|Posted on May 10, 2017 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
Eh gads and zuts alor! - it's Thursday and I haven't posted anything for our Mother's Day. I hope you've been giving some thought to what you can make for your Mom. Your recycling bin, believe or not, is full of great possibilities for repurposing containers, etc. and to help you along, here are a few ideas for you.
CARDS FROM MAGAZINES, JUNK MAIL, ETC.
These cards are so easy to do and all you will need are some junk mail, magazine, gardening catalog, etc, some brown paper (I used a brown paper grocery bag - but use what you have), thin cardboard (cereal box, etc) and a bit of ribbon (leftover from other occasions). If you are artistic, you would probably could draw flowers but as I'm not, I roughly clipped out pictures from a gardening catalog and glued these to some cardboard before cutting these out so they looked like flowers.
Here's what I did: I cut two pieces of brown paper in the shape of a flower pot - one for the back and one for the front. Fold the top of each part over so it looks like a flower pot, then glue these two together at the bottom and sides, leaving the top wider part open. Then I cut a cardboard insert in the same shape but slightly smaller and glued the flowers to this. Then I inserted the flowers into the pot, glued on a ribbon tied into a bow in front and voila a nice Mom's day card was born!
MORE MAGAZINE RECYCLING FOR MOM - LET HER HAVE CAKE!
If your Mom loves cake but you don't have the time or inclination (or like me, no ability) to bake one yourself, head for your grocery store and buy a plain iced cake. When you bring the cake home, style it up with a couple of flowers (fake or real) and some butterflies cut out of magazine pages. Stick the whole thing on a pretty plate and wait for the compliments.
Click here for a butterfly template.
GIFT WRAP LEFTOVERS - FLOWER VASE
You don't have to break the bank to present a nice bouquet of flowers to Mom. Heck, you can raid your garden and clip a few from there. Grocery store flowers aren't too expensive and you can separate the flowers to make a couple of bouquets. To make the cone, use gift wrap or scrapbooking paper if you have it. Or you're a little artist, why not make a nice drawing on plain paper and use this as the cone wrap. Here's a template for you.
Before sticking the flowers into your vase cone, insert the flowers into a plastic sandwich bag so water doesn't seep out. You want them to stay fresh for at least a couple of days, no?
REUSING EGG CARTONS - FOR MOM'S BATH BOMBS
Bath bombs are so easy to make that I wondered why I hadn't attempted these before. But I couldn't think of a way of packaging mine until I raided my recycling bin. Fortunately, I had used those plastic eggshells from Easter to make the bath bombs so it was a no brainer to use the egg cartons that I found in the bin.
For a bath bomb how to, click here.
RECYCLING VINTAGE BAKEWARE - JUST HANG IT!
If Mom's a whiz in the kitchen why not raid her bakeware and see if you can find a few spare pie plates or tart pans to create some kitchen wall art for her. Write or print out some of her favourite baking recipes and cut out to fit inside the plates or pans, use double-sided tape to hold the recipes in place and hang the how thing up. Several would look spectacular.
I found the ones shown here.
Okay, we've got cards, cake, flowers and some wall art for Mom. I think she'll be pleased and you haven't emptied your wallet completely and even did some good for the environment, too!
|Posted on April 13, 2017 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
I found a copy of Douglas Gayeton's book, Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town, at a local church charity shop and just love it - the photographs and the story behind them. I think the cover (I removed the dust jacket) is an appropriate image for Easter. As symbols, eggs have many meanings: for Christians, eggs symbolize the resurrection of Christ; for kids, goodie treats; and for the rest of us, spring and new beginnings.
I also think eggs are the perfect food: you can prepare them in an infinite number of ways (where would I be without my morning soft-boiled egg and toasty soldiers) in baking and cooking. Eggs are also used cosmetically, for examples, in facials and for healthy hair growth. And THEN, you can repurpose the shells in hundreds of ways in crafts (crafters can use crushed eggshells as tiny mosiacs for decorations), the kitchen, garden, etc., as well. Perfect, indeed.
Gayeton is a filmmaker who began recording foodway traditions in the Tuscan town of Pistoia, Italy for a project he was doing with PBS. While most Pistorians had never heard of the slow food movement, Gayeton realized that they were in fact exemplars of the movement's basic principles. So he focused his camera on his friends and neighbors, discovering many stories along the way and this book was the result.
|Posted on November 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
My workshop hosted by Westboro Brainery at the Dovercourt Recreation Centere here in Ottawa was a smashing success. Transformed many old books into holiday ornaments including Christmas trees, snowmen, and stars.
