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Upcycling – Gran’s candle stick and plate become Heidi’s cupcake stand

If you play around on Pinterest (especially in the the DIY and crafty areas) you would most certainly have stumbled across the use of old plates or pie tins and candle sticks to make a cupcake stand.

Let’s face it, we all have old plates and candle sticks ‘floating’ around the house, that we NEVER use! And if you are lucky enough not to, take yourself down to your local thrift shop and you can probably pick some up for under $5 (or knock on your neighbours door and ask them to donate some of their ‘floaters’ to you!)

Ingenious was my first impression. You’ve probably noticed I get over-the-top-excited about a old upcycling project… So much so that I wanted to give it a go myself.

The two things I love about upcycling…

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Mastering desserts – cheats chocolate fondant

Cheats chocolate fondant was my first attempt to master desserts in 2012 (as I proudly announced to be my New Years resolution a few moths ago)…

I would hardly label this attempt as mastering. As the recipe title suggests [cheats], if you get it wrong it will still come out right!

Brilliant. I needed something that would boost my confidence, easing me into this accuracy challenge. To put the pressure of this challenge into perspective, here’s a saying my mum would recite to me when I was younger (and she still does occasionally now)….

“scratch-patch, rub-a-dub, near enough, good enough Bernice”

red velvet cupcakes party kids birthday food recipe
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Heidi’s first birthday party…(any excuse to sip on sparkling and eat honey joys!)

We made it…. our (not so little) Heidi is now one! The photo below was taken before all her buddies arrived for her party last weekend. Whilst I love this photo, I prefer the ‘behind the scenes’ shots that show you her true personality…  … Read More

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Upcycling: egg carton muffin box

I guess you could call this Part II of Upcycling: Transforming garbage. I have ‘a thing’ about throwing things away that can be used for something else – it drives my husband crazy.

All around our house you’ll find items I have saved from the trash that are being stored until I get around to doing something with them.

A few months ago I posted about a collection of household garbage I had transformed into useful home storage items (see post: Upcycling – transforming garbage).

Below are examples of the baby formula tin becoming a cooking utensil holder, and the bulk washing detergent bucket turned into toy box….