UpcycleFever has Moved!

, 11/23/2013

Find Marcia's new blog, links, and posts  at WayfarerPrints.Blogspot.com !

It's been fun here, but we have officially moved on!

Shop Anniversary Contest!

, 3/10/2013

I opened up my Etsy shop UpcycleFever last March and to celebrate, it's CONTEST time! My shop has definitely grown and I've learned SO many things this past year. I'm having so much fun creating things and figuring out ways to upcycle items into awesome wearables.

So, here's what you have to do! Very simple really! Comment below with EITHER your favorite upcycling DIY project idea (link or quick explanation) OR the best advice you would give to a new Etsy shop owner!

The winner will receive a pair of studs and a bottle cap key chain (of their choice), and I will make new blog posts with all the coolest replies!

Congratulations to Erin Lee! Please email upcyclefever@gmail.com for details on how to redeem your prizes!

March Shop of the Month: PearlReef

, 3/08/2013

Eco friendly Tree Earrings, 14K gold plated pine tree jewelry by PearlReef on UpcycleFever Our March feature, PearlReef has tons of handmade upcycled bike tube& pearl jewelry. Check out some of her simple & sweet insights. You can also check out their Facebook fan page.

When did you know you wanted to create and sell handmade items?
I always enjoy creating handmade items, they make my family and friends smile. I've been making and teaching jewelry classes for 7 years and I just opened my Etsy shop last year.

Reclaimed Wood Coaster Set, Upcycled Wood Pot Holders, Wine bottle Holder, OOAK on PearlReef by UpcycleFeverWhere does your inspiration come from?
In 2009 I spent 9 months and made a trip around the world. I got a lot of inspiration in my trip and I'm sure it's influencing my jewelry designs.

What’s the most memorable custom item you’ve created?
I made a wedding necklace for a woman 5 years ago. She designed her own dress and couldn't find any necklace that could match it. I made a unique pearl necklace for her that not only fits the dress, but also framed her face very well so she looked stunning. She cried when she put it on, and I was SO happy for her!
Natural Tourmaline & Freshwater Pearl Sterling Silver Earring Jewelry by PearlReef on UpcycleFever
Unique Bridal White Long Heirloom Pearl Necklace Earrings Jewelry Set by PearlReef on UpcycleFever 
Besides creating things, what do you do?
I travel, I cook, and I write software programs!

What is the most important advice anyone has given you?
Be careful with super glue, your fingers can be glued together.

What is the most important advice you'd like to give to other etsy sellers?
Be creative and be patient!

March Happenings

, 2/26/2013

There are some uber cool events going on in March! Catch me at Big Bang Bazaar in Maitland & Night Owl Market in Fort Lauderdale! Check back every once in awhile for updates & additions.

3/1 - Food in Motion
Time: 5-12am   Address: 800 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Details - FREE Beer & Admission, Food Trucks, Food Market, Vintage Vendors,

3/2-3 - City Wide Market Fort Lauderdale
Time: 9-5pm   Address: 800 NE 8th St Fort Lauderdale, FL
Details - Vintage, locally made, edibles & more. FREE admission & parking

3/7 - Dr. Sketchy's with Miss Lizzie Rae
Time: 7-10pm   Address: 608 South Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Details - $10 admission, Bring your drawing materials to sketch live models

3/8 - Girls Vs. Boys Art Show Opening at Bear and Bird Gallery
Time: 7-10pm   Address: 4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, Florida 33351
Details - 4 boys vs 4 girls in an art faceoff, beer & cupcake tasting, and more
Time: 10p-5am   Address: 109 SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Details - Music, videos, & art. Submissions due 3/7

3/10 - An Evening With The Onion
Time: 7:30pm   Address: The Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale
Details - The Onion, will bring its parody-news broadcasts for a live performance
3/9 - Wynwood Art Walk   *Every 2nd Saturday 
Time: 6:30-11:00pm   Address: 36 Street to 20 Street, NE 2 Ave to NW 6th Ave
Details - Free admission to all galleries, local craft vendors, & food trucks!

3/23 - Big Bang Bazaar "NERD is the word"***
Time: 11-6pm   Address: 641 S Maitland Ave, Maitland, Florida 32751
Details - Indie Arts, Craft, & Vintage Bazaar.  

3/24 - Downtown Open Market   *Every Month
Time: 7-11pm   Address: 308 S Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, Fl
Details - Local artists, crafters, specialty food, & other businesses

3/26 - Brickell Art Walk   *Every Last Tuesday
Time: 5-10:30pm   Address: Mary Brickell Village Area
Details - Contemporary artists, avant garde curators, etc

3/29 - Cos Play Friday *Every Last Friday
Time: 10pm-4am   Address: 109 SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Details - Cos players welcome! Music & drink specials all night

3/30 - F.A.T. Village Art Walk   *Every Last Saturday 
Time: 10-4:00pm   Address: NW 1st Ave & NW 5th St., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301
Details - Free admission to exhibitions, galleries, community theaters, & more!

