Well, I just got a finished, bound, full-color copy of my new book Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have and I have to pinch myself if it’s actually here.
To go from having an idea one rainy day 16 months ago, to book proposal, to sitting in conference rooms of numerous publishers, to coming up with the projects, to making them, to the photo shoot and manuscript writing process, to the promotion and planning, to actually holding the book…you think I gave birth to a baby. For real.
One of my favorite projects in the book is taking a dozen old leather belts—I bought these at my local Goodwill store—and simply stitching them together with hemp twine to make a leather door mat. All you need are the belts, a hole cutter (from the craft store) and some hemp twine and a needle. That’s it.
I call this my “Eat, Pray, Love’ blanket: it’s silk scarves I found at a local Tibetan store (or you can use your own collection of silk or woolen scarves) stitched together to make a colorful throw.
And one of my FAVORITES: A shadowbox frame from Michaels, painted white, and filled with 500 or so wine corks as an eco-friendly, very cushy bath mat. No glue, no fuss… just the tension of the corks is enough to keep it full and taut.
There are about 100 projects in the book and I hope you’ll pick it up on August 20th when it goes on sale. We shot a HUGE 8-page story for Everyday with Rachael Ray featuring the book and some of the projects coming out in the September issue, so be sure to check that out if you want a really great sneak peek.
You can also pre-order at Amazon of course, too. I’d appreciate it if you did!