Sunday, April 21, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

As most of you all know, today is Earth Day! I try to celebrate this day all year long, but giving Mother Nature her own day is great too! In honor of the holiday, TODAY ONLY, I am offering 22% off my entire Etsy shop of upcycled, pop tab jewelry! Just use coupon code EarthDay22 at checkout. Earrings and Bracelets also make great Mother's Day gifts! Take advantage of this Earth Day sale to be guaranteed to get your Mother's Day purchase on time. Mom deserves the best. Celebrate Mother Nature and Your Mom today!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Beaded Flowers

In my love of all things nature, I've gone ahead and taught myself the French beading technique, so that I could create wonderful, beaded flowers. Below you will find pictures of an aztec lily I just finished working on. This particular piece is $35. I can create other flowers or various colors and sizes as well. Pricing will depend on the type of flower, size, materials needed, etc. If you are interested in one please message me on my facebook page: 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Over The Shoulder Bottle Holders!

I assume some of you may be wondering why I go by PopTabilicious. I make upcycled jewelery out of pop tabs. I just love making new items with them! I make earrings, bracelets, bookmarks and now Over The Shoulder Bottle Holders! I can make them in any color, as long as I can find the yarn! I can also customize them for those odd shaped water bottles and the length of the strap as well. Made with pop tabs and yarn. These can be used when you are on a hike, at a concert, or just a simple way to carry your water bottle around when you are on the go. Order your custom one today. Only $24.50 plus shipping ($5.60 in the U.S.). Choose a color and let me do the rest!   

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Small Steps, More Recycling

Do you recycle in your home? We do. I thought we were doing a great job with recycling, until I realized how much paper waste still never made it to the recycling bin. Something had to change. I took an old box and labeled it "Paper Please" and placed it in a convenient spot in our home, an area where we sort mail and school work, close to the kitchen with the nonparishable boxes, and is central to all the activities that go on in our home. I noticed a difference immediately. Once the box is filled, we dump it into the larger recycling bin for curb pickup. In 1 week, we've filled the box THREE times! 

Did you know that most people never recycle all of their bathroom items? This is another location where you can add a small box or bin. It doesn't have to be something fancy, it can just be a box you were going to recycle anyway. All those toilet paper rolls, makeup/toothpaste boxes, shampoo bottles, etc. can be placed in it and brought to your larger bin on recycling day. It's so simple and adds up to make a BIG difference! 

What else can you do to make recycling easier in your home? 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Have A Lot of Bracelets?

Do you have a lot of bracelets? Are you always struggling to find the one you're looking for in that standard old jewelry box? Here's a cheap and easy solution to your problem!

My daughter has a lot of bracelets and never wore any, because she couldn't find them in the messy jewelry box she had. We found an old plastic, wall mounted type paper towel holder. First, we spray painted it all black. Next we took a tube from a used roll of paper towels and decorated it with black and red markers. Finally, we mounted it up on her wall and filled it with her bracelets. That's it! Such a simple project. It looks cool and keeps her bracelets organized! 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

An Upcycling Project For My Future Rock Hound

Not too long ago I saw a post online for a vintage thimble holder. A local mom was selling it for only $3! I thought, "Wow, this could definitely be repurposed into something great". After thinking about it for awhile, I had it. I would make a new shelf for my daughter, the future rock hound! This is what the shelf looked like when I got it: 

Each square is almost exactly 1 cubic inch. There is a plexiglass cover that slides on and off. I cleaned it up and bought some felt to line each square. 

Then came the tedious job of cutting each and every little piece of felt......

After a weekend of hard labor, the shelf was complete! 

Then it was her turn to fill it with some of her amazing finds! We were able to hang it right on her wall where she can slide the lid and add more whenever she pleases. 

Here is the finished project: 

It was a lot of work, but I was very happy to be able to make this amazing, one-of-a-kind piece for my daughter. All in all it cost less than $5 total in materials and a whole lot of love! 

Future Rock Hounds: 

Friday, April 5, 2013

04-05-13 It begins........


I've never done this before, but I felt it was time to begin. First, let me tell you a little about myself and the reason I wanted to create this blog. My name is Desiree. I work from home as a medical transcriptionist, as well as taking care of my 2 crazy daughters. I also create jewelry that I sell online and locally. (You can find more on that here: One of my main focuses is upcycled jewelry from pop tabs. My kids and I are always up to some sort of crafting. I especially love teaching them upcycling. We have made many projects out of found objects. I will share some of those with you soon! I love collecting and sharing information on recycling and upcycling. I plan on adding much of that information to this page. In addition, we have been moving over to a more organic/whole food lifestyle. Not only is this good for our health, it is also better for the planet! I will also share information from time to time on this. I hope to connect and share as much as I can with as many of you as I can. Together we can help save this planet for our future!