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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