Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Upcycling: Turning my friends into skip rats

I'm onto the second stage of writing my book The Handmade Wedding and busy assembling materials for my next batch of projects. 
As a passionate recycler my personal facebook page is starting to look like my own version of free cycle as I beg, borrow and generally harangue my friends for help amassing all the things I need.
Queen Blagger
They don't let me down though. My friend Lena is particularly good at finding me stuff, even old craft books whist Lilly Von Pinks house is a veritable treasure trove for props and weird odds and ends (need a nineteen twenties style phone, ask Lilly, need old fashioned trifle pudding bowls ask Lilly) Ive even got my mum at it and she has become a dab hand at sourcing china cups and plates for me. 
Helping me feed my need for the pre loved
My blagging shout outs hit gold yesterday.I needed a lamp stand for a particular project and asked if anyone could help. The next morning one of my friends Jenny spied the very thing in a local auction house for the princely sum of two pounds, took a pic and uploaded it for me. Ive been after one of these for a few weeks now as I don't need a new one far from it I need an old knackered one which I can tart up so really didn't want to spend a fortune.The one Jenny found was perfect and Ive now brought it. Hurrah for my friends becoming honorary skip rats-all in the name of crafts.
To the untrained eye nothing to get excited about-to me its craft gold
Do your friends and family look out for vintage finds for you? Whats your finders fee. Cake, Wine, or do you do swaps?

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