Spotlight Friday: medical alert

The other day I found my old medical alert necklace, it wasn’t even readable anymore. Not to mention the phone numbers and info was not up to date any more.

So that sent me on a chase to find a replacement. I was looking for a charm or something in that direction, so I could make my own bracelet.

I have a Autoimmune Disease called  Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura  or short ITP. ITP is a  disorder that can lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding. The bleeding results from unusually low levels of platelets — the cells that help your blood clot.      

I always bruised easy as a kid and teenager, nobody thought anything about it, they just thought I was clumsy.  The first time I heard that my bruising wasn’t “normal” was after my first miscarriage, after a battery of tests.  What caused the ITP could not be figured out , hence the idiopathic (adjective, Pathology: of unknown cause, as a disease), just controlled. That we did and life went on. 

ITP comes with mood swings, muscle aches, being depressed and tired, and for me with very heavy and long periods.

Things people don’t see from the outside, symptoms I battle every day.  I just found out the other day that Purple is the color for Platelet Disorder and September the awareness month. I guess Purple was always my favorite color for a reason.

I had one pregnancy that was pretty normal, besides regular blood checkups and at that point iron deficiency. It took me a long time to recover from this though. That is something I had to learn the hard way, because of the clotting issue it takes my body way longer to heal. Very hard for me to give my body the time to heal and not rush into things, because I think they need to get done. Often I felt like others see me as to lazy.

I suffered another miscarriage and had a very complicated pregnancy after that. I had to get quite a few prednisone shots and visited the “vampire”( get my blood work done)every other week. My youngest had to enter the world before her time, because of too many risks me loosing my life.

Long recovery after this one as well as you can imagine. After that I had it pretty good under control. until two years ago when I came down with the Helicobacter pylory. Now it is back to 3 monthly blood check ups. I had a few months of iron intake and some other surgical stuff done, my platelets are not back to normal but at least stable.It took quite some research to find out what food helps with blood clotting and which ones are risky, having to pay attention to even essential oils or spices is sometimes very draining. But to be on the safe side I thought I should get my medical alert bracelet up to date again and wear it. A lot of people don’t know that ITP exists, so just to be on the safe side.

Looking for medical items on Zibbet:


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Medical Alert Copper Cuff Bracelet for Men by loveitpersonalized

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Male CMA ( Certified Medical Assistant ) Retractable ID Badge Holder
by TornEdgesEmporium

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Medic Alert Bracelet – Blue Green Glass Beaded
by carelebeads

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EMT Birthstone Bracelet – EMT Charm Bracelet – Love My Emt – Emt Pride
by DenofFox

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Sterling Silver Medical Alert Bangle Bracelet – sterling silver wire and disc – medical alert symbol stamp
by SusansJewelryDesigns

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I’m On Meds Medical ID Tag – Indoor Only Medical Alert ID Tag, Child ID Tag, Dog Tag, Cat Tag
by ebonypaws

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Cufflinks Caduceus Medical Symbol Gold and Black Groomsmen Wedding Party Fathers Dads Men
by BelugaHomeStudio

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Steampunk triangular inhaler keychain or pendant for non-round style inhalers
by TheAmethystDragonfly

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MMJ carry or storage box.
by Woodensignsanddesigns

on Etsy I found quite a few options for bracelets:

medical-alert-bracelets

Off to order my custom charm, with all the important information on it

I wish you a wonderful day!

Spotlight Friday: bangles

Last week I had a little bit of PC hiccups, that is why there was no Spotlight. We are under a heatwave here since about 14 days. And my PC didn’t like it. So when it got to hot it just froze up. It was taking me forever to click on something. So I decided to just skip last weeks Spotlight.

We are still sweating away here. If we have something to do outside of the house, it has to be done before 9 or 10 am otherwise it is just scorching. Even the pool is too hot to jump in. So we close all our blinds and turn on all the fans in the house we can find and keep ourselves busy with crafts, books and movies or having friends over and play some board games. Right now Monopoly is the hit.

One of the crafts we tried out this week was making bangles from plastic bottles.  Our first hurdle was to find some plastic bottles in this house. It so just happened that the ACV (Apple cider vinegar) bottle was close to empty. So we used it, it wasn’t all flat like you see in this video.

