Upcycling

No, this does not mean bicycling uphill. I’m not even sure it is an actual word. I’m very into creating things and protecting the environment, and I’ve been able to combine the two with Upcycling. It best describes how I turned these shirts, a suit jacket from Goodwill with some random buttons and trim from my stash –

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into this custom pillow for my nephew Ben – thus the ‘B’! Shhhh, don’t tell him, it’s his birthday present.

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And these lamps I bought at Value World for $4 apiece (I don’t have a before picture, but they were shiny gold) to these French country┬ábeauties in my dining room after I painted them with off-white chalk paint. I’m still not sure about the beads, though.

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Wool Scarves and Mittens

I can’t believe I haven’t posted since May! So much has been happening. My son and daughter (twins) left for college in September and I finished the rought draft of my novel THE FIELD featuring Eric Horton, the older brother of Marcie from INDIAN SUMMER. More on THE FIELD to come in another post.

Here are some projects I’ve been working on.

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Santa brought me this jacket for Christmas and I knitted this scarf to go with it! Okay, I picked out the jacket myself and Mrs. Claus gave it to me!

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My new obsession is felting sweaters and making stuff with them. Felting involves washing old wool sweaters from Goodwill in very hot water so the fibers in the wool ‘felt’ together and make a fabric you can cut that won’t fray or unravel at the edges. I made these mittens for my cousin, but don’t you think they match perfectly with my old Lands’ End jacket? I may have to keep them for myself!

These are pillows I made from sweaters and rick-rack that I bought years ago at Tuesday Morning thinking that I would someday have a use for it.

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Having the kids go off for college was hard, but it’s the next stage for them and they’re having a great time! It also freed me up for my next stage in life! First step – take over the band room in the basement. I’ve transformed the space into my craft room. I can’t share pics at the moment as it is still a mess from various projects, but stay tuned! Craft on!