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Zucchini Bread Oatmeal Recipe : Meatless Monday

I am a huge believer in the power of eating healthy, and consuming mostly veggies, fruit, beans, nuts and grains, not only does it help your body to be strong and at it’s prime, it helps the planet.  I know not everyone wants to become a vegetarian or vegan, but everyone can go meatless for…

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Top 10 Recycled Photo Frame Ideas

Why go out and buy a boring run of the mill picture frame at the store when you can get an out of this world picture frame?  Everything from wooden hangers, books, salt shakers and even a TV?  These unique ideas will get you inspired to start framing all of those special memories you have…

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Sweet Inspiration and a Ducky Cigar Box

Here are the new items we added to the shop today, a love letter Mallard duck cigar box, a tapestry paper bead bracelet, a sweet inspiration block and a hilarious fridge magnet.                                              …

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A Lively Apartment Livingroom

I have made so many changes to the layout of my living room after taking down my Christmas decorations earlier last month.  I took down everything off of my walls and moved it all around.  I thought I would how it turned out.

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Spring Flower Pen Holder

Do you have a problem of losing pens at your front reception desk of your office?  This is the coolest solution to that problem… a pen pot! It is really easy to make, you can make your own recycled paper flowers with book pages or scrap book paper, or you can even use silk flowers…

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Building Blocks of Life, Recycled Art That Inspires

My Mom and Dad recently went to Los Angeles and brought back a box of children’s wooden building blocks. I was so excited to work with them and create something fun.  I am a huge fan of inspirational words, and so I decided to make “Building Blocks of Life” each of the blocks has an…

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Wine Cork Plant Labels

There are so many fun ways to label your herbs, everything from spoons to wine corks.  I have done spoon labels in the past, and decided I would try wine corks.  I have a friend that is a head pastry chef at a local restaurant, she always saves the wine corks for me.  I decided…

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Apartment Garden Zen

When does gardening season start in my home?  Right after New Years day, yep thats right!  While majority of the United States is buried in snow, my boyfriend Dave and I went out to the local nursery this past weekend to get some new plants for the garden.  We mostly got herbs, since majority of…

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Earring Palooza

Today only Nov. 20th 2013 we are offering FREE shipping on any order of recycled book bead earrings!  Offer ends tonight at midnight pacific time… grab some great stocking stuffers! Enter “PALOOZA” at checkout  Check out the earrings here… 

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Old Shelving Turned Into Art

I live right next to a college, which is a huge added bonus when I’m on the hunt for trash to turn into artwork.  A few months ago I found two large book shelves, the frame itself was warped and unusable, but the shelves that slide out were still able to be used.  I grabbed…

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In Honor of Movember

It’s November, no.. Movember, and in honor of men across the country flaunting those mustaches to support mens health I decided, since I don’t have the ability to grow facial hair, I would make some mantastic magnets…. Please take the time to check out the official Movember site to learn more. To check out these…

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Old Wood Turned New Creations | Artist Interview With Jodi Roberts of Cricket Studio

  This week’s featured recycled artist is Jodi Roberts of Cricket Studio, she turns old wood into beautiful artwork, home decor and more!  Learn about her journey and what she is excited about!  When did you first get into crafting, was it in childhood or later in life, and what types of crafting do you…

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New Book Bracelets Now In Shop…

The Little Red Riding Hood Bracelet Set The Trashy Crafter Shop has new items going up every single week, be sure to swing by and check out all the new recycled book jewelry we have up, some colors and styles are almost sold out, and once gone, they are gone forever. Each recycled book bead…

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Upholstery Fabric Turned Into Amazing Purses| Tina Frantz Design

  This weeks featured recycled crafter is Tina Frantz of Tina Frantz Designs, she makes handcrafted purses from recycled upholstery samples and remnants.  Her designs are beautiful and eco friendly!  She is a wonderful friend of mine that I have sold at craft shows with many times, enjoy her heartfelt interview and get to know…

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Delicious Fall Colored Bracelets Are Here

  (Handmade recycled paper book bead bracelets made from “Desert Giant, The world of the Seguaro Cactus”) Autumn is in full force, and I couldn’t be happier, it’s the time of the year when warm orange, olive green, and light brown colors are in.  I have been working like crazy to get the shop stocked…

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Zombie Babies

 Happy Halloween everyone!  I hope all have a spoctactular night with family, tonight we are featuring a fantastic recycled artist that have a very creative way to repurpose old baby dolls! Meet Daniel from Etsy shop Zombabiez… Meet Daniel… “Underneath a stack of old toys at a yard sale or on a shelf at a…

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Lovely Creatures Crafted With Recycled Fabric | Meet Olga of WassUpBrothers

I absolutely LOVE interviewing fellow recycled artists in the community, the sheer amount of talent out there just amazes me, I want to stand on the top of the world and shout out just how amazing each and every recycled artist is… this week I have the honor of interviewing Olga of WassupBrothers.  Her recycled…

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Colorful Cuff Bracelets, Be Bold, Be You…

We are launching a whole new style bracelet this fall, and we hope you are as excited as we are!  Everyone loves the single stretch recycled book bead bracelets we make, but I was thinking about how fun it would be to make some statement pieces.  I wanted to design bracelets that were a little…

