Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

About

About the blog:  

Jan 2009 - First post published as Candoodles. 

July 2012 - Re-named "ReFab Diaries" to better capture the focus on DIY, crafting, making, and decorating that involves upcycling, repurposing, re-using and re-envisioning. I wear my eco-politics on my sleeve: I think that we, who live in so-called developed nations, buy too much, waste too much and create too little. A low-pressure way to reverse this trend; re-make and repurpose the stuff we've already bought. Look for the potential in the "stuff" we might otherwise throw out. Most of the time this creativity will involve upcycling. What is upcycling?  Here’s a great explanation from Wisegeek:

"Upcycling is designed to work in opposition to consumer culture, encouraging people to think of new and innovative ways to use things, instead of simply buying new consumer goods. It also benefits the environment, by promoting reuse over discarding whenever possible."

About me:  Combining disparate elements with raucous grace. That's my tagline for myself.  

For all the disparate elements, one thing has been more-or-less constant in my life: the need to "make do", "be frugal", "save for a rainy day" ... because then I can simply enjoy the rain for what it is. I think almost a decade in academia (with no credit card!) will do this to you.You learn to make, and do, and make do.

Candoodles (original blog name) came about thanks to a nickname I earned. I was always making things to sell, trying to earn a little extra money on the side while living on baked-beans and lentils. My doodles kept me sane and were often what we now call "upcycles" or "refashions". When you have zero capital, you need cheap/free raw materials - I became adept at finding them.

Now, we have a pinteresting web full of incredible ideas for upcycling, re-using and re-purposing. So now, while I still create doodles of my own, I also gather, glean, admire and share the best of what I find here.

thanks for reading my blurb....
Candice

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14 comments on "About"
  1. Just happened upon the site...Love it Love it Love it...so many wonderful ideas. I was running through it quickly and I thought I saw a tutorial on papering monopoly houses. I thought that would be such a cool idea for my charm group; only now today I cannot find it. Is it possible you know where it may be hiding? Thank you for any help. Joann

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    1. Hi Joann! Thanks for stopping by - glad you like it :) This is the post you're looking for:
      http://candoodles.blogspot.com/2012/03/repurpose-monopoly-on-charm.html

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  2. Wow! I am an upcyclist / recyclist / crafter and artist. I am in love with you site. I have a room full of materials that were destined to be thrown out and I continue to give them a new life. I'd love to share a craft on your site, if you are interested. Please let me know. I have an etsy site you can check out to see some of my upcycled stuff. piecefullart.etsy.com

    Thanks,
    Bonnie

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    1. Hi Bonnie - thanks so much for the kind words. I'd love to host you! I've sent you a message through Etsy.

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  3. Stumbled upon your blog. Love it! Can't wait to see more :)

    Amanda
    Bullfrogs and Bulldogs

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  4. Hi Candice, really cool site you have. Keep it up! I love your quote - "You learn to make, and do, and make do." Really inspiring. Looking forward to more!

    Cheers,
    Michele

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  5. So happy you stumbled across my spot!!! Thanks so much for the awesome feature!!!

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    1. Ashley - thanks so much for sharing the amazing makeover... I really am kinda green with envy :)

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  6. I have been looking for a site exactly like this for years!!! I just accidentally happened upon it through Craftgawker.com . Thank you so much for you site, it is inspiration! I LOVE it!

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  7. Hi, I'd like to download the measurements chart (http://www.refabdiaries.com/2011/12/printable-measurement-cards.html). Could you let me know how I could do this? My daughter is having her first baby this summer and I'd like to make her a scrapbook.

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    1. Here's the link to the download: http://oliverands.com/free-patterns/measurement-chart

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    2. I like the way you write about how it al began and it is so reconizable because I see myself in what you write. My whole live always busy with creating recreating recycling upcycling. When I am not creating it doesn't feel good. Since I moved to another village near Amsterdam I have a litte shop in the garage where I pimp en recreate all the things other people give or throw away. I trie to make different things for different people. My daughter in law helped me with the website. Please do visit it or take a look at Facebook where I put my recycled/customized furniture boots clothes etc etc on. Thank you . www.italfosa.com Italfosa the Restore.

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    3. Great site ... great work. Just "liked" you on FB so I can follow what you do :)

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