Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pretty Things for the Holidays. Recycle. Reduce. Reuse.

Today’s blog blatherings by: kim

Show your green side by sending a stylish, repurposed or handmade “green” gift. Many of my repurposed accessories are inspired by the details of era’s past: whether French Bohemian of the late 1800’s, the detailed lines of the Art Nouveau movement, or the glamour of Old Hollywood. It’s the delicate, feminine sophistication from these times, coupled with a modern eye that produce these unique pieces and finds. 
Aren't we all a mix of our loves & losses, the places we've been, where we're going and our dreams.? I love using my hands & eyes to make unique, original, one-of-a-kind designs. I make no duplicates- because where's the fun in that? What’s become popular are gorgeous, handmade fashion accessories, exploiting the textural and sculptural qualities of eco-ethical fabrics, stones and metals.

This is the era of going green, conserving and repurposing. Repurposing is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to recycle, since it takes little or no new energy or products to simply rework old things. You just have to be willing to let your creative side out. And anybody can do it.

It doesn’t have to be fancy; repurposing just means giving new purpose to old objects, whatever or however that turns out to be. It can be as simple as turning old cracked tea cups into votive candle holders or as complex as sewing a quilt from vintage fabric or clothing.

Got old crates? Paint them all a similar color. Look what I found on a repurpose website:

Or this old dress form used  to hold necklaces. Whoever thought of this is genius.

Spend free time raiding jewelry districts. I like a thrift or antique store , markets, and filling my hands with stunning finds. Collecting and saving unique, vintage pieces. I just added a few things to my Etsy shop for the upcoming holidays. A handful of pieces have already sold between Etsy and my website, so I added more…

Look at these awesome hand made pottery mugs I had for sale: (they have since sold)

Hand made pottery mugs set.

These are so pretty and earthy. Perfect for the person who doesn’t like the same, generic, mass produced dishware that everyone else has. Clean design, handle-less mugs. Grey with speckles on the top portion and a contrasting cobalt blue bottom, then glazed to perfection. Mugs hold exactly one full cup to enjoy your morning coffee, afternoon tea or maybe some hot chocolate. A standard 5” tall. Dishwasher & microwave safe.

Jewelry is beautiful and many women enjoy it, but go that extra step by buying a piece with extra meaning. Many of these products have a “past”, and are either made from recycled metal, glass or other material or they have been crafted from repurposed material such as vintage leather gloves, leaves, sea shells and more. These pieces are hip and chic while being 100% eco at the same time and no matter the occasion, they will make an amazing gift for the holidays. 

My Art Deco Copper Jewelry Set $42

Hand crafted matching necklace, earrings and bracelet set. Sweet set. Unusual look. Pretty color combo. Urban, ethnic & unusual. Perfect for fall. A brass/copper/pewter mix. Necklace is long, just under 18”. Can be worn long or double wrapped. Bracelet a standard 8”
Sold separate or as a set:
Earrings $8
Necklace $ $18
Bracelet $16

(since sold) I have a small, Elegant Black Hard Shell Purse $18  8.5 length x 3.5 height. Petite and classic. Perfect little black purse with white quilted stitching and a silver metal clasp. Interior is also the same shiny satin fabric. This is a hard shell bag, perfect condition.

Gothic Cross Brooch $17. My favorite piece. Rocker chic. (this brooch also sold)

 A stunning attention getter. Approx. 2.75” length x 2” wide. Gorgeous, multi colored stones from dark burgundy to yellow to clear. No missing stones, perfect.

My double strand bracelet $17. 

Beautiful glass beaded bracelet bursting with colors like cream, rust and peach. Smaller beads set in between the square and pear shaped beads. Metal clasp. This bracelet would look beautiful on any wrist. ~Sold

All of my pieces come in a gift box and ribbon or little organza drawstring bags.

Hand thrown pottery bowls. Set of 4 $40. Sold

Dark, chocolate brown with a cream spiral glaze all around the inside of the bowls. Earthy speckles and texture with a few exposed areas around the rims of the bowls ~ made to look rustic. No two are alike. These can be mixed and matched with other funky dishes and serving pieces, your sets don’t have to all match. These are perfect for stews, veggies, popcorn, cereal or anything.  Each pretty bowl fits right in with the other. Microwave & dishwasher safe. I recommend hand washing, to keep them in top condition.  Food safe. Approx. 8” wide

Check back to my Etsy below often, as I'm always adding new pieces.

Why is it we repurpose items? Perhaps we just can't bare to see something once loved, discarded...especially when we know it still holds great promise.

What have you repurposed? Feel free to share your great upcycling, eco-friendly, repurposing ideas!

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