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Building a Sustainable Bag

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Building a Sustainable Bag

What do you call a secondhand curtain, a used Orioles apron and remnant upholstery fabric?    Answer: A Fabulous Upcycled Bag! This Lorraine Bag: Blue Diamonds was really exciting to create! I love putting materials together that otherwise would have no relation, and yet find a way for them to live together in harmony.  Its a way to revive used or discarded items and build them a new life. I live close to Baltimore so it was no surprise to me to find this Orioles Apron in our local Salvation Army Store. Although I am not a baseball buff I did really like the stars and stripes! So...

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Upcycle Your Life

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Upcycle Your Life

Do you have an awesome piece of clothing that you have loved so much! It was the item in your closet that made you feel great and beautiful, it was your "go-to" for any occasion and you wore it until you just couldn't wear it anymore because either you wore it to the threads, you shrunk it, snagged it, spilled something on it...the list can go on and on... Anyway, it's still hanging in your closet because you can't bear to part with it. Sound familiar?? Yes, Im guilty of this too (many times over!).  And because of that, I'm looking...

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Carry Your Memories With You

Carry Your Memories With You

East and Market loves up cycling for so many reasons...it reduces waste, the material has history and a story, it creates a one of a kind item...but I feel the most important pieces I have up cycled have been material that is significant to my life, materials that make me feel sentimental. I wanted to share my most recent project using a shirt my youngest son received as a hand-me-down from his cousin and recently grew out of. (double recycled there) I had my son wearing this shirt ALL summer because I loved it (he probably could have cared less). Needless to...

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Repurposing Memories

Repurposing Memories

My sister recently gave me a baby sling she used with both of her kids and asked if there was something I could do with it. My sister is fabulous and always loves a little glitz and glam so I really struggled with what I should do with the material ( it is a lightweight cotton with a bit of wear from use).  She's a hair stylist and always has her hair and makeup just right. So I thought, what does she always have in her purse? A Cosmetic Bag of course! I happened to have picked up a few...

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Restoration, A Key to Sustainability

Restoration, A Key to Sustainability

These days I try to find any way possible to reuse old items or jazz them up a bit instead of buying new.  I am so fortunate to be able to have a brand new space to work in.  And when presented with this amazing space, I really had to carefully consider what items I was going to use to fill the space thoughtfully.   So when I was gifted this amazing handmade tool chest (made by my great grandfather, Asa) I knew I just had to use it in the new sewing studio. Now, I know nothing about restoration, so I enlisted some...

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