Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Upcycled & Recycled on Etsy - It Ain't Easy Being Green

I have always loved nature.  As a child I would spend many hours hiking the woods behind my house, going on grand explores (as Pooh would say) and fantasizing about what it would be like to live off the land.  I also realized the importance of preserving and doing what we can to keep our world as clean as we can and well preserved.  Even small good choices can make a difference if everyone would pitch in.  Here are some wonderful items from ETSY that have been upcycled or recycled.  In the famous words of Kermit the Frog "It Ain't Easy Being Green" but it sure can make a fashion statement.

 webstitched vest upcycled green velour from trnka at

White crochet headband with detachable flower- Sweet upcycled green from Dandelions and Doodles at

Cashmere Hat Upcycled Green Cashmere Sweater with Applique Green and Pink Rose and Pink cashmere topper from SheGathers at

Upcycled Green Wine Bottle Glass Necklace from Orchid Cactus Glass at 

upcycled green wool bag from CreatedByChance at

Upcycled Green Jersey Tee Noodle Necklace with Removable Flower Clip, St Patrick's Day, Recycled T-shirt Loop Scarf, Accessory From TrendyEarth at

Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday Meet and Greet the Members of the Pacific Postcards Team - A Vintage Vignette
 Today's featured member of the Pacific Postcards Team is Allison Payne, owner of A Vintage Vignette.  She has a wonderful collection of vintage photographs.  Often people would have their photographs printed as postcards so they could send them out more cost effectively.  I simply love looking at old photographs and her collection is so much fun.  Here are some of my favorites:

From Allison's Shop Announcements:
"I love vintage photographs, retro magazine ads, antique postcards, and anything else paper related that I can have fun and share with others. This is what my shop is all about so take a look around and have fun! "
~Allison Payne
From Allison's Profile Page:
"I love spending hours sifting through boxes, drawers, bags, and anywhere else I may find something neat and old....Vintage photos are by far my favorite thing to find and collect."
~Allison Payne

'Meet the Pacific Postcards Team Member ~ Allison Payne ~ AVintageVignette ' by postcardsintheattic


Antique Vintage Photo Black ...
Antique 1920s Photograph - Y...
Vintage 1950s Black & White ...
Vintage 1960s Black & White ...
Vintage Photo -Little Girl W...
Vintage Photo - Lonely dog i...
Vintage Photo - Good Looking...
Vintage Photo - Optical Illu...
Vintage Photograph - Double ...
Vintage Photograph - A Shag...
Vintage Photograph - 1950s ...
Vintage Photo - black and wh...
Vintage Photo - Black and Wh...
Vintage black and white 1950...
1950s Vintage Photo - Black ...
Vintage black and white Phot...

If you are interested on becoming a member of the Pacific Postcards Team please go to this link and click "Apply."

We have 2 different memberships: one is a general membership, for those who love postcards and collecting postcards and the other is designed for shops with at least 25% of their
items listed are postcards.

The only difference in the memberships is that the latter will be included in shop
interviews, BNRs and postcard related activities. We also plan on having activities for
the general memberships. Hope to see you there soon.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Spiritual and Inspirational Sunday - Special People

My daughter has special needs.  Over the years I have realized that she has taught me so much more than I could ever teach her, she has helped me develope into a better person and showed me what life is really about.  She and other's with disibilities are truly special. 

When I see FB posts, like the following from Dan Foeking, I am completely touched.  I hope that more people will realize that it just takes a little TLC and they can be someone's Hero.  Blessings to the cashier that showed such patience and Blessings to all of those that care for and have cared about someone with special needs.
Near Round Lake Park, IL
"I took this picture at Culver's in Mundelein and I hope this employee doesn't mind that I post this, but I wanted to share an awesome story. The customer he is speaking with is a special needs man, and I watched and listened from my booth as he patiently and politely spent about 15 minutes answering all of his questions. He asked about the menu, prices, and even this employee even went as far as t...o retrieve a detailed menu so that he could explain some of the nutritional facts. This employee could not have been more polite and at no time appeared rushed, even though other customers were waiting in line. I wish I could have gotten his name, but he was not wearing a name tag. I did go on to the Culver's website and left my comments, so I hope he gets the recognition he definitely deserves. Sir, I tip my hat to you and pray more people follow your lead in life. Thank you. Feel free to share this, maybe it will make its way back to this employee!" ~Dan Foeking

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Count Down to Mother's Day by Blue Morning Expressions

A heart felt Thanks to Julie and Blu for another great Count Down (below.)  I can't believe that Mother's Day is just around the corner!  So don't wait until the last minute to find some wonderful gifts for Mom.  Whether your mother is an avid postcard collector (hint hint ;) a jewelry lover, or loves to make her own jewelry, you will find that perfect gift for Mother at the Count Down.  Want more? stop by Christie Cottage for more great Gift ideas.
The images today were found at A wonderful crafting site that
generously shares there art with crafters to use in their creations. 

