Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Upcycling - Inspiration & A New Class

One of the things I enjoy most about browsing through antique fairs, flea markets, and trade days is spotting craft ideas. Often these ideas involve upcycling - converting useless or no longer wanted items into something new and/or useful. Here are a few examples from our recent trip to a local antiques market.

This vase is made from tightly rolled magazine pages. I've seen a similar technique used to decorate picture frames as well.



This chair was given a new seat using men's ties plaited together. Underneath the ends of the ties are simply knotted together.

An old Texas license plate has been turned into a dust pan with a few bends & the addition of a handle.

And finally, a sailboat art decor piece made from aluminum cans. Of course, if I were to try this, it would have to be fashioned out of Coca-Cola cans!
In the spirit of upcycling, I'm starting the new Lift Me Up workshop at BPC today. The class is four weeks long and provides inspiration and instructions for four creative upcycling projects. Anyone else taking this class?

11 comments:

Mou S said...

Thanks for sharing Melissa! I'm particularly amazed by the Budweiser ship!

Sue Althouse said...

Those are some awesome projects, especially the magazine vase. I did not take this class, maybe that was a mistake!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love the dustpan. I'll look forward to the results of the class you're taking.
rinda

Alison said...

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with Melissa!
Alison xx

Rebekah said...

Love the license plate idea! Nope, not taking that class. Enjoying 31 Things though right now!

Sandra said...

What great ideas, the license plate is amazing

S said...

I love the tie-chair - very cool.

Cheri said...

I have too many other ongoing classes right now, but I look forward to you sharing your take on what you learn!

Ellyn said...

cute upcycles! all great ideas

Sian said...

Wow, I really like that chair with the ties and I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with in class

Karen said...

I'm hoping to resist any new classes this summer so I can concentrate on completing those I've already signed up for. The sailboat is amazing!