The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Challenge Begins Now!


It’s time to link up your projects for the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Challenge!

Hasn’t it been great to see how our guest bloggers have turned trash into treasure during their tutorials, this week?  Take a look at how they DIY’d these projects, GREEN style:

Our Humble A{Bowe}ds Rustic Wood Vase

A Recycled Door Design by Christine & Co.

Mrs. Greene‘s Coffee Bag Necklace

Wow!  Talk about transformations!

We’re super excited to see your transformations, this week, and so is our guest judge.  This week, we are privileged to have Janell Beals— from Isabella and Max Rooms–here to pick the winning projects.BWS tips button

Janell will visit each link and select her Top 10 Favorites, as well as an overall winner of the challenge.

The CSI Girls will pick their three favorite projects, too.  All winners will be featured in our winners post this weekend!

In addition to the overall winner and favorites from the challenge, TWO lucky winners will receive a special prize from the week’s sponsor: Chic Camera Strap Slipcovers.

Heather, shop owner of Chic Camera Strap Slipcovers will let the randomly drawn giveaway winners select a strap (any color and design!) from her shop.

Remember, you can have more than one chance to win this delightful giveaway!  Click HERE to find out how you can be entered into the giveaway, even if you don’t have a project for the challenge, this week.  All of our readers are eligible!

For those entering projects into this week’s challenge: it’s important not to forget to add our button to your entry blog post, so that you will be qualified to be featured in the winners’ post.  All qualifying projects will be entered into the random drawing for this week’s giveaway.

A quick review of the challenge rules–make sure you follow them so you will have a chance to win:

1. All entries for this challenge need to incorporate the challenge’s theme.We are not simply a linky party. We have a specific theme for each week. All submissions are competing to be the judge’s top pick. If your project does not incorporate the theme we will have to remove it.

2. When you enter the challenge, please enter the link to the specific post on your blog that relates to the project — not to your general blog. This will help when a year from now, for example, someone who visits the site can find your project directly.

3. The CSI Project button must be in your blog post. HERE are the buttons. This makes it easy for other people to come over and join in the challenge if they like – and for us to know that we have the correct entry in the challenge when we’re judging. And if you use an older post, please update it so it’s current. If you don’t want to update it, please add the button to that post and to the sidebar for the week of the contest. Thanks!

4. The project you submit must be your own project and something you have made. (It can be inspired by something someone else has done, but it must be your creation.)

5. We ask that you are a CSI follower or subscriber to win the prizes.The more followers the site has — the more giveaways we are able to host

6. If you enter a project into our challenge, we ask that you please leave comments on at least 2 other entries in the contest. Not only is it nice to do, but it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

7. By entering, you give us permission to spotlight your projects – we will give you credit and link back to your blog. You are welcome to enter as many themed projects as you like! You also give us permission to add your name to our newsletter list. If you wish to unsubscribe you may do so at any time.

Now, show us how you breathed new life into old stuff…..








  1. Reply
    Lizzy April 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Fun challenge!
    The new site layout looks great too!

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    Kelli April 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I love this week’s theme! Thanks for hosting ladies!

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    Angi B. April 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    What a fun theme this week. Had to play along. 🙂

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    Maggie @Midwestern Sewing Girl April 20, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Thank you so much for hosting! I look so forward to this challenge every week!!!
    Site looks amazing!

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    Mary April 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Love this weeks challenge as I feel we need to learn to be more careful with our environment and our resources. I so admire those pioneers who patched the dough bow with a piece of metal or used the old pan with a hole for a flower pot. We can learn much from them!

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    Holly L April 21, 2011 at 3:01 am

    I have been looking forward to this challenge – my favorite kind of projects!

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    Paula April 21, 2011 at 5:51 am

    This challenge is perfect for Earth Day!

    Love the look of the new site!

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    lisa April 21, 2011 at 8:04 am

    yay – what a great challenge – can’t wait to see everyone’s projects.

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    Melany Tenore April 21, 2011 at 9:40 am

    LOVE the new site and the challenge. I’m so excited to be participating!

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    Bess April 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

    This is so much fun! This is my first time Linking here at CSI and I’m so excited about it!

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    Vintage April 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Thank you so much for hosting this party! Have fantastic Easter and enjoy each moment!

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    Janell Beals April 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I am so excited to be this week’s guest judge and looking forward to looking through all the projects…and being introduced to new blogs! Thanks for having me! Janell

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    Kassi @ Truly Lovely April 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Great challenge for this week since tomorrow is Earth Day!!! I have just the thing to link up!! 🙂

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    Amy @ Positively Splendid April 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Love each and every one of the guest projects this week! What a fun challenge!

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    Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 April 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I LOVE this challenge! So many great ideas! Visit 2? I already have half a dozen windows open and am feeling so inspired!! Thank you!

    I don’t think there’s a person alive in the West that hasn’t fallen victim to the stray-sock-dilemma, especially when it comes to those sweet little children’s socks. So, I came up with a really easy, no-sew tutorial for turning partnerless socks into adorable plush donuts! Enjoy!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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    crissy's crafts April 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Great idea!! Too bad I found out about this too late! 🙁 Made some wonderful recycled projects this week! The best one was my flower made out of water bottle and my napkin ring made from soda cans I will try again next year! 🙂 Happy Earth Day!

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    Siobain May 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I want to let you know about the site I used to find all kinds of little items to repurpose!

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