But we didn’t let it stop us, just extra pattern for our bracelet. So I cut out 4 bangles out of one bottle. I made on for my friend. Sorry, didn’t get the chance to make any pictures.

What kind of crafts do you do when you are trying to escape the heat?

Let’s have a look at the bangles from Zibbet:


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VINTAGE 80s WIDE Emerald green Translucent bangle bracelet with Gold tone flecks Confetti
by DivineDivaCostumeJewelry

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Braided Bracelet Trendy Tribal Cuff Wome by Love2Knit4U

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Sea Foam Sea Glass bangle bracelet
by AR Handmade Jewelry

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Strawberry Soda Bangle
by Cangles

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Hand Painted Wooden Bangle Bracelet
by thealteredbooknook

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Get Your Garden On! Art Bangle
by AgapeClay

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tube bracelet white cotton cord bracelet rope bracelet soft bangle bracelet oversize bangle 1734
by WhatKnotShop

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White/Yellow Hibiscus May day Wirework Bracelet
by KraftouchTreasures

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Pretty In Pink bangle
by PattisonPlace

And I also went to Etsy to find some bangles and this is what I found there.

bangles

All those pretty bangles got me thinking about more creations. So off I go to get my sketchbook out and jot down some ideas.           Do I need more bangles? You can never have enough!

Spotlight Friday: Memories

1987 my family and I headed out on our bikes. The goal was to reach Vienna, traveling along the Donau (Danube).If you click on the “traveling along the Donau” you can see some pictures.

It was nice to paddle along the river and not have to pay attention to any cars, it was a path just for bike rider. The first part was not too much fun because we had to get to Passau from Regen, which was quite steep at times. We made it and could then enjoy the shade from the trees along the way. After all it was August, and warm.

I don’t remember how many stops we had already made, spending the nights in small Guesthouses along the way. I just know it was a bit after the town Linz, where I lost my memory.

In 1987, there was no law that you needed to wear helmets while riding your bike, well we didn’t have any. I don’t even think there where many cycle helmets around at that time. I think the first laws about wearing a helmet on the bike was in the early 90′.

My little sister, at that time she was 10, and I got in a word fight about something. Being a teenager I just turned my Walkman on and took off. We knew which trail to follow and where our next stop was. That is the last thing I remember.

The next thing I have a short glimpse of memory is in the ER, telling my Mom not to throw away my Adidas High tops (they had signatures from all the kids that I went on a Youth camp in Finland) Of course she discharged them, what I found out later.

Then I came back to myself a few days later in a pink ICU. I must of looked a little puzzled when the nurse walked in and gave me this radlunfall  Wow, I have had a bike accident. I must of got to far left on a road and hit another bike rider, 18 years young. I saw a picture of his bike later, it was totaled. My bike didn’t even have a scratch. It says in the article that we both ended up in the Hospital, but the guy got away with a few bumps and bruises.

Since then my memory is a bit shotty and I need help in remembering things. Often when I talk with friends and family about something in the past I can’t recall it, only after telling certain details or showing pictures, then mostly those memories will come back, but never fully.

This is why you will always find a lot of scribbling in my calendar, little notes to help me not to forget. I do journal, so I don’t forget. Sometimes it is sad when my kids ask me….”do you remember, when we did…..” and I can’t remember.

One of my little handicaps I have learned to live with, and work my way around it. A lot of memorabilia, created by me in this house because of this reason.

So I set off to see on Zibbet, how other Artists would keep their memories.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Never Ending Flip Folio
by paperarchitecture

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Primitive Wall Decor Wood Sign Memories Black And White Cottage Chic Inspirational Quote
by scaredycatprimitives

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Personalised Wooden Block for First Christmas, Birth Announcement, Christening, Confirmation, in memory wooden cube by gcscreative

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Baby Foot Ornament by sunnydaycrafts

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College Graduation Memory Quilt
by Creativesewing

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TODAYS MOMENTS are tomorrows memories decal sticke
by dabbledown

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Calligraphy Monogram Large Memory Box: Custom Monogrammed, Handcrafted, Handfinished, Fully Custom for You by DekoMuse

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Magnetic Board, Dry Erase Board, Magnet Board by mymagnetique

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Custom Memory or Cure Bear
by texaseagle

and these are the memory items I found on Etsy:

memories

So, now you know why I have trouble remembering things if I don’t write them down or make any other crutch for myself.

