Treasures and Inspiration

Last week, instead of teaching something specific, I let my upcycling students "shop" from what I've collected in the Creative Reuse Center and come up with their own projects. The creativity and chaos that followed drew some attention from students passing by our room on their way to other classes. A few lingered in the doorway, so they could get a better look. One dubbed it "the treasure ...continue reading

Spice Tins

Do you save your old spice tins? For the longest time, I've coveted vintage spice tins I see in magazines and online, used to organize art supplies or as a home for tiny succulents. It turns out what I was really coveting was their exterior, because the spice tins in my pantry will work just fine - I just need to decorate them (no offense, Kroger). Even better, these aren't rusty or musty, like ...continue reading

Mini Masterpieces

Too many things are keeping me from writing a nice leisurely post, but it's rare that anything can keep me from doing something creative each day. So, here's what I'm working on now: I call them mini masterpieces. I'm painting on paint chips (is that considered irony?). Every year I get a gazillion of these donated by businesses and interior designers after the chip colors are no longer en ...continue reading

A Month of Makery

Teaching a weekly class on The Art of Upcycling is really 20% instruction and 80% planning, practicing, and making samples of what I'll teach others to make. You know I love living in that briar patch, spending time every week practicing what I'll preach, er, I mean teach. Pinterest is, of course, a godsend when it comes to searching for inspiration or examples. But, in case you haven't gotten ...continue reading

Classes, Camps and Workshops

Below are fliers for what, where, and when I'm teaching others how to make something of it. Almost anything I teach can be adapted to suit a different group, location or amount of time. For example, the summer camps I'm teaching for "young upcyclers" (grades 4 through 8) could become a weekend retreat for adults, a 4-week class for you and your friends, or a birthday party for anyone who has ...continue reading

I’m a Chain!

Remember that scene in Steel Magnolias, when Truvy's husband surprises her with a new beauty salon - Truvy's West - and she exclaims: "I'm a chain!" Last year, the Oldham County Schools Arts Center gave me space to store my overflow of rescued materials (beyond what's in my barn and the back of my van). Then, two months ago, they added shelving and a work table, and I set it up as a creative ...continue reading