Arts, Crafts, Upcycling & Eco Issues at Tea and Cake for the Soul

I come from that working class generation of the 60s and 70s, and have always had a strong reuse and make do ethic.  People didn’t have everything that they wanted back then. Life’s amenities weren’t so disposable. It was long before people became aware of what modern day living was doing to the planet.

I can’t bear waste, and as I have quite a creative mind, I love to repurpose things and make them into something useable again.

Here at Tea and Cake for the Soul, I like to share ideas of how you can reduce waste and repurpose things rather than throw them away. I show you some of my upcycled furniture projects, and fun ways to make art from things that are broken or no longer wanted.

I write about important eco issues, some that are very much in the media at the moment, and some that might not be so openly discussed. Many of my articles will have money saving opportunities as well as an environmental impact.

Here are links to all the posts that I have written so far that come under the Arts, Crafts, Upcycling & Eco-friendly living category. If you’re a new reader I hope you’ll check them out, and if you’ve been following for a long time, you might like to revisit an old post for some inspiration.

There are lots of ideas, just click on the title links to read the posts.  I’d love to hear your ideas too.

jars of dried sundries in a zero waste shop
photo credit Fetchum From The Cupboard

Eco-friendly living/reducing waste

* How to Reuse, Redistribute  & Recycle Your Rubbish
* Ecobricks – How to Reuse Your Non-Recyclable Plastic Waste

* How to Reduce Plastic Waste in Hotels, Cafes & Bars
* Environmentally Friendly & Money Saving Ways for Moving House

* Is Cheaper Pre-packed Food Creating More Plastic Waste?
* How to Make Vegetable Stock from Vegetable Peelings
* Is Digitalisation helping more than the environment?

* Ideas for eco-friendly DIY advent calendars
* Ideas for eco-friendly wrapping, gift bags & boxes
* How to Have a Waste Free Eco Friendly Halloween

Eco-friendly product reviews

* Rebyl Vybes Pamper Boxes
* Seatox Seaweed Bath Soak
* Earth Breeze Laundry Sheets

3 vinyl records made into curvy bowls

DIY Arts, Crafts & Upcycling

* 15 Free & Budget Gift Ideas for Teachers
* How to Make Art & Upcycle your Music Memorabilia
* DIY Alternatives to Sending Christmas Cards
* Upcycling Musical Instruments for Art – Mother Punk
* Upcycling Musical Instruments for Charity
* Hot Pink Tea Station
* Annie Sloan Upcycled Sideboard

Art to Buy or Visit

* Where to find knitted post box toppers in the UK
* Where to find the best street art in Worthing

* Broomhill Sculpture Park, Devon
* BOOK of FACES by Skelf Art – Mini portraits for 2020 lockdown project
* Rose Hurles Art – prints, posters & cards

upcycled guitar skulls candle display Fusion Tailors
On display at Fusion Tailors Savile Row – photo by Mother Punk

What do you do to reduce unnecessary waste and household rubbish?

Are you a keen recycler or upcycler?

If you have any ideas or projects to share, I’d love to read them in the comments below.

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12 thoughts on “Arts, Crafts, Upcycling & Eco Issues at Tea and Cake for the Soul

  1. That guitar is impressive, I must say! Great post.

    Hubby and I are big into recycling. There is so much waste, it’s truly a crisis at this point in my humble opinion.

    I’ve always been amazed at what some people can create with recycled materials. Are you familiar with the pocket books made of recycled paper, etc? It’s pretty neat!

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  2. I love the combination of reusing waste and being creatively active. I have this (still very vague) dream of one day building a tiny house completely out of waste materials. Not only would that give me a good feeling, to put these materials to use again, but it should also mean saving a lot of money on timber, steel, glass, whatever, that I would otherwise need to buy in a store. But again, it’s still a vague dream 😉

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  3. A fantastic collation of your posts. I think there’s a lot to be said for reducing waste and upcycling, and over time I think society has become more conscious of how we’ve bought more, thrown away more, and need to make a change. No wonder there’s so much said about our “throwaway society”, so inspiration for how to reduce this is fab! xx

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  4. I love upcycling things! I make sewing projects out of old jeans like bags and pencil cases. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve repainted and repurposed various items of furniture. I’m such a hoarder but it’s so nice to be able to throw together a school project or fancy dress costume from my crafting stash!

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