the ReFab Diaries

Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

[Infographic] Upcycle old sweaters!

If you're in the northern hemisphere, you're optimistic that spring is around the corner and you're probably wanting to cull old sweaters because (a) they don't fit you and/or (b) you didn't wear them all winter because you hate them.

If you're in the southern hemisphere, you're unpacking them, trying them on and realizing that you (a) hate a few of them and/or (b) can no longer fit into a few of them. Ahem.

But don't throw them out! Fun ideas for upcycling below care of Fix.com. I also have refashioning ideas for you here, here, here and here.


Source: Fix.com Blog

Earth Day 2017


Happy Earth Day lovely people! 


I'm going to keep this short and just share these fab tips care of one of my favorite comic-strip characters, Chrostin. Follow Christina and Chrostin on Facebook and Instagram.





Of Upcycled Planters and Keeping a Clear Head.



My friend Lynzie is an 8th grade English teacher, a yoga instructor and one of my favorite upcyclers. A few years ago, I shared her dresser makeover. And if you follow me on Instagram, you've seen her little crate-on-wheels bookshelf.

Last week, Lynzie shared a couple of pics of mismatched vessels she's turned into planters. I asked for the story:  

Jewelry organizer from fallen branches


My lovely friend Tania Rodamilans is a creative force. Not only is she an accomplished jewelry designer, artist and photographer ... she's also the snappiest dresser I know. Just saying. Read more about here.


One of the things I love most about Tania's work is the way she incorporates found materials. Apparently she's good at crafting with them too. For the upcoming Stylemax show at the Chicago Merchandise Mart, she made these "new" jewelry displays out of fallen branches. And because she rocks, she's got the goods on how to make them yourself.

Blackout poetry - upcycling book pages with whimsy



Happy Sunday! This post is about a whimsical way to repurpose book pages. But first, a little reflection on the value of whimsy.

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.” - Mary Oliver


I've done both, and now I can see how they're related. Have you ever lost your whimsy? In "Where's my Whimsy?",  Rachel Glaser reflects on her loss: