|Posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|
March Break is fast approaching and, this weekend, I will have an article in the Ottawa Citizen (Real Deal section) about how to keep the kids from being bored and away from all those electronic games, etc. just be encouraging them to use their imaginations. You can do this without breaking the bank by finding stuff for them to create from the recycling bin.
For example, to find out how to transform this book into something every Super Secret Agent needs.
And what about the budding young gardener who loves pizza? What can he or she do with these old cans?
To find out about these and other ideas, check out the Citizen on March 8th.
|Posted on March 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
I'm in the process of setting up my March and April workshops and I'm getting downright excited about these. As you may notice when you head over to my Workshops page, that I have a new workshop header - definitely more me than the Make & Take one, n'est-ce pas? Anyway, here's what is on offer.
A Folded Book Workshop
The Folded Book Art workshop is on how to create one of my favourite items - folded books. Well, not the books so much as the pages inside (hmmm - yet another idea just popped into my head). I LOVE doing this and find it a great way to unwind. It's also an easy and quick (takes only a little time - I usually do it while on the phone with one of my more talkative friends). These hands-on workshops will show you how to make great gifts and wonderful decorative accessories from those old hasbeens- soooo easy. You won't need to bring anything and no special skills or tools required.
To register and to find out more about this workshop here.
You all know that my workshops always emphasize recycling, reusing, reinventing and upcycling items from your recycling bin. But did you know that there's money to be made in them there recycling bins? So - in April, because people have been asking me if they can make crafts pay, I'll be offering a workshop specifically designed to show you how to use your recycling bin contents more effectively. Through interactive, hands-on projects, my Wanna Start Something workshop will, I hope, show folks how to make a little dough from what's inside that bin.
Intrigued? You'll have to take the workshop! It's mind-boggling what you can make from what you toss out and imagine, making a little green by going green. Now that's something worth thinking about.
|Posted on February 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM||comments (0)|
I forgot to mention in yesterday's post that because the handles of the milk jugs are kept in tact, if you have made a number of these milk jug 'gardens', you can slip a broom handle or a wooden dowel through the handles and then hang it all up! Good idea for a balcony garden or any fence (use those over-the-door plastic or metal hangers). Kids love this idea and it's not a bad one for anyone who has trouble bending over - just hang it at a comfortable height and you're in business.
More Ideas from the Recycling Bin
A couple of neat repurposing/recyling ideas came out of the workshops.
Paint and Glue Storage Containers
First, I needed something to store the paint and keep it usable between coats when decorating some tin cans. A quick look-see through the recycling bin and I pulled out some food containers. These come with a tight, resealable lid - just perfect for the job, I thought.
Because the container is airtight once the lid is on, I figured that paint would stay fresh while we waited for the cans to dry before putting on the 2nd or 3rd coats. It worked so well that I also used these to make individual glue containers for the workshops. Snapped on the lid and the glue was good to go and, also, unspillable. Worked like a charm. In fact, after 2 days, the paint and the glue were still fresh and used up at the next workshop.
Mini Watering Cans - Just Squeeze and Squirt
The second idea came about when I noticed that the kids had a bit of a problem when watering their little gardens. We used small glasses and more water ended up on the table and floor than in the milk jug.
Another rummage through the recycling bin and I found some plastic lemon juice containers. Just the perfect size for little hands. I removed the little squirt thingy inside and had each child fill the container with water and then replaced the little thingy back. And - presto - this little squeeze and squirt 'watering can' worked with no spills (well, almost none!) although I suspect the kids may use it for something other than watering plants. Everyone went home with one along with their plants and garden markers.
So - what's in your recycling bin? I'm all out!
|Posted on February 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on February 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM||comments (0)|
Have a wonderful day whether you're with someone or on your own. If you are far away from your love and family, take heart and know they love you and can't wait for you to be back home.
To make the cherry tomato heart, click here.
|Posted on February 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
If your little one (a little boy, perhaps) needs something to give to a good friend or even a teacher tomorrow (Valentine's Day), here's an idea I borrowed from Thirty Handmade Days blog. Everything in these Valentine parcels is recycled except for the candy. I cut out the Valentine toppers from a couple of last year's Valentine cards and the plastic bag is from chocolate treats (yes, I save everything!!), and I bought the little cars at a charity shop! Inside the package I included homemade caramel candy along with a handful of red hots. Took only a few minutes.