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Cyndee Kromminga

Cyndee KrommingaI have always loved old, discarded things. My fondest memories of my dad are the many junking adventures he shared with me as a child, and then on into adulthood. Weekend family outings involved attending auctions and yard sales. I don't remember my dad ever walking away empty handed. He always seemed to find a gem among the junk. His gift was acquiring items that could be used as-is or requiring only simple fixes. He was also an electrician, so he could rewire most any non-working appliance.

As I got older, making do with scarred and battered furnishings lost its appeal. Because money was scarce, re-purposing and re-imagining became a new adventure. I found I had a knack for making old, tattered things appear new again. I didn't stop at just facelifts, either; I discovered that vintage linens and old clothes were the perfect substitute for store-bought fabric. Digging through boxes of textiles at tag sales became a passion, but I never had tunnel vision. There are just too many possibilities at every tag sale, curb and (dare I say) dumpster to limit creative vision.

Since I couldn't seem to make just one of anything, I tried my hand at craft sales, vending my creations. I loved it, and my customers did, too. The rest is a blur that has snowballed into a craft business that includes designing, writing, and selling my imaginings. I have shared my design tutorials in several print magazines, books, online sites, and my own little blog, Restyled Junk. Come by and visit. Maybe we can inspire each other.

Links:

Restyled Junk
Dustyspirit on Etsy
Primitive Fabric Summer Bowl Fillers-eBook
Yahoo! Feature Craft Contributor

Projects on FaveCrafts:

Bedsheet Basket Insert
Blast From the Past Sketchbook
Burlap Bulletin Board
Crochet Chick Toy
Decoupaged Book Page Trunks
Denim Pocket Pincushion
Dressed Up Train Case
Fuzzy Felt Snowman Ornament
Lacy Tablet Cover
Recycled Bedspring and Spool Tree
Recycled Can Snowman Ornament
Recycled Lightbulb Snowman
Recycled Neck Tie Pincushion
Recycled Wool Owl
Repurposed Bedspread Stocking
Repurposed Fabric Tote
Restyled Sewing Table
Ruffled Scrap Fabric Towel
Santa's Belly Christmas Favor Bag
Scrap Fabric Notebook Cover
Scrap Fabric Tags
Simple Crochet Owl Toy
Upcycled Denim Tote Bag
Valentine's Day Bowl Fillers
Vintage Quilt Tote
Whimsical Western Wall Hanging
Slouchy Drawstring Bag
No Sew Scrap Fabric Strips
Restyled Book Accents
Upcycled Wooden Candleholder
Recycled Light Birdbath
Country Chic Hook Rack
Simple Sewn Star Pillow
Seasonal Burlap Bunting
Silk Petal Pillow
Painted Fabric Pumpkins
Recycled Bedpost Pumpkins
Strip Fabric Flower
Old World Glass Jar Candle Holder
Hippie Chic Maxi Shirt
Rustic Recycled Wood Pumpkins
Denim Country Pumpkins
Creepy Sewn Rats
No-Brainer Crochet Chair Mats
Nana's Upcycled Wool Bags
Large Festival Tote Bag
Rustic Man Cave Signs
Made From Scratch Memory Book
Your Favorite T-Shirt Tote
Magical Memories Photo Frame
Quilt Scrap Flowers
Rustic Rag Wreath
Ruffled T-Shirt Tote
Scrappy Wine Glass Coaster Cozy
Charming Little Country Pillows
Quilt Scrap Backpack
French Chateau Throw Pillows
Recycled Record Roses
Country Classic Dragonfly Wall Art

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