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How To: Make Upcycled Sweater Stockings

  Continuing our Christmas 2013 Upcycled Decorating with these cute stockings. We love the simplicity of this tutorial! A perfect way to use worn out sweaters without buying newly made stockings for your family. In an afternoon, you can make stockings for your entire family. You could also make smaller versions to use as gift tags for your upcycled wrapping. Just slip a little treat and a name tag inside the little stocking and you have a very cute alternative to a bow for your Christmas packages! The …

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Upcycled Junk Mail Christmas Tree Ornament

Today we are continuing our Christmas 2013 Upcycled Decorating series with a link to this great tutorial. We love how colorful and practical these ornament are. Made from the plethora of junk mail we seem to get this time of year, it is a great project. I would love to see an entire live or potted tree decorated with all upcycled and recycled ornaments. These would be perfect! Click here for the complete picture tutorial. Happy Upcycling! Jill

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In with Old, UP with the New

How many of us have had the experience of wanting an adorable shabby chic item, but find ourselves wishing it fit our color palette just a bit better or wishing the top of the piece had a more durable finish and a bit heavier antiquing on the bottom of the piece? And so many of us can relate to the creative art teacher who has the most tremendous ideas, but the most limiting budget! Rebecca Stephens is a creative mind and artist that has been creating, thrifting, and …

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Playing UP at Dog Days Guitar Straps

At Dog Days Guitar Straps, founder Bryan Kaufman has a simple, yet bold mission: Create the ultimate guitar straps out of the ultimate designer fabrics. He offers a growing selection of guitar straps that are available in over 40 different fabric styles, including some very special, upcycled, vintage fabrics from the 1960s and beyond. Bryan has created his business model thoughtfully, supporting the notion that upcycling is a critical addition because “sustainable practices are essential to giving to future generations on this planet the opportunity to preserve a high quality …

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Artist Spotlight: Romantique Vintage

Today we talk to our friend Lisa Leisy of Romantique Vintage. Her love for antiques and history started as a child and has blossomed from there. She loves to surround her home with history and a link to the past.  Like all good upcyclers, Lisa thinks outside of the box and her creativity is inspiring. We love her upcycled items and we think you will too. Learn more about her and her passion for upcycling with our Five Questions with an Artist. 1.  Tell us your …

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Upcycle Wipes Container

The plastic bags that I save for recycling are a hot mess in my pantry. I love this idea for upcycling a wipes container for tidy storage of plastic bags. The tutorial even gives you instructions for  how to fold the bags that you are putting in the container. Go check it our here. Happy Upcycling, Jill

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Upcycled Slippers Tutorial

  It’s still really COLD outside in our neck of the woods. We love this free tutorial for cozy upcycled slippers. You could make your kids matching slippers or make your spouse a pair as a sweet Valentines’s Day gift. The free step-by-step tutorial is available here. Stay Warm and Happy Upcycling, Jill