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9 Years Later

October 17, 2017 No comments yet
9 Years Later

It has been a year since I have made a post in My Pink Journey. As October is breast cancer awareness month, it has become my yearly check-in with you all.

In what I have called My Pink Journey began back in 2008 when I was first diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer. 2008 was a year filled with treatment which included surgery, chemo, radiation and Herceptin maintenance for a year. It was a rough and difficult year to say the least. But the good news, I kicked cancer’s butt and have remained cancer free for 9 years now. Wow 9 years feels awesome!

The NFL has a great saying, Make a Crucial Catch regarding breast cancer. I like this slogan and it really applied to me as I found my own lump and got it checked out early. Early detection is very important so do make that appointment, have a mammogram, do self-exams, and above all, be diligent and don’t wait.

So as we wrap up October, […]

Recycling & Dishcloths

October 13, 2017 No comments yet
Recycling & Dishcloths


You may be wondering how recycling and dishcloths go together? Well I had received this pretty green glass jar with a flower arrangement in it recently. It is a lovely jar and I thought it would be a nice item to recycle and decorate for an upcoming charity fundraiser. So I rolled up a few crocheted dishcloths and placed them in the jar and I added an inspirational ribbon as an embellishment around the top. Here is the finished project which I call a recycled jar of cloths.

I also tried out a new dishcloth pattern called Ship’s Helm. This is a super easy and very fast pattern. Here are the three cloths I crocheted using the pattern.[…]

Dual Handled Recycled Plastic Tote

October 3, 2017 1 comment
Dual Handled Recycled Plastic Tote

I have a new resource for brown plastic bags! Local Safeway stores have gone back to the brown plastic retail bags and I just love recycling them into new reusable tote bags.

Here is the recycled plastic bag or plarn tote bag I crocheted with the brown retail sacks. I also used some red plastic newspaper bags that an on-line friend sent me that her Wall Street Journal was delivered in. The red bags were just right to compliment the brown bags with the red writing on them and made for a nice stripe on the tote bag.

But the special thing about this recycled tote bag is the dual handles. It has the normal hand grip handle in the middle and also a 30 inch long shoulder strap. So you can either grip the bag with your hands or throw the long strap over your shoulder.

I followed one of my basic crocheted plarn tote bag patterns found here but with a few modifications. My changes were for the first six rounds, I worked single crochet (SC) stitches[…]

More Mini Christmas Stockings

September 19, 2017 No comments yet
More Mini Christmas Stockings

We have been making mini Christmas stockings for Warmth for Warriors over at Ravelry for the past month. Cindylen of Good Things Together helped host a stocking along in which over 250 handmade mini socks were made.

I tried my hand at more crocheted waistcoat Christmas stockings. I find if I work the waistcoat stitch only on the chart portion of the stocking, I have a much easier time crocheting the pattern. I use the waistcoat crochet mini stocking pattern and only crochet the waistcoat stitch for the chart. There are many different chart patterns that a person can use on the mini Christmas stockings. I find the ones that are about 10-12 stitches across are the best suited for the stocking fronts. Here are a few examples[…]

Latest Mother Bears

September 6, 2017 No comments yet
Latest Mother Bears

Here are bears number 25 and 26 I crocheted for the Mother Bear Project. This is a charity that is near and dear to my heart. The first bear features a colorful shirt that I crocheted using this bear skirt pattern with a yarn bear kit that Delights sent me for winning a Bingo on Ravelry. The kit included the pretty scarf that matched the yarn so it all worked into a cute little outfit for my bear.

Next is my little Jammie bear that I crocheted with MillaMia Yarn that was donated by LoveCrochet.com for my Mother Bear #26. My Jammie bear is crocheted seamless changing yarn every 2 rows. This wool yarn is very soft and super nice to work with.

I added a ruffle collar to my Jammie bear by crocheting Sc, skip 1 st, 6 DC, skip 1 st, repeat around the neck. I then just crocheted a chain and SC down the chain […]

Recycled Denim Mini Stockings

August 27, 2017 2 comments
Recycled Denim Mini Stockings

We have been making mini Christmas stockings for the troops over at Ravelry. We are in the middle of a stocking-along at the Good Things Together group. I haven’t made any recycled denim stockings this year and figured it was time. So I broke out the sewing machine and stitched up 3 denim stocking shells.

I added crocheted tops to each of the 3 denim stockings. Here are the final results.

The stocking-along is for mini Christmas stockings that will be sent to the Warmth for Warriors organization. Each year people handcraft the little stockings and then they are filled with small goodies and shipped off to the troops.

Last year over 1900 mini stockings filled with soaps, toiletries, and candies were sent to our troops as a little Christmas gifts. The handmade stockings filled with goodies are a wonderful way to say thank you to our troops and give them a little Christmas cheer during the holidays.

Here is the link to my mini denim Christmas stocking tutorial. It is very simple to cut two pieces of denim from old jeans and stitch them together. Once that is done, you just add 3-4 rows […]

Crocheted Plarn Basket of Goodies

August 17, 2017 No comments yet
Crocheted Plarn Basket of Goodies

Just sharing my latest crocheted recycled plastic bag or plarn basket filled with goodies for an upcoming fundraiser. I crocheted black and orange items in a local school’s colors to fill my basket.

The basket was crocheted using my plarn basket pattern with mainly white plastic bags. I added one row of black and then orange plastic bags for the stripes. Here is all the goodies I added to the finished basket for the charity auction.

The black scarf was crocheted using […]

Purple Haze Flower Square

August 2, 2017 No comments yet
Purple Haze Flower Square

I crocheted this pretty flower square using the Golden Harvest pattern by AG Handmades. It is a lovely crochet square featuring raised flower petals in the center. I thought it would be a beautiful center square for a baby blanket in purple.

First here is my finished square I crocheted following the pattern with medium weight yarn and an I (5.5 mm) crochet hook. I love the pattern but not sure when you are suppose to switch back to work on the front of square. I did at color change of row 8. At row 8, I worked on the front with the petals facing. Not sure if this is correct but my square turned out fine to me so I am satisfied with how I worked the pattern.

So to clarify I worked on the front side of square at row 8. On the final row, I worked sc’s around and did only sc, ch 2, sc in the corners with the Red Heart Purple Haze Shimmer yarn to complete the square. Square measures 6.5 inches wide at this point.

Once I had the pretty center square done, I added granny stitching around with lilac and white yarn finishing with the same shimmer yarn for the final trim row. Here is the a photo of the completed Purple Haze Baby Blanket.[…]

Top 100 Upcycling Blogs

July 17, 2017 3 comments
Top 100 Upcycling Blogs

I just was notified that my blog was selected by a group of panelist as one of the Top 100 Upcycling Blogs on the web. Wow that is so exciting to be recognized in this way on the Internet.

I am number 23 of the 100 blogs. This is one of the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Upcycling Blogs on the Internet and I am so honored to be listed.

Here is the full list of blogs that made the list. I hope you take a few minutes and check out the different blogs featured in the post. […]


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Hello, Iā€™m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. Welcome to my blog site that is dedicated to recycling and crafting. I love to crochet and create crafts and other useful things from recycled materials. I share many free tutorials and patterns for creating recycled projects as well as other handmade items.


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