Monday, February 23, 2009

Upcycle Your Life

I'm often asked what the term "upcycled" means. And really the easiest definition I can think of is "To recycled something to a better purpose." Like that old worn out woolen sweater you've had in the back of your closet for 6 years. Yeah, the one with the hole at the bottom from when you snagged it on your way to work. And there it hangs depressed and lifeless, but you don't have the heart to throw it away cause it was a gift from your grandmother's sister's daughter twice removed. (or something) Take the fabric....the buttons....the thread and upcycle them into a neat pair of baby shoes. Take the sleeves and turn them into leg warmers. snip off the cuffs and add a few buttons or other embellishments and, Voila', a super neat bracelet cuff. Really the only limitation is your imagination. In these times where product prices are going up and availability to resources is on the downturn, it makes so much more sense to recycle what we already have into "new" items.
Here are a few of my upcycled ideas....I'd love to hear yours. Contact me if you'd like your upcycled idea featured in my Boutique Blog.

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