We had a small porch side table whose top recently met its demise. See the little suction cups in the first photo above? They don’t work! So, when the table tipped, the resin top fell out and broke into several unrepairable pieces. But . . . no loss! It wasn’t a family heirloom or cherished purchase, just a handy place to keep a cup of coffee and book while sitting on the porch. And now I like it even better! Last summer I acquired a wire serving tray by disassembling a floor fan whose motor burned out. I’ve used it a few times, but it mostly sits in the pantry WAITING to be used, and the metal was a perfect match for the table stand. So, I:
- removed those ineffective suction cups,
- super-glued the tray onto the stand,
- and tied the tray onto the stand through the suction cup holes with thin leather strips for extra support.
Now, come on over for a visit on my porch ANYtime! ♥
And, in the spirit of upcycling, please read the following call for submissions from our friend Mahe whom you’ve met here and here and here. She has an exciting plan to get your projects and name out to like-minded crafters and artists around the world!
Dear friends of Pillows A-La-Mode,
My name is Mahe Zehra, but I mostly go by MZ. I am a mathematician by training but an artist by nature, so in addition to my day job at a software company, I have a small green crafting company of my own called Altered Upcycling.
I chose this name because I think it explains my art style. I apply mixed media and altered art techniques to materials that are recyclable. I make art from paper scraps, soda cans, and plastic packaging. I have written several books and videos available on Amazon.com.
My latest venture involves putting together a book that brings upcycling projects to and from crafters and artists from all over the world! The book will contain 35-50 tutorials, each accompanied by the submitter’s photo, a short bio, and any other links you want to promote.
This book will be a great advertising opportunity, as I will be marketing it to my 5000-strong Facebook audience and my crafting mailing list as well as on my blog. In addition, I will run ad campaigns and offer free downloads on Amazon. Globally, the book will make its way to 10,000-20,000 readers!
I would LOVE for you to be included in this book! All I need is a craft project that focuses on upcycling. The tutorial should have pictures or a video and clear, step-by-step instructions.
Please sent your submission along with your photo, short bio, and links by Monday, July 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
Your table is perfect! It will last through winds (go right through it!) and rains (ditto)!!!! Way to go…..”table A-la-mode”…….she ‘strikes’ again!!!!! LOL!!!!
I hadn’t even thought of that, but you’re so right! Yay!!! 🙂
I love your upcycled table idea, very cool! I’m looking forward to Panera!
Thank you, Tamara! And meeting you at Panera today was FABULOUS! I feel like I’ve known you forever! Now I can’t wait for those crochet lessons! 🙂 Hugs, Katherine
Hey it was amazing meeting you! What a great start to a long friendship and I can’t wait to teach you to crochet. 😉 Oh by the way have a wonderful first time tailgating party at the Wingnuts game today. Hugs back at you, Tamara
Ingenious table idea!
Thank you! I love it when things bump together in my brain like that! 🙂
Thank you, Laura! 🙂
Love the table, it makes me want to take something apart and repurpose. Thanks for sharing MZ letter, it seems a fabulous idea.
You’re very welcome! And I hope you’ll send a project to MZ! 🙂
I’m certainly thinking about it….
I love the table. Thanks, Katherine for bringing this to my attention.
Thank you, Lois! And have fun coming up with a submission for MZ! 🙂
LOVE. PINNED. AWESOME. ❤
Thank you, Jill! Oh, and I met Tamara today, thanks to you! She’s FABULOUS!!! 🙂
Seriously one of the most clever ideas I’ve ever seen – ❤ it!
Thank you, Deidre! It’s fun when a random idea actually works out! 🙂
very cute, what about a glass top?
That’s a good idea! It would be easy to get one cut to fit. Thank you! 🙂
i love it*
Thank you! And it only took about ten minutes to put it together, too! 🙂
LOVE IT!!!! Very nifty! 🙂
Thank you, Heidi! 🙂
It’s great:) would never have thought of taking the fan apart, never mind joining them up! Thanks for sharing the MZ letter, a great opportunity:)
You’re very welcome, Vicky! And I do hope you’ll send a submission to MZ . . . you’re a natural for this! 🙂
I will:) need to decide on project & spend some time improving the pics!!
Smiling as I write this because I LOVE your new table. it even has sides so things can’t fall off. PERFECT.
Thank you, Judy! My husband laughed out loud when he saw it . . . hopefully because it was so clever, not because it was funny-looking! 🙂 🙂 🙂
This was so clever. I love the use of a broken fan. That’s the type of thing you think “what in the WORLD can I do with this?” What a great idea!
Thank you, Erin! 🙂
I think it is a very good idea..Just took an old fan apart and the metal was too darn cute to toss. Was thinking on some of these terms…thanks for reassuring me….
Your table looks great!
Thank you, Heidi! 🙂
What a clever idea! Looks great 🙂
Thank you! I’m lovin’ it! 🙂
OH my gosh …. that is so CLEVER!! I just might break a table on purpose so I can make one…..
That made me laugh out loud! 🙂
Both are brilliant ideas! Your up-cycled patio table is perfect. I love the idea of the book of up-cycled projects as well. Talk about connecting the social media world and helping the real world at the same time. i would love to participate but I need some time to think about what I have up-cycled that would be applicable. i will be in touch! ~Thea
Yay! Be sure to email MZ with your idea! I agree that she had a WONDERFUL plan in place! 🙂
Now all I need is an old fan and a table without a top!
🙂 I hope you find both someday! 🙂
another A+ for you…the neatest idea…
Awww . . . thank you, Marilyn! 🙂
I love the whole concept of upcycling and that table is brilliant!
Thank you, Sharon! 🙂
Great new look, and that is an amazing upcycling project. Her Gallery is beautiful. Be A Blessing because you’re Blessed. Mtetar
Thank you, Mtetar! 🙂
Love the table Katherine! wow! what a great idea you had to put it together 🙂 &
love what MZ is planning on doing with her book too!
Thank you, Ingrid! Be sure to submit one of your ideas to MZ if you get a chance! 🙂
What a fabulous upcycling project! Love it!
Thank you! We’re really enjoying it! 🙂
I love it!!! and that book has got to be good, I will check out her site. Thanks Katherine!!!
Thank you! I can’t wait to see all the project in MZ’s new book, too! 🙂
🙂 me too..
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Haha – That was a pun and I didn’t even realize it until after I posted the comment 😉
And a VERY good one, too! 🙂
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Aww . . . that’s so sweet! Thank you!!! 🙂
Thank you, Antionette! 🙂
B will be so happy to see this! 🙂
I was hoping you would show him! Tell him I said thank you! 🙂 xo
What a lovely table! I like the idea of a sort of basket for the table top!
Thank you! It’s working great! And it’s a conversation piece, too, as in, “Where did you get THAT?” (Not sure if the emphasis on THAT is good or bad!) 🙂
This is too cool!!! Love it!
Thank you, Jeanna! 🙂
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amazing idea, love this!
You are a genius! Love the new table.
Thank you, Ginny! 🙂
Thank you! It’s working out great! 🙂
What a great idea! Love the diversity of it too, could even hold fruit!
Ooohhh . . . you’re right! I could use it for all kinds of displays indoors in winter, too! 🙂
Definitely! And hang things from it … ahh upcycling, such inspiration!
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love this idea. thanks for all your inspiring blogs
You’re most welcome! Thank you for visiting! 🙂