Welcome to Krafty Upcycles! I love to talk trash. All kinds of trash! How we accumulate it, discard it, recycle it and now how we can “upcycle” it. According to the Oxford Dictionary the definition of upcycle is: Reuse (discarded objects or materials) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. I’m pretty sure that some of my upcycles do not actually fall under this definition. Personally, I think finding a new way to use an old object is an acceptable form of upcycling. I’ve created Krafty Upcycles to share projects I’ve created by turning discarded items into re-usable treasure. Have a look around and maybe you’ll find a project that inspires you to look at things in a different way before you discard it.
Here is perfect example of my idea of upcycling. My darling Aunt Dee was redecorating her bathroom and asked if I wanted her old stuff. ABSOLUTELY! Among the items was an old bedpan, I think it sat on a shelf as a decorating object (personally, I think this qualifies as an upcycle too!). I’m a big fan of using old objects as a decorating item. I have old non-working cameras sitting on an upcycled shelf in my livingroom. However, when possible I like to get more use out of my old objects. I like to them to serve a purpose too. Unbelievably I was able to find a useful purpose to this old CLEAN bedpan. The bedpan now is responsible for an important roll in the household…..it holds the reading materials in the bathroom!!
A friend ask me to help her out in her yard today, it turned out to be a great and unexpected way to find treasure! I helped a friend thin out some plants in her yard and in return I got to bring them home (some we donated in a beautification project in the city). She also came across stuff that she didn’t need any longer but I knew I could find a use for. A little work produced a big return. I got to spend the day with a good friend and bring home some treasures that I enjoy each year in my own yard!
I love to shop. Not for purses or jewelry and I hate going to malls or department stores and try to avoid them at all costs. I far prefer to find my treasures first in the trash (you know what they say, one mans trash is another mans treasure!) or from family members or friends that just want to get rid of stuff. Free is always the most cost-effective! Next is yard/garage sales and then flea markets and thrift stores. People get rid of the best things and many people get rid of great items to make way for the next newest trend. The thing about trends is…they never stay trendy. I’d rather find timeless things that are built to last or cheap things that I can repurpose!
I’ve wanted a hummingbird feeder for a while now but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend $2 on a little plastic one that suctions to your window. I definitely couldn’t bring myself to purchase the larger plastic hanging one for $6 so I continued to just want. Over the weekend the new neighbors down the road had a yard sale and finally my patience paid off! Laying on the .25 cent blanket was a beautiful metal and glass hummingbird feeder. The only thing plastic on it was the little red flowers for the hummingbirds to insert their beaks to get to the nectar. Right next to it was another hummingbird feeder made entirely of plastic to look like a strawberry. Hmmm, they are both .25 cents, which one should I get?