Call us Artist or call us Engineers, there seems to be many of us, like myself, that can direct our creativeness in a positive way. I see them more and more at craft shows and on the web. People are taking used and discarded items and giving them a new life, a new purpose. Upcycling provides uniqueness in a progressive way and can be more resourceful than recycling .

My mission with A Creative Shade of Green is to impose the idea that you really can create quality from something old or discarded by promoting those who have dedicated themselves to inventively reusing what they find or have.

I would like to present my ideas as well as others like myself that share a similar mission. Hence…

A Creative Shade of Green

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Inspiring Reporpose Ideas for Vintage Books

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Most anyone can appreciate the aesthetics of an old hardback book. 
Jim Rosenau was raised in a house with 5,000 books so needless to say he would appreciate them more than most.

I was originaly attracted to Jim's clocks but after rummaging through his gallery I found shelves, key holders, bookcases, etc... 

 Jim's craftsmanship, uniqueness, and conscious reuse of material has won him much recognition for his work. His site offers a wealthy inventory and is worth taking a peek. New projects will be added by the end of this month. Just in time for Christmas!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Who Knew Tablewear Life Could Be So Unexpected

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I really love seeing something so intricate wearing a simple color like this upcyled tea cup lamp. It really works. 

Yet you KNOW there is potential in using color!! 
Have fun with this one. 
It is unique and capable of being a very personal project. Definitely on my list.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Finding A New Home For A Reclaimed Shutter

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania country decor is saturated with nostalgia and is appreciated by more than just the locals. People literally come from far and to wide to experience Lancaster's craftsmanship. 

Pride in their work still remains strong in the heart of these folks.
Bonnie of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania sent me this photo of an old shutter she upcycled to her mudroom coat rack. 
Thank you for sharing Bonnie!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Comfortable With The Idea Of Reusing Disposable Chopsticks

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China consumes 25 million trees in the manufaturing of disposible chopsticks every year. So when Jason Dembski and Ryan Horsman were confronted with the challange of (re)using everyday Chinese items in new ways, they developed this very intriguing stool.

Jason Dembski
Tackling such an extremely overwhelmingly wasted product requires extreme measures. Literally thousands of disposable chopsticks, in addition to bamboo steamers, and simple cushioning material is used to create a completely functional and contemporary piece. Jason illustrates the stool's simple composition on his website. I love this stool's natural monotone character although if you were a color nut I suppose you could have some real fun with this project.

Jason received his BS.Arch from the Ohio State University in 2004 and M.Arch from the University of Michigan in 2009. He is currently working for Davidclovers in Hong Kong.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Finding A New Home For My Old Leather Boots

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I was rummaging in the closet the other day and found my old riding boots. Well... my second back-ups. When you ride every day in whatever weather, you have second back-ups. I don't ride anymore but there are a ton of miles on these and they are still very close to my heart. I really wanted to find an excuse to keep them around.

Photo By Carly & Art
Inspired by this picture I decided to transplant the Orange-Mint Plant that I knocked over in the dark the other night. The pot was broken to smithereens! 

Muti-Tasking as a door stopper for the shed door. 
I like this addition to the property.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Vintage plates upcycled to colorful candle holders

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One of my most memorable dining experiences was in a small resturant in Souderton, Pennsylvania. The establishment was located in the town's old train station and it succeeded in maintaining a very vintage look. The one thing that impressed me the most about this place was that their plates, mugs, and utensils did not match. Each piece had a unique and historical characteristic to it which lent to the old time feeling of the restaurant.

Dinner tables are a place where family memories are made. I can still remember the plates my grandmother would serve Christmas Dinner on. From time to time I find that same print at second hand shops and it always takes me back. 

loglike of North East Wales showcases vintage plates that "serve" another purpose....


A Green Minded attitude allows them to boast the fact that their products utilize "natural and upcycled, vintage materials"

loglike caters to different tastes by using a variety of saucers (color, shape, design). These are just a few of my favorites...

The saucers are all genuine antique, (or vintage) originals, dating from Victorian times through to the 1960’s. All wooden components are hand-turned by loglike, from reclaimed wood. 

loglike's unique saucer creations can be found on their website or artisan shop which also includes a tutorial on the project.