Tag Archives: upcycle

Kevin’s New Clothes

21 Jun

I got a new little skin for Kevin… isn’t it pretty?

 

After peeling out the frame I had a whole inside’s worth of sticker left, and since I’m my mother’s daughter, I couldn’t bear to throw it away.

I also had these, which I made a while back, and whose color scheme was starting to annoy me:

adorable, but not so much with the matching of my kitchen.

 

Outdated Bottle Cap Magnets + Leftover Sticker Cover = WIN!

Here’s a close up of my favorite fortune ever (I’ve had it since…uhm… well, I’ve had it for so long I can’t remember)!

And there you have it!  New clothes for everyone, a fun way to use something that otherwise would’ve been thrown away, and some excellent advice! Enjoy!

Oh, and FYI: we don’t really keep pictures of shoes on our fridge.  That’s a reminder of what Miss Nina looked like way back in November 2010 when we first brought her home.

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Enviro-Kitty Got Me Thinking

9 Mar

Since Nina’s been so in to saving the planet lately (and also since our old laundry sorter was very anti-kitten), Husband and I recently upgraded our flimsy, mesh laundry hamper to a fancy woven one (which is decidedly more kitten-friendly).

No, this isn't Nina, but it is an example of why mesh bags are decidedly non-kitten friendly.

Poor Nina spent many an evening attacking our meshy laundry area, getting her tiny claws stuck, then crying pitifully until we came to rescue her.  I don’t have any pictures of it because frankly, it seemed mean to take a picture of a poor, scaredy, stuck little kitten instead of rescuing her.  Plus, the camera always seemed to be in the other room.  Humpf.

The problem now is, what do I do with this?

the bottom of our old hamper

the bottom bit of mesh from the old hamper

I kept the three sorting bags – they’ll be good for sorting laundry on trips (and decidedly better than the pillow cases I currently use to organize trip laundry).  The plastic tubing, which was cracked and taped back together in several places anyway, we recycled, leaving just this bottom bit mesh to deal with.

So, I channeled my inner enviro-kitty and poured myself a glass of champagne.

yep! thats one of my happy bead wine glass charms!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Drinking champagne has absolutely nothing to do with being an enviro-kitty.  Kitties probably shouldn’t drink champagne, actually. Champagne is only for adult human enviro-kitties, kk?

So.  Here’s what I did:

1. I folded the meshy mesh in half.

2. I sewed up both sides with my trusty embroidery needle and some scrap yarn.

3. Then, because that’s how I roll, I pretended my stitches were a foundation chain, got out my trusty J hook, and double crocheted up both sides of the bag.

4. I added some handles, which because of the already existing loops in the mesh, I was able to string through the top of the bag, and ended up with this:

practical, but not very pretty...

5. And, since I had a bit of yarn left over, I added a groovy little flower.

And… VOILA!  I  now have a lightweight little bag to carry produce in!  Hooray for no more plastic produce bags!

Enviro-Kitty is proud of me, as evidenced by the fact that she’s sitting on my desk, watching me write this post and purring.  YAY!

Happy Beads are Happy!

28 Feb

So, what’s a girl to do with a whole bunch of sentimentally important beads she recently cut out of their hempy, hippie homes?

WHY, make wine glass charms, of course!

…can’t make wine glass charms without a *little* bit of crochet…

And the best part?  These little bad boys are hinged, so they’re easy to remove!

(Why, yes, OBVIOUSLY I had to drink a bit of wine while I made them…)

And, because I never, EVER get carried away, I absolutely did NOT go digging through my craft supplies for more beads, which I ABSOLUTELY did not turn into more wine glass charms.  Nope.  Not even a little bit.

 

these beads used to be a bracelet...

 

I removed this butterfly from an anklet to make it bracelet-sized. Let's face it... grown ups don't wear anklets, either.

 

these guys are from The Bead Mine in Pittsburgh... gosh, I miss Pittsburgh.

AAAAAnywho, no more sad comments, okay friends?  I have now upcycled, repurposed, and otherwise transformed my very favorite beady beads into functional, pretty, *way* more adult-ish type things.  YAY!

Pinot Noir, anyone?  =)