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Interesting stories from all across the world of upcycling, recycling, and reusing! Check back each week for news, interviews, giveaways, links to interesting sites, and more.

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Friday, May 6, 2011
Weekend Link Round-Up May 6, 2011

Check out this cute upcycled pet bed made from a vintage suitcase. Very clever from the good folks at Atomic Attic. We love this chair. It is a beautifully restored vintage side chair. The perfect combination of vintage style and modern chic. Check out their entire collection at the aptly named Etsy shop Chairy Blossoms. 10 Great Ways to Upcycle Glass Bottles and Jars. Visit Parentables. Yet another article about the growing popularity of Upcycling! Consumer Seal of Approval.

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Monday, May 2, 2011
Upcycled Furniture From Farm Chic

Check out the beautiful upcycled furniture from our friends at Farm Chic. Farm Chic specializes in upcycled and antique furniture. They will also create upcycled pieces for you if you have a specific piece you would like repurposed or redone. Farm Chic sells most of their furniture in the United Kingdom and Europe. If you’re able to visit their Cotswolds store, be prepared for an entire furniture shopping experience. Each customer receives individualized attention and service. The owner also runs a B&B where you could stay the night …

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Friday, April 29, 2011
Weekend Link Round-Up April 29, 2011

Givmo– You donate unused items to them. They give you Karma points. You request items donated by others. The more Karma you have, the better chance you have of getting the items. Process is free. You only pay for the shipping. Recycling and reusing! 5 Upcycled May Day baskets at Crafting a Green World. 10 Ways to Upcycle Easter Goodies at Smiling Green Mom. How To:Upcycled Beach Bag at craftzine.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Upcycled Housing

A clever reader suggested we check out the work of Derek Diedricksen. We are so glad we did! Derek designs and builds tiny buildings. His unique work includes things like cabins, tree houses (both for grown-ups and kids), and flex buildings that could be used for anything from a green house to an office to a homeless shelter. So, why are we writing about him? Because his designs are meant to be built on a budget and he advocates the use of upcycled and recycled materials. Things like …

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Etsy Feature: Upcycled Zippers

Our latest Etsy feature is our friend Heather of Re-Zip It! Heather takes vintage zippers and turns them into some of the most beautiful and unique creations we have seen. Last week, Heather’s creations were featured on The Today Show. She was in the top 10 finalists in the Art of Reuse Contest that was sponsored by NBC and Etsy. Congratulations Heather! Heather is a full time working, married mother to a beautiful son named Benjamin. She works in a jail as a therapist helping individuals …

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Monday, April 25, 2011
Does Your Mom Hug Trees?

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 8th. Time to pick out that perfect gift for Mom and have it ready to go by Mother’s Day. Look through our list of upcycled gifts, click on the link, and order your gift today! 1. Remember the Trashy Earrings we featured a while back? They make a great Mother’s Day gift. Your Mom will love them and they help other Mother’s in Honduras by providing them with income. Read our story about them here. Buy them from Trashy Earrings …

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Friday, April 22, 2011
Weekend Link Round-Up April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day and a Blessed Easter to you from Upcycle Magazine! Check out the expansive collection of upcycled wallets, clutches, card cases and more at Poketo. In Japan, manufacturers are selling little gardening kits made from reused bottle tops. Certainly takes the phrase “my cute little garden” to a new level. Here is a fun place to visit. Thred Up! is an online marketplace where Mom’s can swap gently used children’s toys and clothes.There tag line: “Clothes don’t grow. Kids do.” Look here at …

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Etsy Feature: Upcycled T-shirt Dresses

What does a former forensic scientist do when she stops dismantling meth labs to raise her four children and take care of her family? She starts dismantling T-shirts to create adorable dresses for little girls! As a child, Carrie Poniewaz’s mother gave her some good advice: “learn to type and learn to sew then you will always have a job and you will always have something to wear.” While her love of sewing and creating started at a young age growing up with a family of creative women, …

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Friday, April 15, 2011
Weekend Link Round-Up: April 15, 2011

Extreme Upcycling? Head over to Green Thing to read their article: Unusual, Odd And Wonderful Upcycled Fashion. Honestly, I don’t know what to say about some of these ideas. They literally left me speechless. The article and pictures are worth a click. If, for no other reason, than pure entertainment. This cute bag is made from an upcycled burlap bag that once held coffee. I love coffe and burlap so this purse is a favorite! Check out 5th Season’s entire line of upcycled burlap items! Head over to …

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It is no suprise that we are a big fan of Etsy here at Upcycle Magazine. So, I am happy to share with you the 2nd Annual Earth Day Auction being sponsored by Team EcoEtsy. There is still time to be a part of this great event. The auction lasts for two more weeks. The items are donated by their members and all proceeds are donated to Habitat for Humanity in Japan to help rebuild and to aid Japanese earthquake survivors. So you can bid on beautiful …