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Repurposed Skirts

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Repurposed Skirts

What one of my most recent projects taught me was how BEAUTIFUL and intricate wool is. I was presented with a project to upcycle 4 stunning Pendleton Wool Skirts for a wonderful customer. Haha my first thought was : Oh man, do pleats come out of wool?!  And I learned that, yes, they sure do!   This project was so much fun, I was blessed with the amount of material I had when I removed the pleats. Word to the wise: You need lots of steam to get the wool flat and to not burn the material! Sewing the wool was...

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Relics of the Past

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Relics of the Past

There is something sacred and beautiful about acquiring a loved ones relics after they have passed. The items serve as a mirror into the past, into a life lived. It holds a past that may include personal memories of your loved one ... or maybe only illusions of adventures that could have been had. A beautiful client of mine contacted me after her family just completed the cleaning out of her grandmother's items years after she passed. She knew that she could not part with her Grandmother's things but the thought of just having them to store in a closet didn't seem fitting. I...

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Saddle Bag

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Saddle Bag

Ok...so what do you think this beauty is?!! If you guessed a Camel Saddle, well, then you would correct! "Wow!" is the first thing I thought when I laid eyes on this beauty. My wonderful client has asked if I could make a bag out of her late Grandfather's camel saddle and I thought she was referring to the color! Boy was I excited to start on this project!! The saddle was gifted to my client after her grandfather passed away. From what she told me he was a vastly interesting person with a colorful history. This saddle came into...

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Mommy Gift Idea Using Upcycled Materials

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Mommy Gift Idea Using Upcycled Materials

If you are like me, when it comes to gift giving you are ALWAYS searching for truly unique and special gifts.  This is a way in which I came to my up cycling revelation!!! I wanted to make things that were one of a kind and memorable for my family and friends.... and when I can make it a surprise...well that makes me sooo excited! One surprise gift I came up with was for a special  friend of mine that is a mother of three. I wanted to make her something that made her feel stylish and pretty when she was...

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Sentimental Sweater Pillow

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Sentimental Sweater Pillow

One of my favorite things to do is to create new things from repurposed materials. I love seeing the item transform into something new, and I am very interesting in finding ways to reduce waste in my studio. If I can use an item from my closet that I no longer wear to create something new and USABLE, I find that I have more connection to that piece. I become invested in using it. Through this process I have made many pieces for customers using materials that are special to them to create something that they can treasure for years to come.  When one...

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