Scrap Happy August 2021

A bumper bundle of very varied scrappy happy projects this month.

First, and simplest, I needed a mat next to the hob to put hot pans on. This is half a slate left over from when our roof was replaced many years ago. There were several – some full size and some half – stacked in a shed. A run through the dishwasher to ensure it was clean and a rub over with Olive Oil and it works a treat.

Second is a new sawhorse made by Laura with my help. It was made entirely by hand from wood cut for the fire. Because her cabin is heated entirely by the woodstove and I have a fire in my sitting room we get through a lot of firewood. All of it is cut up on these simple horses which eventually start to fall apart. At that point a new one is made and the old one returned to the firewood pile!

The third is a complete contrast – much finer, more delicate and girly! Inspired by Sandra who blogs as Wild Daffodil (https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2021/08/12/marquee-mandalas/) I made some crochet mandalas / doilies out of part balls of crochet cotton. Sandra mounted hers on plastic coated wire rings in order to hang them up but I am following a suggestion on one of the patterns and have soaked them in wood glue which should both stiffen them and make them water resistant. I have some crocheted snowflakes which I stiffened with strong starch and which I have used for many Christmases so here’s hoping the glue works

And finally I wanted a padded board to pin knitted or crocheted pieces out to shape and to use as a small temporary ironing table when sewing. I wrapped my father’s old drawing board in a used-but-nearly-new towel given to me by a friend when her Mum went into a home and secured it on the back with duct tape. To avoid the glue sticking the circles to the towel I put a bin liner between them but that is a ‘one off’ extra!

Curated by Kate and Gun Scrap Happy is a collection of posts on the 15th of each month featuring things made entirely from scrap by the contributors listed below. Follow the links to get inspired to use up your left over fabric, yarn or other stuff! Not everyone posts every month but all the blogs are well worth looking at.

Kate Gun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
KerryClaireJeanJon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L (me!) Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith and Debbierose

23 thoughts on “Scrap Happy August 2021

  1. tialys August 15, 2021 / 8:54 am

    Very enterprising and, in the case of the slate, bang on trend especially if used to serve food on.
    I’ll be interested to hear how the mandalas fare and to see how they look hanging up,

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 16, 2021 / 11:14 am

      I will be looking for a place for them once they are dry and will try to post a photo.

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  2. claire93 August 15, 2021 / 9:04 am

    so manu useful makes this month!

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 16, 2021 / 11:14 am

      Thank you

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  3. DawnGillDesigns August 15, 2021 / 9:30 am

    lots of inventiveness. I use spare slate floor tiles as the base for my soldering station πŸ˜‰

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 16, 2021 / 11:15 am

      They are lovely and heat proof and, in this case, free!

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  4. Trev Jones August 15, 2021 / 9:43 am

    Love the use of the old slate. That is hard work chopping that wood too. Well done. 😊

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 16, 2021 / 11:15 am

      It is good exercise! Luckily I quite enjoy it and the sight of a well stocked woodshed gives me a good feeling.

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  5. Laurie Graves August 15, 2021 / 2:02 pm

    You have beautifully illustrated the wide range of creativity and of using scraps. Wonderful! Do you buy wood or gather blowdowns?

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 16, 2021 / 11:18 am

      I cut trees during winter when they are dormant which means they regrow in the spring. After a few years they are ready to be cut again. That way I can make sure they don’t get too big to handle and I have a continuous supply of firewood. It is the old traditional method called coppicing. I am thinking of writing a separate blog about it – watch this space for a link.

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      • Going Batty in Wales August 17, 2021 / 10:12 am

        I’m on it but it may take a while!

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  6. onesmallstitch August 15, 2021 / 5:37 pm

    great variety of practical and pretty scrappy projects. The doilies brought back fond memories of my Mom who was an avid doily maker, they look lovely on the blue background. I have a rough slate slab that I use to roll paper thread on when making shifu, your roofing tile looks much nicer but don’t think I would find one in my area.

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      • Going Batty in Wales August 16, 2021 / 11:22 am

        I must look it up too!

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      • onesmallstitch August 16, 2021 / 7:25 pm

        I was introduced to shifu at Kawashima Textile School in 1987 and fell in love. If you check out the “tags” on the right side of my blog home page, click on shifu and scroll down to 2010 you will find a wealth of information, There are a couple books in English but the best “how to” (in English and Japanese) is Kigami and Kami-ito by Hiroko Karuno, she lives in Toronto and the book is available at the Canadian Museum of Textiles in Toronto. Yes, it takes time and a little practice to learn but I’m not a fan of the quick and easy.

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      • Going Batty in Wales August 17, 2021 / 10:12 am

        Thank you – I will look at that.

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 16, 2021 / 11:21 am

      Almost all the houses in this area, including mine, are roofed with slate because it used to be quarried in some parts of Wales. So when the roof needed to be re-done quite a few years ago I ended up with some odd bits spare. There are some huge thick slabs in the garden which came off an old path – it seems slate was used for all sorts of things!

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  7. Wild Daffodil August 16, 2021 / 9:21 am

    Thank you for the mention. I am interested to know how the wood glue works for the doilies.
    I am very impressed by your wood horse!

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 17, 2021 / 10:10 am

      So far so good! They are fairly stiff so now I need to decide where to hang them nd see how that works.

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