Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Upcycling Paper from Vintage Books - by Maria from VintageOoakDesigns

I love paper & all the fun things that can be done with it! Vintage & Antique books are my favorite because of the natural aging that occurs. Taking these old, forgotten, and many times damaged books & turning them in to something beautiful & used I is what I do best! Originally I was using the cherished vintage pages as business card envelopes to send with my orders.

Then one day I was playing around with some paper scraps ( I hate to throw it away so I keep a handy stash available for experiments!) and came up with my # 1 seller…the Ch.5 Vintage Paper Rosette Earrings. I wrote a little story to go with the earrings you can read it here: Vintage Paper Earrings from VintageOoakDesigns

Another fun idea using vintage paper scraps was my Vintage Paper Bunting Banner Necklace. These are super fun to make because I can display even the most intricate picture in a book with this necklace. Most recently I discovered having one side with a beautiful picture & the other a favorite customized number or word.

Upcycling has been used throughout man’s history…taking the “leftovers, or unwanted items” and finding a usefulness for it! I believe in the handmade world being able to do that truly makes an item unique & one of a kind and takes a lot of creativity!

So look your craft room, what do you normally throw away? How about turning that item into something spectacular and allowing it to serve another purpose!

This was written by Maria from VintageOoakDesigns and published on her behalf. All the photos shown are property of the author and not to be copied or reproduced in any way without her prior consent.

Monday, May 28, 2012

AP Team Treasury Challenge #20 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the AP Team Treasury Challenge #20!!

Theme #1 - Culinary Trends
by Jeanne from BlingThingsOriginals

Theme #2 - Song Lyrics
by Rebecca from RaveBracelets

Theme #3 - Happiness is...
by Cari A. from CCARIA

Theme #4 - Modern Dad
by Ildi from Ceraminic

Theme #5 - Warm Summer Days
by Debbie from Nostalgianmore

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Deana & Shawn Vail - Groovy Green Glass

Deana & Shawn Vail are the artistic team behind Groovy Green Glass, an Etsy shop specializing in re-purposing used wine and liquor bottles collected from area restaurants. For nearly two years they have been creating lamps, pendant lights, chandeliers, glasses, bowls, jewelry and planters all made from glass bottles that would end up in a landfill if not for their creativity. In our interview, Deana shares how she and Shawn got started, her passion for her art and her greatest accomplishments!.

Q: What inspired you to try to make something with what would be considered 'trash'? 

Deana: We were inspired by the beauty of some empty wine bottles sitting on our counter one night. :)  We thought to ourselves, "Man...  those would be some pretty glasses!"  My hubby had a BAD habit of putting empty glasses in the sink...which would cause them to tip over and break all the time.  We thought that there had to be a better way...  and the wine bottles were so heavy, we hoped this might be the answer to our problem!  It was. 

Q: What have been some or your proudest moments and greatest accomplishments regarding your craft and/or shop?

Please Recycle Pendant
Deana: Well... that would be that we saved over 16,000 bottles from ending up in the landfill in 2011.  We were honored by the State of South Carolina with an Earth Day Award.  But the PROUDEST moments I have had with Groovy Green is being able to help local charities raise money for their causes with our products.  We have donated many items to The March of Dimes, Shine For Scott, The Jimmy Moore Healing Fund, the Rotary Club, and Enchanted Makeovers.

Q: What are your goals for your shop? Where do you see your business in the next few years?

Deana: Well... since this was SUPPOSED to be a hobby, I guess the biggest goal I have is just to be able to keep growing.  The more bottles we sell, the more bottles we can save...  and the more charities we can help.  I have been overwhelmed with the response and the growth i have seen over the past two years.  Every day, we grow a little more.

Outdoor Wine Bottle
Candle Chandelier
Premium set of 4 Wine Bottle Glasses
Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

Deana: The bottles themselves are inspirational.After you spend some time with a bottle, you can almost envision where it wants to be cut.  You start seeing the potential instead of the empty bottle.

Q: What do you do outside of working on your shop? Other hobbies, career, family?

Deana: I am married to the most amazing guy in the world!!!  He's my best friend and really is the one that has taught me everything I know about unleashing the potential in a discarded bottle.  He's the tech part of Groovy Green!  :)  I also have a brilliant eco-conscious son that supports me.  OH...  and I have an incredibly lazy dog and cat that watch me while I work.

