We’ve been to the local pubs and restaurants and stocked up on their unwanted wine and beer bottles. A big thank you to the New Lodge and The Porterhouse for collecting empties for us.

Some more bottle cutting and hopefully our technique will mean we can provide more chunky, rustic, tumblers and cool beer bottle glasses. Tragically, all the large Corona beer bottles keep fracturing down their length making the pint-sized glasses the hardest to produce. We’ve been cutting them as near to the neck as we can which seems to help, but then there is a lot of grinding to get the size right.

We love the final product but not the task of making them – especially the grinding noise. Must keep in mind that it is all worth it in the end.

Having spent a while getting to grips with glass cutting, we’re now slicing empty wine and beer bottles with more successes and fewer breakages. This means we now have more glasses to be creative with and so we’re playing with the star motif.

We love the decorative simplicity of the 5-pointed star and its connotations of flags, American States, European Members, Pop Art, Magic and of course, stars. We still need to finish grinding and sanding the tops of the cut bottles to make them rounded and tactile and nice to drink from. However, we’ve also cut some star templates from paper and glued them in place ready for etching and sanding.

A few hours of work should do it and hopefully, the resulting designs will give us a new range of glasses to make Estuary Home shine. Our designs are still a work-in-progress but initially we’re planning a ‘frosted’ star on a clear background and the reverse – a clear star in a background sanded and etched opaque.

It may be nice to try and make it a bit blotchy as if stencilled but perhaps, first of all, just try for a simple star. Time for some sandpaper.

After dismantling several pallets to give us the materials for our coffee tables, we now have all those wooden blocks that are sandwiched in the middle just hanging around. Bashed and nailed into place, they are in fact made from really good wood that in our mind, would be a shame not to reuse in some way…

Therefore we’ve just been out and picked up this drill bit. It may just be the thing…

As well as those great little wooden blocks from the pallets we have also been picking up driftwood and branches. Hmm.


Recycled Hessian Placemats

At Estuary Home we certainly do and it is great to know that a lot of people in the locality do too. This is because it gives us a chance to recycle those empty coffee bean sacks from the Welsh Coffee Co. and Coaltown Roasters into some really great stuff.

Over the last few days it has been all about hessian. Making use of the bold printed graphics coffee growers and distributors stamp onto their coffee sacks, we have produced so great looking hessian placemats.

The past couple of days have seen some careful measuring and cutting to ensure that we salvage as much hessian as possible while producing matching sets of 4. This is not as simple as it may seem. The sacks are printed for functionality, not look and so nothing is ever in quite the same place from sack-to-sack.

However, much of the off-cuts are used for our jar table centrepieces and with a view that nothing goes to waste we better get our thinking cap on.

Our new hessian makes will be for sale on Etsy shortly just as soon as the ‘fray stop’ dries and we can get some good photos.