I am fascinated by the show Salvage Dawgs on the DIY Network. In it, a pair of Navy vets and their friends/family save parts of old buildings (or ships, trucks, planes...you get the idea). Anyway, they take these bits of "salvage" and some of it gets repurposed into tables, benches, porch swings, lights...You name it, they've made it into something new! (see bathtub swing below)
In my latest Heartwarming - Marrying the Single Dad - my heroine is an upcycle artist. Which means - you guessed it - Brittany takes junk and makes it pretty or useful again. This would be completely awesome to everyone if she didn't sometimes take antique car parts, which offends my hero Joe, an auto mechanic. Ah, shades of American Pickers and their love of Knucklehead motorcycles. In fact, she used a Knucklehead antique motorcycle frame to make a mermaid sculpture inspired by this:
I was so inspired, that when my husband cracked our toilet tank, I decided to upcycle it. That's right. I put a toilet tank in my back yard and planted flowers in it. (I was hoping my daughter-in-law would come paint something on it, but that didn't happen.)
And by the way, I'll be posting a Sit-Down Saturday soon, but I just wanted to give kudos to the Heartwarming staff, because I love the blurb for this book. It starts out with the header: A Man Called Joe (which is a line of internal thought from heroine Brittany).
Blurb: Building a new life for himself and his preteen daughter brings Joe Messina home to Harmony Valley. That and showing his town that the onetime bad boy is now a responsible single father. His first move is to get his grandfather's defunct garage up and running. Except now he's got the FBI poking around, and there's a beautician with her eye on the abandoned auto parts. An artist who's happiest turning rusty junk into sought-after treasure, San Francisco transplant Brittany Lambridge is making Joe think they can create something rare and special together. But he has unfinished family business that could jeopardize his fresh start. Is Joe ready to believe in himself as fiercely as Brittany's beginning to believe in him?
Have you ever "upcycled" something? Or thought about upcycling something, but just not gotten around to it? Would love to hear about it...
Melinda Curtis is an award-winning USA Today bestseller. She's got lots of releases in November - two from Harlequin Heartwarming - Marrying the Single Dad and A Heartwarming Thanksgiving - and a box set with all proceeds benefiting Diabetes research (yes, all proceeds!). And don't forget to check out A Heartwarming Holiday, a 99c box set with a 20% off coupon for your next Heartwarming purchase!