Collective Upcycle's summer pop-up is officialy closed. After closing time on Sunday, The Milk Belly Princess and I stopped at the shop to pick up the unsold Fuzzy Wigs. Robin Neorr of The T Shirt Diaries was there with her daughter so the little girls played together while Robin and I helped clean up.
Everything in Collective Upcycle is made from repurposed materials, including the decor. This season that meant a lot of colorful paper chains made from paint samples and red pool noodles. Pool noodle slices were strung together to make garlands that festooned the ceiling and walls. Hundreds of red pool noodles were glued and stacked together to create a giant wall that divided the show room from the storage space in the back. This wall was especially helpful during last week's clothes swap.
The noodles were previously used in some sort of exhibition and Collective Upcycle acquired them afterwards to decorate the summer shop. After the shop closed, no one really knew what to do with them so they were being offered to anyone who could give them a good home.
When Robin asked her little girl if she wanted to take some home to make a small table and chair, she gave me a brilliant idea. We've never had a children's pinic table in our backyard and these noodles, in appropriately-sized clusters, would fit the bill. They're sturdy, waterproof and free! I eagerly selected a big noodle cluster for a table and four smaller clusters as the chairs. The girls enjoyed breakfast with them yesterday morning.
Although My Friend Mandy and Bitty Baby would have you think otherwise with their unsteady posture, I assure you only water was served at this gathering.