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   Upcycle, Revamp, Recreate, lets just get creating!!

        reCOLLettetions is a blog about making things, recycling, up-cycling, recreating, whatever you want to call it. I am inspired by vintage, the 1950's in particular, the femininity and classic style of this era is reflected in a lot of my creations.

 I try to avoid buying mass produced anything,opting instead for up-cycled, re-used, repaired, recycled, second hand items. I don't like waste, one woman's trash can be another woman's treasure. Come along for the ride and explore some creative solutions to give things a new lease on life, instructions included! 



  • The heart Shirt revamp
    Take a tired old ordinary sleeveless shirt and turn it into something a bit more funky with a heart cut-out and a whole heap of lace! Read on ....
    Posted: Monday 14 April 2014
  • Lighthouse Lamp Upcycle
    This week I finished a lamp upcycle project for my grandsons room. An ordinary old lamp into a cool beach style lamp complete with rope and starfish! Read on how to do it yourself......
    Posted: Monday 7 April 2014
  • Caricatures, my little hobby on the side......
    Im having a play with caricatures its a fun way to get that little bit of creativity still happening in my life and this week Ive focused on Miley Cyrus, a colourful character at the best of times...........
    Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
  • A Retro Picnic Basket, an upcycling project
    An old picnic basket gets a new lease of life with a retro colour and some new dinnerware, now all I need is the perfect blanket a bottle of wine and some tasty treats...........
    Posted: Monday 24 March 2014
  • Bat Crazy Shirt
    Just a quick upcycle this week but its a cute one with a bat decal! Read on......
    Posted: Monday 17 March 2014
  • Natural Dyes for Vintage Fabric colours
    I had a play around with some common things from the garden and kitchen to create fabric dyes and this is what i came up with........
    Posted: Monday 10 March 2014
  • 'Taking care of Business' 1950's Day Dress
    This mens business shirt refashion is probably one of my favourite revamps so far. Have a look and let me know what you think......
    Posted: Monday 3 March 2014
  • Op Shopping, its all about knowing how!
    Recycling and refashioning means knowing your way around secondhand shops to find those unwanted treasures you can upcycle and give a new lease of life, here are my finds this week........
    Posted: Monday 24 February 2014
  • How to make a Crinoline Petticoat
    1950's Swing dresses look so much better with big fluffy petticoats and although I have a few I thought I'd give it a go to make my own, here's how I did it....
    Posted: Monday 17 February 2014
  • Miss Retro Motorama 2014
    Not one to brag, well ok i have to brag, I won Miss Retro Motorama 2014 so heres the photos for you.......
    Posted: Sunday 9 February 2014

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