Scraphappy Day April

Making things from scraps again this month and, although Mr. Tialys features again – 🙄 – I’m determined not to let him hog the whole post this time and, anyway, I think his contribution has been entered in a previous Scraphappy by somebody else.

Anyway, without further ado, plant pots were some of the many things we left behind in France which may or may not eventually arrive here but probably not.  Mr. T. ordered in some fibre pots which will eventually break down and, although he did give in and buy a pack of plastic ones the other day, the seeds needed small homes.  We’ve saved up the cardboard inner tubes from the loo rolls and Mr. T. manipulates each one into two small seed pots.  At first he was snipping around the diameter of the bottom of each half and folding them in to make a base but found this made quite a shallow pot so now he leaves the bases open and puts them in a tray with a layer of compost in it so that the roots grow into that which then makes it easier to pick the whole plant up and transplant it.  Apparently.

Here are the nasturtiums in their little loo roll homes.

So, enough of Mr. T.’s projects, I also have a contribution this month.  If you remember, I made a wigwam shaped peg bag a little while back and thought I’d make another.

‘But that doesn’t look like much like a scrap project’ I hear you say and you would be right.

I did, however, have scrap left from making the peg bag and this is what I made with it.

Which, I believe, is an excellent excuse for couple of doggie photos.

Kerpow bandana modelled by Stan.

Going grey now – he’ll be 11 in June – but still my handsome boy.


Just before ‘going to  press’ Mr Tialys had to have the last word 🙄

Remember all that wood and other old toot that he got off of the bank in the garden?

He just turned it into this

The roof protection is made from a bit of old butyl pond liner also found on the bank.

Then he climbed up the willow tree to position it.

Ready for the blue tits to find if they haven’t found accommodation already.

So, he trumped me again.


Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn.  Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.

Contact Kate or Gun (first names on the list) if you want to join in.


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  1. #1 by claire93 on April 15, 2021 - 08:32

    the two of you make a great team: bird house and dog bandana !! brilliant use of what you have to hand!

    • #2 by tialys on April 15, 2021 - 10:43

      He quite likes contributing to Scraphappy and, like all of us, it encourages him to use things up that would otherwise be laying around.

      • #3 by claire93 on April 15, 2021 - 11:27

        lol yes, my husband enjoys it when he gets a mention in a blog post. Why he doesn’t start his own blog is beyond me, but nah, he just enjoys reading my mine and checking out all the comments.

  2. #4 by DawnGillDesigns on April 15, 2021 - 09:05

    great use of bogroll inners (MrG is now using shuttlecock packs for parsnips.) and yes, I’m afraid his birdbox did trump the bandana – but only cos of it’s usefulness and the sweet twig! Really love your peg bag .

    • #5 by tialys on April 15, 2021 - 10:41

      Interesting! Does Mr. G. put them in the ground in the packs or is he just starting them off in them?

      • #6 by DawnGillDesigns on April 15, 2021 - 11:46

        every 2 years we grow parsnips, so in 2019, he used ‘regular’ MAVIS tubes, (this size, and yes, he puts them into the ground as we’ve reasonably heavy clay here in Exeter. The tubes are more durable than loo rolls, and took longer to rot away, but it was very clear where the parsnips came out of the tubes and became Ood! This year he’s gone for the longer tubes that he got from a pal who plays in a proper badders league. The seedlings aren’t doing quite so well, which we think is coz these tubes are that bit longer.

  3. #7 by nanacathy2 on April 15, 2021 - 09:27

    I think Mr T may need his very own blog if he goes on like this. I am sure that des res will have its First Tennant shortly. Love the bandana, very nifty.

    • #8 by tialys on April 15, 2021 - 10:39

      Hopefully it will soon have a ‘Let Agreed’ sign (or the bird equivalent) on it. We have a pair of wood pigeons busily swooping across the garden in front of our glass fronted garden room as they collect twigs from the garden and take them to the pyracantha for their nest. It’s fascinating to watch and I’m hoping the thorns will deter the cats 🙀

  4. #9 by katechiconi on April 15, 2021 - 09:39

    You deserve enormous credit for motivating and facilitating Mr T’s contribution, I feel. You must keep poking him with a stick to ensure that his scrappy output continues, He has company in Mr Snail, after all, and we need more of the same.
    The birdhouse is indeed gorgeous and very cute, and he’s a clever sausage, but you have also made a mature but stylish doggo very happy. He looks very distinguished.

    • #10 by tialys on April 15, 2021 - 10:36

      Yes, he was quite chuffed when he showed me the birdhouse yesterday and pleased that, even though I’d already written and scheduled the original blog post, I went and got my camera to add the project in. Bless ‘im.

      • #11 by katechiconi on April 15, 2021 - 11:11

        I’d keep reminding him that there’s kudos in being in ScrapHappy, so that he continues to produce the good stuff. Some more woodworking projects would be excellent!

  5. #12 by Susan Nixon on April 15, 2021 - 13:52

    How much fun can two married people have with scraps? LOL Great projects! My good friend here starts her vegetables in toilet paper roll pots like that, too. It’s a clever idea, and recycles and free! Dog looks very smart in his new accessory. =)

    • #13 by tialys on April 15, 2021 - 18:19

      We know how to have a good time 🤣

  6. #14 by Quimper Hitty on April 15, 2021 - 14:33

    So much Scrap Happiness – nasturtiums, laundry, dog, birds, husband and tialys, not to mention diminution of scrap heaps – this is the happiest post yet! Thanks for all the joy!

