I have been intrigued by Esty.comfor some time now and I have finally gotten around to opening an official store. I only have a couple of things listed so far but it is a small step in the direction ofmy dreams (item #4 on about me page.)
I got this idea when I needed a last minute flapper costume. I only have one really long necklace suitable for that time period but it was the wrong color.
My costume was black, white and silver. As you can see my necklace was mostly yellows, golds and browns.
I am not sure when or why I bought the necklace but I have never really liked it so the idea came to me to paint it. I tried some fabric paint first which was quite unsuccessful and then it occurred to me that fingernail polish might work.
Here is the result of that experiment using black and silver fingernail polish. It may chip of course and I missed a few spots but all in all I was quite happy with the result.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I gave gift cards as Christmas gifts this year. I do appreciate their convenience but they have made gift giving into an impulse purchase, in the checkout line, at the supermarket. Don't get me wrong I have no problem receiving them as gifts but giving them does seem rather lazy.
To assuage my guilty feelings I tried to wrap my gifts in interesting packages. Here is my favorite package. It is made from a old book and some other miscellaneous items. I do hold a certain reverence toward books and older books in particular so I admit that I forced myself to read the book before tearing it apart. Don't worry it is not a classic.
I put some of my favorite quotes in the book with a pocket in the back for the gift card. Then I dressed it up to look like a doll.
Well Christmas has come and gone and we are off and running in a whole new year. I am always a little excited when the new year starts. I look at my empty day planner and wonder what it will be filled up with by the end of the year. There is so much possibility and potential. The beginning of the new year is a time when it just seems obvious to reflect on what matters to us and where we are heading. Are our interest the same as they where last year? What has changed? What has stayed the same?
One of my answers to the question, what has stayed the same, is my interest in continuing to find fun and creative new uses for old junk. The activity known to many as upcycling.
My Christmas gifts were so boring this year (gift cards) that I just had to come up with a little pizazz for the wrapping. They aren't your typical red and green boxes. In fact they don't really look Christmasy at all. But,I sure had fun making them and the recipients seemed pleased by the fanciful nature of their "Christmas Boxes."
The first box was made from a cereal box and two pop tart boxes and decorated with cheap thrift store finds, and old picture frame, some marabou feathers, part of a plastic necklace and some other misc "junk."
For the second box I used an old cigar box, some cardboard, toilet paper rolls, pieces of egg carton, duct tape and more cheap thrift store finds.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found some inspiration here.
If you are looking for upcycling logos I have created a few different versions which are posted on my other blog here. I would really appreciate your thoughts. If you have a minute please vote for your favorite in the comments section.
These logos may be used for school projects, events and promotional material for upcycling. Please credit this site and or Upcycled Design Lab when using these logos. Please do not alter or use these designs as any part of a company logo.
Thanks and regards Cindy
I think it was my dad who put this thought in my head and it seemed to stick. When he saw the upcycling logo that I was using for my items at the craft show. He said can't you make it green? Well my first reaction was I don't know after all the vine and leaves are green so the arrows need to be a different color right? But the more I looked at it the more I grew to dislike the black arrows. So I thought I should give the recolor a try.
Here is the original upcycling logo.
And here is the new and improved version. Thanks Dad!!!
Well, I am happy to report that none of my worst fears were realized during my first craft show appearance. All in all it was a nice experience. I made a little money, learned a lot and I am already dreaming up new ideas for the next show.
Here is our little booth that I shared with my sister and a friend. Almost everything we sold was made from recycled / upcycled materials.
Surprisingly these little non-popping party favor gifts were my best sellers. No one wanted to by them as a set but I sold lots of them individually.
I was told that the turn out was very good by the artist who have participated before.
I sold my favorite wall hanging quote. I was sad to part with it but quite happy that it spoke to someone else also.
I guess it is time to get back to my EBay lisitng frenzie.
As I mentioned in my last post I am frantically trying to list items on EBay but I am taking a break for a couple of days to work on some more up-cycled crafts for this Saturdays Arts and Craft Show.
Today's featured items are Christmas gift bags made from newspaper (with crocheted plastic bag handles.) Although some of the handy work is mine I can't take credit for the idea. (It actually came from a collaboration between my mom and my sister.) As always I wish for additional time to create more and better stuff but here is a sample of what we have so far.
My sister and I are (somewhat frantically) trying to get ready for a Christmas craft show. It will be my first ever so I am feeling a little nervous. Thankfully my sister has a few of these shows under her belt so I am hopeful that that she can show me the ropes.
We are planning to show only up-cycled items which is doubly scary. Imagine the nerve to charge money for trash!! But for me the scariest part is having my work "judged," for lack of a better word, by strangers. Yikes!! I feel the experience could be completely humiliating!
But I will forge ahead and face this fear with the following quote in my heart.
"Create for yourself first. Make yourself smile. Don't worry about the scrutiny of others."
Lisa Kettell author of The Altered Circus.
One if the things we will have for sale is cards and envelopes made from magazine pages, bottle caps and gum wrappers.