Balance through Up-cycling

IMG_4370.jpgLiving a balanced life comes from being in relationship.

That is being in a good relationship with yourself, the people around you, and all of nature. One of the ways I work to create balance with nature is through up-cycling.

Yes, I enjoy walking, hiking, and kayaking, and these are great ways to connect with nature, but I am also concerned about pollution, and one of the ways I try to help with pollution is by creating beautiful things from trash.

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Once, while walking, I looked in the ditch and found a glass bottle with a small hole in the top. I am not sure what it was used for. Do you? When I picked it up I realized that it looked like a mini lighthouse.

When I got it home I painted a door, and some windows on it. Then I put a mini string of battery operated LED lights in the hole.

The end result was a beautiful nightlight to place in my bathroom.

By creating something out of trash I found on the side of the road I was able to connect with nature, gave myself some  time to create, and added something beautiful to my bathroom.

While this helped to build a more balanced relationship with nature, being creative also helps me  maintain balance in my life. It brings me into the present, and helps me to not focus as much on the things I can not change. When I am creating I am in control of what I am creating, and this since of control helps when the rest of my life is spinning out of control.

How do you help to bring control in your life? What was the original use for the bottle?

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Summer Up-cycle Project

20150808_110053I got a little board this summer, and decided to do a couple of projects. This is a simple project that I have been meaning to do for a couple of years now.

It is easy to do. All you need is a painting. I picked this one up at a thrift store. I wanted something to put in my bathroom. The bathroom is a beach theme. The colors in this picture worked great with this theme.

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  1. Pick a saying. I used Pinterest to pick my saying, but anything will work. “Roll with the Tide” is perfect for my bathroom.
  2. Design & cut out the letters. I drew mine by hand, but you can use a printer. Just be sure they are big enough.
  3. Glue the letters on the painting. Be sure and use a stencil glue. This way the letters are easy to peal off once it is painted.
  4. Spray paint the picture. Choose a color that will work with the room and colors in the painting. I chose the color egg.
  5. Peal off the letters. Be sure the picture is good and dry. I used tweezers to pill of the letters. They worked great.
  6. Frame your work of art. My husband made the frame for me, and I painted it with an off white.

I love the way it looks in my bathroom!!

Bathroom Window treatment

The old window
The old window

I did two other projects in the bathroom, and have not posted them yet, so I thought I would start with the window treatment that I did. I think it turned out really cool, and my youngest daughter said she loved it as well, so it must be cool.

This window made me think of those windows with bars on them, so I just had to do something about it. I thought that using the theme of bars on the windows but softer was a great idea, so I put a fence on the window.

Finished product
Finished product

 

Here is the final product, and I think it turned out great. I just love how it adds to the feel of the bathroom, and think it is unique and fun. I used the same fence that I used in my two projects in the kitchen, the Utensil Hanger and the Coffee Cup Holder. I also used the same painting technique as on the Bathroom Bench. It makes a nice addition to the bathroom, and with the paint looking the same it fits in nicely. Now all I need to do is paint, redo the counter, and get a new sink. (One project at at time.)

Here is how the painting went.

first coat
first coat
second coat
second coat
Third coat
Third coat
Sanded
Sanded

One tip I learned along time ago is to use pop tops on the back of picture to hang them with. This saves a trip to the store if you run out, or if like this project there is just no room for those little things with teeth. They were just too long, and I only had a small space on the back of the finished fence to attach something to hang it with.

Use pop tops as picture hangers
Use pop tops as picture hangers