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Piano Turned Planter For My Patio

I know I’m way over due for giving you all a garden update (the last I did was 10 ways to create a beautiful apartment patio garden)… So here it is…. this San Diego summer was pretty brutal, it killed majority of my plants, they couldn’t handle the heat, but those who did overcome the heat…

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Upcycled Autumn Goodies

Autumn is here, and I couldn’t be happier, I am one of those people that get overly excited about autumn, the crunchy leaves, pumpkin pie and apple scented candles.  Here are a few of the wonderful crafters on Etsy that create some awesome recycled autumn crafts, everything from acorns to colorful leaves… I fell in…

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Spooky Cardboard Tombstones | Trashy Craft #85

Need a quick and easy spooky decoration for your home this halloween?  All you need are some corrugated cardboard and a small dowel (I used a shish kabob stick).  Just simply cut the shapes you would like your tombstones to be and paint the cardboard black, then use a white paint to write the names…

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Reclaimed Silver Turned Into Breathtaking Jewelry | Artist Interview with Melissa Drake of Happy Go Licky

I recently had the honor of interviewing Melissa Drake, the wonderful woman behind Happy Go Licky, her reclaimed silver jewelry is breathtaking and totally unique.  I stumbled upon her Etsy shop a few years ago, and continue to be amazed at the new creations she has in her shop.  She works full time as a…

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Cork Pumpkin | Trashy Craft #84

If you have some corks laying around your home and want to get some fall crafts up in your home this is the perfect thing!  All you need are 7 corks for one pumpkin.  I tried to used the tallest cork for the center to be the stem, if it’s not tall enough then just…

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Spooktacular Recycled Crafts For Halloween

If you are on the hunt for some fantastic handmade eco friendly halloween decorations or jewelry for this coming Halloween, check out my top finds featured this week in the Online Recycled Craft Mall board from the Trashy Crafters pinterest page.  If you are not yet following us on pinterest you are so missing out,…

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A Peek Inside Local San Diego Handmade Shop, Sew Loka

  If you love handmade local artisan crafts that are unique and one of a kind, then Sew Loka is your kind of place! This quaint handmade gift shop in Bankers HIll, is truly a hidden gem!  The store owner Claudia is in her own right a wonderful artisan, she began sewing at a young…

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Inspiration Necklaces Are Coming…

Craft show season is upon us, we kicked off our very first show last weekend at the Pacific Beach Library, and have so many more coming up, and that means I am going to be glued to my chair working on new pieces for you.  I had found these cool little rectangle shaped pendents a…

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Skateboard Turned Stool, it’s Possible at Deckstool | Recycled Crafter Interview #1

  The world is full of amazing recycled artist, and often times the only opportunity we get is to see them on etsy or an occasional craft show, each week on Trashy Crafter, we are going to feature a new fantastic recycled artist.  This week we are featuring Deckstool, these guys are amazing, they turn old…

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Top Ten Dorm Room Decor DIY Ideas | Easy, Cheap and Awesome!

The Crisp and cool air of fall is upon us and that means one thing, college is back in session.  If you live in a dorm or even a small apartment or studio while attending school, don’t settle for a no decor policy simply because money is tight. Yes, we know darn well majority of…

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Spooning Art | Trashy Craft #83 Recycled Craft Tutorial

Who doesn’t love spooning?  If you are looking to make a fun little artwork for your bedroom, or are in serious need of a fun and unique wedding gift for a friend or family member this is it!  All you need is an old frame from a thirft store, some thrift store spoons and some…

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Fabric Scrap Banner | Trashy Craft #82

I have had these super fun and colorful fabric samples from an interior designer for the longest time.  They were long narrow piece of fabric so it was kind of hard to have enough of it to make anything big.  I have this big empty spot behind my bed that I wanted to fill with…

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Plastic Window Blind Lampshade | Recycled Craft #81

I had a boring old white lampshade on my bedroom light and finally decided to spice it up a bit.  I went ahead and some old broken plastic window shades.  I cut them to the length and width i wanted and then painted them, punch two holes with a hole punch in the top and…

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Recycled Book Bead Art | Trashy Craft #80

This is one of the lovely recycled book bead art frames I have made.  It has a total of 10 different book pages in it.  The frame was found in the trash missing the glass and the back, so I used the frame as is, then used recycled wire hangers to hold the beads in…

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Recycled Map Bracelets | Trashy Craft #79

  Today I made a custom recycled national geographic map bead bracelet for a customer in Canada… my first shipping out of the United States, too exciting!

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Paper Fan Makeover | Trashy Craft #78

My Parents found these two fun paper fans, I thought it would be fun to give them a makeover.  I decided to use sheet music with some images cut out of birds and butterflies.  This is a great idea to use for personalizing fans for weddings or events, its really easy and turns out beautifully.

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Sheet Music Book Art | Trashy Craft # 77 Recycled Craft Tutorial

This is a fun way to place quote or saying throughout your home, all you need is the cover from a damaged book and some sheet music. Materials: One Book Cover One sheet of Music Two Colors of Paint Mod Podge Paint Brush and Pallet  Scissors Permanent Marker First you need to outline with marker…

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