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Upcycle, Reuse, Repurpose

Google tells me that Japanese Rice Bags are traditional pouches used in Japan to carry rice offerings to the temple during religious ceremonies, or to hold gifts destined for a close friend or relative. I think the bags are a gift in themselves.  I use mine to store my collection of zippers and snaps, hold plant pots (the not so nice ones), fabric scraps, treasured letters.  It's nice when something so pretty is also useful. They are made from upcycled upholstery fabric samples so no two are the same.

I have been asked if I sell my upcycled items, and yes I do.

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Upcycled Furniture

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I purchased this very battered oak table from Kijji for $5.


  • I sanded as well as I could but it was pretty beaten up.

  • Using the same latex paint I had on hand, I painted the apron and legs blue

  • I drew a compass on the table top with a blue permanent marker

  • I then taped the lines and painted

My son used this as a games table during his university days.

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