 Q: Tell us anything that you would like for your potential customers to know about you, your product line, your shop or any other ideas you wish to share.

Deana: Every single piece that leaves our shop is made with love - both for the environment and for what we do.  We hold ourselves to the highest standards and nothing leaves the shop that isn't perfect!  Also, we believe customer service is ABSOLUTELY #1.  If you aren't happy...  we don't sleep at night!

You can also connect with Deana and Shawn here:
Groovy Green Glass on Facebook
Groovy Green Glass on Twitter
Groovy Green Glass on Pinterest

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Defining Upcycling - by Kelly Kellie from QuietStoryTellers

The issue with talking about upcycling isn’t what can we talk about, it is how long would you like to talk about this? Upcycling itself can be considered a dialog between you and the item you hold in your hands. Should I throw this away? What else it is good for? Will I ever use it? Will someone else? 

Generally speaking recycling is easy because someone else does that for us. We drink our milk, rinse out the gallon jug, deposit it in the recycling bin. Then next summer we purchase a lawn chair made with 90% post consumer plastic, sit down, and put our feet up knowing we have made a positive impact toward maintaining the planet and our bones.

But upcycling is different. Along with the milk gallon, the cereal box is empty, too. And it doesn’t recycle in our area. The dilemma is: do we save this until we have a trunk full than cart it to the nearest recycling station 40 minutes away or do we do something with it right here at the kitchen table? Forty minutes away when there is no other purpose for the trip seems a waste of gas. The box is already sitting on the table.

This is how I began using cereal boxes as the base for hang tags, collage tags, and note cards. Some boxes are decorative enough they can simply be cut to size and used. Some need more help. That’s when going to the library book sale seems like a good idea. No good books are ever injured in the making of my items. But mangled books, terrible stories, and outdated reference materials are used all the time. With a little sewing thread or non-toxic glue (although I still haven’t found a good use for the glue bottle—I wish I could!) the erstwhile trash becomes a unique item that serves a purpose and stays out of a landfill—at least for now.

Another use for unwanted books (and one of my favorites!) is using thin book pages and weaving them into coasters. Every loom I use has warp waste, so I don’t stop with these paper coasters. I make an effort to upcycle what many weavers throw away: the short fibers cut from between the loom and the woven piece, the thrums. I upcycle these thrums into fiber coasters.

Upcycling, traditionally called thrift or reuse, has been the weaver’s friend since time immemorial. As I sit here writing this, I am looking at one of the many handwoven rugs found in my home. It contains the first curtains we hung in our new home, my husband’s old robe, a shirt I never really liked and one I wore every chance I had. It contains childhood memories and the promise of sweet memories to come. 

Upcycling, no matter what is made, contains beauty. It requires imagination and thought. It relies not on manufacturing something, but on making something using what is already manufactured. It is making something positive out of something negative—and that is truly beautiful.

To view more of Kelly's work please visit:
QuietStorytellers - Etsy Shop
Kelly - Etsy Profile
QuietStorytellers - Facebook
QuietStorytellers - Pinterest

This was written by Kelly Kellie and published on her behalf. The photos shown here are property of the auther and not to be copied or reproduced in an way without her prior consent.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Treasured Shop of the Week #18

Congrats to Denise and Tom from GCLaserGraphics!!! Their treasury The Story of Penn and Gwen was the drawing winner from last week's Treasured Shop Game, making their shop our next Treasured Shop of the Week!!!

Here is the treasury they entered in last week's game:

Be sure to stop by their amazing shop as well for a look around!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

AP Team Treasury Challenge #19 Winners

Congrats to the winners of the AP Team Treasury Challenge #19!!! There were so many amazing entries this week!

Here are the winning treasuries:

Theme #1 - Admiration
I Admire Your Imagination!
by Jeanne from BlingThingsOriginals

Theme #2 - School's Out
Graduation Elation
by Renee from WintervilleWonders

Theme #3 - Road Trip
Take Me To The Country
by Mandy from BeadsMe

Theme #4 - Cottage Chic
Cozy Cottage
by Christine from 9thCycleStudios

Theme #5 - How My Garden Grows
Garden Dreams
by Ildi from Ceraminic

Thursday, May 17, 2012

MissMacie - Reclaimed and Upcycled Products

MissMacie is an Etsy shop that sells art made from upcycled and reclaimed items, operated by a husband and wife team. We had the opportunity to interview them on their particular product lines and how they create 'new' art by upcycling, and here is what they had to say.