Have a wonderful day!!

Spotlight Friday: Fantasy

The other day, I was sitting in my bathroom and saw this stuck to the side of my bathtub.

bathI had posted the picture on my FB page and got some really good replies, you can look at them here.

It is wonderful how our fantasy works. How everyone can see the same picture but totally interpret it differently.

Studying Psychology turned me into a “I want to find out why” person. I blame it on  Sigmund Freud.  I like getting to the bottom of things.  So I find it fascinating what people see, even though everyone else is looking at the same picture, they see so many different things.

A similarly positive view of fantasy was taken by Sigmund Freud who considered fantasy (German: Phantasie) a defence mechanism. He considered that men and women “cannot subsist on the scanty satisfaction which they can extort from reality. ‘We simply cannot do without auxiliary constructions,’ as Theodor Fontane once said … [without] dwelling on imaginary wish fulfillments.”[6] As childhood adaptation to the reality principle developed, so too ‘one species of thought activity was split off; it was kept free from reality-testing and remained subordinated to the pleasure principle alone. This activity isfantasying…continued as day-dreaming.[7] He compared such phantasising to the way a ‘nature reserve preserves its original state where everything…including what is useless and even what is noxious, can grow and proliferate there as it pleases’.[8]

Daydreams for Freud were thus a valuable resource. “These day-dreams are cathected with a large amount of interest; they are carefully cherished by the subject and usually concealed with a great deal of sensitivity … such phantasies may be unconscious just as well as conscious.”[9] He considered “These phantasies include a great deal of the true constitutional essence of the subject’s personality” and that the energetic man “is one who succeeds by his efforts in turning his wishful phantasies into reality,” whereas the artist “can transform his phantasies into artistic creations instead of into symptoms … the doom of neurosis.”[10] (Wikipedia)

I think fantasy is a wonderful thing!

Here is what I saw in the picture, someone having fun dancing. It made me smile! Made me remember the small things in life!

dance

That is what I used for my inspiration today to search on Zibbet:


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Frou Frou Maidens and Bluebells Digital Collage Greeting Card5900
by Cards by Colette

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Pink and Silver Brocade Masquerade Mask with Pink Shabby Chic Flower
by Daragallery

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Mermaid Beauty
by Whimsy

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Tree Face Pendant
by KFPCreations

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Luxurious Extravagant “Alice in Wonderland” Mini-Album and Photo Keepsake Book
by Enchanted Revelries

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Bird Nest and Branches Headdress by Katkaland Studio

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Clay Fairy Door Tutorial
by elizabethburtt

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Drawing “Deportista” original Watercolors on paper 25x32cm.
by artbellido

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Seal Wife art cloth doll needle felt seal soft sculpture selkie folktale
by ConchyGemDolls

And I also went to find some fantasy items on Etsy:

fantasy

I also wanted to share this music with you. This music inspires me to quite a few fantasies.

What did you see in my bathroom picture?

Spotlight Friday: veggies and fruits

The other day I stumbled over Jamie Olivers TED film. I watched it and was flabbergasted. Well, not really. I new a lot of things are wrong with what people eat. What shocked me where the numbers.

Jamie showed a part in his movie, where he went to an Elementary School with a basket full of veggies and fruits. And the kids could not name them. That made me really sad. 

My kids take lunchboxes to School and I try to have a wide variation of fruits and veggies for them to eat, plus a home backed bread and some home made fruit roll ups, jellos, chocolate mousse or nuts or some beef jerky.

And you will not believe what stories they sometimes come home with. “Mami, don’t give me this or that any more, because the other kids will eat it all, they think it is so yummy.”  “XY, took this or that out of my lunch because he didn’t know what it was and tried it and liked it…”   

In our Elementary School they have a Gardening group, I think that is a good start. And I hope they will widen that program.

When I was in 7th Grade we had cooking in School for a whole year. We learned about how to clean, prepare and cook the food. Also how to set a table and table manners. I think a lot of kids would benefit from a class like this. I know that a lot of families live a hectic life, both parents working and then from one afternoon / evening sports event to the next. There is not much time to be spent in the kitchen.

As soon as it got warm this year, we started making our own Popsicles. OMG, I can’t keep those in the freezer, they disappear so fast. We come up with different creations every time. We had some failures, but also some real yummy ones. This weekend we will try this one pops

This sounds so good and refreshing.

