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Cherry Blossoms Upcycle

Tiny Upcycling Brainstorming I’ve always found joy and peace in creating art, particularly painting. I more recently found that I thrive in the creative process that comes with upcycling found materials. Putting the figurative puzzle pieces together is as much fun as physically creating the art. But there are times I need to dig deeper…

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Spring Fling Frogs Upcycle

The Golden Bobber “Trashy Treasure” Dreams Dashed During last week’s episode to visit the frogs, I pulled an old tire from the river. As much as finding litter on the trail is upsetting, I admit that I get a twinkle in my eye when I daydream about the upcycle potential of a piece of trash….

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Painted D.C. Upcycle

“Trashy Treasures” Bag It’s Not a Bottle (yay) During last week’s outdoor adventure, I navigated main roads and neighborhood side streets as I searched off-script for D.C.’s lesser-known mural artwork. One of these large-scale paintings dresses up the side of the last of a row of modest brick and mortar townhomes. If you look closely,…

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Meridian Hill Park is Malcolm X Park Upcycle

Beautiful Trash Is this a joke? A pizza box, a take-out bag, and a thrift store frame walk into a…studio! You may think we’re headed into a disaster of an upcycle episode with the trash in hand, but I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Hint: the trash was attractive to begin with! What do I…

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Graffiti at High Rock Upcycle

How to Upcycle a Glass Bottle with Graffiti Art and Foil Flowers The Challenge Do you set realistic goals for yourself? Too often, we expect more of ourselves than others hope from us. We are hardest on ourselves when we should be cheering ourselves on for every hurdle leaped, high and low. My biggest obstacles…

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The Lonely Castle Upcycle

How to Upcycle Trash You Find in the Mud at a Castle Each of my outdoor adventures offers something different for me and you—a beach one warm day and an abandoned quarry another. Last week’s visit to The Lonely Castle was my favorite so far. I got to be outside, soaking in a cool, sunny…

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An Abandoned Stone Mill Upcycle

Getting Colorful This upcycle episode is based on last week’s eerie outing at the abandoned Seneca Quarry Stone Mill. I took inspiration from the site as I dreamed up this week’s artwork. I wanted to find a way to celebrate nature reclaiming the quarry site with the trashy treasures I found. This Ecopsyched! upcycle was…

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The Christmas Pig-Deer Upcycle

It’s an Ecopsyched! Holiday Upcycle Join me for this holiday upcycle episode, and discover what becomes of the trashy treasures collected from the river during our last outing. This artsy attempt toes the line between pig and reindeer! With each upcycle project comes some level of intention. I typically imagine the possibilities for my trashy…

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The Christmas Pine

The Rooted Holiday Tree One of my favorite holiday memories is trudging through the snow as a child with my family to cut our Christmas tree. I loved being in the woods, the smell of pine sap, and the warmth of holiday feelings. As an adult, I appreciate my Christmas trees rooted and growing tall,…

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The First Ecopsyched! Upcycle

Chesapeake Bay Upcycle Accomplished! Have you ever seen a pretty piece of trash and thought it would look nice on your mantel? No? Trash rarely reveals its potential without some intention on behalf of the spectator. More often these days, I catch myself staring at metal scraps and driftwood. Perhaps it’s because of my new…

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Below the Cliffs

Little Revelations Below the Cliffs I’m psyched to invite you along on my first video adventure. Join me for a zen-ful experience below the cliffs of the Chesapeake Bay. And get a peek at the trashy-treasure that will become the first ever Ecopsyched! upcycle project (tune in next week). I didn’t realize it would be,…

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Upcycle Art

Save some scraps and get creative. Repurposing old materials for new projects, or upcycling, is becoming increasingly popular. Not only will you save on the cost of materials, you’re helping the environment by keeping waste out of landfills. And upcycling is fun, especially when it involves spending time outdoors. These winter lawn decorations and indoor…

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