Recoverista test: DIY product pics at home

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For a while now I’ve been aware that the pictures I take of my patterns are severely less impressive than the patterns themselves. Naturally, that had to change. And since I am the know-it-all cheapskate you’ve come to adore – don’t argue, hmmmkay? – I decided I could very well take matters into my own hands!

Since I consider the outcome a success, I’d like to share my tactic! Because believe me, if my pictures came out looking like this, with that setup…there’s no limit to what YOU can do.

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How to turn old t-shirts into yarn

…but first, let’s answer the burning question on everybody’s minds: why the hell would you?

Cutting up old t-shirts and turning them into yarn is definitely a labor of love. It takes quite a bit of time and effort, and the end result is never going to come out as slick and professional as mechanically produced yarn.

But then, all that is kind of the point.Lees verder »How to turn old t-shirts into yarn

How to make your crocheted booties last longer

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We all know what it’s like, right? Crocheting slipper booties is just cool. They’re a nice item that you can use daily and while not everybody may love granny squares ALL THE TIME, ALL OVER THE PLACE, everybody loves some warm boots come winter. So you spend a couple of weeks crocheting booties for your loved ones. They love them, they love you – love, love, love all around, and the next thing you know the soles have worn out and the boots get tossed in the bin.

The fact that a lot of boot patterns tell you to make the foot and the sole in one piece also doesn’t help; that way you can’t simply replace the sole and reuse the rest. A complete waste of time, yarn and energy, if you ask me! So much of a waste, in fact, that I couldn’t stand for it any longer. And so on behalf of all the unraveling booties in the world I present to you:

The Recoverista way to make crocheted boots last longer!Lees verder »How to make your crocheted booties last longer

Total cost: 8 euros – How to build smart garden constructions for almost free

A repurposed garden doesn’t have to mean an ugly garden! I made all the structures in our garden for a banging grand total of 8 euros (10 dollars) and I think they look pretty nice. The key is to be consistent with your materials and techniques, so that the structures go together somewhat and it doesn’t end up looking like one huge mess. Always keep the big picture in mind to avoid chaos on the detail level. But then that’s true for most things in life.
And now I sound like a promotional speaker on a leadership 2.0 congress.

Anyway, here are my garden projects for your viewing pleasure!Lees verder »Total cost: 8 euros – How to build smart garden constructions for almost free