I love this time of year, the variations of fruits and vegetables get bigger. Eating in Season makes sure you will get the most of Vitamins and Co.  

I went to Zibbet to find fruits and vegetables and found these!


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Debra Bavaria Salad, Fruit or Sandwich Plates
by LoliBDinnerware

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Orange Fruit Slice Earrings by alenazstyle

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Fruit Cloth Un-Paper Towels
by greenpapaya

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Oh Nuts – original watercolor painting
by MaineArtist

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Vegetable Quilt
by MPBetc

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Ceramic Garden Markers, Set of Three, Vegetables and Herbs
by sumiko

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Lettuce, giclee print, 8 1/2 in x 11 in by ChavahsGarden

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Felt Two Peas in a Pod Key Chain by Becky Lynn Creations

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Statement Necklace Happy Vegetables by AbraKadabra Jewelry

How much fun was that? 

And I found some wonderful items on Etsy as well:

fruits-and-veggies

I hope you have a wonderful day and get some time to relax!!

Spotlight Friday: bathroom

I don’t think I have talked about bathrooms yet.

The first records for the use of baths date back as far as 3000 B.C. At this time water had a strong religious value, being seen as a purifying element for both body and soul, and so it was not uncommon for people to be required to cleanse themselves before entering a sacred area. Baths are recorded as part of a village or town life throughout this period, with a split between steam baths in Europe and America and cold baths in Asia. Communal baths were erected in a distinctly separate area to the living quarters of the village. (wikipedia)

different variations:

Powder room:A powder room also called “1/2 bath” or “guest bath” usually refers to a room with a toilet and a sink and commonly used by guests[where?].

Shower room:A shower room or shower-room is a room that contains a shower cubicle (or shower stall), but no bathtub. In the United States, this would be called a 3/4 bathroom.

Ensuite: An ensuite bathroom or ensuite shower room (also en suite, ensuite and other variations) is a bathroom or shower room attached to and only accessible from a bedroom.

Family bathroom: A family bathroom, in British estate agent terminology, is a full bathroom in a house.

Jack and Jill bathroom: A Jack and Jill bathroom is a bathroom with two doors, accessible from two bedrooms. or sometimes three doors the third one leading into the hallway.

Wetroom: A wetroom is a waterproof room usually equipped with a shower. It is designed to eliminate moisture damage that is caused to a home and is also compatible with the heating systems beneath the floor.

I didn’t know there is so many different variations.

Our house has two bathrooms, one in the hallway, a smaller one, and one off the Master bedroom.

There are three females in the house.

So guess what happened with the bathroom situation?  The bigger bathroom was taken over by the girls in the house. Hubby got quietly, or not so quietly, moved out into the smaller bathroom.

I tried several times to rearrange this whole situation, but it never stayed long.

The other thing is, hubby has to get up at 2:30 am and takes a shower, gets ready for work. I am a very light sleeper and he would wake me up with all the noise, constantly walking in and out and have water running.

I was never a person to need a lot of bathroom space. Give me room for my toothbrush, my hair brush, a place to hang my towel and I am a happy camper.

But those girls…. totally different story.

Well their hair stuff already clutters up a lot of room. But to keep those tight curls in check, it’s stuff that’s needed.

So I guess, we will be stuck with this bathroom situation for a little longer.

When we moved in this house we painted the main bathroom in a terracotta color and the trims a darker blue. I like it. But after nearly 10 years I think we need to touch up or think about a different color. It is chipping in a few places.

The small bathroom got a beach theme, with seashells glued to the medicine cabinet, light blue walls.

How does your bathroom look like?

So I went to see what fun things I could pep my bathroom up with in the future.

First some finds from Zibbet 


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new cabinet design
by beachglassdesign

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Jewelry Organizer for Your Drawer: CUSTOM Piece, Solid Poplar
by Pierce Woodworks

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Washcloths Double Knit in Purple Set of 3
by HeavenBoundHCA

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Fabric Storage Bins (Set of 3)
by WatermelonWishes

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Be your own kind of Beautiful Wall Art in Words
by JustStickumUp

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Dot Square bath accessory set
by vijako

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Itty Bitty Emory’s Red Bowl
by PiecefulDesign

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Cast Iron Soap Dish Tray for Bathroom by HeavensHardware

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Bathroom Wall Art by johnwgolden

and here are some examples how you can vamp up your bathroom from Etsy:

bathroom

Spotlight Friday: recycle

Well I am sure everyone knows this sign!

recycle, where does this word come from and what does it mean?

