Do I have to sew to REPURPOSE something?

With two immediate family members getting married in the next two weeks, I may be a little scarce around here so I thought I’d pass along some blog-love and show you some ideas that don’t include fabric.

I’ve mostly been into fabric lately, but that doesn’t mean my mind isn’t constantly working on ideas for other things lying around too!

A recent commenter, recently took this:



and created this:


Or how about REPURPOSING all those old CD cases lying around?


“From the book Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love: Scan or crop your images to the size of a CD case (5 3/8 in. wide by 4 5/8 in. high) then print on good photopaper and trim. We recommend using standard (not slim) cases. Discard plastic inserts. 

Back each photo with cardboard or foam board and snap the cases shut. Attach them to the wall with 3-inch strips of sticky-back hood-and-loop fasteners (such as Velcro). ”

Those of you who speak French, might be inspired by this site:


Anything lying around your house that you could look at differently?



Repurposing Trends

…There are alot of places to find inspiration for repurposing old items. Google is my best friend these days when I find myself with something to repurpose….

Take for instance – ZIPPERS.

Wouldya ever have thought about this?????



Brooches and the like from ZIPPERS…..see more here


REPURPOSED on Facebook


Repurposing a Window blind – part II

I also had this roman blind sample kicking around….it had gotten pretty dirty, faded and just started looking yukky on display, so I brought it home and subjected it to my scissors…


There will be 6 other ladies from across Canada with me at a Sales convention in Dallas next week, and since we all spend alot of time in our cars, I made one of these for everyone!


I found 6 different vintage buttons, so they are all a little bit different, but useful just the same!


Calling all aLTeReD aRtIsTs

I think I might be legit!  I sold my first piece of altered art.

Remember this post?


I took alot of photos this week (that are still in my camera) and just haven’t had a spare minute to try to get them out and write something….HBI is trying to read 100 books before the end of the school year, so that means we use up alot of our free time reading…which is not a bad thing!

I posted these on my etsy this week.    If you are an altered / mixed media / collage / assemblage kind of artist, you might be interested….if not in these specifically, let me know….we still have buildings full of stuff I can pull out


I’ve got everything from keys to doorknobs, postcards to vintage magazines, silverware to nuts and bolts.   If you like to use a particular type of item, let me know what it is and I’ll see what I can pull together!




Taking the Plunge…

My love of the old.

My love of rescuing something that still has life in it.

My newfound joyfulness in a pile of fabric and rags.

I’m putting them together and have officially listed my first REPURPOSED item up for sale. I’m putting myself out there as (gasp!) an artist. A garbage artist.


Combat boots ultimately speak to the ongoing wars in our world.

This wearable art piece seeks to counter the hatred with something soft and wonderful.

Vintage pearls evoke feelings and memories of our mothers and grandmothers. Allowing ourselves to feel those feelings is a direct stand against the hatred of war.

On the flip side, there are those who say war is necessary. For those, let these speak to the reasons for which we fight. Honor. Goodness. Peace. Freedom.

These are a worn pair of Doc Marten combat boots in approximately a womens size 9. The soles do not show much wear, however there are crease marks across the toe box and a crack in the leather above the left achilles area. They are completely wearable should you wish to wear these.

Should you wish to display them, they have no ‘odd’ odors.

The war boot has a keychain of an automatic weapon and a keychain that says “Do unto others before they do unto you”

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The peace boot has a strand of vintage pearls and three clip on vintage earrings. The yellow tie is tattered, worn and tied together in places symbolizing the realities that somewhere in our world, there is always war.


I will ship these FREE in Canada or the USA. $69.99

The week Creative – Jan 13-19

I’ve been toying with some mixed media this week…simply because it seems to be the perfect creative outlet for a ‘garbage artist’. I found out that’s what I could be called.

It seems as though there is a whole movement of Garbage Artists…some who dumpster-dive, some who scrounge scrapyards and garbage dumps, and others who are constantly looking at what someone else is throwing away and says…”can I have that?”. While I’ve been known to dumpster-dive a time or two in my life, my thrill comes from ‘redeeming’ something that someone else was going to throw away….

..and with that, I present this week’s creative endeavors…

First I cut up a cheerios box and made a bunch of little tags, and painted both sides of them with some acrylic paints we bought with a bunch of other junk, and have stored for 5 years, at an auction.What to do. What to do.

I created this cutesy little tag? ornament? hangy thing?…. (it’s a rhinestone earring hanging from the bottom)

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Then, I took a tuna can, and a vintage magazine, cut a fuzzy red heart and went diving through my own stash and found this great keychain to add on… sweet.

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Now what do I do with it? another hangy thing.

I am ashamed to even show this messed up creation, but again, it’s all about the process right…? I’m still going to work on it, but my canvas was the cheerios box, again painted with acrylic paint. Then I started looking through vintage mags and postcards. I think it might have a theme and I will probably keep embellishing it to see where it goes….


Here’s a Christmas themed thing that was inspired by a vintage postcard. I think I will add two gromments and wait until I find some nice ribbon so I can hang it.


This little sweet thing started out as a spoon. I added a photograph…a doily…a brooch and more cheerios box cutouts in the shape of wings , and voila. A what the ?? I have no idea…would you hang it? would you stick it in a potted plant? Not sure.


I struggle with this one a little because within my vision of Garbage Art, (who knew I had a vision about this crap, er I mean art form) I think I should only use items that the average Joe or Jane could find while thrifting. I don’t think the glitter counts in that. That is something that most people think they would have to go buy. I guess I should say that I found scads of glitter at a garage sale ( I think the nice old lady was previously a Sunday School teacher or something). So, within the confines of my art, it was not a deviation…however, I may find another pair of wings that inspire.


And here is the first REPURP. I think that is cute little name for snuggly creatures made out of old sweaters. And stuffed with scraps of who-knows-what. Nothing purchased here. That’s the key.


He has been tagged with alphabet beads…I think it’s nice to identify them..

And just so I don’t forget who I am , I made this….man do I need a good pedicure.


That should be it for this week. I am dedicating the rest of my time to some writing and that is something that likely won’t appear here, at least for awhile.

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