Tag Archives: Reusing

Meet An Upcycling Queen!

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Free BookDo your New Year’s resolutions include using more of what you already have in your crafting, gift-making, and home decor?  Then you’ll want to meet Mahe at The Altered Upcycling Blog and Altered Upcycling. Mahe explains that she has a Master’s degree in Operations Research, works at a software house, and is an avid altered artist who is constantly looking for ways to make the world greener one small craft project at a time.  And, if you sign up on her blog or web site, you’ll receive her FREE pdf book called The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling  for one-of-a-kind jewelry, cards, gift bags, wall art, and more.  Mahe sends out free ideas and how-to videos in her email newsletter as well, such as how to make a beautiful card from a dinner napkin, old dictionary page, leftover ribbon, and glue!  Mahe writes in a friendly, conversational style as if she’s sitting right beside you, includes what worked and DIDN’T work for her, and supports her ideas with step-by-step directions, photographs, and alternatives.  You can get your copy by clicking on the link in this post or any time from my Shop Love! page above.  Thank you, Mahe! ♥

Upcycled Wire Tray

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Nothing is more relaxing than breakfast on the porch on a late summer morning. Of course, this requires a serving tray, such as this wire beauty I got for $24.99 at the local home goods store free from the garage! Yes, we have a floor fan in which the motor burned up after years of service, and I haven’t been able to throw it away.  I knew the front came off, so that’s the first piece I salvaged. I can use it to serve a meal, display fun items, or as a seasonal centerpiece with the addition of a liner cushion I made from a remnant and quilt batting.  Now, what to do with the rest of the fan . . .  P.S. If you haven’t made these cinnamon roll-ups yet, you must try them! Click here for the recipe! ♥

Mint Tin Sewing Kit

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What’s that peeking out of my purse? My new on-the-go sewing kit! Recently a friend at church approached me (rather sheepishly) and said, “I heard you like to sew. I have this hole in my jacket pocket . . . ” Luckily I had one of those little hotel-freebie sewing kits in my bag, so we got him fixed up in no time. Then I ended up sewing on a button for someone on another outing, so I decided I’d be a bit more stylish for the next “emergency.”

(1) Find an empty mint tin.

(2) Do a rubbing on the top to make a template of the design.

(3) Use the template to cut out a piece of scrapbook paper or fabric, and then add a little a-la-mode. (I embroidered the outline of a first aid symbol in peach floss on scrapbook paper.)

(4) Glue on your new top, and fill the tin. Mine holds two of the freebies (which include needles, different colors of thread, a threader, safety pins, and extra buttons) and a pair of clippers to cut the thread (since I don’t have any scissors that small). Oh, and then I put in my little eyeglass-repair screwdriver and two band-aids. Did I forget anything???

If you’ve blogged about a repurposed mint tin, please send me a link in a comment and I’ll add it to this post. I have more tins waiting, so I welcome all your creative ideas! ♥

UPDATES: Josée at Cul de Sac sent this link to a “Wee Mouse Tin House” Etsy pattern . . . it’s so adorable!