upcycle diy

No Sew:

Some Sewing:

Bleach, Markers and Tie Dye


Washington-based painter Tyree Callahan modified a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter, replacing the letters and keys with color pads and hued labels to create a functional “painting” device called the Chromatic Typewriter. Callahan submitted the beautiful typewriter as part of the 2012 West Prize competition, an annual art prize that’s determined by popular vote.


In addition to today’s pattern, I wanted to share an awesome post I found on Facebook. This struck me as such a beautiful tribute, and an amazing labor or love!! The first thing I thought was, “I have to share this with my crafters in case any of them might want to do this with one of the patterns we’ve shared!” I asked permission to share the story and pictures with you all, and she agreed. :D Please be sure to check out the other amazing stuff going on at Coffee Dog Yarn! (You can also find her on ravelry here.)

(Do you have a crafty business or project going on that you’d like to share with our little collective of crafters? Please submit it to share!)


If you feel inspired to build an Herb Spiral, don’t limit yourself to using the materials and designs I did!

Bricks were just what I had on hand, but I’ve seem them made from wattle, bottles, roofing tiles, wood, and piping.


  1. Source unknown: found at The Micro Gardener
  2. Source unknown: found at The Micro Gardener
  3. Joan Baron, documented at Pheonix Permaculture
  4. Wolf Beach Farms
  5. The Wild Reed
  6. Wildwood Education
  7. Elizabeth and James Samudio, documented at PermacultureProject
  8. PH Community Garden
  9. Pod Collective

Don’t dump your fancy beverage bottles. Strip the labels and turn them into a striking bud-vase display like this one. And/or keep your eyes open at flea markets and garage sales…heck! even the dollar store…for cute bottles you can use as bud vases. So help me God, if you ever pay bud-vase prices to get this bud-vase look, I’ll come looking for you. There’s just no reason to, even if you’re sitting on a pile of money. Which you’re not. -ts