It is finally time for me to conclude this little two part post on how to make money from your new green venture. If you haven't read part 1 you can here!


-What kind of Items can I up-cycle?
-Where to get items to up-cycle
-Inspiration and creating some cool pieces

I will say that I have told just a few people to save items for me to up-cycle and I have ended up with more than I could have ever imagined. I have any area set-up and dedicated to organizing all my materials and it is getting a little out of control. But this is a good thing because it is important  for  running a business is having yourself stocked up with the items your are selling and well I have plenty of stock! 


You have your materials and now you need to start crafting away! I would say make at least 20 items, I know that sounds like a lot but it is really not and if you make a couple things a day you will have what you need in just a weeks time. 
 After you have made some products you are going to need somewhere to sell everything.


Ok, I am going to share with you my experience with how I went about everything in hopes that you will have better luck when you start.
   I started with Etsy.com which is a handmade marketplace and there are some super talented people who sell on Etsy.  I listed just a few items at first and I waited and waited, nothing. I listed a few more things....nothing....So I am up to 18 items or was and I actually started selling items when I added more products to my store.
 Why is this? 
Well the more you have on etsy the more you will show up in a search and become more relevant in a search.  
 Etsy's listing fee is .20 cents which doesn't sound like a lot, it's not really. But, there advice is to re-list your items daily or every few days to keep it coming up fresh in search. I was re-listing my items daily in hopes of having tons of sales and well it made no difference so I have currently quite re-listing and still have had sales. Re-listing seemed to just drive my bill up really fast and my first sale went entirely to Etsy because of the re-list fee's and the actual transaction fees. I was kinda blah about that but I decided that it was still a step in the right direction.  
  So here's my conclusion with Etsy, I believe it is a great website to list your items because of it's heavy traffic and that it is extremely easy to navigate. There is a lot of support from fellow Etsians with teams and groups and forums that you can ask anything and get a response quite quickly. You have the option to advertise through Etsy and your account starting at just 3$ a week and it really seems to help. But I think if you choose Etsy I would suggest this to you:
- List 20 items to start
- Get involved with the site: favorite, like and join teams
-Make new items often and list!
-Market yourself to all the social networks this is a great help
There are other options to selling there are other handmade artist marketplaces such as:
I have currently not used any of these other sites and would be interested to know how they work but I am fairly certain that Etsy is still has the most traffic of all these.
Other options are creating online stores through your own website. I am currently setting up a store for my blog through Storeenvy.com  there basic options are free and you cant beat that!

Another way to get traffic is having giveaways either through your own blog or through others. etsygiveaways.com will list your giveaway and you will get some amazing results from there blog, I love them:) 
Setting up your own blog through blogger is another great way to get the word out, it is a lot of initial work but the hard work will defiantly  pay off if you keep it up. 
Blogging is one of those things that takes time to get started but can eventually be another source of income for you if you have the time to put one together and take care of it.
 There you have it you can setup your own green store with little to know money, and through someone Else's trash you can profit from it. Find your niche create something and stick to it. Stats say that 85% of the worlds population shops online, so the world is literally your oyster so why not take advantage of it!

 OK, everbody that is how to get started going green to get some green, If there is more questions please feel free to email me and I would be happy to help and give you some advice from my own personal experience.
  Get out there and make some Green!!


10 Fun Diy Upcycled crafts !!

Ok I feel like I havent posted any cool diy tutorials in a while so I thought I would do another DIY green round up of craft  tutorials!!! Lets do this!!

1.Branch Candle holders




Thrifty Fun!!

I don't know how most of you feel about going to the thrift store, but I absolutely love it. I would rather go thrifting than go to the mall, I know it's weird! I think that it is the challenge of looking for something to reinvent and give new life, and love it when someone says to me
 "that is so cute where did you  buy that?" and I say
" Thrift store!"
 So yea I like thrift stores and there is a lot you can get from them for little to nothing, if you are into vintage items thrift stores are can be a secret stash of all things vintage you just have to be willing to look through and find the stuff. I am going to show you some thrift store finds..
Here is a great example: 

Pretty up-cycled basket tutorial!!

bag
Here is a my pretty up-cycled basket tutorial!
Below are the pictured instructions and text to follow as well, 
if you don't understand something or have questions please let me know I will
do my best to answer all questions!




Ok so I have seen a lot of these up-cycled plastic bags, where you fuse the plastic bags together with wax paper and an iron, my tutorial starts after the actual fusing of the plastic bags so here is a tutorial for that here if you need it!
So lets add our own flair!!


Here are the steps that follow the pics have fun :)
1. I have fused my bags together and made sure that the edges are straight, ( I dont have an actual size because it could vary with your plastice bag fusing), but you do need:
-2 pieces that are the same size for the sides of the bag
- 1 piece for the bottom that is the same lenght as the two side pieces but 
not as wide
2. measureing all sides to make sure the are even and matching up to one another
3.&4. I  am adding  lace to the sides
to give it some pretty flair and I am measuring the sides of the plastic bags 
5. I am measuring my lace to fit the sides of my bag and then cutting to match
6. Lets Sew!
7. using my pins to mark put together the sides and the bottom 
8. sew all sides together inside out
9. Flip bag out, and you have your self a cute little basket...add straps and you have a pretty little up-cycled bag!


