michael helander, SE

Marketer by trade, creator by desire.

Host of where we feature recycled-repurposed-upcycled designs and decor, arts and crafts.

I can't get out of a thrift store without adopting orphaned pieces of "I don't know what this is", and I love the idea of creating extraordinary from ordinary.

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Member Since: 10/31/2011

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Recycled Style for Valentine's Day

Reduce your impact on Earth's resources without sacrificing your style this Valentine's Day!

Forest Glam DIY

Adding a little forest glam DIY to an otherwise boring lamp

Toilet Tank Turned Mosaic Planter

What can you make with a junk toilet tank, a plastic coke bottle, and some broken tiles? A one-of-a-kind mosaic planter for the garden!

Recent comments

Re: Two Upcycled Bird Feeders

I want to live in that license plate house!

Re: Timebomb Shaker Clock Birdhouse & Elevated Teapot Birdhouse

Fun and funky! Our Swedish birds wouldn't know what hit them!

Re: Bathroom Remodel - Floating Suitcase Shelf

Wonderful! Going to also share with readers over at Blue Velvet Chair.

Re: First of the 2012 "Top Ten" Picks from JMS Editors and Contributors

Lani - you've made me want to get out there and look for more industrial junk!

Re: Andrea's Top 10 Pick: Rust

Gorgeous collection.

Re: Trouble Light From Odds and Ends

great results!

Re: Forest Glam DIY

Thanks, everyone!
Yes, that is the Harry Lauder Walking Stick bush - I think translated from Swedish it's something like "Contorted Hazelnut".
I, too, love the contrast between the steel, sticks, and crystal glass. I'm already trying to figure out how to expand on the idea. Certainly something for the holidays is a must.


Re: Silverplate Spoon Trophy Birdhouse

what a fabulous birdhouse!

Re: The Chippy Chirpy Reverse Paint Dresser

It's absolutely gorgeous!

Re: Toilet Tank Turned Mosaic Planter

Hi all - I'm already blushing from these kind words. So glad to be here and I am so inspired by the creativity that exists in this space. Look forward to contributing my bit.


Re: a 'Novel' idea

very clever indeed!


Re: Rescued Rubbish Art Project

Oh, that's my dream world!

Re: Wall of doors

One of the best creative uses of cabinet doors that I've seen!

Re: Hotel Key Fob Necklaces

fun and funky!