With hundreds of thousands of items for sale on Etsy, I bet you're wondering how the RWS shop is any different from the next one. Some things are the same - like, my items are handmade (with love!) and the majority are for house and baby. But what makes Rhymes With Smile different is the twist - most of my items are upcycled. The standard definition of upcycling involves taking items bound for the landfill and repurposing them to keep them in use. Think recycling + creativity + oomph = upcycling. What it means in my shop is that most of the items contain fabrics that used to be sheets, pillowcases, clothes - including skirts, jeans, shirts, headbands, ties, dresses, and sweaters - blankets, curtains, and decorative items. When they no longer served their original purpose, they were UPCYCLED into the items I now have for sale.
Take this iPod/iPhone cover, for example:
In its former life, it lived happily as a gray wool sweater and a green flowered skirt (the lining you can barely see). But then, the sweater got a snag and a shrink in the dryer, and the green flowered skirt ended up out of season and unloved in a thrift store. I came to the rescue, did a little snipping and sewing, attached some velcro, and shazam - an upcycled iPhone cover!
Well, thanks for sharing in my excitement - many of you provided the encouragement that helped me make it this far. But the fun isn't over! As a thanks to all of you, I'm hosting a giveaway of the little wool sweater that could - also known as the Upcycled iPod/iPhone Cover pictured above - along with a $10 iTunes gift card! You have up to three ways to enter:
(1) Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect and leave me a comment saying so (if you're already a follower, leave a comment letting me know that);
(2) Browse through the shop and leave a comment saying which item you like;
(3) Share the news about the Rhymes With Smile Etsy shop on your blog, and leave a comment with the link.
The giveaway ends on Monday, August 29th at 5 PM - and the winner (hopefully that's YOU!) will be announced Tuesday morning.