Jul 14, 2010

Rhonda & Upcycling

Hi, it's Rhonda and I'm so excited to share with you my first project post as part of the new Simply Renee Design Team!

My project is all about upcycling which is very much on trend today.  I finished up this chai latte mix last week and could not bear to part with this cute container!  Perhaps it is the feel of nostalgia, but I just loved how sturdy it is and overall, the cuteness factor won me over.  Am I alone here?

One of my crafty commitments in 2010 is to try to journal more often and meaningfully.  I decided that I wanted to alter my little container to become a new 'home' for my journaling pens.  I really need to have my pens organized in a single place of honor in my studio.

Here is my 'before' photo so you can see where I started:

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Here is what it looks like now...  Penny for Your Thoughts...  

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I couldn't resist the sentiment and I found a wheat penny.  I added just a touch of liquid pearls to it to soften it which created just the feel that I wanted.  You will notice that I didn't just stop with the container!  I had to create just a little more eye candy for my desk.  Here are the extra details including the fun little hat that I made by flipping over that little lid:

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To create the ruffled paper ribbon on the bottom, I set my sewing machine stitch length to long and stitched in the middle of the double scallop punched trim.  I then got the paper slightly damp and gathered it to create paper "ribbon".  To disguise my stitching I applied some trim over the top.   

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[  Here are my little creations in action at my desk next to my Clip-It-Up Mini.  I just love how perfectly the Mini works for storing my bling and embellishment collections.  It's just the perfect size to help organize your array of embellishment goodies.  ]

I hope that you take a look at some of the things that you recycle from time to time and see how you can re-purpose or upcycle to help you organize your craft space.  Please share your fun projects, I would love to see them! 

Thank you so much for stopping on over today, have a super fabulous rest of your day!

Rhonda Van Ginkel

13 comments:

  1. Wow! You are a girl after my own heart! I love recycling / upcycling! Your project is amazing! Truly gorgeous, and I love the addition of the penny on your container! This is truly a stunning project! LOVE it! ♥

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  2. Great job on the upcycling! I am always saving containers and product packaging to use in my layouts/projects. I love the ruffle and the lid/hat - very pretty!!

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  3. This is super creative and now you got me going on getting that done..Great ideas I can't wait to see what everyone has... wow this is fabulous

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  4. love your upcycling project! i love to repurpose things too...love altering things. thanks for sharing :)! too cute to add the penny :). *hugs* steph :)

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  5. THis is adorable Rhonda!! Love the hat... way too adorable!

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  6. this is fabulous Rhonda...such CUTE projects, love your work :)

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  7. Wow that is very cute. Love all the little extra's.

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  8. I love it - especially the pretty little hat!

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  9. Rhonda,
    love the idea of the upcycling project; wish I would have thought of it!
    You are awesomely creative.

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  10. Gorgeous!! Love the lace and flowers and the colors are beautiful!

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  11. WOW...this is soooo gorgeous...makes me want to alter something, quick...LOVE IT!

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