Category Archives: Upcycle

Glass Etching

I enjoy taking something that no longer has use and making it into “something else”. Old glass bottles, a little acid etching cream, and that “something else” can end up attractive. Here’s how I do it: Cut a design out … Continue reading

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Christmas Ornaments From Aluminum Cans

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making ornaments for friends and family. This year, I wanted to make the ornaments from something I had recycled. I thought that aluminum cans would be fun to use, but we do not buy … Continue reading

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Reusable Shopping Bag From Plastic Grocery Bags

I take reusable bags with me when I shop, so why does that pile of plastic bags behind my kitchen trash continue to grow?  I’m convinced that they are like rabbits and breed incessantly.  I am my mother’s daughter when … Continue reading

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Seed Starting Pots From Newspaper

I’ve begun to gather supplies I will need to start seeds for my garden.  Mike was busy yesterday hanging plant lights while I made little pots from newspaper.  I have some plastic starting trays, but not quite enough for the … Continue reading

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Reusable Sandwich Bag

In an email I received from today, Janie Quinn mentioned a reusable sandwich bag available from  I thought these were a fantastic idea, although a little pricey.  I wondered how I could make my own using items I … Continue reading

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