All of MissMacie's items are made using upcycled/reclaimed products. We find that upcycled products have a allure that can't be gained without the benefit of time and weather. We mainly make wall art and jewelry, using weathered pallets, barn wood, scrap cabinetry wood, and old spoons. When we first got started upcycling we thought about what options we already had for finding resources. We knew several local vendors who had left over scrap wood and pallets. We found old spoons at flea markets, and gathered barn wood from locals who had torn down old structures on their property. (with permission of course)!


I have been playing around with upcycling for my apartment for several years, after getting married I had my husband help with the crafting of the wood, and I came up with the ideas and painted them. I was inspired by what was around me, mainly nature, by looking at the "old" wood I would gain a feel for what it was and construct an idea for what it could be.

The best moments for me our actually the stories that we hear back from our customers. Some of the stories about why they buy our items are real tear jerkers. Knowing that something we have re-created will live on and have a new story is the best part.
We hope to continue to grow our shop and develop as crafters increasing the amount of products in our shop, and finding new inspirations for our items. I think our favorite item would have to be the "Barn Owl" painted on reclaimed wood. It has such a rustic living feel, and we just love it. Like many of our items it is hanging on our wall at our house right now!

Our inspiration comes from the beauty around us, we are lucky enough to live in Portland, Oregon and are able to get out into nature as often as possible. Most of our ideas come while we are out camping, hiking, or rafting down a river. Sometimes the pieces of reclaimed art speak to us too, before we even begin painting on them.
Right now I am finishing up nursing school, I finish in about a month and can't wait to have more time to focus on my crafting! I got married this past summer, and enjoy spending time working on crafts with my husband, getting out into nature, reading, or exploring Portland.

I would like to share that all our products are made with love. The love of nature, love for crafting, and the love between me and my husband all go into every piece we make at MissMacie.

To see more work from MissMacie please visit:
MissMacie - Etsy Shop
MissMacie - Twitter
MissMacie - Facebook

All of the photos shown here are property of MissMacie and are not to be copied or reproduced in any way without prior consent from the owner.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

How to Recycle Paper - by Elodie

*There are many ways and techniques to make paper, this is how I DO IT.

At first I sort and select all the paper to be recycled. I then rip it into small pieces, and place them into the blender that I fill with warm water. I run it until the pulp looks smooth and well blended.

I fill up my plastic basin with water, add the pulp and stir the mixture.

I place the mold into the pulp and then level it out while it is submerged. I pull out the mold gently and slowly until I feel resistance. I wait a little so most of the water has drained. My sheet of paper is formed.

I take the deckle off and gently place a piece of fabric on the new sheet. I turn it over and use a sponge to press out, on the screen, as much water as possible. (this part needs care, you can easily ruin your sheet) I wring the excess water from the sponge back into the large plastic tub.

Now, I hold the fabric and slowly lift the edge of the mold. I repeat those steps and stack 5-8 sheets with fabric and then press them. I gently separate the sheets to hang and dry them!

When it is dry, I peel the sheet of paper and press it again to make it flat!

It takes time and experience to make paper. You can try with any kind of paper, plants, you also can add ribbon, dried flowers etc… to your pulp, the possibilities are endless! It is relaxing and I really enjoy making paper!

This was written by Elodie Bouchard and published on her behalf. All photos shown are property of the author and not to be copied or reproduced in any way without her prior consent. Check out Elodie's Etsy shop to see her amazing recycled paper creations!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Treasured Shop of the Week #17

Congrats to Taylor HBD from HunnyBunnyDesigns823!!! Her treasury Wicked has won the drawing for the previous week's game, makin her shop this week's Treasured Shop of the Week!!

