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I was so impressed when I stumbled across julienjaborska’s Etsy store.  The store’s name is Rebicyclist and this upcycling artist does belts, keychains and coasters.  What a great idea, turn those useless old bike tires into something useful and stylish. 
My favorite belts are the chunky road tire type, I think they’d be an edgy statement in the workplace.

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When I was searching Etsy today for someone new to spotlight, I entered ‘upcycled’ into the search engine and was so impressed to find these works by KD.  The green circle bracelet is so elegant and then looking through her store I found some lovely earrings as well. 
ArtworkbyKD also has some very fun and quirky flower rings as well.  Her shop is worth a second look, or third or fourth, enjoy.

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trimmedeggs

It’s fall here in Brazil, we’re getting colder at night and still I just can’t accept it.  With Easter just a week or so ago I can’t seem to reconcile myself to this side of the Equator.  So in my home it’s spring and we’re making little pastel houses and decorating eggs with vintage trim.

The little houses are upcycled cardboard with vintage lace.  I’m still at work on the birds who will live in these sweet little homes.

paper houses

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new face on geisha

Guess what, I’ve gotten some great news lately and my upcycled geisha doll will be appearing in Art Doll Quarterly‘s May 1, 2009 issue. I just can’t wait!

Art Doll Quarterly is published by Stampington & Co. and I love, love all of their books, in fact I’m really excited about their Green Craft magazine that will come out in late Summer. Have a look at the site and if you’ve got green crafts to share, send them in!

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I like buying patterns from Etsy and using my own collection of old and worn out clothing to make new stuffed friends. She is made up of a great lumberjack shirt in orange that I just couldn’t part with.

Hoot!

Hoot!

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upcycled fabric banner

upcycled fabric banner

Here in Brasilia there are lots of parties, fireworks break the silence most weekend nights, and sometimes even during the week.  The parties are loud and they go on until dawn begins to break.  It’s amazing how long and often these Brazilians party.

A past weekend our neighbors began preparing their home for another all-night fest, and while I was dreading the noise until the wee hours I was envious of the decorations.  Along the front fence and then into their yard were meters and meters of banners.  The banners consisted of little pastel and fluorescent colored squares on a thin string.  They were all colors and when night fell the addition of just a little light made them really pretty.  The best part was that then they took them down and used them for a party on the following weekend.

We’re going to get ourself settled enough to have a party at the end of October, so I’ve been upcycling some of my thrift store clothes into cloth banners to do up our yard.  I can’t wait!

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So I’ve been writing about what I’ve been doing to keep my hands out of trouble as we travel and here is the first little collection of my Flash Card art.  Read the Tips for more info.

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