Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Yesterdays sewing project complete!

Up-Cycled Bottle Cap Pincushion set.  Made with scrap fabrics and felt.  


Just listed these cute little pincushions in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Trashy Crafter Interview

1. How did you first get into up-cycled crafting? What is the first upcycled craft/artwork you ever made?

This started at a very young age before we had the up-cycled label to put on it.  I was always tinkering with the little pieces of this and that in the garage and my grandfathers barn.  I would create little pieces of art from all sorts of stuff.  One of the first things I remember making was a small shelf from scrap wood my grandfather had trashed from a much larger project.  For years I used it to hold little trinkets and figurines.
3. What mediums do you typically work with?

I turn plastic bottle caps into pincushions and beer bottle caps are worked into different wood projects.   I create mosaic’d frames filled with wine corks used as trivets and coasters.  I also make stamps and wine glass charms from cork.
4. Why do you believe the recycled art/craft movement is so important?

Recycled arts and crafts are helping people become aware of their trash. 
 More and more people are wanting to take responsibility for what they’re leaving behind in the form of trash.  We’re all using our imaginations a little more and taking it upon ourselves to find creative new uses for things.

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Monday, August 29, 2011


Facts to ponder... 

If it's not being recycled what can you do with it? 

The coolest alternative to plastic bags as we know them: 
Puma’s dissolving plastic bag 
Watch this video and see for yourself: 

Source links

Waste for Life-Work
to reduce the damaging environmental impact of non-recycled plastic waste products and to promote self-sufficiency and economic security.

"Putting aside the sheer absurdity that humans believe we can just pollute the planet until it dies, these garbage patches provide a huge danger to animals, both water based and air based. Plastics entangle birds while fish unwittingly mistake small bits of plastic for plankton and other edible treats. Countless stories exist of fish being caught and their bellies being full of plastic debris." Joshua S Hill

This is a small group of Etsy finds created with reused plastics.  There are so so many other recycled shopping choices so visit Etsy and take a look.

What are you doing to reduce yours?  

What would you like to do? 

Share your ideas!     

Friday, August 26, 2011

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Do you belong to a CSA?

This is my first year experiencing the benefits a CSA has to offer.  Each week we are treated to such wonderful organic produce.  Some of which we get to pick ourselves which makes the experience of bringing the food home and eating it so much funner and tastier. 

These farms are all over so chances are there's one closer than you realize.  So please if you're thinking about joining give it a try.  Support your local farmer and eat some of the best eats you could be eating.  I'm a member of the Common Threads Farm in Madison.  I love everything they have to offer.  Check out their website if you're curious how it works.  The weekly newsletters give you a really good idea of what to expect.

 Fresh flowers on the table each week is such a treat!

These are the goodies we came home with last week.  

"It's a Garlic Party!"  (as my daughter calls it)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gate Entrance Passageway

I took these in Germany and France of last year.  I like to imagine the stories behind each picture.  I find the simple beauty inspiring and hope you do too.  


"Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate."
J.R.R. Tolken 




Take me home... 

 "I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate."
Arthur W. Pinero

 Through the garden gate...

"Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity."
Khalil Gibran


 "Soft pity enters an iron gate" William Shakespeare


"May you always walk in sunshine.  
May you never want for more.  
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door" 
Irish Blessing