3/30 - Night Owl Market***
Time: 5-11pm   Address: 541 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Details - FREE admission & drinks. Indie Local Vendors. Music. Food. Art

Photography Tips!

, 2/19/2013

Thanks to friendly & wise Etsyians, I am chock full of photography advice. I just bought a new camera, and plan on learning how to use it to makes my photos more professional. Until then, I shall share some of the quick tips I've gotten!

Laces and Edgings Vintage Crochet Edging Patterns by HookStitchTreasure on UpcycleFever
Venice Photo, Bridge in Venice, 8x10 by SnapCandyFoto on UpcycleFever
Fox Happy Birthday Card,Woodland Animal Handmade Greeting Card by PiecesofMePaperCraft on UpcycleFever
Wedding Knit Ties set of four, Blue Wedding Knit Ties by KoutureCrochet on UpcycleFever
  • The more basic your camera, the more reliant you are on perfect lighting conditions
  • Complicated cameras give you more control, but take the time to practice!
  • "Bridge" cameras could be better for new learners, with a lot of features and lower prices
  • Don't ever use built in camera flash!
  • You want soft white light for product photos; go outdoors on an overcast day, indoors when the sun isn't to harsh, or invest in special daylight bulbs
  • It takes more time to clean up a mess and not make one, a photo program can only do so much! Get your photos done right the first time, before trying to edit away
  • Good lighting and learning your camera settings should amount to minimal tweaking in a photo imaging program
  • For product photos, use a plain background that doesn't distract!

Amazing Links
Kouture Crochet's Photography Tips with Links
DigitalRev YouTube Channel
Digital Photography Review
CNET Digital Camera Reviews

Last Minute DIY Valentine's Gifts

, 2/13/2013

Make Your Own Canvas Portrait by A Beautiful Mess on UpcycleFever
Make Your Own Canvas Portrait
Whether you want to make something quick for your sweetheart, mother, best friend, or with your kids, here's a couple of cute & easy DIY ideas. Get to crafting, you're cutting it close!
DIY Lavender & Chamomile Bath Melts by Be Beautiful on Upcycle Fever
DIY Lavender & Chamomile Bath Melts
Make cute Robot Valentines from CraftsbyAmanda.com on Upcycle Fever
Robot Valentines

Lollipop Flowers Valentine's Day Card by Spoonful on UpcycleFever
Lollipop Flowers

Yarn Heart Art by 2 Little Hooligans on UpcycleFever
Yarn Heart Art
Happy Valentine's Day, don't forget to spread the love to everyone you care about!

February Shop Feature: All That is Counted

, 2/06/2013

Hoop Art Cat black and white pocket denim by All that is Counted on Upcycle Fever
Welcome! Welcome to Lena Chinners from the unique shop All That is Counted. The fellow Floridian stopped by for a chat, and peek at her items. Don't forget to show her love with some comments!

When did you know you wanted to create and sell handmade items? 
Green Recycle Frog cross stitch by All that is Counted on Upcycle Fever
I have been doing counted cross stitch for over 40 years and have given the stitched items to family and friends for years so my daughter suggested that I try and sell some on Etsy... she has a shop also called Luckiiarts.

Where does your inspiration come from? 

Vintage Holly Hobbie counted cross stitch framed home decor by All that is Counted on Upcycle FeverI only stitch what I would enjoy having in my own home. What’s the most memorable custom item you’ve created? I did a small town street for myself . It is approx. 60" long and only 12" high. It has small houses, shops, a doctors office, trees, fountain and park, paved sidewalk and a small road running the entire length. I also made the frame in a woodworking class I was taking out of oak floor boards. It hangs above the large opening between my dining room and Florida room.
Besides creating things, what do you do? 
I am fortunate in that I am retired. I was a bookkeeper in a High School for many years. 
What is the most important advice anyone has given you? 
Only make things you would use yourself or would be proud to give as gifts.

Gnome  cross stitch needlecraft art by All that is Counted on Upcycle FeverWhat is the most important advice you'd like to give to other etsy sellers? 
Be patient, go to other shops, see what is out there, follow people who's items you like, and appreciate. You also need to promote yourself to a certain degree, you need to let people see your items and not just wait for them to find you. Additionally, it is really important to tag your items with the right descriptions....and most important have fun!