  
I hope you enjoy all this tutorial I will be making more and I will update you on my newest upcycled bags!!
Have a great day,
<3 Shana
Check this out for more inspiraion
http://1goodthingblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/manic-mondays-fusing-plastic.html#.UJMZildSSVp

Revamp your Threads, Awesome Clothing up- Cycling!! Part 1

Every so often I can go through my families and my own closet and find some stuff that I am tired of looking at, but instead of throwing them in that goodwill dumpster,  or just throwing them away, I have compiled these tutorials so everyone can clean out there closets and revamp there old threads!
 I hope everyone enjoys and, let me know what kinds of tutorials you have tried!!
 ****Also I am looking for Guest bloggers to write on my Blog, if you are interested please email me
Rubbishlove22@gmail.com
<3 Shana

1. Diy Plant hanger from T-shirt!







DIY: t-shirt plant hanger

2. Revamp those old Flip-flops
for those not in the fall season ~ marni-esque 
3.T-Shirt Backpack

Backpack Shirt
Materials
  • T-shirt
  • Sharp scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Large safety pin
  • Clothesline cord, about 6 times the width of the shirt
  • 7/16-inch eyelet (or grommet) kit (see tip below)
Instructions
  1. Backpack Shirt - Step 1 Turn the T-shirt inside out, then cut across the shirt from armpit to armpit. You'll need only the bottom section.
  2. Backpack Shirt - Step 2 Use the needle and thread to sew a simple stitch across the shirt, about a half inch in from the cut edge, to seal what will be the bottom of the bag.
  3. Backpack Shirt - Step 3 Turn the shirt right side out. Snip the shirt's hem almost all of the way through (do not cut any stitching) at the midpoint between the two side seams. Attach a large safety pin to one end of the clothesline cord. Feed the cord, safety pin first, through the casing of the hem.
  4. Backpack Shirt - Step 4 Follow the eyelet or grommet kit instructions to add eyelets to the bottom corners of the bag.
  5. Backpack Shirt - Step 5 Thread the ends of the cord through the eyelet holes and double-knot them to secure.
Tips:
An eyelet or grommet kit can be purchased at craft stores or online for around $15. In a pinch, you can cut the holes with scissors and seal the cut edges with fabric glue, but the result won't be as neat or as sturdy.
 4.T-shirt Bracelets
making bracelet from shirt diy



shirt into bracelet

Pictures by Lana


------------------------------------Update------------------------------------

Due to several questions about this tutorial, I decided to post an update with more detailed steps. You can find the tutorial below:

1. Take 6 pieces of fabric, mine are about 45 cm long and 1,5 cm wide. Place something heavy on the toppart to keep them in place.
2. Take right strip and follow the red line in the picture.
3. It should look like this.
4. Take the left strip and follow the red line in the picture.
5. It should look like this.
6. Now repeat steps 2 and 4. Pull on them, but not to tight!
7. Keep braiding until you have ure desired length.
8. Get you're glue gun or some textile glue and place a stripe of glue on top of the end. Do this on both sides.
9. Cut the fabric that is on the other side of the glue strip. Not the braided side!
10. It should look like this.
11. Put some glue on the outside of the braid, like shown in the picture.
12. Place the other outside against it and push them together until the glue has dried.
13. Measure the width of youre braid.
14. Cut a piece of fabric. The size should be 2x the width of your braid + 1 cm.
15. Fold the piece of fabric around the part where the bracelet is attached. And glue it together.

All done!

You can of course also sew the bracelet instead of using glue.

The bracelet will be easy to slide over you're hand, because the fabric is stretchy and soft.






 5.Up cycle Bouquet
Upcycled tshirt roses 
6.Crochet Peek a boo Shirt ( one of my Fav's)
Supplies: Tshirt, crochet trim (a few yards)

I came up with this idea to make tight shirts wearable again. I had so many cool tshirts yet most of them were purchased when it was trendy to have them snug.


Measure the trim (you will do front to back).
Cut side seams and sleeves off if you use a tshirt (here I used a tank).


Sew front to back right sides together.


Lay out and pin where you want the armhole to go.


Top stitch new side seam leaving armhole open.

I did this with fringe trim as well here.
****Also with this you could use a lace curtains, or table cloth!****


7. Make continuous Yarn from T-Shirt
8. Sexy back T-shirt

 I made this today. :)

99.Boots from old Sweater!
I started with this:



chopped off the sleeves, turned it inside out, and formed it to my foot.



Hot glued it to a shoe, like so...




flipped it right side out, and cut the bottom off the sweater to make a cuff..



Embroidered it..



Sewed it into a cuff that would flip out over the boot..



And now you have...Sweater boots!!

10. T-shirt totes

It's super easy to do! All you'll need is an old cotton t-shirt, some sewing pins and thread, scissors- and you're halfway there!
Cut off the sleeves and neck line t create your handles.
Pin and sew the bottom portion up.


 Ok this was part one because there are so many more that we can do, so stay tuned I will be updating later today! :)

Talk to you Soon
Shana 

 

UPDATE! Diy Upcycle your Magazines!

Sorry everyone I havent been posting as often as I usually do, I have been pretty sick I am having some complications but hopefully soon will all be worked out, but I wanted to post something to keep everyone busy!

Ok, Stop throwing away you magazines and newspapers, instead  you can up cycle them into something cool and useful!
If there is one item that can accumulate a multitude of, it would magazines! I know right know that you could probably stop by your doctors a school, Church's and many other places and they would give you a pile of magazines if you needed them.
 But here we go this is a tutorial that I found that shows you how to make your own up cycled basket from any recycled paper! You can even sell them if you get good enough at it! i hope you enjoy!

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