7/3/14

Guest post: Trashy Crafter (Recycled Book Beads)































Very excited to host The Trashy Crafter today! I'll let her introduce herself ... enjoy  :)  

Books are magical, they give you the ability to go on a jungle safari one minute and a deep see dive with mermaids the next. But what happens when books has gotten lots of love from years of use? The pages get creased, dog-eared and ripped, the bend or even start to fall off. That’s where my Mom Helen and I come in. And this is where the story of Trashy Crafter begins.

7/2/14

Upcycle: Free eBook - 14 upcycled jewelry projects


If you enjoy making your own jewelry, especially if it involves a little upcycling, this is for you. A completely FREE eBook from the folk at All Free Jewelry Making featuring 14 projects that upcycle everything from eggshells to sunglasses to CD's.

Oh, and aluminum cans. Remember my tin-can daisy jewelry? That project is in there too  :)






6/11/14

Guest blog: 10 Ways having a Blog is like having a Kid



I was invited to write a guest post for the Hobzy blog ... and I'm excited to let you know that it's live! If you have not yet discovered Hobzy, be prepared to be happy. It's a content network for crafters. And it's FAB! I've just start submitting tutorials to Find and Craft (a search engine for craft tutorials). It's a resource that combines the best of what we love about Pinterest and Craftgawker. Anyway, click through and enjoy! 

5/27/14

Repurpose: Don't trash the mini-blinds!



The mini-blinds. If you rent an apartment (flat) anywhere in the world, I believe you probably live with mini-blinds. They're ugly. And hard to clean. And I think that when people dream of owning a home, they also dream of a life without mini-blinds.

This past weekend, the USA celebrated Memorial Day. This holiday is also the unofficial kickoff to summer. And a big moving weekend. Which means the Chicago alleys are full of crap people are throwing out. Including mini-blinds. Next time you consider shoving them into a dumpster, consider this: they're durable vinyl. They aren't going away any time soon. Anything else you could do with them (after soaking them in the bath of course) .... ? 

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