Saturday, 31 January 2015

"It's all about the Bays"

Ey up my faithful blogworms, following on from last weeks blog I thought I'd post some more recycled roadstone plaques of beloved campervans and give you a chance to get something for nothing !!

To give you a bit more of an insight into these fab plaques, as I said last week they're made from a recycled mix of tarmac roadstone, welsh slate waste and a sand which is a peculiar geological seam that has no other useful purpose in the construction industry. The whole thing is then glazed with a mix used for lining underground ceramic pipes in mainland Europe making them very hardwearing when used as either a tile or a splashback.

Last week you saw a hob splashback featuring a 60's Splitscreen, this week I thought I'd share some of the other campers we have made plaques of.

The top one is our own bus 'Pandora' dressed up for a wedding, which makes a fantastic and unusual commemorative gift for the lucky couple and certainly a souvenir you won't get anywhere else.

The second one is of a Samba down a leafy lane in deepest Cornwall which we think is, not only a perfect shot but would make a splashback to take pride of place in any kitchen

The third one a lot of you will probably recognise as quite a famous bus formerly owned by one of the hardest working and knowledgeable couples dedicated to the VW world in the UK ........................ but who ?

The last one shown here is a great bus that was a worthy winner of Best in Show at last years CamperJam. 

Their plaque was made and awarded by us for all the effort they put into making the bus the show winner it became.

That brings me to 2 very important offers.

 We are looking to sponsor 2 plaques, Free Of Charge, for Best in Show awards at 2 of the VW shows this year. (that's one each ). Get in touch if you're organising shows this season and let me know why you think your show should be one we choose. Funniest or most apt reasons get the plaque !! We're looking for one in the north and one in the south

AND tell me via our facebook page whose blue & white campervan is featured in pic 3 to win a recycled yoghurt or coffee cup bread board  for your bus this year.

Bread board winner will be posted on Facebook on Friday, 6th Feb

OR generally for info on sizes and prices if you want to immortalise your own ride on a plaque made from the very roadstone you drive it on, again, contact me through our facebook page.

Start your post or message "Show Bus"

As Meghan Trainor said "it's all about the Bays" ( & Splitties & T3's & T4's & T5's ) we love them all !!


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Recycling meets Art ?

Ey up my faithful blogworms,

 Thought it was time to bring you up to date with the wonderful world of Recycled Roadstone Plaques. I've not mentioned them for a while.

These are the plaques, splashbacks and panels we supply made from recycling roadstone waste mixed with sand and waste particles from Welsh slate cutting.

We have featured these on our own Pinterest site, follow the link below for more pics.

They are such as versatile product that it seems a shame just to use them as splashbacks when they can be used for so much more.

From the top: the first one shows a couples campervan made into a cooker hood splashback as a main feature in their kitchen.
The second one was a panel made to fit into a tile layout for someone who is a fan of 'The Flower Fairies' sequence.

The third one is a plaque made to celebrate a couples wedding featuring the wedding car, appropriate for a plaque made from the very tarmac you drive the car on !.

And the last one shows how adaptable the principle is by making a splashback indentical to the fabric that was being used for the blinds and soft furnishings in a kitchen / dining room. 

The panels can also be used as cladding in a bathroom replacing tiles altogether. 

With the ability to choose your own photographs, landscapes, pattern matches etc there really is very little you can't do with such a versatile product !!

We can even make corporate panels featuring logos and emblems etc as a stunning focal point for offices, boardrooms, car showrooms and the like creating a fantastic talking point to impress your clients on a visit to your offices. Recycling meets Art ??

I suppose the ultimate example of 'closed loop thinking' would be to make a roadstone plaque for the entrance to a roadstone company. How cool would that be ??

Don't just think of tarmac as the boring black stuff you get stuck in traffic on ! Come up with an interesting and unusual idea for a use for this marvellous material and contact us. We are always open to looking at new ideas from creative thinkers. 

As always, lateral thinking. Jules

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Leaning Tower of Cheeser

Ey up my faithful blogworms, sometimes my talents are called for in different areas !

A cheese wedding cake ... what the hell is that ??

Apparently it's becoming trendy to have a wedding cake comprised entirely of cheese !

So, being asked if I could make one, I rose to the challenge. The result is what you see here. This may seem a bit random for someone who spends his time building kitchens but it turned out so well, I thought I'd share it with you all this week.

Piling rounds of cheese up to form a cake can be risky if one of them's a bit softer and you don't want to end up with the 'Leaning Tower of Cheeser' so, I felt, a structure was needed.

This was made from recycling some old maple floorboards. The ground floor is heart shaped with an oval one for the first floor and a circular one to top it off. 

Using Cheeses from the wonderful Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales, we were able to get 11 different cheeses on board, using rounds, half rounds and wax covered truckles. Over 10 kgs of cheese plus the structure, it was quite heavy to say the least !

The two small bride and groom mice on top are made from felt and looked brilliant .... what else would you put on top of cheese ???

As I said, seemingly a bit random for things I normally talk about but I hope you find this, at least, entertaining and hopefully an inspiration for your own wedding cake. We were at the wedding and I have to say, the compliments were flying in !

If you're getting wed this year, I'll congratulate you now and maybe make it 'a little cheesey !'

As always, yours, Jules.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

2015, a recycled year ?

Ey up my faithful blogworms, it seems a long time since before Xmas, Happy New Year to you all and I look forward to maybe meeting some of you this year ?

The new year has taken a definite recycled turn so far. I have built up a stock of our fabulous recycled coffee cup and yoghurt pot boards in the period upto Xmas and have been making chopping boards, amongst other things, seen below.

We have 30 odd sheets of material in stock and we are clearing this stock and HALF it's normal price, a massive 50% saving is a significant discount.

Most of the boards are either 12mm or 20mm thick and thinking about it, these two sizes are ideal for worktops in two completely different applications

The 20mm for worktops in your home and the 12mm is perfect for campervans, mobile homes, boats and caravans etc.

We've opened the material into the campervan etc. market and the response has blown us away. Not a market we've dabbled in much upto now but clearly a new material never tried in this area before has captured folks imagination.

Any new product in any market always seems welcome as it seems we are always hungry for something different.

I think it just goes to show that sometimes it's not about brand new products but using existing stuff in a new and interesting way.  

This probably really sums up a lot of the philosophy behind recycling, re-using and re-inventing products which has very much taken hold in these last 2 or 3 years or so.

I think that the best example of recycling and re-inventing in the car world, is the campervan itself. Seeing some of them dug out of hillsides and dragged from the bottom of a lake and brought back to life is recycling at it's very best. What better interiors to put inside them than another recycled material.

Do you know .... Recycling is a wonderful world to work in. The big question is: Why aren't more people doing it ????

Lets make 2015, the year of recycling !