Christmas Baby Shoe

Christmas Baby Shoe

If you have been following me, you know that I recently relocated my studio. While packing up, I came across some Christmas decorations and a box of unusual items I have been saving over the years and July is the time of year that I start thinking about ideas for Christmas gifts. This baby shoe makes an ideal vessel for upcycling old Christmas trinkets. You can borrow old baby shoes that your friends probably have saved and surprise them later...

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The Goddess at Work

The Goddess at Work

I have moved everything in to my studio and it’s shaping up to be a comfortable place to think and work… the heart and soul of my recycled projects from inception to design to completion. This photo is of the actual work space and there are two other rooms next door where I store all of my “garbage.” I have saved some of my recyclable stuff more than 20 years for that special moment when an idea transforms into a creative, functional home...

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A Celebration Vignette

A Celebration Vignette

Ever get tired of dusting those smaller accessories? Now you can be a discerning collector and define your style by housing it all under an acrylic box. Gather bits and pieces of memorabilia and create a celebration vignette for a special friend or yourself. The Mini showcase will be enjoyed by all every day. Materials needed: 12″ square tile Old frame moulding recut Small collectibles Acrylic box ( 11-3/4″ square x 13″ high)...

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Hot Fun in the Summertime

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Summer is heating up and so are the parties. Decorative matchboxes can add some flair to your summertime gatherings with these little “works of art” for the table. Paired with candles, they can also make hot hostess gifts. Materials Needed for Hot Fun in the Summertime: 4 matchboxes (restaurant or hotel giveaways) Lightweight cardboard Felt, decorative paper or pictures from magazines 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon Glue gun White glue...

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Busy Beaver Ben Napkin Rings

Busy Beaver Ben Napkin Rings

Both children and adults will enjoy Busy Beaver Ben, the napkin ring that takes on a whole new job building a fancy table setting for a “glamping” lunch or just livening up the conversation at a summer picnic table. PVC (plastic pipe ) Piping, braid and ribbon Plastic toy animal Glue gun White glue Here’s how: Cut PVC pipe 2″ wide Sand both edges of cut pipe Cut braid, piping and ribbon to fit around PVC pipe Glue piping to both...

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Newsworthy Paper Basket

Newsworthy Paper Basket

Woven newspaper with a plastic liner is recycled into a functional and amazing “green basket” for gathering and carrying the “finds” of the day; whether they are found in the forest, on a hike or on a treasure hunt looking for everyday objects to upcycle into creative crafts. Materials Needed: White glue Newspaper Strawberry plastic basket Blue painter’s tape Solid color paper Jute trim Scissors Here’s how:...

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