Upcycle Innervation

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


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.











Fabric-mache’ Hanging Ball Lamp

Ever few weeks I get pampered at Mira of Beauty Spa, owned and operated by, Juliette Bellefeuille. She has created a elegant and relaxed environment in which to luxuriate and rejuvenate one’s self in health and beauty. Her mission;  to “Enhance peoples natural beauty.” This is done most impart by her skills, added with furnishing and esthetics, which to my thrill and delight I learned Juliette created with an up-cycleing theme.

Hanging large and bright above her waxing table is a circular globe light. Having a circumference of about 5 1/2 feet, you can imagine the impression it demands. Spreading soft white light about the room, Juliette’s lamp is not only efficient, but lovely.

Juliette fashioned this lamp from every day items that would have ended up in our landfills. Made from recycled mosquito netting, they were once curtains and rope used to lash board signs together. She started by creating a homemade mixture of plaster of paris from flour, sugar and water. By blowing up a large ballon to create a frame and sizing templete. She spread the mosquito netting on the ballon and using the plaster of paris ,painted the netting on to it. After painting on several layers, the lamp sat in order to dry, for 2 days. Testing for firmness and structure strength, the ballon was popped, leaving her with a perfect circle, seen in photo #5 un-illuminated.

Her biggest challenge was hanging the lamp and still maintain its beauty and structure, while producing light. The lamp was hung by, Re-using old x-mas ornament hooks, you know the ones that end the season in a tangled mess and land in the rubbish (they are recycle-able  in our single stream recycling system in Sonoma County).  However, our brilliant Juliette hung her Fabric-Mache’ Lamp elegantly from a tile plaster ceiling, which delivers soft, and strong light.

At every turn, even my pampering time, I am reminded of the ingenuity of up-cycing.  Thank you Juliette Bellefeuille for sharing your project with me and the community.

DIY Link to make your own Ball Lamp



5222 Country Club Drive
Rohnert Park, Ca. 94928
(next to the Firestation)