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Victoria, B.C., residents Marco Khalil and Caroline West, who together own a business selling vintage goods, found a small school bus for sale on Craigslist. They turned the 1979 bus into a vacation home — a mobile cabin — that not only serves as a backyard cabin on their property, but can serve as a pop-up shop for their business. 

Read more about it, and see additional photos taken by Caroline, over on Design*Sponge: A School Bus Turned Vacation Home | Design*Sponge

An upcycled, multipurpose space filled with vintage crates used as storage, maps used as window covering — what’s not to love about this?!


London, Ontario-based artist Dave Vancook turns previously unremarkable thrift store paintings into geektastic through the careful addition of characters and vehicles from Star Wars. A cheesy bullfighter becomes Boba Fett on an awesome holiday in Spain while Greedo heads over to the Scottish Highlands for his own minibreak. Meanwhile Darth Vader stops to smell the roses and an Imperial Stormtrooper sits down to café au lait outside a French bistro.

Visit Dave Vancook’s Facebook page to check out more of his up-cycled paintings. Prints of some of them are available via his Etsy shop.

[via Laughing Squid]


I was sent this gorgeous tutorial by LDP (follow her blog! It’s gorgeous!) and new exciting things got in the way of posting for a while, so here you go, finally!  She has loads of other fab tutorials on her blog too, such as how to make amazing Dr Who converse!

I would highly recommend this tutorial!  Books are the most commonly thrown away item given to charity shops in the UK.  If you are UK based there’s a great charity called Healthy Planet with various Books for Free shops across the UK, see locations here!

"DIY: Recycled Book Planters

This tutorial came complete with a mild existential crisis. I’ve wanted to make a craft project with books for ages now, however the thought of slicing up a tiny universe for my own selfish needs has always been too traumatic for me to bear. I eventually convinced myself that my charity shop book discoveries were only going to sit on a shelf until someone else threw them away if I didn’t buy them and use them, so why not turn them into something beautiful?

1. Start by smearing wood glue along the sides of the book, to secure the pages together. If you plan on using more than one book for the planter, glue them together without putting glue in the area you intend to cut, as this will make it more difficult to cut through.

2.Mark the area you intend to cut out, where your plant will go.

3.Use a craft knife to cut out the marked area. It may be hard to cut through the cover of the book initially, but just keep going - it’ll slice through eventually. :)

4.Once the area is as deep as you want it to be, glue the piece of plastic bag into the cut area, and trim the edges to be level with the cover of the book. This will stop water and dirt leaking into the book once your plant is inside.

5.Put your plant into the book, and look after it as your new pot plant.

Detroit Agate – You Will Never Guess What it is Made From

When cars are manufactured and painted today, it is all done in clinical clean and well extracted facilities. This means that after each car has been painted, there is no leftover paint. This is not how things used to be. In the past, cars were painted in booths where the excess paint would just fall to the floor.

Over the years the paint would form thousands of layers as more and more cars were painted. If you were to chip away part of the floor, you would be able to see all these layers in all their different colours. This is called Fordite or “Detroit Agate”.

After chipping off the block of Fordite, it can be cut into smaller pieces and polished. The polished stones can end up looking both unique and beautiful. Fordite is becoming very popular for its unique beauty especially with jewelry makers who can commend high prices for this precious material. The material has a grain, almost like the grain of an old tree.

I can’t say I was expecting yesterday’s kimono mirror shot to be the most popular thing that I’ve *ever* posted to my facebook page! It’s good to know people like my final collection so much :) Here’s another shot of the corset body and lace shorts I shared a while back - bit clearer on my fit model rather than my previous mirror shots. I think this is my favourite design from my final collection! Hand in is in just under a week’s time now and then it’s catwalk selection… Keep your fingers crossed for me that I’ll make it! xx

#karolinalaskowska #lace #instalingerie #corset #fmp #kimono #upcycling #vintage

Don’t Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

Hate to burst your bubble, glass lab gear. But plastic bubble wrap also works pretty well at running science experiments.

Scientists at Harvard University have figured out a way to use these petite pouches as an inexpensive alternate to glass test tubes and culture dishes. They even ran glucose tests on artificial urine and anemia tests on blood, all with the samples sitting inside bubble wrap.”

Learn more from NPR


We don’t do much Kickstarter here on Uncon, but I have to give a shout-out to my former students (now graduates!) from SVA’s Products of Design program — because their TRMTAB project is really cool.

It’s about creating “upcycled, refined leather goods for your tech devices.”

Our goods are limited editions because TRMTAB collections utilize leather offcuts generated from a factory’s production cycles. Each of our collections is original and one of a kind.

The leather offcuts are trims that combine to create a unique blend of color shades, textures and grains giving each product within the collection its own personality.

Here’s the part I like best:

Fashion manufacturing can be highly inefficient and wasteful. We identified that with each production cycle in one factory, 4,000 lbs of waste is created. Usually this waste would be downgraded into a lesser product or thrown into a landfill.

TRMTAB intervenes by turning the waste into beautiful, refined goods.

TRMTAB has prototyped the upcycling process with Prachi Leathers, located in Kanpur, India.

In other words, the idea is to make an Indian factory more efficient by converting what used to be throwaway waste into some pretty nice-looking products!

More, including a video, here: A limited edition, cleverly designed leather collection by TRMTAB — Kickstarter