February 26, 2007

Recycle fun....

I spent yesterday running around, a usual busy Monday –swimming class for the boys, a couple of loads of washing then it rained so had to get everything off the line, lots of ironing – my never ending ironing pile…don’t you just love it (not!)

I still managed to sit down with some warm tea, and craft whilst the boys had an afternoon nap! Crafting is my chill out time….
I made these ATCs – I love how they are all different. I made them out of clippings from magazines and craft paper scraps. Recycling fun indeed!
I have about 15 folders crammed full of magazine clippings. Images that catch my eye or articles of interest, patterns, fonts, fashion images, some are upto 20 years old!
Every now and then I go through them for inspiration and most of the time I still get the same thrill I did when first seeing them intact in the magazine…Ok...now Im sounding weird…

We also had council rubbish pickup day so this weekend we cleaned out the garage but didn’t have too much to throw out.
The bad thing is they give you a set date but then take a week to pick everything up so the pavements are very messy full of people’s junk.
During the week you will see lots of cars stopping to go through the rubbish saving anything that might suit them which is a good thing I guess – as the saying goes, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure – Im sure some people make a living out of this so good for them!
Ive never done it myself although Im always on the lookout for an old solid chair that could do with a spruce up!
Im part of a Sydney free-cycle yahoogroup and it’s a great group if you have something free to give away or if you don't need a certain item anymore and are looking for the item to be reused rather than thrown away. I’ve given away a TV, kitchen stuff, magazines and books and a couple of months ago I spotted these vintage children’s patterns so emailed the person and she gave them to me – they are so cute!!


  1. Love your ATCs! I have a pile of magazine pages too! Those patterns look fun!

  2. Anonymous7:51 PM

    I'm just like you!!!
    Driving my children around (tennis, fencing, friends, bookshop, ...).
    My iron pile competes with the Himalaya mountain...
    I love your birdy!

  3. I see a stamp on one, I just love stamps. I often go into Oxfam where people have donated old stamps and they sell them on. I like to use them in my scrap book.

  4. That sounds like a fun way to recycle! I am not very good at recycling household waste - I seem to be in too much of a hurry to sort things out - I am getting better though. You put a fun slant on the word 'recycle' for me.

    I often want to pick up things that people leave out for a council clean up. The only problem is that they are usually large items like tables and chairs and we only have small cars. My husband tends to find some practical reason why we can't just go picking things up too - like there is no where to put it!

  5. Quite the hive of activity over here, Happy cutting... I love to do the very same.
    see you, g

  6. your ATCs are so inspiring! i too have folders stuffed with bits of inspiration... now to put them to good use :) hugs, amisha

  7. I adore that "Notes in My Head" one.

  8. I've been looking around...you are quite an artist! That lemon drink sounds wonderful. I'd surely be out there going thru people's trash while my husband would be pulling me away so as not to embarrass him!

  9. Anonymous3:38 AM

    FANTASTIC ATCs!!! love how you used magazine clippings for them in such a creative way. i've tried to do the same but never seem to get such wonderful results. :) i've also got a thing for saving magazine clippings...you have an impressive amount! BTW, the best way to beat the ironing blues...just go wrinkled...haha

  10. that group sounds great! i must be weir too, because i am thrilled to see my mag clippings again and again. love your atc's!

  11. You must give the contact details for that recyle group. I have so much STUFF that I don't have room for it any more.

  12. I've always had a lot of magazines, and normally I clip pages for watercolor painting inspirations--but lately I've been clipping away, words images, anything really and I was trying to figure out how to organize this chaos I've created..lol. So I bought some photo boxes Sunday to get going on the organization. Your ATC are wonderful, and they inspire me to USE all my cut outs now!

  13. I love the notes in my head card! The laundry here never ends. Sometimes I would like to set fire to it.

  14. Hmmm, it's hard to pick a favorite. They're all fantastic, but I think I like the first one best. :-) Great job, Anastasia! So clever!

  15. Anonymous9:02 PM

    Not so weird to have piles of magazines clippings, i have a filing cabinet drawer full and put them into scrap books! Love your new ATC's especially the notes in your head!

  16. Anonymous5:15 AM

    So fabulous! I REALLY love that birdie collage!

  17. I am very interested in the whole concept of recycling!
    I am a big believer in it, and whole-heartedly agree with the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure".

    No you're not weird with keeping all the cutouts etc. I wish I was just as organised as you are, and to actually have a designated spot for them...I'm always cutting things out and then stumble across them unexpectedly.
    Lurve your ATC's ~ your work is always a treat.

  18. Love the first one with the bird. So cute :)

  19. Anonymous6:13 AM

    What a delightful blog you have. I have been away of holidays, I am so glad you came by my blog and that I followed you here to yours!


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