 I do want to also take time today to thank Jacki from Christie Cottage who is always looking for great ways to promote our little group.  She currently has a wonderful promotion called The Tree House.  The Tree House is where she has collected all of our twitter posts from over the course of the previous week and added pictures to give them some snap.  You can view this wonderful collection at: 
The images today were found at A wonderful crafting site that
generously shares there art with crafters to use in their creations.

If you would like to have your shop featured, join us on the Twitter Tree throughout the week.  The first Twitter Tree host is Christie Cottage on Monday, Eluna Jewelry on Wednesday and right here on Fridays.  It is a great (and friendly) group of people who are dedicated to promoting each other and themselves.  Every day that I am able to participate I see my shop stats jump and since it is free you have nothing to lose, so give the Twitter Tree a try.

Don't let Mother's Day creep up on you (who wants to shop under stress?)  Start early and find the great and personable gift for mom.

The images today were found at A wonderful crafting site that
generously shares there art with crafters to use in their creations.
Without further ado here is Blu {ha! just like to rhyme :P

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Twitter Tree

The Twitter Tree© will is hosted by a different shop each business day.
The Rules to participate:
You must tweet ALL the other posts here.
(It is not fair to those of us who tweet your items, when you don't reciprocate)
Only two (2) hashtags

Check back during the day to tweet any new posts.
Post only two (2) items.
No google+ stuff. This is the Twitter Tree©
Add your Twitter ID to your post (mine is @butterflysattic)

No "mature" items.
 Here are Mine:

5 Handmade #Upcycled Gift Tags featuring Kittens Dressed in Clothes #Vintage Images @Etsy @butterflysattic #retwt

Get ready for Easter 5 Gift Tags Real Bunny Dressed in Clothing #Upcycled Vintage @Etsy @butterflysattic #retwt


Good luck everyone! I hope the Sales Fairy sprinkles her magic on us today!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Upcycled and Recycled on Etsy - Going To The Oscars

Often I hear stars proclaiming "save the planet" and parcipating in green causes.  Well lets take green to The Oscars Etsy Style.  Here are some upcycled fashions that I think could make it to the carpet this Sunday:

upcycled dress . someday from PondHopper at
Pretty in Pink Glitter Heels Pumps Upcycled fashion alternative wedding shoes from SalvagedSoles at
The "Lacy Lift" for Women's Booties : lace covering for shoes, upcycled for a high fashion garden victorian wedding from kaartist  at
Pink Glitter Fairy Clutch with Chain Strap One of a Kind Upcycled from WingsAshleyBoyd at
Upcycled Fashion Knuckle ring - Happy Stag Embossed hallmark Spoon Ring - circa 1945 Silver Ring - Stag Deer Raindeer sterling knuckle ring from HelenSilverSmit at
Vintage Choker Necklace Up-cycled Fashion Accessory from TeTelesTai at
Swarovski Crystal Teardrop and Reclaimed Copper Wire Wrapped Chandelier Earrings, Upcycled Fashion Jewelry, Neoclassical Dangle Earrings, from TheLastLink  at
Upcycled Small-Medium Silver Black Butterfly Sequin Glitzy New Years Baby Doll Eco Dress by Om Maker at
Platform Shoes 5 Inch Peep Toe Stilettos Hand Embellished w Chains and Wide Ankle Strap // NEW Sexy Black w Zipper Heel // Size 8 Vegan from RetroVintage123 at
Upcycled leather clutch with calla lily flowers - one-of-a-kind bag for your essentials, goes with jeans and a t or a simple black dress from WearThou at
Upcycled T-Shirt Scarf from MetalMeltdown69 at
Clasped Cuff Made of Recycled Bottle Caps and Beads from angelacalvin at
Handmade Large Pussy Cat Spots with Black Rhinestone Cocktail Ring - Upcycled - leopard - Kitty Cat From ButterflyInTheAttic at
Rubber Band Man Bangle Funky Unisex Bracelet created with Rubber Band Yarn Women Teens Men Free Shipping Gifts 15 Dollars from BethToddCreatz at
Up-cycled Fashion Magazine Rose Brooch - Silver from Bazoja at
HYPERCLASH Glass Bead Bracelet Metallic Black Red Lime Green Aqua Blue Cuff Repurposed Upcycled Recycled Reclaimed Eco Friendly Fashion at