recycled book cuff bracelets

i think these bracelets, made from the spine covers of old and damaged books from young pennsylvania crafter jamie keiles are very clever. they are lined in your choice of leather or vinyl.



purchase them at jamie’s etsy shop, and see her blog for more interesting tidbits.

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twig stool and bench by russell pinch

i am quite smitten by the gorgeous twig stool and bench from english furniture maker russell pinch. it’s made from the offshoots or stems from the stumps of hazel or sweet chestnut trees from a local forest, in a technique called coppicing.


see more beautiful work from russell here, and purchase these pieces and more beautiful, earth friendly goods at one eco home (based in the uk).


poppytalk handmade market (shopping)

jan at poppytalk is back at it with an eco-themed market this month, chock full of lovely adornments for home and body. let’s have a look at some of the highlights now:


fun hand and digital collage prints from layla renzi for her dollface design


steel linked necklace from megan auman


gocco printed notes and stationery on recycled stock from sarah parrott


vintage car bank from blue bell bazaar


recycled cotton totes from jen harris for her black sheep heap

now is the perfect to do some spring shopping, so hop on over there and choose your personal favorites!




bottle cap mosaic art by john unger

okay, okay, one last blast with the upcycling and then i will be quiet. look at the beautiul details of these folksy mosaic fish from michigan artist john unger. they’re carefully and obsessively made of bottle caps, with select metal accents.




purchase the fish and see more sustainable design work at john’s etsy shop. be sure to check his blog out too for much, much more!

bicycle tire bags by balkan tango

more recycling and upcycling for you today: loverly rubber bags made of used bicycle inner tubes from balkan tango of hungary.




purchase them at the supermarket and be sure to check out balkan tango’s website for more good looking, earth friendly stuff.

recycled barn wood tables

i enjoy pecking around, and wish that i had discovered these gorgeous found barn beam pillars that have been repurposed into some pretty nifty side tables myself, instead of in a catalog — but i’m glad somebody found them!


wood adds so much warmth to a room don’t you think? i love the idea of this mixing into a space with leather and metal – great balance.

purchase the tables and lots of other goodies at viva terra.

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botanical paperworks 2008 seed calendar

create beauty instead of trash every month with this plantable seed desk calendar. seeds are cleverly embedded into the pages of the calendar. when the month changes, simply plant the previous month’s 5″ x 5″ page in a thin layer of soil, place in a sunny spot and watch it germinate! soon you will have coreopsis, clarkia, poppies and other traditional summer wildflowers. the handmade paper is made from recycled bond, renewable abaca and cotton remnants and is acid-free. it comes in a reuseable tin and is whimsically illustrated by canadian artist kal barteski.




this is a great way to do a good deed for the earth, and a fun way to teach a child about plants, recycling and being eco-friendly!

purchase the calendar and other items in the collection from botanical paperworks. it’s also available at the olive barn.

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recycled bottle cap beads

oh what charming beads minnesota artist cathy collison makes! she solders recycled bottle caps together to create these handmade one of a kind pieces.




aren’t the vintage ones fun?

check out cathy’s website for more beautiful things!

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