Tuesday Treasure: Tie Dye and Fine Photography

by Molly Kimball, elephantbeads

Wide-ranging creativity describes this week’s treasured shop, CarolSueDesigns. First, the t-shirts. CarolSue’s tie dye creations are real knock-outs! They are unusual in style and design, and you won’t find only Beefy-T’s in this shop. Sexy tank tops? Check! Stylish oversized t’s you can belt? You got it! Men and women will both find styles they’ll want to be seen in.

In addition, CarolSue features some really interesting scientific photographs in her shop. Gorgeous macro shots of real snowflakes glitter on different backgrounds. Truly one-of-a-kind pieces! And finally, if you need the perfect item to accessorize with your new CarolSue tie-dye top, there are handmade jewelry selections to browse through. You won’t be bored when you browse this lovely new Etsy shop – but you might find yourself checking out through PayPal – so be ready!

CarolSueDesigns Etsy 1

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Trending Monday: Upcycle, Recycle, Repurpose

Upcycle Recycle Repurpose

By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

JudysDesigns Fold Formed Metalwork Earrings

JudysDesigns – Fold Formed Metalwork Earrings

We are living in an era of repurposing. It’s not just because of the Great Recession, theories about global warming, or fears about scarce resources. There is a new level of creativity on the rise that helps us see the things around us with new eyes – and to see our own power to create something completely new.

This creative urge has fueled the DIY and Maker movements – and it also fuels many artisans on Etsy. A number of DTeam shops feature upcycled, recycled or repurposed materials. Here are just a few:

Judy at JudysDesigns notes that many of the metalwork pieces she uses for her jewelry are from found metals. The thick wire is from a spool found in a car given to her husband for scrap. The sheet metal is from leftover home improvement projects, and the aluminum hoop earrings are cut from leftover sections of airplane strut material.

WhatsInGrampasShack Painted Slate Cardinal

WhatsInGrampasShack – Painted Slate with Cardinal

Colleen at WhatsInGrampasShack notes that all of the slates she uses for painted home accessories were at one time on a church roof in Honeybrook, Pennsylvania. What a lovely example of recycling, repurposing and upcycling!

And finally, Lisa from LovinTheGoodOleDays upcycles clothing in her fashion creations. She adds bling to tank tops, and repurposes sweaters into beautiful dresses, skirts and other creations.

Button Love Upcycled Tank

Upcycled Women’s Tank Top from LovinTheGoodOleDays

Each of these artists is using the materials around her to create something new, something that brings a fresh perspective into the world in the form of usable, functional artwork.

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