Monday, November 18, 2013

Jacquie's Up-Cycle Nation: Hostess Gifts

It's party season!  Beloved friends and family members are hard at work preparing festive feasts and readying heart-warming homes for merry laughter. 
This year reward your special hosts with an up-cycled gift to show your appreciation.
These Etsy up-cyclers make extraordinary gifts from the recycle bin and cast-off clutter.
 The gift of a re-Lit candle from LindasOtherLife not only delights the receiver but proceeds from these up-cycled wine bottle candles help to support local literacy initiatives in this retired teacher's community.  Once the candle has burned down, the holder becomes a drinking glass and the gift of literacy lives on.
Up-cycled wool reigns supreme at aliciatodd!  Vibrant colored ornaments fashioned from felted sweaters make bright and cheery hostess gifts so pretty they won't be packed away at the end of the season.
Wine always makes a perfect hostess gift but add whimsy with a gift from GulfCoasters and no one will ever look at a cork the same way again.  The imagination and ingenuity make this Etsy store a must-shop this season.
These aren't your mother's pearls!  Ok maybe they are- but they have been updated to modern chic and oh-sooooo-fab!  TheOpulentSquid repurposes old pearl strands into drool-worthy pieces at nearly-a-steal prices. Your host will love this gift throughout the year!
Art meets functionality at mybonny.  Aprons made of collage sewn vintage textiles create art to wear that will keep the conversation flowing.  This is the apron worn after the hard work is done. Check out this Etsy artist's gallery but be prepared to linger a while!
Wishing you all a very happy party season and reminding you to shop local, buy American and as always, recycle what you can't reuse.
Jacquie Wheeler
Hand of Bela Peck