Repurpose: New beginnings as bookends ...

I found out recently, care of BA's inflight magazine, that there are over 900 used bookshops in Johannesburg. This makes it a record holder. It's also home to Collector's Treasury - possibly the largest used bookshop in the southern hemisphere. As a South African, I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I've never really considered JhB a "destination". I pass through there on my way to Cape Town. But. Now I have this extremely interesting nugget of information, I might make an effort in the future.

Winner! Laura Tanner earrings

As always, I used random.org to pick the winner and it chose entry #30 ... that'Kaitlin Ballesteros! Kaitlin, congrats! Expect an email from me later today to get your shipping details.  :)  

Thanks to everyone who entered for your interest and great comments. Be sure to follow Laura on Facebook and keep an eye on her store. She's constantly updating her line and is a great source for custom jewelry (weddings etc).  


Upcycle: One old light ... two refabs

Victoria (Confessions of a New-Old homeowner) is my hero for this refab. It pretty much nails everything I hope to capture in an upcycle, repurpose or makeover. Something ugly is made beautiful. All parts are used - zero waste. Both "afters" make sense and work in her home. The whole thing was done on a dime.

The two sets of instructions are housed in different places. Start here and check out the whole blog while you're at it. Instructions for the cage light are housed at Brooklyn Limestone.


Giveaway: Laura Tanner earrings ($78 value)

It's been a while since I ran a giveaway so I'm in the mood. And this one's special! Laura Tanner is a friend but also a really inspiring maker and small-business owner. Several years ago, when I was between jobs, I helped Laura run her stand at Chicago's One of a Kind as well as smaller holiday markets. She's tireless. She embodies the commitment required to sell what you make. 

Laura sells online and in boutiques around Chicagoland. She occupies a space in the Galleria in Evanston and that's where Annette Bening happened upon these earrings. Yes. These earrings. The ones I'm giving away. If you win them, you'll having something tangible in common with the amazing Annette Bening  :)

These fun, dangly earrings feature exotic, golden chandeliers embellished with intricate, lacy filigree designs. Bright gemstone beads are accented with a contrasting gemstone briolette drops. The ones I'm giving away feature turquoise quartz beads and labradorite drops. See them in more detail here.

These earrings are 22k gold vermeil and hang 2 inches from your ear on gold vermeil French hook ear wires. There are lots of ways to enter (through the Rafflecopter entry below) so come back every day to up your chances.

Giveaway opens 5pm EST Friday, 4/4 and ends Thursday, 4/10 at midnight. WINNER announced Friday, 4/11. Open to US residents, 18 and older. Retail value is $78

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Repurpose: Bookshelf made of ... books

Old encyclopedias ... big, heavy and out-of-date content wise. So how about turning them into sturdy bookshelves? The "bookshelves made of books" thing never gets old. I love the twist on this one and the fun color choice. Complete how-to at Instructables

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