Dr. Pepper Rose Wreath at the Oddball Emporium


Today, I am dropping off a few wreaths to go on consignment at the Oddball Emporium in Potsdam.  One of the decoration sets that will be available there are these cute Diet Dr. Pepper can roses!  They are larger than my original roses b/c I am now creating them using my die cutting machine!  Definitely a unique Valentine’s decoration.  Stop by the Oddball Emporium and check them out as well as a few of my other sets!

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Die Cut Machine Soda Can Flowers

I started cutting soda cans with my Epic 6 Die Cutting machine before Christmas, but finally found the time to write a blog about it! Using the dies gives a more distinct look and greater size options than the hand punches. For today’s tutorial, I am using a daisy style flower shaped dies from Lifestyle Crafts.

Die Cutting Machine (I use a Epic 6)
Cutting Mat
Flower Die Set
Soda Can

Step 1: Cut the top and bottom off of your can with the scissors cutting one the side of the can to leave one large rectangle.
Step 2: Arrange the dies you want to cut out on the cutting mat, make sure the arrangement is no larger than your can. I also added a thin piece of cardboard to my cutting matt to help it cut all the way through the can.
Step 3: Place soda can rectangle over top of the dies and then place the top of the cutting mat on top hold it together to make sure the dies don’t slide!
Step 4: Send it through your die cutting machine! You may want to send it through twice especially if your dies have foam on them like mine.
Step 5: If necessary, carefully pop out flowers from soda can.
Tada! You should now have the layers for your flower. Glue them together to create the finished look. You may also choose to slightly curl the edges to give it a more 3D look!!
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The Button Lantern

If you have been following my blog I’m sure you know how much I love buttons! I bet I have thousands in a rainbow of colors! I was cleaning out some cabinets after Christmas and found what I believe was originally a candle holder from party lite. It basically is two circular pieces of glass, one inside of the other and I think it came with paper scenes you could put in between for the seasons. I don’t know what happened to the scenes but I decided to put some of my more colorful buttons in between the glass! I love how it turned out,

Watch you local thrift store, flea market or garage sale for 2 glass vases that will fit with enough room to spare to make your own!

Happy Crafting!

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New Shop in Potsdam: The Oddball Emporium

There is a new little shop in Potsdam, called the Oddball Emporium on 17 Maple St, right near the Ace Hardware.  Yesterday was their grand opening and of course being interested in all things odd I had to check it out.  I arrived a little before noon and the owner was still setting up but allowed me to take a look around and I found this darling little toy tin phone.  I love tin toys and tea sets and basically any of that old metal stuff.

It is slightly rusty, but still in working condition and makes an adorable display piece and priced well at $20.  It is currently on one of my end tables, but I am hoping to create more display space with a project over my Christmas break!

Stop by and check it out!  They had other interesting pieces and I’m sure more to come.  It has been added to my regular shopping stops in Potsdam. I was actually approached back at the Upcycled Show about putting some of my own creations on consignment there!

If you are looking for a unique gift, I will be at the Christmas Vendor Market at the Old Phil’s Florist Shop in Downtown Massena this Saturday, Dec 17th from 10 – 2!

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New Decoration Sets added to my Etsy Shop

I’ve added several great decoration sets that some of you probably have seen at shows before to my Etsy shop.

Check them out:

Sheet Music Pinwheels/Flowers with Wreath – $30
Just the Decoration Set – $10
Sheet Music Pinwheels/Flowers with Wreath – $30 
Just the Decoration Set – $10

Book Page Snowflakes with Pearl Centers with Wreath – $40
Just the Decoration Set – $20

If interested in any of the sets above and you are in the Massena, Canton, Potsdam area please send me an e-mail at themadrecycler@hotmail.com and we can arrange to meet up!

I will also be at the Christmas Vendor Market this Saturday, Dec 17th at the Old Phil’s Florist Shop in Downtown Massena from 10 – 2 with a whole selection of decorations and wreaths.

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Vintage Folding Ruler Star

A Big THANK YOU to everyone that stopped by and saw me at the Craft, Food and Wine show this weekend at Cheel Arena.  I had a great time and got lots of great feedback!

Today I have to share this cute ruler star.  I purchased this ruler for $3.00 at North Country Neighbor in Potsdam a while back and came across it while putting my christmas decorations out.   I was trying to figure out a way to display it b/c it is aged wonderfully.  So as I was unfolding it, I thought it would look  neat as a star, and so it does!

It needs a little more decoration so I’m going to try to make something or maybe I will find something today at North Country Neighbors!
For my last show of the year, I will be at the Christmas Vendor Market at the Old Phil’s Florist shop in Massena, this Saturday, Dec 17th from 10 – 2.  Stop by for a unique gift!

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Sparkly Recycled Soda Can Snowflake


I made a new set of decorations for my bed spring wreaths.  I previously posted about soda can snowflakes but I recently made a set of bluish ones out of Bud Light cans (yes i know how redneck of me, but they are a nice blue).  I then sprayed them with adhesive and sprinkled them with epsom salt.  After I sealed them with a regular clear sealer.  They sparkle and glisten like real snowflakes!

Labatts Blue Light cans look even better but I only had enough of those to make 1 set for a custom order! So Bud Light it will have to be!

This set along with several other new ones, not seen on the blog will be available this Friday and Saturday and the Craft, Food and Wine Show!  Stop by and check them out.  I am in the “Our Place” area upstairs at Cheel!

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Almost 6 ft Bed Spring Christmas Tree

As many of you already know this past weekend,  I went down to Clopman’s Furniture to setup my largest bed spring christmas tree yet!  Towering at almost 6 feet tall and using over 290 springs, this has been my largest achievement yet.  It is decorated with all recycled soda can ornaments and a recycled soda can chain.  It has been entered into the Massena Chamber of Commerce Window Decorating Contest, which I believe the judging will happen tonight.  The tree will be up through christmas so stop in and check it out, or if you are driving buy look in the first set of windows!

As I have already explained photos of bed springs are really hard to take and this looks much more impressive in person!

I will also have mini trees for sale at the St Lawrence County Chamber Craft, Food and Wine show this weekend at Cheel Arena at Clarkson University, Friday from 12 – 8 Saturday from 9 – 5!

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Flea Market Finds: Jadite Bowl

Yesterday I visited one of my favorite North Country shops, North Country Neighbors, and found some great finds at incredible prices!  Their Holiday Open House is this Saturday, so stop by and find some great buys!

Vintage Jadite Bowl – Originally $18, one sale for half off only $9.00, similar ones listed on Etsy for $40!
5 Vintage Candy Canes – $1.00 similar ones on Etsy $7.00
This wasn’t  a super deal but I have wanted it for weeks so I finally bought it, floral strainer $8.00.

Stop by the Holiday Open House, Saturday December 3 in Downtown Potsdam.  I am going to try to stop by after my show in Downtown Massena from 10 – 2 at the Old Phil’s Florist Shop!

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Recycled Canada Dry Can Snowflake Decoration Set

I had been trying to come up with a good snowflake design for the past month and finally altered one of my previously done flower designs to work as a snowflake and I think it turned out great!  I used canada dry diet ginger ale cans, since they have the most white on them and a little green and red for the Christmas season.  

This set along with other similar ones including a set made from teal and white Arizona cans will be for sale, this Saturday December 3rd from 10 – 2 in Massena at the Old Phil’s Florist Shop, stop by and check them out in person, they are beautiful!
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