Thursday, May 28, 2009

Upcycling/Recycling 2 May 28

Quick note: We are camping this weekend, leaving as soon as Logan & I get home from school. Hope you all have a great weekend!! See you on Monday.


Hello, ACC readers! My name is Rhonda. I have a shop on Etsy called the Junk Stop and I also write a blog called Crafty Bitch 101. I've been crafting for as long as I can remember, and from the very beginning I started using found materials. My first craft show was around age 12, and I sold pins I made out of the remaining pieces of my incomplete puzzles, with various other found objects attached. (A low-temp glue gun was the first piece of craft equipment I owned, circa age 10!) Scavenging is something I come by naturally; it's gotta be genetic because it's so typical of my father's side of the family! My dad is one of those people who not only can fix anything, but probably has the parts on hand to do it. He's a serious packrat, but only with truly useful stuff (no trash bags full of gum wrappers or anything!) and he's got it all pretty well organized. So I guess it's no suprise that I have shelf after shelf of storage bins labeled with things like "plastic spools" and "soda can tabs."

There's always satisfaction in finishing a project, but I feel even more so when I complete something that's mainly composed of items that were kept out of the landfill. (As an added bonus, recycled crafters have very little to worry about when it comes to the cost of supplies!!) I do consider myself a recycler, as opposed to an upcycler. "Upcycle" is a fairly new word, but I've been doing this in one form or another for almost two decades now. Call it what you will, it doesn't really matter to me. (A rose by any other name!) Stop by my shop and check out what I do. (I also carry craft supplies, and my fried Sara and I sell some vintage clothes too!) And if you mention at checkout that you saw me on Audrey's blog, I'll give you 10% off of your entire purchase! Just wait for a revised invoice before paying!


I have been making purses (amongst other things) for about 10 years. About half of my bags were made out of "found" fabric pieces such as curtains, pillows, table clothes, etc. and most of them sported belts as handles as well as vintage trims and accessories - and the other half were/are made out of designer fabric samples! I had been playing around with the idea of "marketing" the fact that I recycle/upcycle - and also that I used a lot of leather and cowhide (recycled of course!)- for awhile! I had about 15 different names and concepts that I had been knocking around when on a Saturday morning (almost a year ago!!!) "red.neck Chic" just came to me!

It all started on a sunny Saturday morning – U-turn number…(not sure what number, but I made some Grandparents Proud!!!) and of course, the mandatory garage sale! (Turns out later I found out that it wasn't a garage sale, but a "junk stand" that is open every week-end!) I waded through absolutely unbelievable piles of junk and with treasured belts, a lamp base and an embroidered pillowcase as trophies in my hands, I go to the garage sale lady that LOVED my purse – just to disappoint when I was a quarter short! Oh no! Am I going to have to give up THE GREATEST belt?!!? Alas, no, she reluctantly gave up on the quarter, but "red.neck Chic" was born…thank you garage sale lady!!! I later took her the quarter back - and also thanked her for being my inspiration (I'm not sure how she took that, but...)! Now I feature not only my handbags, but "unplugged lamplighters" (lamps out of almost anything!!!), "saddle tramp" (fashion), "splat fine dining" (kitchen and dining accessories with a twist!) and "u-turn" (really cool garage sale finds!)! I strive to make all of our "red.neck Chic" items out of recycled/upcycled materials - I firmly believe in the "reduce, reuse, recycle" movement - but while "upcycling" I don't see why you can't have some fun! Take something that started out "ho hum" and make it FANTASTIC...while adding some duct tape of course!!!

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  1. Wow! great feature. It's incredible how they create such gorgeous items with anything!


  2. Great features, Audrey. Love the clock!


  3. Hmmm, Audrey. I just happened to find your through another blog. I'm coming back when the battery is charged. So much to see and so few minutes left! Lovely blog.

  4. Audrey - I love this feature. Some really great uses of "stuff"
    Thanks for sharing...

  5. Great post! I love seeing the interesting ways people come up with to upcycle.

    Thanks for including my STELLAandHODGE etsy mini. So sweet of you!!!

  6. Love all things recycled/upcycled/repurposed. "Call it what you want, just reuse it!" That's what I tell people!

    Great blog!

  7. great Feature!!
    Go Green!


  8. I love Rhonda's stuff - she is so talented! The number of different crafts she does is just astounding.

  9. What a wonderful feature. I love seeing upcycled/recycled items!
    I'm glad to have found the Crafty Bitch 101 Blog, lots of great information there.

  10. I've awarded you an Honest Scrap Award. Check out my blog for details

  11. Great feature, it's lovely to see what people make out of all sorts of things. It reminds me of when I was very young and I used to collect junk from all round the house to make things with (obviously nothing anywhere near as good as these though).

  12. Those people are really creative in many ways. Nice to read your blog...

  13. Wow! Awesome features! Lovely items... I love the green bag!

    Go Green Ladies!

  14. Hope you had a wonderful camping trip Audrey! We just got home from our camping trip today and had an awesome time!!!

  15. I love your blog. Your blog has always been one of my favorites Audrey. That's why I chose you for the "One Lovely blog award." Visit my blog to accept and for further instructions.

  16. Audrey I so love your blog so I have awarded you an Honest Scrap Award!
    check out my latest blog post for more.


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