I first saw this idea on Etsy. Then I took to scouting around Goodwill and on eBay for a deal on a train case, or as my elegant friend Sabrina calls them: a nécessaire. I still wish someone had made me one of these, but I am content to live vicariously and take tremendous pleasure in making them for little girls (and not so little girls) that I love.
Upcycle seems to be so newly coined that it doesn’t appear in our dictionary, so I went looking online for a definition. According to The Word Spy, it is defined as:
n. A process that takes used or recycled materials and creates a new product with a higher quality or value than the original materials.
Nibsy helping out with painting: powder blue with silver metallic trim.
Painted and ready to decoupage.
Scattered stars on the exterior.
Quote from Goethe? Check.
The finished project.
and then………………Colbie’s Train Case
Portrait of Colbie, and lettering by Nibsy
Top with hand-cut letters
The view from the top:
With Clara’s birthday fast approaching, we’ll be working on at least one more traincase. We’ll post our next upcycled projects soon.