Monday, May 6, 2013


Monday's can be rough... But I'm here to help.
In celebration of my 15th year selling my handmade stuff... I am going to be featuring things I've seen on blogs, on the internet, in books
...wherever inspiration strikes! On making new items from old goods..
hence, MondayUPs (upcycling)...


We all have boxes lying about.
You never know when you might need to wrap up a gift... or mail a package.

Owning my own business... I always keep a selection of small boxes and packing materials around. 
But what else can you do with them?
And's links are all on recycling cardboard... 


"In most cases, cardboard can be easily recycled, though recycling collectors often require that cardboard boxes be flattened before collection. Tape, labels and other items can be left on the cardboard (they'll be removed at the recycling center).
Cardboard and paperboard can't always be recycled, however. Pizza boxes and other food containers are often contaminated with grease, rendering them useless for recycling. Other cardboard containers are coated with wax or other substances to give them more strength when wet -- these usually can't be recycled, either. Juice containers, milk cartons and some produce boxes are resin- or wax-coated and are not always recyclable."

You can read more:
and here is a map thingie where you can find recycling centers by putting in your zip code. 


And if you're crafty... there's always these ideas of things to make from cardboard
... from the ever popular kid's castle and doll house...  to store displays and journals.

furniture... lamps... even deer "trophies..."

to fashion... jewelry... and art... 

and then there is THIS GUY... you can read about him

*ALL photos for today's post are off the internet... and found on GOOGLE.