How do you like my Upcycle pieces? They are sawblade shelves made from discarded old sawblades, big steel wire from an old dollar store basket, and copper wire from a burnt out load coil. I had a lot of fun creating these for the Upcycle contest on etsy. Upcycling " coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braugart in their book on ecologically intelligent design, Cradle to Cradle,"(from http://www.etsy.com/contest.php) is the act of taking something that was going to be thrown away and transforming it into something of greater use and value. It was a lot of fun. I had never done anything quite like this before. I really enjoyed doing it and plan to do it again in the future. Cross your fingers that I win! I wonder if I will be able to sell them.
Today is back to school for my daughter. Hooray! I don't know how I am going to survive those 3 months she will off for the summer. It'll be torture, I'm telling you.
Oops! I went on a gemstone shopping spree this weekend. I call it a spree because I couldn't seem to stop myself, and I didn't really need the stones. It was fun though. I can't wait to get them. If anyone finds out, I'm just going to say it was because my daughter was driving me crazy, and I didn't know what I was doing. Should work. Right?!