Friday, February 17, 2012

Featured Artist: Bea Unique Designs and a Giveaway!

Today I get to introduce you to another fabulous upcycler and give you the chance to win a fabulous upcycled tote bag. Jennifer's shop, Bea Unique Designs was opened just under a year ago and hosts a wide range of upcycled goodies from garden art to tote bags.  How about those tote bags? Jennifer is giving away an upcycled tote bag (winners choice) to one lucky reader.  Here's the one  I love, made from a kilt:

So let's get to know a little about Jennifer and her fabulous work.

Tell us a little about your shop and your art.

Upcycled Flirty Apron
I like to upcycle items and find new uses for them. I repurpose dresses into aprons, mismatched dishes and pottery become funky yard art and whimsical cake stands and skirts are transformed into reusable tote bags.

When did you start playing with trash?

For as long as I can remember I have always had a creative streak and seen things differently. I tend to be an ‘organized hoarder.’  My Grandmother Beatrice never threw a scrap of fabric away and always found another use for things. She was extremely organized and would label each piece of fabric or lace trim. She taught me how to sew and I loved her dearly, that is why I named my shop after her, Bea Unique Designs.

Upcycled Cake Plate
Who are the important folks in your life?

My son is the light of my life and such a great kid! He is one of the best human beings I have ever met and can make me laugh more than anyone else! My family and friends keep me motivated and my lovely niece Kylie that models my items for my site!

Where do you take your inspiration from?

Inspiration strikes me at the strangest times, in the grocery store or sometimes in the middle of the night. I have learned to keep a note pad with me at all times and one by my bed. I also get inspired by friends that share the same vision, like my friend Val!

Tea Cup Yard Art/Bird Feeder
What other passions do you have in life?

I have a passion for ALL music and I love my charity & volunteer work! It’s all about giving back!

What do you want readers to know about you or your art?

I put my heart and soul into everything item. I only create what I LOVE! I just want people to have different and unique items for themselves, their home and their yard!

Upcycled Tea Towels
Now back to that generous giveaway!  It's easy to enter and you can enter multiple times.  Simply write a separate comment for each of the actions you take below:

1.  Tweet this article and be sure to include the tag @Upcycled_Stuff
2.  Follow Bea Unique Designs on Facebook
3.  Visit Bea Unique Designs on Etsy and tell us what your favorite item is below

On Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 6 pm EST we'll toss all the entries into a random number generator to determine the winner.  Good luck!


  1. Love the kilt purses! Especially the pinkish one. Are they just for little girls or can big ones use them too? :-)

  2. Tweeted by @thewoodenbee!/TheWoodenBee/status/170646787793760256

  3. Oh I love all the aprons. This would have to be my fav

  4. So many wonderful ideas. I love hte aprons and the totes! I think this is my favorite:!/LambkinToques/status/170996387398430723

  5. The tee shirt scarves are the coolest!

    1. Congratulations, Christine! You're the lucky winner. Please send your bag selection to along with shipping details.


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