Showing posts with label recycling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recycling. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

DIY Play Store

It's quite common in Barcelona to find the entire contents of a flat that has to be cleaned out dumped onto the street. For me, impossible to just walk past. I am not sure what this piece of furniture is called. I think it was part of an old kitchen. I could tell that it was handmade yet awfully neglected and full of old bottles of schnapps.

Well, with a little bit of work (and help from my favourite little helper) it has turned into a play store to accompany the play kitchen that continues to be used on a daily basis. Now we have to go shopping a lot and it's my new favourite thing.

In the real world, they once reminded me: 'Mama, don't forget to buy money'.
In their store I often get given money at the check out so that I can pay the 87 Euros for 2 orange skittles. And it really doesn't matter what I came in to buy, I cannot leave without taking flour, sugar, eggs and milk with me, because this is what you need to make a cake. Hint, hint.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Play Kitchen

I don't remember where I saw this, but I instantly loved the idea of turning a chair into a play kitchen.

They don't seem to get bored of it, ever. Recently, they put in a request for new aprons, though.
Having to share (and argue over) one apron between two head chefs was no longer acceptable. On top of that, the one apron no longer covered the almost 5 year old head chef's knees.

How can you possibly prepare a nice meal under these circumstances?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


This is one of my favourites.

Originally, a very long time ago, it was a beautiful cashmere cardigan of my friend's grandmother.

She inherited it.
At some point, sadly, it shrunk in the wash.
So my friend turned it into a hooded jacket/vest for her daughter.
Her daughter grew out of it.
Now my daughter can wear it (hopefully, for quite a bit).

And I already know who's next in line...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hooded dress

Oh, I am really liking this upcycling thing. So easy, so quick.

This was a hoodie a friend of mine gave me. It was just a bit too small and short for her. So I converted this size 38 hoodie into a long sleeve hooded dress for an almost four year old: new side seams, re-attaching the cuffs, new seam on the hood.

She's decided the pocket will be used for taking tissues into school. Apparently, they need a lot of tissues.

By the way, a fantastic word - upcycling. Not sure there's anything like it in Spanish or German.
Or is this actually recycling?