What a great way to spend an evening with a group of lovely, lively ladies. And, pssst, they actually pay me for doing this!! Check out more photos here.
Picture sources: Westboro Brainery
|Posted on October 7, 2016 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
It's Thanksgiving on Monday here in Canada and we have a lot to be thankful for. Let's remember and give a prayer for all those who live in countries and places in turmoil and war.
Photo source: Samantha Wennerstom
|Posted on July 6, 2016 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
These past few days I've been dreaming of a white and COLD Christmas because the heat here in Ottawa is melting my brain! To keep cool, I'm using my mind and what better way than watching out for inspiring holiday projects to make. Besides I need the time to gather up material and stuff to recycle to make things for that wonderful festive time.
Well, this year it seems that the colour theme for Christmas 2016 pastel or white, which is okay with me. So I searched out some projects using this colour theme and I found a few you might enjoy - and I might even make.
This gift wrapping idea is from Sostrene Grene, an online shop specializing in mostly paper goods. Danish sisters Anna and Clare have a nice little catalogue that displays their products. This pastel theme idea would be easy copy using giftwrap and/or ribbons leftover from previous events and celebrations. Nice - and, for me, no trip to the mall will be required. Lots of great ideas for Christmas decorating at this site, too.
For ways to wrap your gifts like a professional, the folks at Hallmark have got you covered. Click here.
Aren't these stars gorgeous? Anu over at her website, Nalle's House, has a nice tutorial for these stars and even provides a template so you can make your own. I definitely will rummage through my paper horde and see what I have that I can use to make these twinklies. It's a very nice site so enjoy your visit.
Garlands, Rosettes, and Snowflakes
An all-in-one idea - again the pastel theme is strong here and, bonus, all the projects are simple and economical to make using what you have in the way of paper. The polka dot garlands are simply circles of paper and would be easy enough for any child to create. For instructions to make these garlands, click here.
Snowflakes are always fun to make. For an easy tutorial for you (or your kids) to make snowflakes, visit our lady Martha here.
Large or small, colourful paper rosettes are another festive idea that can be used for any holiday or celebrations. For how-tos, click here.
Again - check out what you've got in the paper department before heading for the shops. You can save a bundle. The above photo comes from here.
Paper Tree Ornament
This is definitely on my to-do list just because I love some easy that looks so elegant! You can find instructions for this cute little tree ornament here.
Linen and Gauze Wrapped Christmas Ornaments
Apparently these are actually covered in burlap and linen strips but they look like linen and gauze to me and that is what I would use if I had the fabric. Since I don't, I will need to find another way to recreate these. Hmmm - gauze - I may have some in my medicine cabinet. I found these at Fresh Designpedia but originally the holiday ornaments were sold on Etsy. I couldn't find the actually seller - and I suspect these are gone by now!
You can make your own following this tutorial.
|Posted on May 6, 2016 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
The little guy (who lives in Edinburgh and viewed my last post) informed me that I need to add a few more Mom's Day ideas, and they have to be super fast and super easy. Okay, last minute ideas - here goes:
Make a Note of This
If your Mom likes to make lists (and what mother doesn't), you can make these easy, peasy note pads from scrap paper and cardboard. We made these at one of my workshops and everyone had a different use for theirs. Made entirely of recycled materials, we even used dried up pens and office clips to hold the notepads together. And, best of all, refillable!
For some reason, I have a horde of tea infusers. Some I find at charity shops, others are gifts. But they do have their uses besides infusing tea. This may be one way for Mom to keep her gift wrapping twine tidy (also a good idea for holding embroidery thread). Add a couple in a handmade box (see yesterday's post) and you're done.
Our lady Martha has this neat idea for taking bottles and decoupaging them with a pretty floral print (which she provides) turning ho-hum old bottles into lovely flower vases for Mom. Heck, you won't even need to buy flowers. Don't bother running out for new paint - check out what you've got squirreled away in the garage or basement. No paint there? Ask friends or neighbours.
Click here to find out how to make.
Mom's a Star
and you'll can let her know that's how you feel with these lovely star toppers from A Subtle Revelry. Bake or buy a nice cake (preferably one Mom likes - not you!) and top it with these pretty paper stars. Get the kids to help you make them.
All done now?