Here is her treasury from last week:

Be sure to stop by her shop as well to have a look around!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

AP Team Treasury Challenge #18 Winners

Congrats to the AP Team Treasury Challenge #18 Winners

Here are the winners:

Theme #1 - Memorable Photographs
Renee from WintervilleWonders

Theme #2 - Weather
Jeanne from BlingThingsOriginals

Theme #3 - Little Critters
Shannon from PhreshThreadz

Theme #4 - Finding Inspiration
Heather from AccursedDelights

Theme #5 - Emerald Green (May Birthstone)
Ildi from Ceraminic

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Elodie's Shop - 100% Recycled Greeting Cards

ElodiesShop is an amazing Etsy shop in which Elodie sells her gorgeous handmade greeting cards. What makes her shop stand out from other handmade greeting card sellers on Etsy is that not only are her greeting cards beautiful, original and unique like many others are, but her cards are also made with 100% recycled paper AND she makes all her own recycled paper!!

I had the opportunity to interview Elodie on her shop and her handmade work, and this is what she had to say:

Me: Tell us about your upcycled work. What types of items do you make? What types of matierals do you use to make them? Where do you find these materials?

Elodie: I make my own paper and then create greeting cards with it. My office looks like a recycled dump! I recycled all the paper I can find. I keep everything from paper towel rolls to junk mail. Before making the paper, I carefully sort it all by texture and color (paper towel rolls, paper bags, colored paper from school, receipts, paper from my old cards, envelopes, etc….)

Me: How long have you been doing this type of upcycling? What inspired you to try to make something with what would be considered ‘trash’?

Elodie: I've been making cards for almost 5 years now. I did a lot of custom orders; especially birth announcements.. But after making 80 of those, I had a lot of little pieces that I had no choice but to throw away… The thing that really opened my eyes is when my son went to school, and I started keeping all of his drawings, writing, collages, you name it …At the end of that year and the fridge full of drawings I felt sick to just throw everything away! I told myself, what a waste of paper!!! So I did some research, bought books, ask my sweet hubby to build the materials I needed and went for it!

Me: What have been some of your biggest accomplishments? Most proud moments regarding your craft and/or shop?

Elodie: My biggest accoplishment was learning that I could recycle, make something using my own hands! The reactions I got were very encouraging! I succeeded in making the paper and loved doing it too! Some of my most proud moments are when I have received great feedback from customers or just a kind comment about my items!

Me: What are your goals for your shop? Where do you see your shop/business in the next few years?

Elodie: As for my goals, I want my shop to be diverse, I’m working everyday on finding new ideas (that I already have, just need the time to realize them) and keep my customers impressed and satisfied. I’m also hoping for success in the sense that, the more order I have, the more I can recycle and hopefully inspire people to do so as well!!

Me: Where do you get your inspiration for your work? Or your inspiration in general?

Elodie: Most of my inspiration comes from nature. Either I use it (with dried plants) or I preserve it (by recycling). I grew up in the suburbs of Paris, and I had never been touched by nature until I moved to Maine with my family! It is so peaceful, beautiful and healthy. I am also inspired by people, their needs, their feelings... my spiritual cards for example, my sister was my inspiration for those…

Me: What do you do outside of working on your shop? Other hobbies, career, family?

Elodie: I am a stay at home mom, and I LOVE IT, Yes I do!!!! I will celebrate my 13th year with my hubby this summer, and we have 2 beautiful boys, ages 7 and 4. I love crafting, decorating and baking; especially my own bread.

Me: Tell us anything that you would like for your potential customers to know about you, your product line, your shop or any other ideas you wish to share.

Elodie: In my card making, I am the only one working at it; to the dismay of my children who would love to help me! I have a motto which is RESPECT at all cause. I do my best to recycle, I like to say that I am trying to be like the hummingbird who doesn’t bring too much water to put the fire out but does his part…And by doing that I also teach my kids to take care of our beautiful planet EARTH!

To see more of Elodie's work please visit:
ElodiesShop - Elodie's shop on Etsy
Elodie - Her Etsy Profile
Elodie's Shop on Facebook
Elodie on Pinterest

All of the photos shown here are property of Elodie and are not to be copied or reproduced in any manner whithout her prior consent.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Reimagining Fashion - by Heather Cotton

I first learned how to sew back in middle school; I remember thinking, ‘when will I ever need this?’ Then one day I tore my coat and you know what, that’s right, I used that little piece of sewing knowledge. Instead of tossing the coat and buying a new one I fixed it and wore it for another three years and I didn’t stop there.

