Using Upcycled Materials

Upcyle is a term generally used to denote the re-use of materials bound for the trash in the creation of new items. It's generally associated with environmentalism as it reduces waste and promotes imaginative recycling. Many {NewNew} members upcycle their materials into wonderfully inventive new pieces that are each unique.

Search "newnewteam, upcycle" on Etsy or look through these featured shops whose products focus on the re-use of materials. In all fairness, I will go alphabetically...

First we have Beadscarf, who focuses her products on re-using vintage scarves and neckties into new accessories. Items can be custom ordered, turning an old scarf with sentimental meaning into an original Beadscarf. I can't think of a better use for wedding ties or grandmas's old scarf to keep the memories alive in such a vibrant way.

Cakehouse also uses only reclaimed materials in her work, breathing new life into vintage bedding to create napkins, place mats and coasters for your home. Further decorated with her signature llama or cat water-based silkscreen, each item merges the old with the new.

As a self-proclaimed "serial obsessive crafter", Groundsel focuses her crafting activities on re-using a wide range of materials to create bags, wallets and tissue cozies. With purses made from upcycled sweaters, or wallets that began their lives as plastic bags, Groundsel brings an environmental consciousness to her crafting.Paperelle uses mainly upcycled materials in her paper origami, creating jewelry from upcycled Upstate New York maps or Japanese Teen Magazines to name a few, and sometimes embellished with crystals to further accent these One Of A Kind (OOAK) earrings.

All month long we will be featuring upcycled {NewNew} goods, tips on getting crafty while recycling, Springtime features and general about town reporting for metro New York!


Price Conscious Wedding Party Presents

Weddings budgets are inevitably stretched as everything little thing (items you never thought you could spend hours/days obsessing over) adds up. To thank those special people in your bridal party who were by your side helping further your perfect day, here’s a list of some budget conscious yet unique items to stock up on. Best of all, the selection below, are gender neutral.

For $15 and under, you could purchase a bag of yummy chocolate candy from Craquerockshop, or another indulgent option would be a room diffuser such as the Ocean Mist Reed Diffuser by DewOnAPetalHome. If you want to present something more permanent, consider a stoneware plate such as the Bike Your Heart Out piece by MayLuk. A nickel-plated seahorse keychain from CoquiAinjelfire also bears an inspirational and magical sentiment.If you have a little more to spend, consider functional yet decorative favors such as a gently aromatic Vintage Tea Cup Candle ($22) by LuCrafts
or these delightful Silhouetted Wood Coasters ($25) by Peppersprouts.
The {NewNew} on Etsy is full of more original items with which you may shower tokens of appreciation to your special people, without ever breaking the bank.


NY Fashion Week: Fall 2009 Collections

Ah, New York Fashion Week. It was a whirlwind of events that came and went and now we're left waiting to see the styles show up in our local stores this Fall.

Want to get ready for the Fall season {New New} style? Well, we've got a few picks here for you to check out. See how our local independent designers have something to match the runways.

Show off your hot pink by checking out WindowsOfAgate's striking wristwarmers.

Shine in gold with Mswedowsky's brilliant earrings.

Whirl around in black and white with KimmChi's elegant monotone tops.

Look charming with L'elephantRose's sweet pink earrings.

Fight the dreary recession with Mellowbeing's vibrant yellow wristwarmers.

The {NewNew} has got quite a bit in store for your fashion Fall 2009 needs. Check out these amazing shops!

Things I Love about NY

As a Native New Yorker there are so many things I love about this city.

Living in 5 different countries as an ex-patriot made me miss the sights, sounds and most of all the food.

My favorite treasure is NY Cheesecake. At 4 inches high the rich, creamy and surprisingly low sugar (only 1 cup) desert is a hit every time.

Here is the recipe:
1 ½ cups Graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter
38 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 eggs, 2 egg yolks
Zest of 1 lemon & 1 orange
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly coat a 10 inch spring form pan with spray oil.
2. To make the crust: Combine 1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup butter. Spread to the edges of the pan. Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees F Allow to cool.
3. Increase oven temperature to 475 degrees F (In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, 1 cups sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, 5 eggs and the yolks and mix thoroughly. Add cream and mix only enough to blend.
4. Pour filling over crust and bake for 10 minutes at 475 degrees F. Reduce temperature to 200 degrees F and continue to bake for one hour. Turn oven off, but leave cake in for another hour. Don't worry if it looks a little jiggly in the center.
5. Chill overnight. This is imperative! Top with your favorite fruit pie filling.

Here are some more things to love about NY: