evening.  It’s a bright orange Metamec electric wallclock from the 1970s, in perfect working order; it’s in Blackpool in the UK and the price is around the 12 euro mark.



Learn how to make your own cold porcelain with this fantastic tutorial over at Craftstylish.  Cold porcelain is a soft, safe, air drying clay – similar in texture to polymer clay.  It does not need to be set in an oven like other clays – it air dries to a hard finish.  It can be coloured with oils or acrylics before use, or it can be painted afterwards.


Check out Cold Porcelain Designs adorable cold porcelain models.  There are tutorials, tips and tricks, and instructions for adding colour to the clay before working with it.



RikRak Studio is a home based business selling wonderful hand made one of a kind homewares and accessories.  Each piece is made from repurposed vintage fabric by Krystal, who started to craft when her grandmother taught her how to quilt and sew while she was pregnant with her son.  From there, she has built her business successfully from her home in Ottawa, Canada and has sold thousands of pieces, both on Etsy and from over 90 stores around the world.  (Read more of her inspirational story  in this Etsy interview).

I love Krystals’ work – she chooses the most vibrant fabrics, and everything is finished to such a high standard – there are a few things from her shop going on my wish list for sure 🙂

Follow The RikRak Studio blog, and check out her photostream on Flickr.


Eco Bib – The Chocolate Blueberry Mousse Vintage Little Quilt Fabric Bib (limited edition).

rikrak-coastersRecycled Vintage Fabric Coasters, set of four.

rikrak-walletQuilted Vintage Fabric Wallet – sustainable card cozy wallet.

rikrak-corsageRecycled Vintage Eco Brooch/Corsage in red.

rikrak-clutchRecycled Quilted Vintage Fabric Clutch – sustainable purse.

rikrak-potholderRecycled Quilted Vintage Fabric Trivet/Potholder in sunny yellow and white.

rikrak-walletsDesign your own sustainable Quilty Wallet/Business Card Holder

Alexandra Ferguson‘s felt pillows are made from 100% post consumer recycled felt, recycled from plastic water bottles.   It takes about four bottles to make the felt used for one pillow – so for each one made, that’s four less bottles going to landfill.

Alexandra made her very first pillows as gifts, and if it hadn’t been for the prompting of a friends’ sister, they would have been her last – but she put them on sale and has been producing them ever since.

Each pillow is made by hand at a studio in Westchester County, New York, so each is one of a kind.

(Etsy shop here)

Be Nice Or Leave from the Pillow Talk collection

Be Nice Or Leave from the Pillow Talk collection

Grass from the Nature collection

Grass from the Nature collection

Ampersand from the Monogrammed collection

Ampersand from the Monogrammed collection

Seahorses from the Creatures collection

Seahorses from the Creatures collection

A selection of very cool conversation pieces from the world of transportation….

airplane-wing-desk-by-dolph-bode-via-greenupgraderAirplane Desk, made from the wing of a 1944 Douglas DC-3 by Dolph Bode via GreenUpgrader

reclaimed-train-signal-lens-lamp-by-greenlight-concepts-via-roadside-scholarLamp from a reclaimed train signal lens by Greenlight Concepts

traffic-light-lamp-by-greenlight-concepts-via-roadside-scholarReclaimed Traffic Light Lamps by Greenlight Concepts

Both via Roadside Scholar

reclaimed-train-wheel-mirror-by-restoration-hardwareReclaimed Train Wheel Mirror by Restoration Hardware

cadillac-coffee-table-by-the-weld-houseCadillac Coffee Table by Joel Hester at The Weld House (check out their Flickr here)

bordbar-recycled-airplane-trolleys-via-inhabitatBordbar Recycled Airplane Trolleys via Inhabitat

reclaimed-railway-sleeper-chest-from-gilatimurReclaimed Railway Sleeper Chest from Gila Timur UK

seatbelt-pillows-by-ting-at-reform-school-rulesSeatbelt Pillows by Ting at Reform School

deborah-plane-wing-desk-at-reestoreDeborah Plane Wing Desk at Reestore

elsie-car-panel-desk-by-ninestoriesElsie Table by Nine Stories – via Treehugger

paint-chip-card-holders-at-design-verbBusiness Card Holders (with tutorial) over at Design Verb

paint-chip-wall-art-by-paperstoriesPaint Chip Silhouette Wall Art by Paperstories via Peppermags

paint-chip-gift-tags-via-spoonful-of-sugarPaint Chip Gift Tags at A Spoonful Of Sugar

paint-chip-table-at-ikeahackerPaint Chip Table at Ikeahacker

paint-chip-notebooks-at-craft-gossipPaint Chip Notebooks at Craft Gossip

paint-chip-bookmarks-at-more-atyle-than-cashPaint Chip Bookmarks (with tutorialat More Style Than Cash

paint-chip-matchbook-notebook-at-whimsyMatchbook Style Notebook (with tutorial) at WhiMSy

OR… you could cover an entire wall in them!

paint-chip-wall2-via-designspongeVia Design*Sponge

paint-chip-wall-via-designspongeAlso via Design*Sponge

Check out the magical photorealistic art of Missouri born artist Glennray Tutor.  His nostalgic paintings are filled with marbles, fireworks, comic books and toys from the mid 20th century, and seem to glow with colour and light.

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