I’ve always been a thrift seeker and creative type so I took my bit of sewing knowledge and love of thrift store shopping and found a way to combine both into making upcycled clothing. There are many advantages to buying upcycled clothing; not only is it sustainable and eco-friendly, but a great way to have an exclusive piece of clothing and it’s easier to do than you think.

From beginning to end buying upcycled clothing is better for the environment. A considerable amount of American store bought clothing is imported from across the seas; it gets shipped to the U.S. then those same garments must be transported to manufacturers and on to distributors and again to retail stores resulting in a sizeable amount of carbon emissions. Upcycled clothing may have started its life as a mass produced garment, but the exciting thing is that it hasn’t ended its life in a landfill. A wonderful dress or pair of pants gets reimagined into something more; that old frumpy dress with a hole gets turned into a sweater, an apron or even a bracelet. The pair of outdated pants becomes a purse or part of a top.

Buying upcycled clothing is more than being eco-friendly it gives you the chance to buy a one of a kind piece of fashion, a recreated piece of wearable art. Some of my favorite pieces I wear on a daily basis have come from places that my friends and family cannot believe. My mother’s tattered pleather purse that almost went into the waste basket became several hair bows. My son’s outgrown and stained baby clothes became reconstructed, minus the stained parts of course, into cute brooches which I place on hats and tops as well as my purse and hair clips.

With a bit of imagination you can rejuvenate your outdated or ruined clothing into more. One cool and simple way to upcycle an old sweater is by simply cutting off the sleeves, sewing each end and voila now you have leg warmers! You can take the rest of the sweater and make a vest or deconstruct it even more and make a hat and scarf. Another fun project would be taking a man’s dress shirt or oversized tee and converting it into a baby doll dress by cutting off the upper portion of the top, sew a loose seam across the cut area, slide elastic through, make sure to sew the loose elastic and before you know it you have a dress!
Reduce, reuse, recycle. That phrase has been instilled into our minds, but like everything it must evolve and that next step is upcycling.  Whether you’re trying to live a more green life, want a unique one of a kind piece of fashion or just want to upcycle to save that item you just can’t bear to throw away upcycling might be just for you.

To see more of Heather's work visit:
AccursedDelights - Heather's Etsy Shop
Heather - Heather's Etsy Profile
AccursedDelights on Facebook
AccursedDelights on Twitter
AccursedDelights on Pinterest

This was written by Heather Cotton and published on her behalf, all photos shown are property of Heather Cotton and not to be copied or reproduced in any manner without her prior consent.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Treasured Shop of the Week #16

Congrats to Liz Harrison from AuntLizzysAttic!!! Her treasury was the drawing winner and her shop is our next Treasured Shop of the Week!!

Here is her amazing treasury from last week:

Be sure to stop by her shop as well for a look around!!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

AP Team Treasury Challenge #17 Winners

Congrats to the winners of the AP Team Treasury Challenge #17!!

Here are the winning treasuries:

#1 - Theme - Mother's Day
by - Mandy from BeadsMe

#2 - Theme - Floral Blooms
by - Taylor HBD from HunnyBunnyDesigns823

#3 - Theme - Weddings
by - Shannon from PhreshSuppliez

#4 - Theme - Summer Fashion
by - Caitie C. from NuitHiboux

#5 - Theme - Spring Bling
by - Bill from BillsWoodenPleasures

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Upcycling to Prevent Unneeded Waste!

Thanks to Bill Custer from BillsWoodenPleasures for sharing his inspiration for upcycling.

Every day I work with wood to create products.  Over the last five months one thing I noticed is product waste.  Generally I am down to earth and nature oriented, so just having so many leftovers was really bothering me.  Recently I made this custom cutting board and had quite a bit of waste from this.

I began to brainstorm what to do about this problem of excess waste and just so happened to have a need for a tap handle (I am also a home brewer). And a tap handle was born.

To see more of Bill's work please visit:

This was written by Bill Custer and published on his behalf. All photographs shown are property of Bill Custer and are not to be copied or reproduced in any way without his prior consent.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Linda Sienkiewicz - Rokki Handbags

Linda Sienkiewicz is the creator of Rokki Handbags on Etsy. Linda handcrafts purses and clutches from used books and record album covers. She also upcycles books into iPad and eReader cases from items she finds at garage sales, library used book sales, store closeouts and thrift shops. Linda shares her insights and inspiration in this interview.

