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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Up-cycled Bottle Sculptures

re-Bottled couple

I have a tendency to hold onto items that I think I can make into something else. For instance, when I ran out of shampoo and conditioner, I thought I'd hang onto the empty bottles to use for a future sculpture project. I started out making cat sculptures from them.

re-Bottled sculpture

Since then, every time I come across a bottle ready to be tossed out, I think about what I could create with it. My latest creations called "Re-bottled" sculptures, are simple people sculptures. The first three that I made are shown here.

UpCycled Sculpture

Here's my little lady sculpture next to the same type of plastic bottle that I used to create her with.

UpCycled man and woman

Here's the Up-cycled couple next to similar bottles used to make them.

UpCycled sculptures

And last but not least, here's my Charles sculpture alongside my Up-cycled couple. Charles was made with an empty soy sauce glass bottle and I used 2 mini burned out halogen light bulbs to form his head. I love thinking of new things to make with items thought to be useless garbage. Hope you enjoyed seeing my Up-cycled work!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Red Pepper and Eggplant Pizza Recipe

Here's the recipe to one of my favorite recipes to make. This is a delicious pizza that once you make it, you will want to make it again and again. Happy eating! :)

  • 1 eggplant, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of your favourite pasta sauce
  • 5 or so cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • pre-made pizza base (omg!)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella, diced
  • fresh basil leaves
  • pinch dried oregano
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt, pepper, olive oil

1) Heat a little olive oil in a pan and fry together the garlic and onion to soften.

2) When browned add the eggplant and red pepper, toss together in the oil and garlic, add a touch of balsamic, season and cover for 10 - 15 mins on a low heat so that all the vegetables are nice and soft.

3) Spread the pasta sauce thinly on your pizza base and give it a little sprinkling with some extra oregano. Spread your vegetables evenly across the base. Dot with the mozzarella cubes and quartered tomatoes. Make sure the cheese is evenly distributed to ensure a nice even layer when it all melts.

4) Drizzle with olive oil and give it a good grinding of black pepper. Hot oven (220C), 15 mins or until the cheese has melted and gone a lovely golden colour in places.

5) Decorate with fresh basil leaves. Cut and serve!

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