Category Archives: etsy

My Head is Still Spinning!

Its been one heck of a week. My head is still spinning from that super quick road trip to LA, California or maybe its the head cold that’s causing all the spinning, either way I haven’t been able to get the video done from being sick and due to the fact that its not going to be easy. My friend is going to help me get it all figured out and hopefully be able to put it up next week. So for now, here are a couple of photos ~


Sandi & I right before we left for the Picnic. Yes I wore the dress!


Check out Joy's dress - its vintage! She couldn't have been more adorable!

If you want to read more about where Joy found her dress click here.

Joy the Baker’s Rooftop Picnic

Back in June Joy the Baker threw out the idea of getting together for a picnic. Of course I was on board the minute I heard and well I live in Keizer, Oregon, a tiny little place compared to LA and a fair distance away. Does it help that I grew up in Portland? Well anyway, on July 24th she announced that she would be having the picnic on August 23rd on a rooftop in downtown LA and that it was on a first come, first serve basis.  I knew I had to get my email in as soon as I could and then it was time to wait to see if I was invited.

On July 28th I received my invitation! Yes I am on the guest list! OK, so you are asking why I want to go to this picnic so bad, well the main reason is because I love food, you could call me a foodie, and Joy the Baker’s site is chalk-full of wonderful food recipes, beautiful pictures and if that isn’t enough, she is witty, you could even say a ‘Joy’ to read :). I know this blog isn’t about food, but aside from recycling items into something lovely, I happen to eat(a lot) and a dream of mine has always been to go to culinary school. I have so much to do to get ready for this, gotta find something fabulous to wear, buy airline tickets(or should I drive?), pack and well… make sure my friend is still planning on going with me.


View from the Rooftop - Courtesy of Joy the Baker

DIY Recycled Wine Bottle Chandelier

I was browsing through the latest Pottery Barn, (rarely do I ever buy, I’m more of a browser) to get some ideas on decorating and I came across this very unique chandelier. They have used “re-purposed” green wine bottles connected to what looks like a metal ring with holes for the neck of the bottle to fit in.


As much as I like the idea of Pottery Barn recycling and making this great chandelier, the price tag is a bit steep making it a bit out of my price range.

Here are some options for making your own.

From you can find instructions on how to Make a Wine Bottle Chandelier.  The great thing about this chandelier is that they used a recycled bi-fold door from a closet I assume. And you aren’t limited to using wine or beer bottles only, you can use all sorts of glass bottles.


8 Things I Really Want

So we all want something, right? I mean even the most selfless person wants something, even if they don’t strive to get it, they still want it. Fair to say? Well I have some things I want, some I will get and some I wont and who knows, some that I may be surprised that I get. I have been surprised in the past.


1. Batucada – I have been looking at this necklace for a couple months now and with my birthday being today, I’m thinking its time to buy it. I will have to purchase it myself but that is ok. The best part about this necklace is, all the jewelry is made with eco-plastic.

2. Amour Sans Anguish – I posted a few photos from their line of clothes last week. They sell garments on Esty that are constructed entirely from recycled and reclaimed materials. I would be happy to end up with any of their beautiful dresses.

3. iPhone – Ok this is so not recycled in any way but I have always wanted one. I watch people use their iPhones to look up things while they are talking or while they are in the store to compare a price. It just looks like so much fun. So this would be one of those things that I will most likely not ever get, its not the phone that would be hard to come by, its the monthly payment that just doesn’t fit into my budget right now.

4. Craft Books –  99 Ways to Cut Sew Trim & Tie Your T-Shirt, Your Denim and Your Scarf. These books I think I will acquire in time. They are full of very creative ways to Cut, Sew, trim and tie your t-shirt, denim and scarves.

5. Scalloped Cheeky Panty from Victorias Secret – Again these are not recycled, but they are oh so cute and some days, as a woman, you just need a little pick me up and knowing you are wearing cute undies under your outfit can make the day so much better.

6. Handmade Vintage Zipper Circle Necklace –  On Etsy from Green Eyed Girls shop I found this vintage zipper necklace. I have seen them in the past but this one is a bit smaller and more wearable than the ones I have seen. I just love it, but again with the steep price tag, I don’t think this will become a reality for me.

7. Lulu Shoes by John Fluvog – I have been a longtime fan of John Fluvog shoes. I have one pair that are still in amazing shape considering I have had them for over 10 years. At $155, I am thinking that these will be on my want list for awhile. I saw these at pedX, a shoe store on Alberta St in Portland, Oregon. If you ever have a chance to visit Portland, skip on over to Alberta Street and check out the interesting stores and amazing food.

8. Le Creuset Rectangular Baker – Aside from sewing and crafting, I love to cook. In time I would love to have a whole set of Le Creuset cookware but it will be a slow one-by-one process.

Heatherbelle87’s Etsy Shop

Recently I have heard of a lot of friends, family and friends of family that are putting their handmade goods on Etsy. I am very excited to share my nieces site with you all.

Heatherbelle87’s Shop – She has 5 pairs of earrings on the site right now, all made with sterling silver. I have seen some of the other jewelry she has made and I can’t wait for her to get more of them on the site. The little rose earrings are my favorite! So dainty. Keep checking back for more of her creative jewelry designs.

Suiting Up on Etsy ~ Mandinka Designs

Yesterday I had my sewing machine out and was getting ready to fix my youngest daughters book bag when my other daughter sat down and started talking to me about making a bag from old suits with a neck tie as a handle. I suggested she use her grandpas tie for that. Her gramps(my father) just passed away on Dec 23 and all the grandkids took a tie from his large collection to wear to his memorial last week. Her reply right away was no, she didn’t want to use his tie in that way, saving it to be worn later.

While looking for ideas of what she could make I came across this Etsy shop called Mandinka Designs. They have an eclectic array of artfully made bags. They are all made from reclaimed, recycled men’s suit coats. Take a look at what they have, you wont be disappointed.