1922, originally of industrial processes; see re- + cycle (v.). Specifically of waste material from 1960. Related: Recycled ; recycling. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/recycle)

Well actually recycling has been around for way longer than we might think. Prior to the industrial age, you couldn’t make goods quick and cheap, so virtually everyone practiced recycling in some form. Turned an old Tshirt or sock into a cleaning rag.

The mass production of the industrial age is the reason we need to worry about large-scale recycling, so much more one time use products. This culture of “disposable” goods created a number of environmental problems.

In the 1930s and 40s, conserving and recycling became important in the American society and in many other parts of the world. Economic depressions made recycling a necessity for many people to survive, as they couldn’t afford new goods. Material such as nylon, rubber and many metals were rationed and recycled to help support the war effort.

Earth Day in 1970, jump started recycling once again became a mainstream idea. There was too much garbage ending up in the landfills, too much pollution, plus the chemicals that result when garbage breaks down and blends into a toxic soup known as leachate.

So now we separate our trash into different bins. We buy with the thought in mind, how could this item be reused or upcycled. We take our shopping bags with us, so we don’t have to fall back on plastic bags. I always get the reminder from my little one :”Mami, your bags, you don’t want to kill the sea turtles!!!”

Just yesterday when I was cleaning out some things, I hesitated to throw them away. Is there anything I could turn this into? Or use it for something else. So the magazines that I had stacked up in the corner, my friendly neighbor passes hers on to me, I packed up and sent them with my kid to school. They can always use them to read or cut things out.

I don’t know how the recycling works now in Germany, after leaving 2003 I am pretty sure things might have changed.  I remember having those big containers at the end of the street for glass, divided in green, white and brown. You washed your bottles and then just dumped them into the container. Still living at home in the late 80’s, I think it was then, that we got a yellow trash bags with the trash pick up. That was for all sorts of plastic. It all had to be washed out and then collected in this bag. Then came the green bin, besides the black bin. The green one was for all paper, the black one for everything else. We used to have a compost pile in the back of our yard. But you guessed it soon there was a brown bin for all the natural, garden stuff. Batteries you would bring with you on your shopping trip, because there was a container somewhere to drop them off. A lot of bottles had value. You would bring them back to the store, drop them in a machine and for every bottle you would get some money back.

I noticed last time when we went back home that even the trash bins at the train station had different slots for different trash. 

Now I don’t know about all the electronic trash, where that goes and how that is recycled. But I am pretty sure there is some way to dispose of that.

For bigger stuff like furniture there was always the place called  “Sperrmuell”, something like the recycling center or dump here.

So there was always this “green dot” on everything you bought, so you could and should recycle. Always try to buy those items, because you know those things will not end up in the landfill if you throw them in the right bin.

Yes it can get confusing and you will have to keep track of what day which bin will get picked up.

I am happy to see, that more and more companies here in the US put a sign on their packaging too, telling me if it is recyclable or not.

Now a lot of Artist have made it their material to work and create with, it is fun to see if you can figure out what it was before and what it has turned into.

Let’s go find some of those cool items on Zibbet:


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Large Stackable Chest Drawer, stacking, chest, Drawer, chest of drawers
by jdwallingtons

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Black/Gray Clutch
by Carduran Crafts

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Windchime Front porch garden Art recycled glass wine bottle
by Calibama

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Mr and Mrs vintage recycled silverware hand stamped wedding fork cake fork
by BellaJacksonStudios

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Infinity Scarf Beaujolais Eco Friendly Pantone by LovelySquid

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Envelopes Made from Recycled Maps
by Milomade

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Summer Sunset JunkMail Jewels Paper Garland
by texaseagle

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Trash Recycled Newspaper
by monroepapercrafts

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Arizona Tea Upcycled Soda Can by AbsoluteJewelry

I could spend all day looking at these treasures and think, wow those people saw the treasure they had in their house and turned it into something beautiful.

And I found some more on Etsy too.

recycle

Do you recycle or up-cycle? What is your favorite up/ recycled item?