Everyday Upcycle Facebook book launch this Friday.

I am VERY excited to share that I am hosting an online book launch for my new book Everyday Upcycle: 15 projects using everyday items.

Do you have mounds of items you know could make great things? Are you scrapped for cash and looking for easy ways to make gifts? Does your desire for unique decorating ideas clash with available cash in your wallet? In Everyday Upcycle: 15 projects using everyday items you will learn to make fun and environmentally friendly decorations and gifts.

I share quick and easy crafting ideas using materials found in almost every home. I encourage readers to take advantage of what they have instead of buying new from big-box stores.

In this slim volume you will learn:

  • Turn children’s pants into flowerpot bottoms
  • Mark your plants with flatware
  • Salvage broken mini-blinds
  • Help a little seamstress

You know that jelly jar has more life in it. If you are looking for ways to reduce waste but need ideas and instruction, with 13 full color images this is the book for you.

There is no need to register for the online launch, but if you’d like you can using this link: Free Ticket. Registering for your Free Ticket will give you an opportunity to win a free copy of the book.

Get your questions ready! I will try a live stream through the event page.

So wish me well!

New book on-the-way: Everyday Upcycle

Everyday Upcycle

Most of you know I write a column on upcycling for Two-Lane Livin‘. I started in 2015, sharing many of the ideas I had, along with improvements on things I learned elsewhere. I cobbled together 15 of my projects into a small book titled Everyday Upcycle; 15 projects from everyday items. It will be available through Amazon and Kindle.  I hope to have it ready by October 1.

In the slim volume you will learn:

  • Turn children’s pants into flowerpot bottoms
  • Mark your plants with flatware
  • Salvage broken mini-blinds
  • Help a little seamstress

You know that jelly jar has more life in it. If you are looking for ways to reduce waste but need ideas and instruction, with 13 full color images this is the book for you.

 

If you are interested in reviewing the book, shoot me an email.

 

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Upcycle Coat Rack

I completed the upcycle coat rack Sunday. I really enjoyed working on it. There is something cathartic about hanging in the garage, working on stuff.  I get that from my Dad.

Dad gave me some space in his garage to work on my upcycle projects. It was getting tough to work on the back porch. The wind blowing interfered with my painting, and of course rain could stall me for days. So, I was glad to get a bench of my own out there.

Now, I’m working on a bench. I am removing the paint from an old frame (taking longer than I anticipated) and will either stain and clear coat or paint, then affix a seat. I hope to find a good cushion for it as well. Then, on sale it goes!

Here is a picture of the coat rack.

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Upcycle coat rack made from repurposed coffee table and salvaged oak.

I don’t have a gallery, so the image is dark. Maybe that will change by winter.

Mixed Greens Success!

The Mixed Greens craft show actually went quite well. The space was smaller than I anticipated. There were 12 vendors in all.

Vendors sold everything from candles made in repurposed wine and beer bottles, to paintings, to jewelry, and much more. I sold enough to cover my fee, plus a little more. There were tons of people stopping in to browse, but honestly, I didn’t see that many transactions happening. In fact, the vendors on either side of me said they just did “fair”.

BUT, it was a nice time. I was glad to be there. Hopefully, I will do more. Here are some of the items I had there:

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My table at the 2013 Mixed Greens show.

 

Female print
A female image printed over the story of the Samaritan woman at the well.

 

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This little desk sold quickly.

 

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Both the red and white message centers were popular – and sold!

 

Mixed Greens

I forgot to tell you!

Some of my art has been accepted into the Habitat ReStore Mixed Greens Art and Craft Show, April 20-21, 2013.

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I have four mounted photos I call “Windows.” Two are desert scenes from Arizona and two are forest scenes from West Virginia.

Sonoran 1 Sonoran 2 Forest Trees 1 Forest Trees 2

I also have a recycled student desk. I have a few more things to do with it.

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The event will be at the ReStore in Charleston, WV. Even if you don’t plan to purchase anything, I hope you will stop by.