10/9/14

Fab: Enchanted Fairy Forest



Last weekend I took myself and my daughter on a little woodland adventure in Michigan. We spent Saturday night near the beach a mile south of Sawyer. Then on Sunday, we drove up to Fat Blossom farm in Allegan. Fat Blossom is a family-owned organic farm. A couple of times a year, they turn the back woods into an "Enchanted Forest". I honestly wasn't sure what to expect ... but based on the fairy-house kits they sell at markets in the city, I was optimistic. And I wasn't disappointed! Everything is built using natural materials, most of which is found on the farm. They run building workshops for school groups, girl scouts etc - it's refabbing at it's most whimsical!

We wondered through the woods for about 45 mins ... discovering fairy treasure around corners and tucked between tree stumps. It was magical for both of us and if you can make it Oct 11/12, do it!

9/22/14

Apologies for the silence!



I realize it's been almost a month since my last post ... my apologies! I lost my phone and it had about two posts worth of images on it. That I hadn't backed up anywhere. The whole thing threw me a little.

Anyway, I'm working it out and I WILL be back. :)







8/28/14

Fab: MakeShift Accessories


License plates, cymbals, street signs, musical instruments, machine plates and metal rulers ... just a few of the salvaged things Devin Johnson turns into jewelry. Amazing jewelry, made in Minneapolis! I was lucky enough to oggle MakeShift Accessories in person at a recent street festival and it's impeccable. Not a word easily applied to re-junked stuff. But there it is. If you're up in MN, visit the actual store or shop on Etsy  :)  

8/26/14

Upcycle: Light-up cardboard!


Last week I posted a round-up of ideas for upcyling cardboard tubes. While I worked on that, an idea for a light slowly dawned (no, I cannot resist the obvious pun). This light was simple to make and because I used found materials, cost nothing.

8/23/14

Upcycle: Classy cardboard tubes


True upcycling involves creating with post-consumer waste in new, imaginative ways. It involves re-envisioning things that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Crafting with dollar-store pool noodles is, well, crafting. Nothing wrong with that... but it's not upcycling.

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