    • #15 by tialys on April 15, 2021 - 18:18

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  7. #16 by Born To Organize on April 15, 2021 - 18:08

    I think you’re both pretty darn clever. I love the loo pots, the birdhouse, the peg bag and the doggie bandanas. I made a card, so I’m feeling sufficiently outdone myself. You’re a good team. I love the grey whiskers on your sweet, aging pooch. If only they could live longer. xo

    • #17 by tialys on April 15, 2021 - 18:17

      Your card is lovely!
      Unlike cats who seem to look young for years and years – dogs start to look old quite suddenly and it doesn’t seem so long ago when they were just pups, which it isn’t really.

      • #18 by Born To Organize on April 19, 2021 - 04:49

        I’ve noticed that in general with our friend’s dogs. With the cats, it seems more behavioral. Lindy, for instance, doesn’t jump or climb anymore, and when she walks down the hallway she sounds heavy-footed. To look at her, though, you would never know she was approaching her 19th birthday. We will be heartbroken when she goes.

  8. #19 by myquiltprojects on April 15, 2021 - 19:52

    Love the wigwam! Love the pooch collar! Love the birdhouse! A very nice use of scraps indeed!

  9. #21 by onesmallstitch on April 15, 2021 - 21:03

    so many scrappy projects all at once. Stan looks very smart in his kerchief. Love the birdhouse, I’ll have to start saving toilet paper rolls for next year, great idea.

    • #22 by tialys on April 16, 2021 - 09:41

      We can’t claim credit for the loo roll idea but it is a good one and deserves to be imitated. I hope it doesn’t start another stockpiling event though 🤣

  10. #23 by sew2pro on April 15, 2021 - 22:47

    Well now you’re just showing off! Kudos to you both. I love the bird house with the sweet little perch. We’ve had several viewings on our new-build but no one has moved in yet. Give Stan a hug from me – he is always so handsome and dignified-looking, I love the silvery bits in his moosh.

    • #24 by tialys on April 16, 2021 - 09:37

      He’s grown into quite a distinguished old gentleman hasn’t he? Although he doesn’t look quite so distinguished when he’s rolling on his back for a tummy rub.

  11. #25 by kathyreeves on April 16, 2021 - 02:21

    Excellent scrap usage all around. Stan looks especially handsome!

    • #26 by tialys on April 16, 2021 - 09:36

      He does doesn’t he – nothing wrong with a few greys.

  12. #27 by tottietalkscrafts on April 16, 2021 - 04:01

    All the projects are so neat! Well done 🙂

  13. #29 by magpiesue on April 16, 2021 - 04:07

    I love every scrappy project in this post! I so want Mr. T to come spend some time in our our yard/garden spaces. 😀

    • #30 by tialys on April 16, 2021 - 09:35

      I’m waiting for him to run out of things to do outside so we can make a start on the interior. I might be waiting for some time 😏

  14. #31 by Emmely on April 16, 2021 - 06:00

    Great projects! If the birdhouse was put up too late to be used this year it’ll surely attract occupants next year. It is so much fun to see the parents flying in and out knowing there must be little birds inside.

    • #32 by tialys on April 16, 2021 - 09:34

      Amazingly, it was adopted by a pair of blue tits the very next day. They must have been out house hunting just at the right time.

      • #33 by Emmely on April 16, 2021 - 12:11

        Wow, that is super quick!

    • #34 by tialys on April 16, 2021 - 10:25

      p.s. I just left a long comment on your blog and then accidentally deleted it. Anyway, I thought I was still following you but that you had stopped blogging – perhaps you did for a while when you had your babies – but I can see that you are still posting after all. So – to cut a long story short, I’ve re-followed you now.
      I wrote something long and admiring on your recent workspace post but, in a nutshell, it looks splendid!

      • #35 by Emmely on April 16, 2021 - 12:12

        Haha! I’ve had several periods of inactivity but I’m back and having fun!

  15. #36 by CurlsnSkirls on April 16, 2021 - 08:17

    Every time I see an empty loo roll I think of you . . . 🤣

    • #37 by tialys on April 16, 2021 - 09:33

      Well, I suppose there could be worse reminders of me 🤣

  16. #39 by rutigt on April 16, 2021 - 08:26

    Love the birdhouse and, of course, the bandana!

  17. #41 by cedar51 on April 17, 2021 - 22:55

    a great team you both are, and using up scraps is so satisfying when you have made the effort to produce something – even if they are truly not a proper scrap. Of course, I don’t think scrap needs to be off cut of something new like your bandana – but using up something that might have gone to the garbage bin…(oops that doesn’t make sense)

    • #42 by tialys on April 19, 2021 - 09:56

      Before our recent move I donated a massive amount of scraps and craft items to various friends, organisations, etc. to avoid adding to the huge amount of stuff already packed up. I’m now starting a new stash of scraps so I am rather limited for the moment but the OH is finding all sorts in the garden to deal with. He’s just removed a load of netting from a large fruit cage and hosed it all down to re-use in various ways yet to be decided.

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