Q: How long have you been doing this type of upcycling and what inspired you to try to make something with what might be considered ‘trash’?

Linda: About four years ago, I saw an album cover tote online that I wanted, but, later, I couldn’t find the link again. So I designed my own purse using my favorite LP: Morrison Hotel by The Doors. Soon I was making purses for friends, and this grew into a business. Most record sleeves take a beating over the years and eventually they fall apart, yet, for music lovers, they are symbols of who we are, of our passions. They are part of our collective and individual history. Turning them into purses is a great way to preserve them.

Three years ago, a friend asked me to design a purse using the cover from her recently published book. I’d never heard of a book purse before, but it intrigued me. Now, I’m scouring rummage sales for used books to make into purses and clutches. Many of the vintage books I use are literally falling apart at the seams, and it gives me pleasure to recreate them as something useful yet attractive.

Q: What have been some of your biggest accomplishments and proudest moments regarding your craft and/or shop?

Linda: I get a kick out of the fact that my grown children helped me. My eldest son urged me to push the style of the record album bags, and encouraged me to value the work I put into my creations. My other son helped me come up with the name R√≥kki by playing around with Finnish words that sounded catchy (I’m Polish by marriage only). Rokki means rock music in Finn; I put the accent mark on the o because people kept calling it Rocky. My daughter helps me make final decisions on fabrics for linings.

My biggest challenge was making seven book purses for a wedding party, using the bridesmaids’ favorite books. I was given titles ranging from Harry Potter to The Great Gatsby. And they had to coordinate with purple while looking like dressy evening bags. It was fun, and I was proud of the final result. 

I’m proud to have designed an iPad case and Kindle Fire case made from a book that converts to a stand or lap pad. 

Q: What are your goals for your shop? Where do you see your shop/business in the next few years?

Linda: I would enjoy doing more custom work. I also hope to keep the sales going steady. Trends change, and who knows what will be popular next year, but I like to think book purses are classic! Many authors have sent me their books to make into purses, and I’d like to continue doing that.

Q: What are your favorite items currently listed in your shop? 

Linda: I love the vintage 1969 “Auto Service and Repair” book purse with its vivid graphics and colors. I’m trying to find another copy, but if I can’t, I just may have to keep this one.  There’s also a little clutch from a 1909 book titled “The Silver Horde” that I’m fond of because the cover illustration itself tells a story (at least it’s telling me a story. Ha!) The vintage SciFi “Tom Swift and the Asteroid Pirates” clutch purse is great fun. 

But my very favorite is this book clutch titled “Silent are the Dead.” It’s classic noir. I like unusual things. 

Q: Where do you get your inspiration for your work? Or your inspiration in general?

Linda: I learned to sew when I was a girl, and grew up believing that handmade was better than store bought – as long as it doesn’t look handmade. It was more creative and thoughtful to make a gift than buy one. I wanted to set myself apart from the crowd, so I made my own blouses and dresses, jewelry, purses and hats, and embroidered and embellished nearly everything else. Now that I’m more “mature,” I focus on unusual accessories.

Q: What do you do outside of working on your shop? Other hobbies, career, family?

Linda: My educational background is in art. I’m also a published poet and fiction writer with an MFA. I have four chapbooks of poetry and my stories and poems have appeared in several literary journals and anthologies. My agent is patiently waiting for me to finish my novel.

Q: What else would you like to share with us?

Linda:First, what I make is designed to be functional. Second, I’m meticulous about details. My purses have straight seams, neat corners, and smooth linings. There are no unsightly lumps or bunched material. Buyers can see down to the inside of each purse on my Etsy store so there are no surprises—no one should buy a purse without seeing what the inside looks like! I also list dimensions and other important details so buyers know what they’re getting.

And third, I use my products, too. I carry a Nancy Drew clutch as my everyday wallet, use a Tom Swift book as a Kindle Fire case, and tote several different album cover purses on a daily basis, so buyers can trust that what I make is durable and practical.

You can also connect with Linda here:
Linda's Etsy Shop
Linda's Facebook Page
Linda's Twitter @MyOtherJob
Linda's Website
Linda's Email