Archive for the ‘Upcycled Fashion’ Category

Upcycled Fashion: Bike Tube Coin Purse

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

bike tube coin purseThese are pretty awesome – Brandy began collecting discarded bike tubes and upcycling them into bags, wallets and even earrings!

Check out the Moab Bag Company on ETSY.

Upcycled for a Cause: Kustawi Handbags

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Kustawi ProjectIn Swahili, the language spoken in Kenya, Kustawi means, “to thrive”.  KUSTAWI is a line of handbags made from hand rolled paper beads which are skillfully created by the students in Right 2 Thrive’s Empowerment Program.

The paper beads are made from readily available recycled paper products such as, magazines, posters and calendars.  The class and materials are offered to the students for free, providing community members an opportunity to learn a skill. Students are paid a fair wage for their product, enabling them to earn money to support themselves and their families.

KUSTAWI bags are currently on display in the RJM showroom in New York City.  See more on Facebook.


Upcycled For A Cause: Coke Earrings

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Coke EaringsOn many mornings in Aqaba, ladies could be singing, laughing, talking, and drinking tea while creating unique hand made items…from trash. The passer by would never imagine the path these ladies have taken to get to the center each day- divorced, orphaned, widowed, or married to a man who already has many wives, many struggling to pay for basic needs. Amidst the rubble, these ladies arrive with dignity each day, empowered to craft items to provide for the needs of themselves and their family.

Green Creations started in December of 2009 as a World Associates project to train individuals to use recycled materials to create income generating products such as beads, jewelry, bags, bowls, purses, baskets and more.  These items are marketed and sold to the tourist market in Aqaba and in a variety of venues in the United States.

Read more at greencreations

Upcycled Fashion: …An Homage to Family

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

photo watchesMaybe you have an old broken but priceless watch that  that just sits in a drawer of your jewelry box –  I love this idea, it’s honoring, practical and altogether lovely.

Upcycled Fashion: Monopoly Charm Bracelet

Friday, September 13th, 2013

monopoly charm bracelet

I’ve never in my life played a game of Monopoly where I didn’t have to pretend at least once that I wasn’t a poor sport.

But this bracelet idea? Love it!

Found it at oursecondhandlife.

And just for fun – check out Monopoly Game Piece Theory - very scientific!

Upcycled Fashion: Karate Belt? Yes Sir!

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

karate belt

Practical use for your martial arts belts – such a great idea!

A big thank you to greenmoxie for sharing this with us.

Interested in earning your own belts? I highly recommend Hauths Family Taekwondo to all my local friends.

Upcycled for a Cause: Bunker Gear Wallets

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Upcycled Fashion: Bike Tire Belt

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

This is a bike tire – How cool is that?

Found it on an amazing site upcycledaroundtown, an online marketplace for upcycled goods that are handmade in USA.   The site feature the work of several upcycle artists/vendors.

This item was created by Rebicyclist.  Check them out – very cool and just in time for Christmas shopping!

Upcycled Fashion: Washer Necklace

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

How cool are these?

Homemadebyjen provides a great tutorial, plus a cute picture of her pups.

Double dose of nice for your Saturday morning.


Upcycled Fashion: Jean Label Cuff Bracelet

Monday, July 9th, 2012

This is so-super-cool!

Suzanna McMahan shared this with us.  Check her out for

more upcycled vintage jewelry.

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