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Meet April of The Steampunk Movement, She Makes Amazing Recycled Watch Jewelry

  When did you first get into crafts, and have you always been into recycled/upcycled crafts? I have been a crafter since I was a little girl. I remember my mom paying for my first booth rental when I was around 10 years old. Although I was young it taught me that everyone can appreciate a…

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Meet Jana of Broken Ghost Clothing, She Creates Extraordinary Upcycled Clothing

  1.  When did you first get into crafts, and have you always been into recycled/upcycled crafts? I have been passionate about being creative in every way possible since I was old enough to hold a crayon. Making something great out of something not so great is a challenge I’ve enjoyed for many years.  2. …

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Meet Tonya of Revival, She Gives Used Clothing A Whole New Life

  1.  When did you first get into crafts, and have you always been into recycled/upcycled crafts? I think the first time I really set out to make something was for my Barbie Doll.  I was 8 years old.  I remember hand stitching a wedding dress for her, sort of Jackie O. style.  I also…

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Turning Skate Boards Into Bling, An Interview With Sheena of Skate Betty

Today we are featuring an interview with Sheena of Skate Betty, Enjoy! When did you first get into crafts, and have you always been into recycled/upcycled crafts? I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. My childhood was filled with creating unique things just for fun. My Dad ran a screen –…

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Meet Charlene of Diddle Bug, She Turns Used Books Into Flowers

  Being in love with the art of recycled damaged and outdated books myself, I know you all are going to fall in love with the work of Charlene Rucker!  She runs an Etsy shope called Diddle Bug, where she turned old books into beautiful flowers, they are out of this world!  Here is her…

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Meet Jackie, She Turns Old Sweaters Into Awesome One Of a Kind Hats at Jax

Meet Jackie and get to know a bit about Jax… Jax hats was born 7 years ago. Designer Jackie Priess wanted to make a cute hat for her two daughters, Adrienne and Bethany Priess. Using a sweater which was on its way to Goodwill she created the hats and all her daughter’s friends raved about them. Thats…

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New Bracelets This Week: Twilight, Harry Potter, Wheres Waldo, Winnie The Pooh and Charlie Brown

  Happy Friday everyone!  This week as had a lot of new books listed in the shop, we starting putting some Charlie Brown Comic Book Bracelets, Winnie The Pooh, and Where’s Waldo.  And, due to lots of requests we went ahead and finally did some Novels, we now have Twilight book bracelets, Pride and Prejudice…

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Where Trashy Crafter Recycled Book Paper Bead Jewelry Magic Happens

I might only live in a one bedroom apartment, but I sure do love working at my bedroom desk, it’s my happy place.  These is where I spend upwards of 5 hours each days working on making my dream come true and sharing my love with the world for recycled crafts.  Typically I wake up…

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Meet Kristen of Planet Playground, She Turns Old Pillow Cases Into Dresses and More

  1.  When did you first get into crafts, and have you always been into recycled/upcycled crafts? I have been into crafting for as long as I remember. My mother used to be a kindergarten teacher so she always had something creative going on in our home. My father owns a business selling canoes that he…

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Meet Becca of Wear Love Now, She Gives Clothing A Beautiful New Life

  Meet Becca of Wear Love Now and get to know her a bit… My passion for creating eco friendly fashion is rooted in my own attempts to express my indie style on the outside. Frustrated by high prices, cookie cutter fashion, waste and assembly line practices, I began creating my own upcycled designs to…

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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

I loved this book when we had to read it in high school… I got this book from the thrift store a few weeks back… I have been rolling it each night after.  Excited to get these beads done and turned into some awesome bracelets!            

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Melissa of Meow Kapow is Turning Images In Old Books Into Works of Art

  Meet Melissa of Meow Kapow, here is a bit about her and her artwork… Melissa Stewart is a full time artist and educator. As the owner of Meow Kapow!, Melissa’s passion is making collages and creating handmade goods from vintage ephemera. A 1997 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Melissa majored in Geography…

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New Items In The Shop This Week

  This week we added a good variety of new recycled map bracelet, sheet music bracelets and book bracelets. Next week we will be adding some new books to the shop, we will have some classic novels as well as contemporary favorites like Twilight and Eat Pray Love. Also should have some Winnie the Pooh, Dr….

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What I’m Working On

    This week has kept me pretty busy, Dave and I ended up going fishing on Sunday after church… so I took my beads with me to work on.  I was soooo excited to get started on rolling some of the damaged books I found at the thrift store Saturday when we went.  I…

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Retro Grandma is Turning Old Books Covers Into Purses and more

  Tell Us About Your Shop and Yourself.. Handmade objects always have a story. They have a real character and charm over mass-produced items. I’ve been crafting for years and love every minute of it – it’s my relaxation time – just put on a few tunes and away I go! Some of the crafting…

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Recycled Wine Cork Globe Ball Tutorial

                          I have a good friend that is the head pastry chef at a local restaurant, she saves the wine corks for me, and I have been wanting to try this craft for a long time, and finally did.  I have seen lots…

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New Books I Grabbed At the Thrift Store This Weekend

Hey everyone, hope you are all doing great!  This past weekend I didn’t have a craft show so I got to head out to the the thrift stores, which was awesome fun.  I thought I would check out the books to see if there were any really old or damaged books that I could take…

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Summer Kick Off Sales This Weekend Only 15% off Shop Wide

  This weekend we are having our summer kick off sale in our shop so be sure to swing by.  We have a really great variety of items for you to choose from, and lots of beautiful blue jewelry in shades of teal, indigo, denim blue and baby blue, great for a picnic at the…

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Top 10 Recycled Book Ideas

  So what happens to damaged and outdated books from library, thrift stores, schools and homes across the country?  It’s such a waste for all these beauty to go right to the landfill, these awesome recycled artists have managed to turn old books into a real form of art! Everything from paper ships to purses…

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New Items In The Shop This Week

This week we posted some recycled book bead earrings from the book, “Caps For Sale”.  It’s a classic book about this dude that is trying to sell caps and these monkeys keep on taking his hats.  The colors in the book are awesome, it has a nice teal tone throughout with hints of browns and…

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From Bookshelves to Inspiration

I’m really proud of my boyfriend Dave, he is an amazing artisan baker that is extremely passionate for his craft.  I think that is a huge part as to why we get along so well and understand each other.  He recently got a new job at new bakery and his hours have shifted from 1pm-9pm…

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Join The Etsy Party With SD Craft Monsters

          Some of my local crafty friends will be throwing an Etsy Craft Party in San Diego and your invited!!! They will be turning photographs into some pretty gosh darn amazing pieces or art, for more info head over here or to purchase your tickets head over here . It is sure to…

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Recycled Plates Turned Bling: Juliet Ames and The Broken Plate Pendant Co.

1.  When did you first get into crafting and art?  Do you typically work with the same mediums? I’ve always been creative. I played with playdoh and legos as a kid and struggled to find my medium as an adult. I initially went to college for photography, but, one I realized that all of my…

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Gold Bohemian Recycled Paper Bead Necklace Made With Book Pages

  Bohemian Gold Necklace made with Recycled Book Paper Beads and recycled wooden beads from repurposed broken necklaces.    Black and White Recycled paper book bead bracelet with Teal and Plum repurposed broken necklace beads   Baby blue frosty recycled paper bead earrings made from recycled book pages and repurposed beads   You Make My…

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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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