July 11th, 2013 | by Bonnie Getchell
Last week I bought an adorable plant stand at a garage sale. I stared at it sitting in my living room and thought, "Those curved feet are just too cute! I wish I could make it into a table." So, I transformed it into a table!
July 4th, 2013 | by Bonnie Getchell
While garage saling last week, I came across this unique vintage cookie jar for $4! I wanted to sell it in my craft booth, but the paint was faded and cracked. I think it goes without saying that the owl has pretty creepy appearance as well. Here's how you can fix up that vintage piece next time instead of passing it up
May 2nd, 2012 | by Michael Ricciardi
Hi folks...I normally write for Planetsave.com, and occasionally for Ecolocalizer and CleanTechnica. However, following my three day coverage of the first annual Recycling Arts and Resource Expo, this past Earth Day weekend in Bellingham, Washington, Becky Striepe has flattered me with an invite to post here
March 31st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
We love glass jars around here! They're durable (unless you drop them), versatile, and with a little bit of love, you can turn them into all sorts of fun things.
February 22nd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
Of course, I could have hit up the big box store for a table runner, but where's the fun in that? Plus, those store-bought situations tend to involve either conventional cotton or some type of polyester, and they're made in far-off factories. Who knows what the labor practices are there, right? Instead, I hit my stash and whipped up this reclaimed table runner that's exactly the right size for my new sideboard. Here's how you can make a table runner of your own!
February 11th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
We've talked some about the joys of burlap before. Burlap is made from jute, a very low-impact plant to grow. Not only that, it's pretty easy to get second hand burlap, if you know where to look. Local coffee shops, especially ones that roast their own beans, tend to be rich with big, empty burlap sacks. If you frequent a local coffee shop, get friendly with the staff and ask nicely - I bet they'll be happy to give you a burlap sack or two!
September 27th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe
Instead of buying new, I decided whip up a sunglasses case using supplies that were already in my craft room. Hurrah! This case was a surprise, so those are my giant, white sunglasses in the photos. He wears pretty big glasses, too, so I modeled the size on my huge pair. If you wear less chunky sunglasses, you might want to size this sunglasses case tutorial down a bit to accommodate, so they'll fit snugly
September 14th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe
Store bought jewelry can come with a hefty environmental impact. From the new materials to produce them to the carbon footprint that goes with shipping them all over the world, that snazzy pair of earrings from the big box store are a little bit on the heavy side. Luckily, you don't have to buy mass-produced jewelry! Instead, you can divert some waste from the landfill and whip up cute, DIY jewelry of your very own. Here are some projects to get you going
July 13th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe
Turn disposable bar coasters into customized, reusable coasters in just a few simple steps!
September 1st, 2010 | by Becky Striepe
Altoids tins are icons of upcycling. Even folks who aren't into DIY crafts often reuse these handy containers for things like storing change or organizing small knick knacks. With a little bit of crafty love, you can turn that humble Altoids container into all sorts of fun creations!
August 10th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe
So we know that you can recycled old sweaters into yarn, but repurposed sweaters can be valuable for seamstresses, too!
July 28th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe
A quick trip to the thrift store can return a bounty of books that make you wonder how they ever [&hellip
July 14th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe
How brilliant is this? Crafter Mandy Younce sent me some photos of these purses she and her husband designed. Each [&hellip
June 29th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe
We’re huge fans of second hand fabrics over here. We love scouring thrift stores and estate sales or rifling through [&hellip
June 22nd, 2010 | by Becky Striepe
Normally when we think about fabric, we picture lovely bolts of yardage, ready to cut and shape, but there are [&hellip
June 17th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe
Crafter Caitlin Wicker makes super-sweet recycled stuffies out of thrifted sweaters and retro-printed fabrics. By day, Caitlin works “with low-income [&hellip
June 2nd, 2010 | by Becky Striepe
Proprietress Anka got her crafty roots growing up in Russia, where sewing and making things were part of the school [&hellip
January 20th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe
Crop Suey has an awesome video showing how to make a record into a custom wrist cuff! Once you make [&hellip
January 12th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe
A commenter on our 2009 Fab Fabrics Retrospective mentioned that she’d been seeing more and more crafts from repurposed vintage [&hellip
January 3rd, 2010 | by Becky Striepe
Just last week we were talking about your scrap bin as a fabulous, free fabric resource. Today, I ran across [&hellip
May 14th, 2009 | by Jackie Hernandez
After I saw this I decided there is no way I am letting my husband donate his old dress shirts [&hellip