So yesterday I was struck by inspiration after a bag of beads and buttons and jewellery bit arrived that I had ordered and these are what I have created so far. The majority of it has come from old jewellery that had fallen apart or out of favour and it has been given a new lease of life. That’s why I love upcycling it gives old and unwanted things a new purpose.
I have always had a love of vintage and history and I will be adding some vintage jewellery into the mix once I have got a bit more confident in my ability. I love the fact that these bits and pieces had a life before, that someone else has used and loved them and they are now being re-purposed for someone else to love (hopefully).
I also love upcycling because i am a hoarder, I’m one of those that can’t throw things away because it might be useful one day (much to my hubby’s disgust!!) and it might just be that all that hoarding has been worth it! I can always try to find a use for things!!
I am also a skinflint, there are some things I don’t like spending money on especially if I can make it cheaper pick up a piece of furniture up from the tip and turn it into something pretty!
I don’t know where this love of upcycling has come from, my mum and dad are creative but not for revamping old things (although the hoarding comes from them!!) I blame no actually I commend my Parpie (my maternal grandfather) for the tip trawling and not wanting to spend money on things I can get cheaper. For as long as I can remember he has picked things up from the tip or a neighbours skip tidied it up and been proud of it. His first conservatory was a hand me down from a neighbour that he put up himself from scratch.
I have brave days when I throw things out (mostly because I am being nagged) but it is soon replaced. I must learn that i do not have the space for lots of projects, just do one thing at a time…. and I guess that’s a life lesson too.
I have really enjoyed working on this jewellery and it’s another skill I am learning and it keeps me occupied!
so watch this space for more upcycling projects from meebee designs…