The time has finally come and I’m as giddy as a kid on Christmas Day, y’all! Welcome to our first blog! We’re excited you’re here!
We’ve already been asked several times, “What the heck does ‘Upcycled’ mean?” The term was coined in 1994 in this quote by Reiner Pilz, discussing a city’s demolition plans :
“Recycling…I call it downcycling. They smash bricks, they smash everything. What we need is upcycling- where old products are given more value, not less.”
My first experiences of Upcycling were in finding hidden gems with my dad at the old “Trash and Treasure” store in my hometown. I assure you, there was a whole lot more “trash” than “treasure” (and maybe some rodents, snakes, etc.)… but my parents are very thrifty and turned some basically free items into household staples with a ton of style!
Once I moved into my first apartment and re-styled some hand-me-down furniture, I was hooked on Upcycling Ugly! I’ve been making “ugly” into “slightly-less-ugly” ever since! My sweet husband, Aaron, has always supported my risky creative endeavors…which let us to our new object of Upcycling Affection: Continue reading →