Friday, February 25, 2011

Ready for Spring Giveaway!

I'm sick of the cold, wet weather and ready for something exciting!  I think it's time for another giveaway! The winner will get their choice of $20 worth of repurposed goodies from my Etsy shop.

Upcyled Vintage Teal & Tangerine Necklace $23.50

The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and ends Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 10pm EST.  You have up to 4 chances to win.  The winner will be picked randomly out of a hat by my 2 year old (she will love this!) and announced in another blog post.
Methods of Entry:
1. Go to my Etsy shop and take a look around.  Come back to this blog and leave a comment with a link to the item(s) you would love to have.  Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win (Etsy name, your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

2. Follow me on Facebook and leave a comment on my page to let me know you entered.  If you already follow me on Facebook leave a comment mentioning the giveaway.

3. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway (be sure to mention @brandyfishetsy).  Already follow?  Just tweet about the giveaway and mention @brandyfishetsy.

4. Follow this blog.  If you already follow just leave comment telling me so.

Good Luck!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

DIY Pine Cone Wreath

This is one of those projects I wanted to complete and post in November or December for Christmas.  However, I felt absolutely terrible then (pregnancy changes plans) so better late than never!

During our short stay in New Mexico I managed to amass quite a collection of cones from our apartment complex grounds, local parks and eventually our very own yard.  I have several very large ones that will someday become stocking hangers but the smaller ones looked perfect for a wreath. 

Most of the online instructions for creating pine cone wreaths suggest using styrofoam or wire wreath forms as a base but I wanted something more natural.  I found a great grapevine wreath at the craft store while purchasing a giant bag of hot glue gun sticks.  I also had some cinnamon sticks and thought I would add them after seeing this gorgeous wreath.

Before starting the wreath the pine cones had to be prepped for indoor use.  Some were full of sand from the park, others had dried mud and there is always the chance of insects living inside them.  You can soak or bake them.  I soaked the larger ones to be used in stocking hangers and baked all the cones to be in the wreath.  You can find more specific instructions here.

Initially I just started hot gluing the larger cones randomly around the grapevine wreath.  Then, I began adding the smaller cones, pods and cinnamon sticks to balance it all out. 

I'm pretty happy with the finished product!  I may add some wide ribbon to use as a hanger and maybe even some small lights but for now I need to figure out a way to carefully store it until this Christmas! 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Repurposed in Ohio

We have made Columbus, Ohio our new home.  Once the weather perks up maybe I'll venture out a little more to discover my surroundings.  Until then, I used the Etsy shop local feature to find artists and craftspeople selling repurposed items in Ohio.  Check out my finds:

This unique wedding bouquet by The Ritzy Rose made from vintage jewelry and brooches will never wilt or fade.

Vintage Brooch Jewelry Bouquet - Medium $375

I was very excited to see that ikcdesign is located in Ohio.  I purchased this Recycled Record Business Card Holder last year and now would love to have this desk organizer:

Recycled Record Desk Organizer $30

Fox Designs Jewelry creates jewelry from recycled acoustic, electric and bass guitar strings as well as buckeyes, vintage keys and naturally shed peacock feathers.

Recycled Electric Guitar String Bracelet $15

Purses, tote bags, made to order memory bears and these luggage tags by 3 Stitch Creations are made from reclaimed fabrics, clothes and zippers.

Flying Tequila ID Tag Set $9
 Shop local & buy handmade!