Hi, all!  Here's a mystery for you to tackle.  Take a look at this big, bold upcycled necklace:

Do you like it?  Me, I am superduper pleased with how it turned out.  Now for the mystery part.  Who can guess the origin of that crazy, swoopy black focal piece?

Wait!  Don't scroll until you think you've got it.  Take your time...don't be too hasty...

Got your guess?  Okay, scroll away!




Wait for it...




Okie dokie, here's the answer!  It's...it's...

A faux wrought-iron garden fence.  Plastic.  From the dollar store.

I just love the shape of the inner swoops!  They remind me of American Indian tribal motifs from the Pacific Northwest where I grew up.  I isolated one of them, like so:

To turn it into a necklace, first I melted holes in the top with a heated poker.

Hello hello!  I have something small and fun to show you today.  First take a peek at these sweet necklaces - the pendants are made from sewing bobbins and vintage buttons.

If you want to make a bobbin bauble - an oldie but goodie, from way back in the history of this blog - here's the original tutorial.

To create a necklace, all I did was add two beads up the center of the bobbin, with loops on both ends.  One loop got a tassel, the other got a beaded necklace.

Hello, my people!  Thought I'd show you this interesting lamp makeover, which looks pretty fancy but cost just a few bucks.

I started with an old cowboy-themed lamp from a yard sale.

I ripped apart a broken lampshade and attached the upper part of the shade's underwire to my lamp.  Not easy to spot: I attached it upside down, which for some reason looked more interesting.

I added an Edison bulb, knowing it would be on display, not hidden at all.

Dude.  Look at these fleurs!

Some of you have no doubt guessed the upcycle: these inexpensive, brightly colored plastic Q-Tips.

I put together a big bunch of the flowers without really knowing what I wanted to do with them.  The fun was in the making!

Then I assembled some miniature vases for dollhouse decor:

After that it was time for jewelry, of course.  A charm holder-style necklace with a floral cluster:

And some single dangle earrings, a cute trend right now.

Okie dokie!  Here's something fun and strange and cute.  Check out these bright multistrand bracelets:

Pretty, yes?  Would you have guessed they're made from upcycled Q-Tips?  Yep, I went there.

Now don't go all prissy on me - if this makes you squeamish, go ahead and use pristine, virgin Q-Tips if you need to.  But I am happy to harvest the awesome plastic centers before tossing those used cotton swabs.  They come in the prettiest colors and I just hate throwing them out.

Hi again!  Today, a fun, kinda weirdo upcycled jewelry idea.  What do these pendants have in common?

They're made from erasers.

The flower ones are from the dollar store - four for a buck.  That awesome peapod came from the gift section of a Japanese grocery.  (Kawaii rules.)  There are fabulous erasers everywhere, some of them nothing less than works of art.

To turn an eraser into a pendant, you need a hole.  I wonder if you have ever tried making a hole in an eraser?  It's tricky.

Hey, I bet you know someone who loves to tinker with car engines.  What if you could make that wonderful person a gift that doubles as an auto mechanic's tool?

Such as this keychain.

That interesting-looking base is a mechanic's tool called a spark plug gap gauge.  I am told that it gauges spark plug gaps.  (Me, I have my doubts.  I think it's some kind of secret decoder disc.  Definitely espionage-related.  Shh.

Here's a sweet and simple wire ornament stand that you can make in 2 little minutes.  The best part: no tools needed!

Feature a favorite ornament on your mantel, or make a whole bunch of them as a different style of table centerpiece.

I used some garden wire that was in a big tangle, 'cause I was going for rustic.  (But you can use any wire, 22 gauge or thicker.)

Ready?  Let's make it!

Cut 1-2 feet of wire.

Here's a reverse mystery for you!  Look at these strange tiny objects, made with two big beads.

What are they for?  They are a much loved little invention of mine, a contraption I've been making and using for years.

Puzzle your head for a few moments and see if you can guess!  Then scroll down to see the answer.




Check it out...bing!

Just tuck some recycled cardboard between the two beads, and voila, earring display stands!  Yep, they stand up on their own.

Hello!  Look what I have been making!

These 'icicles' are light as a feather, and look awesome on a chandelier.  Or strung on a garland across a mantel...or hung in a tree...

True story...the day before yesterday, I was helping my husband with a cable pull, in which 1400 feet of electrical cable needed to be fed through 350 feet of underground conduit.