Upcycled Jean Quilt and This & That

First, This & That:

So much crammed into one month.  Are your weekends busy, too? LOL . . . We are all so very proud of our son-in-law on his recent graduation. I marvel at those who balance their lives with work, raising a family, keeping house, the reserves AND complete university.  


We celebrated our daughter’s and sister’s birthdays at a fav Mexican restaurant. The waiters presented my sister with a flan dessert and my daughter a shot of tequila. 🙂   #agediscrimination?  

source: foodily.com

On a recent Saturday, I tagged along to a modern quilt club meeting with friends. Some amazing quilts were collected for the ALS Foundation. Very cool . . .  




And now, on to the Upcycled Jean Quilt:

I’m stoked. I just completed my second quilt; a lap quilt for my grandson. Keeping to a simple pattern, I reused old jeans and added patriotic fabrics. I wanted to make a “boy” quilt for him to use on a cold winter evening while snuggling on the sofa.

jean_quilt 2a

I’m still in the learning phase. Made plenty of mistakes.

jean_quilt 1
I learned that all jeans are not created equal; especially stretch denim. 😉  Who knew?

jean_quilt 2

I am fascinated by modern quilts. Getting ready to start my third quilt project. 🙂

Have a good week! – – Joanne


Pallet Wood Craft Paint Organizer


My craft paint supply had outgrown the vintage soda crate they were stored in. Plus, I work in a very small room and I needed to regain precious shelf space.

.Paint Shelfold


A cheap space saving organizer was needed. I like cheap; but no cost is even better! Left over paint, pallet and bead board scraps were used to build a larger organizer.


Paint Shelf


Pallet strips left over from other projects (Pallet Kitchen Island Worktable and Pallet + Plywood Workspace Table) were used to build a “frame” and a sheet of bead board (Half-bath Remodel) was used as backing. Two more pieces of pallet were used for the inner shelves. To hold it all in, a thin strip of finishing wood was added to the front of each shelf. To tie the woods together, MMS Luckett’s Green Milk Paint was dry-brushed over the organizer. Kind of looks like a rough and rustic, overgrown spice rack. 😉

Space saving, cheap and precious shelf space regained!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Reuse ~ Repurpose ~ Upcycle

So just WHAT does it all mean? I find these terms all over ‘blogdom’.

 I decide to do a little sleuthing…


Well, we all know what it is to REUSE. I try to reuse shipping materials from my Etsy shop whenever possible. When reusing, the value of the products remain the same.

  However, I am saving time, money, energy and resources.


source: http://img.ehowcdn.com/

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  When I REPURPOSEI am no longer using a product as originally intended. I have given it a new purpose;  increasing its aesthetic and monetary value. Before repurposing, these items are usually considered junk or garbage.

I’ve repurposed discarded items into art and functional pieces.

soda can repupose
Soda Can + Pallet Scrap Angel and Pallet Kitchen Island/Work Table

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 To UPCYCLE is to reuse an old item in an altered and innovative way giving it more value. This results in better quality and higher environmental value.

I’ve upcycled architectural salvage with a new function in mind.

Repurposed 'Bull's Eye' Wall Art  and  Door Coat Rack
Repurposed ‘Bull’s Eye’ Wall Art and Door Coat Rack

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 So . . . in a nutshell:



View Posts on the above projects here:

Soda Can Angel

Pallet Kitchen Island/Work Table

Repurposed Door Coat Racks

Have a great week! – – Joanne