Live Fully Today: A project for Lessology

Today's venture is about upcycling.  I got the idea after seeing the Lessology post for a new DT member (read all about it here) with a focus on recycling. You can join in for a chance to become a member of this new design team.  This is so up my alley!  I am a hoarder  recycler of 95%  of the stuff that enters my home. Today, I am venturing into a new area: soap box canvases.  Have you seen this or tried it? Alma Stroller has a fabulous tutorial on her blog about these.  It's super easy and I love little things so it was right up my alley.  I took this

                                                                      and made this

I had so much fun creating this!  I think kids would enjoy it.  They can make a masterpiece to cherish. 
I followed Alma's directions except changed a few things up.  I covered my box completely and painted more.  I was having fun with the different colors.  I stamped my images on the original paper and then cut out and modge podged to the front.  I added some glitter to it before it dried. 

I stamped lightly with my House of Three stamps to add a few details.  I cut a small quote out to fit in my bracket which wraps around the corner.  I couldn't stop there though.  I needed some more stuff on it so I added lace, a big bling piece and a tiny button strung through a watch gear with hemp thread.  I added a few pearls and a large decorative bauble.
and of course a little something for the back!

and a close up of the top with the gear, button, hemp,and lace.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed viewing and reading about this latest project of mine! Fingers crossed that I might have a chance to be on the new Lessology DT!  I love creating with recycled things and finding new purposes for them.  I think I would fit right in with the ladies.  Let's hope they think so.  :-)




Oh WOw. This is beautiful Amy. Such a great idea to recycle.. you've turned it into such a great piece of art!

Tenia Nelson

Awesome awesome awesome!!


WOW the box is awesome and the card is beautiful!


I think it is fantablous!!!!!! Hubby recycles a lot. My favorite is the ink cartridges 'cus Office Max gives credit for those. Free money to use!!!! I think my favorite is the big bauble on the top. I saw some of those somewhere and wondered about what could be done with such a big bling. Now i know! Great idea!! Love the button on the gear, too. This is just an awesome box!!! :)

Angi Barrs

Super AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL Amy. I love all of the pretty details. Love the lace and the stamping that you did.

Thank you so much for auditioning for our new challenge Blog LESSology. Hugs. :)

Annette Allen

wow amazing...love your creativity...
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Happy Crafting..


Oh this is wonderful ... I love the way you have decorated this ... so pretty ... my fingers are crossed for you Amy ... good luck my friend

June Houck

Amy, good luck, you future DT member! I am a huge fan of your work. Your project is wonderful!!!

We just returned Friday from Surfer's Healing (free therapy for children diagnosed with Autism). We went to the one in Ocean City, MD. Next year we may try the VA beach location. I had a lot of trepidation about going (my J-girl has had a lot of behavior issues this summer), but I am so glad we went! The surfer guys are all well-trained in working with Auties…they were amazing. The event was so well-organized and it was relaxing to be around parents who understood when a child was in full meltdown :) Just wanted to share in case you were interested in trying it next summer.


 You really make unique and beautiful things.


How awesome is this Amy! Love the little attention to details on this amazing piece of upcycled project! :) IT looks fabulous!!!! :)

Thanks for your submission to the LESSology DT call! :)

Kelly Massman

wow! Love that box/recycled item!!! Gorgeous and cool all at the same time!


Just GORGEOUS Amy, loved it!

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