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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Etsy Feature: Upcycled Key Jewelry

Anne Jansen of St. Louis and The Key of A takes what was once consider ordinary and turns it into beautiful, wearable works of art. A hundred years ago, type writers and skeleton keys were considered common utilitarian items that were found in many homes. We can now look back at these items and see the beauty and the history. Anne’s line of vintage inspired jewelry and accessories utilizes authentic keys of all types including typewriters, cash registers, skeleton, watch, clock and piano of the early 1900’s. …

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Friday, April 1, 2011
Weekend Link Round-Up

Head over to Crafting a Green World for Upcycled Bunny Crafts to make just in time for Easter. Check out our friends at The Upcycle Place. A free market place for buying and selling upcycled goods. Great idea! Visit the creative folks at Love and Trash for a tutorial on upcycling your burnt out candles. I used to be crazy about burning my scented candles. I would only light them if I could burn them for the recommended time so they would burn evenly. I didn’t want …

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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Upcycled Earrings

I am so excited to tell you about these earrings from our friends at Trashy Earrings. The earrings are stylish and affordable(around 7 USD) and come in a variety of colors. I have found that they are great conversation pieces too. The earrings are made of just what you think, trash! That is not the best part though. The earrings are made in Honduras by single mothers who would otherwise not have a way to support their family. Honduras continues to be a poor country with …

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Etsy Feature: Upcycled “Woolies”

Leanne of Noble Upcycling repurposes old wool sweaters into felted woolies in the form of mittens, slipper socks, blankets, bags and stuffed animals. Leanne started upcycling when she turned her first disastrous sewing endeavor into a dust rag! Well, her sewing skills have come a long way since then and she is now able to craft adorable stuffed animals, mittens, slippers, bags, and blankets. All of her creations start as old wool sweaters. She felts the wool before turning the sweaters into “woolies.” Some of her …

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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Check out this Lucky Shamrock plant from our friends at Kelly Box. The planting containers are made of their corrugated packaging. According to Kelly, corrugated packaging has the best recycling rate of any packaging material used today. It is durable and can be used again and again until it is ultimately sold back to manufacturers to make the next generation of corrugated packages. According to our research, corrugated packaging could also be composted because it is biodegradable. When packaging is necessary, corrugated is a great choice. Thank you Kelly …