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Introducing the world of re-purposing material and creating a product of quality

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Railroad Spikes Re-Hooked

This weeks up-cycle piece was inspired by a few field trip outings I embarked on last year. I was taking a walking adventure along the new SMART rail train project still in construction behind Aroma Roasters.  While exploring I found several old railroad spikes laying in the rubble. They must have been pulled from the old track when the new construction began. On a few occasions after my discovery I stopped a worker to inquire and got very little information. On the day I found the spikes I used for this project, there were several more lying around. In my heart i left them hopping someone else would find one and be inspired like myself.

Discovering the spikes gave me the idea of a coat rack designed specifically for the  wall. Combination art piece and utility installation. On a field trip to Goat Rock beach off  Highway 1 in California, I found a mound of drift wood. It was impressively large, wish I had a photo for you.  For the next hour I search for the right piece. At the time I was looking for ascetics not practicality, something that I would later wish I had looked for  because, even though my end project was interesting and beautiful, it was middle  heavy. I choose the final piece because the spikes would evenly fit, with a good distance from each-other, however, it was like I mentioned before, a little to mid heavy and difficult to hang. I am still searching for the right hook to attach my rack, one that is not so large that it will take away from the ascetics.

The final piece still makes me proud and brings a smile to my face. There is a story in those spikes somewhere. Thousands of miles of train cars have rolled over them, bringing a story within it self. That is the joy of up cycling. Recreating with recycled media, one is giving new life to an old object. Every thing has a story that should keep on sharing, instead of landing in our Mountain Range Dumps.










Banner of Books

As we forge forward in this ever-increasing arena of electronic communication, the ever LOVED book (one you can hold in your hands, experience) is exponentially becoming phased out. While I still have a great library and will continue to mass it,  and, used book stores like TreeHorn Books,  are staying a float as a novelty and counter-culture interest, thousands of books are making their way to the Great landfills of our communities.

What to do with these books, once loved, so they become something better, unique.  Well I have shown cased a few ideas so far, but how about banners. Books have unique pages, colors, designs and wording styles that can enhance any stencil one would wont to super-impose in to them. A few weeks ago, my friend shared with me her hammer of love, someone had made her family. I thought  it was the greatest idea. What an ingenious way to reuse books. This idea could be expanded on in so many ways. One could  paint pictures that are theme appropriate for the occasion, like baby showers, weddings, and birthdays, or a special night for the one you love. Since the media is paper, stickers will work perfectly, (smiling at the simplicity of it).  I  confess, I still have childhood scrapbooks full of old stickers that I collected as a little girl, yep that’s right, I was a Lisa Frank fan!!

This is just the beginning, the possibilities  for reusing old books to create banners and other craft projects is endless.









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Pallet to Play Fort

When I put a call out to my community, about my blog, Upcycle-Innervation starting up, I told everyone I was searching for up cycled projects, completed or in the proscess of completion, to show case. My friends Scott and Sorel jumped at the opportunity. And I could see why instantly, when I went over to their house to take picture of their project. My first reaction was WOW, this is incredible and ingenious.

Scott has designed and constructed a play fort for his 2 boys, built from the frame of an old doll house and re-used wooden pallets. While in its finishing stage, one can see the quality and love for the project. Painstakingly, with hours of patients, Scott had cut, sized, sanded and fine fit ever piece of wood, including that which will become the outer walls of the fort. Made to mimic a castle fort, Scott hand carved/tooled the Pinnical watch tower which is flanked by two watch towers. Each tower is adorned with crow stepped gables that encircle their top platform. Stairways leading from each story, has been hand carved and micro fitted to perfect size. Each corner has the feel and look of a traditional wood fort ( see photos below). Landing between each tower, allow the boys ample space to play out any fantasy their hearts desire.

Pictures below, demonstrate the craftsmanship and skill Scott has put in to this project for his boy’s. This will be a treasured, loved and well played with toy for years to come. And the memories that will be built by helping dad build this fort and years of playing with it, will be priceless.

Extra bonus is Scott used reused materials, which cut down the price for a fort of this size and quality. The environment thanks him.

Being in the last stages of completion, I will showcase the final project when completed with anticipation.

Statistics vary regarding just how many million wood pallets now reside in landfills. Some estimates claim that as many as 200 million wood pallets are thrown into U.S. landfill facilities every year. Of those that find their way to the dump, over half were used only once before they were discarded. If ever there was a poster child for conspicuous waste, the wood pallet is it.