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Friday Find – JewelzyBug Designs GIVEAWAY!!

As if playing around on etsy isn’t dangerous enough already, the other day while poking around I clicked ‘shop local’ and stumbled onto some pretty neat stuff. My favourite was JewlezyBug so I’m sharing her first! Julie has created some really cute characters and uses some interesting materials. She paints on rocks to make neat pendants and uses pages from old books and phone books as the canvases for her whimsical paintings!

I sent her a message on etsy and she seems really fun and agreed to do a GIVEAWAY!!!!! Soooo free stuff to someone who’s in need of cuteness! Julie is willing to giveaway one of her prints, see them all here in her flickr pool, just leave a comment here telling us which one is your fav (they’re numbered 1-90). I like this little guy.

I asked her a little bit about herself and she sent this little blurb, thanks for sharing!

“I have always doodled and painted for as long as I can remember. I am drawn to bright colours and happy motifs that catch the eye and make you smile. I like my art to make you feel good and brighten your day. I use old books and phone books as my back drops because they visually stimulate the eye and provide texture to the art. I feel my art is a reflection of my inner child just wanting to play. I take inspiration from colour, from my day, nature, from the people in the my life and from my furbabies (4 cats and 1 dog: Jewels (hence the name!)”

She also has a blog where she shares her new creations, fun crafts and her cute animals. I love these ribbon curtains she made.

I’ll do some magical random winner picking Sunday night and announce Monday morning! Ohhh the suspense, I’d better set my iphone alarm . . .

Repurposing. No really.

My husband has had this backpack since before we met. It’s traveled a few places with us, around Cuba, Europe, and North America. However, it’s time is done. But before sending it on it’s way I decided to strip it of all the usable buckles and clips, which turned out to be quiet a bit! Now to get crafting and make use of them.


Is it still environmentally friendly or recycling if you go buy the juice pouches specifically for the craft?

My son drinks apple juice, which we water down about 80%. He doesn’t need more sugar and he’s a bit of a drink snob and won’t drink anything else, especially water. I won’t let him drink Kook-aid, I don’t need the hyper aftermath, but I do need these juice pouches!!!! Maybe I can buy the neighbours’ kids some, supply them with free drink as long as they harvest the garbage for me.

Today I found one in a vending machine I used, so I brought it home to wash out and add to my collection that was drying on the counter. Wesley got one while Trick-or-Treating, which I poured down the sink and washed the pouch. I’ve got my cousin on collection duty, her son takes them in his lunch. Once I return to work back in the classroom I’m sure I’ll be able to snag some more to bring home. I’m dying to try making a lunch bag with them, I’ve found tutorials for the bags/purses and it’s all simple enough, but first I need to keep collecting!