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Cindy Fortin
Interests: hiking, animals, bike riding, reading, crafts, ebay, upcycling
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Hi Michael, I am willing to look at what you come up with but I am concerned that slight color and shape changes will conflict with my brand. Since designing this logo I have made my own color changes for different uses. Can you tell me more about your company and how you will be using the logo? Thanks, Cindy
Thanks for the info Jenny. There is so much I need to learn about my new space. I will check into it. Hope you are having a great new year.
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Hello friends, Just a quick post today to let you know that this will be my last post on Upcycled Design Lab. It is a new year and I am finally tackling a goal that I have had for some time now, to move to the Wordpress platform. So all my future post will be there under the name Upcycle Design Lab. It is a little scary to make this move and I have a lot to learn but I believe that it will be best in the long run and will allow me to ultimately build a better blog.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
Hi Annie, I would not recommend machine washing this finish. Spot cleaning would be better.
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I know last week I said that I was finished decorating but well inspiration struck and I guess that makes me a fibber. It started with a big box and an idea. The idea was that even though we don't have a Christmas Tree this year, we could still have wrapped presents. The only problem with that idea is that I am not one of those people who has all their Christmas shopping done in November and it wouldn't be Christmas Eve if I were not in a last minute panic to get everything wrapped. So I decided to wrap... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
Thanks so much Jenny. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
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Hello, Have you finished all of your Christmas decorating yet? I think with this weeks project I am pretty much done. If you have read some of my other posts you may know that we have several new furry friends this Christmas. Their presence in our house has been the impetus for many of my recent projects and has prompted the Cats vs Dogs series. If you have followed this blog for awhile you may also know that the end of last year was quite difficult in terms of losing several of our fur babies in a very short period... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
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Hello, I am very late with my post this week since this is actually last weeks post. Still with me? :-) My timing is all messed up with the Thanksgiving Holiday. Anyway if you are in the States I do hope you had a lovely holiday weekend full of good food, family and friends. I will be brief today since I am so far behind. I am trying to get a few "Pet Proof" Christmas decorations up, no Christmas Tree with all the new furry friend this year, but I still wanted a few decorations so I decided to make... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
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Hello, Today I have an easy and fast project to share. I have been seeing these pretty glass boxes with Christmas lights inside. Well you know me or maybe you don't but I don't have any glass boxes and I do like to use up the stuff I already have laying around. Awhile back I cut up a bunch of CD's to make some placemats. I know some folks think that is terrible to cut up your cd's but I didn't want them any more. So, sorry if I am making you cringe. Anyway the placemat project left me with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
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Hello from the battle field otherwise known as my living room. The latest casualty is our living room drapes. If you saw the tin can table top cover up post then you know that the big picture window in our living room is one of the favorite locals for both the Cat Monsters and the Dogzilla's. And over the course of the last several months the drapes have taken quite a beating. The Dogzilla's do deserve some credit for a couple of dirty paw prints but most of the credit for the demise of the drapes does have to go... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
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Our new pups have official turned one year old and while I have explained to them in detail that they are now officially adult dogs, it says so right on their bag of dog food after all, they persist in their endlessly energetic puppy behavior and continue pursuing one of their favorite pastimes.... Chewing. Awhile back we purchased a new foam mattress and with my must save everything DNA I cut up the old one to make dog beds. In what can only be referred to as horrifically lazy, but with the hope that the beds would stay cleaner, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
Hi Jenny. I haven't been sending an email for new posts lately. I sort of felt like it was annoying some people. I am thinking about sending one out once a month maybe. Not sure what I am going to do. Always great to hear from you. Thanks for supporting my trash hoarding disorder. :-)
Hi Elina, Thanks so much for your comment. It's wonderful to hear from like minded people. :-)
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I know what you are thinking. Yuck! Right? But really what is dryer lint? It is recently washed and dried fibers from something you wore or slept on or dried yourself off with. And then of course in my case there is a lot of fur from my four legged friends but the hair in the dryer lint is actually cleaner then the pets with whom I snuggle and pat. If you are still grossed out, fear not you can substitute extra wool roving or cotton batting. But me, well I love to use stuff that would by most standards... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
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Hello and welcome to the third installment of Minnie Mouse Month. Today we are going to paint some shoes. If you follow this blog you may have seen some previous versions of Minnie Mouse shoes that I have painted. Normally I don't repeat my projects but this is a fun project for me to make and so over the years I have painted quite a few of these shoes. You might be wondering what on earth I would do with several pairs of Minnie Mouse Costume shoes. Well in one of my other lives I sell stuff in My EBay... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
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It's Minnie Mouse Month here is the Lab. In this weeks installment I have an easy purse refashion to go with last weeks Minnie Mouse Skirt Refashion If you are looking for the homemade glue recipe used in the video you can find it here. Happy Upcycling, Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
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Halloween is just around the corner so I thought I would share this quick and easy skirt refashion. Happy Upcycling, Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
Thanks Sherrie, I will have to try that some time. Unfortunately I am covering a second chair right now. So the onions will have to wait. :-)
Hi Carol, I wasn't picky if I could get the lid off the can I used it. In some cases I was able to use the bottom of the can too. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
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It's been awhile since we've had any news from the front. But it probably will not come as a surprise to you that the Dogzilla's have taken a decided lead over the Cat Monsters in the war-torn living room. Most recently they (the Dogzilla's) have chewed a hole in the arm of our couch. I might have been upset if I actually liked our couch but from the moment we put it in our living room I have wondered what possessed me to think it was a good purchase. The color is completely wrong and I don't even like sitting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
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Hello Friends, Today I have a simple scarf re-fashion. This is not my design I stole it from my nieces who wore theirs to a family gathering. I thought that it was such a lovely idea and I wanted to try it for myself. I really like the asymmetrical way that the scarf hangs when you wear it as a poncho and the versatile way you can still wear it as a scarf. Over the years I have received several of these pretty shawl scarfs and I do like wearing them but they are a little difficult to keep on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
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Greetings from the Lab (aka my kitchen table) This week I am still playing with magazine paper but I have what I think is a slightly more useful project then the woven paper hat. Of course in the end you will have to be the judge. :-) The first step is to cut the magazine paper into uniform strips. Then use a glue stick to paste the ends together in a long strand. I started the "quilling" with a wooden skewer but only used it until the piece was a couple of inches in diameter, after that it just got... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog
Thanks Jenny - I always appreciate your comments. Have a great week. :-)
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Remember back in your childhood. Did you ever fold a paper hat out of a piece of news paper or shape a cone hat from bright constructions paper for a birthday party? This is not that kind a paper hat. Those hats you fashioned as an imaginative child were easy to make, you produced them quickly and then easily disposed of them once the party or imaginary pirate raid was over. They had served their purpose and you went on to some other happy childhood pursuit. But this silly hat was a little more complicated to put together. It took... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at Upcycled Design Lab Blog