Recycled Lovelies came about because of my love for the environment and the difference I found I could make by buying used and recycling.

I love recycled clothes, vintage clothes and revamping old clothes into something new! I have made a commitment not to buy new clothes for a year and want to show readers that this can be done, while still looking great. I also want to share my ideas of how to up-cycle clothes into something new.

My favorite clothes are feminine, vintage items from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. I love being an individual and owning something that no one else has.

I enjoy sewing, but have not mastered this skill yet; in fact, I have a long way to go.  But because of this new found love of sewing and this new recycle-buying venture, I have decided to make all my gifts from recycled items. My latest creations have been purses and aprons. Some would refer to this, making something new out of something old, as re-purposing or up-cycling.

Buying used is not a new concept for me, growing up we bought used all the time, with 5 kids and not enough money to go around, we wore hand-me-downs and thrift store duds often.  Although to be honest, I didn’t find it appealing back then.

But now I do! Here’s to the beginning of recycledlovelies adventures.

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October 15, 2009

Jeannine Stein @ 12:03 pm

Hi, Deanna!

Thank you so much for mentioning my book “Re-Bound” on your blog–which is terrific, by the way! The tutorials are great!

I’d love to send you a copy of the book. It’s going through its second printing right now so it may take a couple of weeks, but I’d be happy to get one out to you.

Thanks again!

All the best,


November 17, 2009

Amanda @ 5:23 pm

Hi- Love your blog! I linked to you on my site- hope that’s okay.

December 30, 2009

Lauren @ 2:41 pm

I just wanted to say I love your blog. It always has great Ideas!

Keep up the good work and keep buying crap!

P.S. your carmels are delicous
lauren from austin texas

December 31, 2009

Deanna @ 11:13 am

Thank you Lauren! I enjoyed one too many of those caramels!

And there is no stopping my crap buying! 🙂

January 1, 2010

Lauren @ 6:34 pm

Hi Deanna-
Last night my family and I went to a New Years Eve party with all of our friends. I made the party poppers with my daughter and we had a blast making them. We used sparkly confetti and I know next year I will buy the non sparkly kind because tons of little specs of sparkles floated all around my kitchen. When we popped them at midnight at the party and all the glitter went everywhere I saw the hostess give a little grunt and I told my husband that I will be staying after the party is over to help clean up all the glitter. Besides that I hope you and your family have a great new year!

January 2, 2010

Deanna @ 5:13 pm

Oh I am so sorry, but I am glad you had fun making these with your daughter, that makes it all worth it. You have a great year!

January 3, 2010

Lauren @ 12:10 pm

Yes she really enjoyed it. It was a fun experience watching her make them and helping her. She just turned 5 a month ago and know she thinks she can conquer the world!

Have a wonderful 2010,

January 4, 2010

Gabrielle @ 11:30 pm

Awesome to find you!! This is my life as well and how I make a living, yea!


January 9, 2010

cathrine @ 9:19 am

Hello I love your blog and I agree with Lauren That your caramels are scrumptious!

January 24, 2010

Lauren @ 7:46 pm

I absolutely love the candle holders you made! They are adorable! I just wanted to tell you about this cool website I found called Freerice. For every question you get right it gives 10 grains of rice to the hungry. It is a great organization and you can put up one of their banners on your blog if you like it!


September 15, 2010

Cassie Bushnell @ 5:06 pm

I am taking a class on sustaining the earth right now and it is absolutely stunning the amount of things i never thought about…how far things travel, like the clothes we purchase, and how many pieces of clothing this consumer society wastes. It truly is sad. I love that you committed yourself to not buying clothes for a year. I thought of doing something like that actually. I began recycling more and and paying more attention to how much water and electricity i use. I absolutely love vintage things: the goodwill, antique stores and yard sales, and i grew shopping at them, and hated having to buy used clothes too. It is funny when you’re older you actually like it. I’m the same way. They are so much more original. It it’s sad how wasteful this society is and I think this blog is a great way to get the word out about reusing!

September 17, 2010

Deanna @ 8:46 am

Thanks Cassie! Where are you taking your class at? I hope its a great experience for you.

November 8, 2010

Heidi @ 7:44 am

Hi there, LOVE the site and your wonderful ideas! I’m not quite savvy enough to use an RSS feeder….is there a way to get Recycled Lovies posts in my inbox?

November 26, 2010

De'nise Reed @ 12:03 pm

I just found your web-site thanks to a friend and
love it. I too am from a large family (oldest out
of eight children). We also had hand-me-down and
refurbished clothing etc. When I think back I don’t know how my mom did it, but she did. I remember getting beautiful doll clothes that she had stayed up all night sewing from someones old clothes. Recycling
is something we all need to do to save our earth.
Anyway thanks for this great and inspiring web-site and can I subscribe to receive your posts?

November 30, 2010

Deanna @ 11:49 pm

De’nise, Thanks for the comment. I am glad I am not alone out there. Enjoy the holidays!

January 19, 2011

Shalane @ 2:44 pm

Your blog is absolutely inspiring. I just adore your posts 🙂 Keep up the great work and happy new year!

October 9, 2011

Staci @ 1:04 pm

I am a friend of Beth Hanson’s and well I feel like I know you too! I have been watching you post on your Blog for a year or more. It has been my rest after a long day, when I get a chance to do what I want I look at new things that you have worked on. I thought I had a connection to your facebook but could not find it. I have a site I want to share with you!! But I need your email and can’t seem to find it. If this message gets to you I would love to forward a cool site for you to look at…I know you will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Have a great day.

December 14, 2011

Jessica Farris @ 4:06 pm

Hi Deanna!

I’m one of the Editors at AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com and I just wanted to let you know that I have linked to your project on our site. You can see the project here:
I think it’s a great project that our readers will just love to make! This will easily bring traffic to your site and allow others to see what’s new on your site.
We’re hoping that by reaching out we’ll hear back from you. With that said, can we have permission to link to any project on your site as well as use the image, with credit to you, of course?
Also, we would love it if you would include a link back from your site to ours. Whether it’s on your blog roll, in an “As Featured On” section, a quick link from the original blog post, or a new blog post—any shout-out would be appreciated! If you do post a link, please shoot me a quick email to let me know.

March 9, 2012

Colette @ 1:58 pm

Hello! I was happy to find your blog! I can’t wait to explore some more! I am on a recent mission to make all the gifts I give this year! It’s been quite the feat with the final feat being Christmas. I find my biggest challenge is finding something to give the men in my family. My husband is one thing as he would appreciate almost any heartfelt gift but what about dads, father in laws and brother in laws?? I’ve googled the heck out of :homemade gifts for men: turning up lots of the same ideas and mostly food. any advice? thank you so much for sharing with us!