What is upcycling

Dictionary definition:

up·cy·cle ˈəpˌsīkəl/verb;
gerund or present participle: upcycling, to reuse in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.

Upcycling is turning something that once had no purpose into something useable. I adore taking thrift store finds, adding some paint, and turning them into my own personal treasure.
As I reflected on the word upcycling, it occurred to me that we are constantly upcycling. I change my hair color, for example to give my dull and tired mommy-hair a little pick-me-up. I turn last night’s sautéed potatoes and rotisserie chicken into a breakfast feast by scrambling eggs into the leftovers and pouring salsa on top.
This blog is full of tips for upcycling your life. Check back often for new recipes, crafts, and the humorous follies of my life.


Gretchen Anthony