Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

March Upcycling Madness



This year I've been participating in Joanne Hawker's #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge on Instagram. As I write this post, the month is drawing to an end and the challenge is closing in on 453,000 posts!

Overall it's been an eye-popping, inspiring experience... but Day 11 was the biggest day for me. The challenge prompt that day: reducing waste. I spent the whole damn day on Instagram - no exaggeration. Not only did I interact with hundreds of new-to-me, waste-conscious makers, I ended the day truly pumped by the number of people who expressed concern about their packaging waste, noted that they're using clean energy, and pointed out that, outside of their businesses, they do everything they can to avoid single-use plastic etc.

Wow.

Below are just a few of the makers who stood out. The big takeaway: if you don't already have enough reasons to support small, solopreneurs, here's another one. The stuff they bring into the world is not only made with care. It's made with a conscience.

Book-page, origami Valentines



Valentine's Day is just around the corner and, if you have children in elementary school in US, you might be like us: on the hook to produce 15-20 kid-friendly Valentines for the students in your child's class. And all their teachers. And the coach.... and, and, and. In short, it's either a daunting task to make a "batch" or an expensive shopping trip to buy things that will probably be thrown out.

Oh, and we generally leave it until the last minute because, who doesn't?

Also, our school district added a twist this year by banning candy - no candy at school for any reason. In general, I'm in favor of this ban. But, you know..... it doesn't make the Valentine thing easier.

Anyway, while eating breakfast on Sunday morning, my daughter suddenly decided to make origami hearts for everyone - she just needed interesting paper. I was delighted by her initiative and offered up the idea of painting book pages. She wasn't sure what I meant but agreed enthusiastically.

We completed the whole project in under two hours so I'm sharing it. Because I hope this idea will save some poor parent out there who realizes - the night before - that 15 Valentine's have to materialize by 8am the next day.

Scroll down for instructions and a 50 second video


Stencil Revolution Winner!








Time to announce the winner of the $50 gift code to Stencil Revolution! As always, I used a randomizer to pick the winner and it chose entry #702 - that's Maria G.

Maria, congrats! Expect an email from me to get your shipping details. Thanks to everyone who entered for your interest.

Upcycling with stencils and a giveaway!



Happy 2019 to all of you! I'm getting this blogging year off to a generous start thanks to the lovely family running Stencil Revolution. One of you lucky refabbers will be receiving $50 to spend on the stencils of your choice from their shop. I've also rounded up some inspiring stencil makeovers for you, with links to the original projects.

Yup - it's a $50 giveaway! 

2018 Holidays by the Book

Hi everyone! Yes, I'm still alive even though my blog has been very quiet - a new job and life-in-general will do that. Anyway, it feels like fall in Chicago and my daughter's mind is already on Halloween and holidays in general. So I was inspired to pull together a thoroughly bookish holiday post.

The goal: Everything holiday, by the book! Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving decor, and all December decorating and giving... using old books and book pages. 

Doable? Yes! Ready? Here we go.

HALLOWEEN 


"Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!"

I'm not a big wreath person but holy Poe, this Raven-inspired thing is cool! All the instructions here.