Yesterday's upcycling project as a tutorial for the blog Seven Thirty Three had results I hadn't expected. When I agreed to do the tutorial, I should have chosen a project that I had already done before. Instead, I was determined to do something a little different and chose to find new uses for the large plastic soda cups from our local convenience store.
The process of figuring everything out led to our house smelling like burnt plastic. One of the items I made in addition to the beads for yesterday's necklace was a flower for my hair, made from the same plastic cups.
Today, I wore my new necklace and the flower for my hair. People kept wanting to take a closer look and were amazed that I could come up with something like that. The biggest surprise came when my husband and I stopped by the convenience store I had used the plastic cups from. The ladies at the cash register recognized the cup pattern in the beads and just started freaking out when they saw the flower in my hair. One of them offered to pay me to make her one. The other cashier insisted that I get my drink for free because of my creativity. So flattering!
When I got home, I played with the plastic cups again and made a flower for the cashier and decided to make another flower for me out of the other style of cup. I'm really happy with how that one turned out. My husband was pretty surprised at all the attention. I learned that I need to pick up the pace and get some business cards done so I'm prepared for times like this. It pays to wear your creations!