Salvaged Armoire Door
A friend of mine saved this poor old thing from the fate of it’s base – I just love the character and age of it, so promptly took it home!  I’ve been experimenting with it for my new studio and come up with this……….
to display some of my unique trims!  I just measured where I wanted my hooks and drilled holes to accommodate the screws on the backs of the hooks and I ...

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Have a pair of favorite socks that you just can’t part with, but that have a hole in them???  Mine had a hole in the heel… but the rest of the sock was still in great shape.  So, I cut the feet off :
 
Then, I simply serged the raw edge – and now I have a nice set of wrist warmers!
I like the serged edge, but one could also use a seam binding or even ...

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It’s been far too long for new posts…… apologies to anyone who has noticed.  I’ll be moving my studio and upholstery shop (primary location) to 55 Main Street, Suite 115 in Newmarket, NH this month.  After the move, I hope to have more regular posts!  Still much to do to get things in ‘working order’ ……..
 
Office side of the studio
 
My little corner of studio "heaven"!
 
 

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Can this chair be saved?????  Rarely do I find a chair that can’t be helped out and given a new lease on life…
WOW!  Look at it now!  I decided to change the inside back from channels to tufts and the decorative nails to a pretty double welt made from the same linen/cotton fabric.  Since the wood was a little bit worn and dinged-up, I painted it a gray/green with a polyurethane finish.
What do you think?

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What to do with those gorgeous old belt and shoe buckles……
 
With hair long or short, this looks really spiffy!
I simply took a long scarf and held both ends up with the center at the back of my head.  Then, I inserted one end through the buckle one way and the other end through the other side.  Then, I just tied the ends at the back of my head and viola!  You could also do this ...

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Last year, when moving into our brand new studio space in the Newmarket Mill – we came across six fabulous Gunlocke chairs that the workers were using outside for breaks.  They were old and grungy, but great lines.  We asked if we could have them to re-furbish and were given the go ahead when the workers were done using them.   We couldn’t let them go to the dump!!
We stripped these lovelies down to the ...

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I continue to find ways to organize my “new” studio space.  So, I thought I’d share one of my newest projects.
This old 27.5″ X 40″ frame has been kicking around for a good many years now and has been a great bulletin board, a memo board, and  sandwich board (with it’s partner).  As my button collection seems to reproduce when I’m not looking, I thought I’d use up some of them and decorate my old, ...

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Pixie Dust Originals was created to challenge me to re-think future purchases and whether I really need to throw an item away. Can it be re-imagined into something “new”?
Definition: Upcycling is “The practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value”. The term was coined in the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart.
I’m currently reading this book, ...

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Being that I am setting up my studio in an old silk/cotton mill, I wanted to stay true to my new credo of upcycling/recycling. I took a good look around our house and found a nice old IKEA armoire, 2 old dressers discarded by a local university, an old bookcase my Dad had made in his early married years, an old sewing machine table, and my dresser from childhood. These items all became my new ...

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In the future, I will be posting some upcycle DIY projects on this site. Here are are few of the projects that I’ll be featuring:
Old wing chair discarded on the side of the road.
Old pair of Carhart pants.
Pretty old wooden footstool.
Discarded dressers (2) from college.
“Did you know that it requires more than 400 gallons of water to make one organic cotton T-shirt? Upcycle.”
 

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