Wednesday, 23 November 2011

WOYWW - Week 129 - Recycling for Christmas

Good Morning WOYWW, Followers and All,

It's Wednesday once more, time to reveal What's On Your Workdesk - to join in pop over to Julia's blog, Stamping Ground where you will find a host of links to other brave crafters willing to show all. Whether they work in pristine and orderly craft space or in a creative mess and muddle, and whether on a desk, table, kitchen worktop or, in some extreme cases(oh yes, extreme crafting!), on the floor, they show all for your delight :)  Feel free to join in - you'll discover it's an education and a pleasure - by clicking here.


After that big build up my desk is a tad disappointing today. I had a big clean up yesterday - well overdue I can tell you! All I have on my desk is ... well, what is it. Well, it's a Christmas tree - or it will be after I've added a bit of festive glitter. And this is what it was in a previous life:


Yes, it's a supermarket catalogue! I was shown how to transform the catalogue into a tree at the Monday craft class a few weeks ago. It's just a case of folding every page -  three folds for each one - and that's it done. If you are interested in a tutorial let me know and I'll put one together.

It's not a bad way of re-using an item that usually ends up in the bin, unloved and unwanted. It's easy, if a bit time consuming, to make - this one was made in an evening whilst watching TV. However, I've heard that it's a great way to keep children occupied on car journeys!

This is coming from a wet and miserable corner of Scotland today - with really bad light - I've had the lights on all morning because it is so dull. Bad enough, but spare a thought for my son, he lives up in rural Aberdeenshire where they have an even shorter period of daylight at this time of the year - and he always develops SAD over the winter period because of it.

Right, I'm off to join the EM for lunch then I'll be back to begin this marathon blog hop and visit as many of you as possible.

In the meantime, I wish you all a great day and  crafting,

26 comments:

Neil said...

Hi there. Thanks for letting us peek into your creative space this week. It's always inspiring seeing where and how we create! Hope the rest of your week goes very well for you.
Neil #31

inkypinkycraft said...

Great tree ! Must be a trend I saw another one on one of the desks I hopped onto!!! Happy woyww trace x(30)

jude said...

Wow thats the 2nd tree ive seen out of amag or yellow pages.Id love to have ago if you do a tutorial i would love to do with the girls.Have fab wednesday pop by as i have candy up for grabs hugs judex 18

JoZart said...

Great trees and I've seen dress models made to look similar with lots of magasine cut outs on the body. Must have taekn ages....
Love JoZArty x

Rita said...

Fabulous idea Elizabeth. A tutorial would be great. I am having a craft room clean out to-day as well. Still stuck with tradesmen etc. Hugs Rita xx

Helen said...

I've seen this in a couple of places today, and think it looks great.
Helen. 8

Sunshine Girl said...

The tree looks great - a good idea to use an unwanted magazine too! Thanks for sharing. Sunshine Girl – No 19

Bridget Larsen said...

ooh yes please can you show us how you made that tree
Bridget #36

Ann B said...

Great idea and a good use of all those store Christmas mags we get around now.
Ann B
#35

Neet said...

Second tree I have seen - and YES - tutorial please. I'd love to try one and I just happen to have that magazine.
I am late, as usual these days, in commenting - had such a busy day with a house full of men - five tradesmen and him indoors. At least I have a shower now! Thanks for sharing - Hugs, Neet xx #12

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Oh what a good idea! a tutorial would be fab hun, please

Happy WOYWW

Lou #41

Spyder said...

Oh yes, we neee to know how to make it! what a great idea, I hate throwing those mags out, they should be madeinto something useful!
Happy WOYWW for Lyn...((not smiling!!)

lisa said...

What a great use of your catalogue, Elizabeth. Please share how to do it with us. I shall need to keep DD occupied when she has a day off next week due to the teacher's strike!!
Sorry the weather has been glum for you today. They promised us sunshine, but it never happened, although was dry!!
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #84

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Clever you Elizabeth - very good idea! Shaz in oz x. Ps wet here too but we really need it, so am glad!

voodoo vixen said...

LOL... a magazine tree on your desk too!! Aren't they fun? I do all my folding whilst watching TV so it doesn't seem like such a bore and have seen a version with glitter sprayed over it... looks fab!! Annette #11

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh pretty, pretty please may we a tutorial for that tree - I love it!! I'd make some in different sizes and have a mini forest on top of my piano!!
Thanks for dropping by my blog :)
Hugs, LLJ #39 xx

Lisa-Jane said...

What a brilliant use of unwanted catalogues! When I said I couldn't do anything because of my nails, I obviously meant housework and not crafting, that would be fine ;-)

Mrs A. said...

Can I add my name (won't say voice cos its gone) for a tutorial foer the tree please. You have me totally intrigued by it. Hugs Mrs A.

Angie said...

I agree about the weather ...my eyes are rubbish in bad light and the light is bad all day at the moment. Love your paper tree ...saw something similar on another blog with yellow pages ...a tutorial might be a great thing to have ...and it would mean recycing those mags into something fun.xx

VonnyK said...

What a great idea, you will have to tell us how to make the tree so I can keep my little miss quiet for 5 minutes.

Hazel said...

Wow! what fun and effective way to recycle - love it. I didn't manage to do WOYWW yesterday (too busy). I've missed you on CHNC - hope to see you again soon. x

Sam said...

You and the Voodoo Vixen have the same projects on your desk! Would love to see how!! I am a big fan of recycling or "upcycling" as it is often referred to!

Julia Dunnit said...

It is a great idea for a decoration..bet it's incredibly sturdy; as I'm late to your blog I can summarise the comments by saying yes please, we wanna know how! Funny that you and Annette have both tidied up and started folding..and you're both experiencing northern hemisphere's wintry beginnings....more than WOYWW in common then!

Shoshi said...

Wow, what an amazing use of an old catalogue or magazine! I love upcycling. Happy belated WOYWW, Shoshi #70

fairy thoughts said...

interesting tree a tutorial would be great thsnks.
I'm a bit late this week still have the dreaded cold.
janet

butlersabroad said...

Briallant use of something that would be quickly discarded by most folks, and I judge from the "yes pleases" that instructions will follow! Hope the weather in your part of the world has improved, we've been 9C warmer in Michigan this weekend than normal but tomorrow and Monday we're due pouring rain!

Hugs
Brenda 82