Wine Rack to Ribbon “Cradle”

Wine Rack to Ribbon “Cradle”

I think we can all agree that my mind works in mysterious ways- sometimes it’s a great thing (when a project works out!) and sometimes it’s bothersome (when a project fails). But once again, there I was in a thrift store, looking at everything through Sadie-colored glasses…including this very unassuming (and unexciting) wicker/metal wine rack.Read more ›

Wound and Wound: Spinning Candlestick Lace Holder

Wound and Wound: Spinning Candlestick Lace Holder

How many times have I found something interesting at a thrift store…brought it home…repurposed it for my blog…and then realized I didn’t know what to call it? I’ll answer that for you- LOTS AND LOTS OF TIMES. A clever turn of a phrase can be completely foiled by a complicated description, and therein lies my frustration with this piece. It’s a candlestick…no wait, candlesticks…on a single base…but without arms, not a candelabra. Good gracious, what would you call it?Read more ›

Upcycled Storage and Organization Project Ideas

Upcycled Storage and Organization Project Ideas

People tell me constantly that they have no idea how to “get into” upcycling- and they ask me how I come up with all of my ideas. I wish I could tell them that I’m the Sorceress of Repurposing, but the truth is, I’m not- I just enjoy finding a different use for something, regardless of what that “something” is.

And yes, upcycling is trendy and hip and all the rage, but really, we’ve been doing it for generations. Did your mother ever store leftovers in empty margarine containers? If you grew up in a cold climate, did she ever slip plastic bread bags over your feet before stuffing them in your snow boots? That, my friends, is upcycling in its most simple and purest of forms.

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Ribbon Spool Organizer from a Paper Towel Holder

Ribbon Spool Organizer from a Paper Towel Holder

So here I am again with something that can barely be called a “craft”. BUT, this is a really inexpensive way to organize and store those spools of ribbon we all keep buying from Michael’s. You know EXACTLY what I’m talking about, don’t you?Read more ›