Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to upcycle I go!

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Yes, I have been busily upcycling pre-loved items this week in the hopes of turning them into desirable pretties for my Two Cheeky Monkeys and Domum Vindemia stores!  This week has seen me cutting up vintage atlases and sheet music to create hand-punched scrapbooking shapes (I currently have scalloped circles, hearts, squares and ovals) as well as cutting up very battered copies of classic books Jane Eyre and, of course, Pride and Prejudice.
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Although I still cringe every time I have to cut into a book (hands up who was taught the adage, "Books are our friends, treat them well."), I have had a lot of fun with my creating this week.  And I'm also about to start cutting up vintage zippers to turn them into zipper flower brooches for the fundraising craft stall at my monkeys' upcoming school fete.  Have you been doing any upcycling this week?  Or do you love vintage items too much to turn them into something else?
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