Monthly Archives: July 2012

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Upcycle

I have always recycled or found other purposes for an already existing item.  As I get older the desire to reduce my carbon foot print and to live a sustainable life becomes greater.  I love the idea of upcycling.  Taking something old or discarded and altering it into something more practical or enjoyable.  I recently went to a local thrift store and found a small purse with a silver chain strap with Gucci imprinted on it.  I doubted its authenticity but purchased it anyway because it was just the size purse I was looking for.

Curious as whether or not it was authentic I googled the purse but came up with nothing.  No worries, I had other plans.  The original chain had to go.  Every time I put the purse on, the chain(very cool I might add) ripped my hair out.  Not thrilled about the prospect of going bald, I swapped out the original chain for a more scalp friendly version.  I had painted the rest with gold and silver paints and accented it with leaves(things I have been attracted to and inspired by lately).

Before

After

I painted both sides.  I am pretty pleased with how it turned it.

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Productivity

I love productive days.  Don’t get me wrong I love my lazy days too, but a productive day makes me feel accomplished and awesome.  Not all my days are like this.  I think life needs balance and if you’re constantly focused on producing/working you miss out on the simple pleasures.  So most days it’s a mixture of productivity with some sitting back, relaxing, and experiencing life with those I love.

Today I did the usual mean clean.  I got a few loads of laundry done.  I washed my car, plus vacuum.  The Taurus is sparkling like new.  I went for a run to work the ol’ ticker out.  And I finished some old projects.  That is what I love the most.  Working on my craft.  Whatever it may be.

Here is a wrap bracelet I finished.

It also works as a necklace.

Have a lovely evening.

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