Repurposing Inspiration from other Artists

…I’ve go two weddings in our immediate family in the next month, so I’ve been busy, busy, busy….there will be a few projects to share, but just not yet so I don’t spoil any surprises!

In the meantime, here are two websites to look at for repurposing inspiration!

This ARTIST uses old glassware to create chandeliers!


ooooh the possibilities!

And something a little more local….my good friend Kim has recently made some purses out of old BOOKS! 

You can give her a shout out right here and I’ll make sure she reads it!


Inspiring for sure!  She is also a very talented photographer and artist in many other forms as well… me encourage her to showcase her work on the world wide web!



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!


Fabulous finds!

Here are some of our more recent fabulous finds that have sold on ebay in the past week:


A fabulous retro sparkly green Christmas tree – on it’s way to California!


A super funky metalflake motorcycle helmet – ohsoretro!


and this funky ball shaped transistor radio – LunaLit – the ball glows with a light inside.

Just some of the fun and interesting things popping up in and around snowy, cold and wintery Winnipeg!

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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