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My Ottawa Citizen Halloween article came out this Saturday and in it I describe three Halloween table settings I created for guests who are coming over for a sitdown supper on Halloween night. For each guest, I designed a personalized table setting that matched their interests. I created one for a book lover, a movie goer, and a puzzle solver. Nothing too ghoulish or ghastly, since I don't want to frighten my guests. It would have been easier I know to go and buy stuff at the dollar store but I figured I'd use what I already had including old photocopies that I've used for other projects.
My friends tell me I'm not really a recycler - just too lazy to go shopping. True, my recycling bin is one of my BFFs. To read my Table Setting article, go here.
|Posted on September 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
It's Sunday morning and I'm up for something silly and frilly, so here it is. A wonderful, fun way to reuse/repurpose/recycle vintage house keys (and empty jam jars!!) from Style Me Pretty (via Bridal Musings). Fabulous idea for a little girl's birthday party - no? Or it can be adapted for a boy's party just by changing the decoration on the jar. You can get full instructions for this project over at Emmaline Bride. Gives a recipe for the soap bubbles, too.
I've started to collect vintage keys when lived in a 100-year old house that at one time had been a boarding house - each bedroom could be locked by the boarder when he/she went out to work in the morning. So I was always on the lookout for keys that could maybe fit the door keyholes. And you know I did find a bunch. Some even fit the doors at my sister's old Victorian house in Toronto! I still have a horde of these keys somewhere in my storage boxes. Never thought to use it in this playful manner.
There are a lot more creative links for reusing those old house keys over at Bridal Musings. Even if you're not celebrating a wedding, any of these projects could be adapted for other festivities. Take a peek.
|Posted on September 9, 2012 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
If you think that ideas for book recycling is limited to making book safes, clocks, purses, etc and is exhausted, think again. Here are a couple of brilliant ideas I came across today.
Don't you just love it when you come across an idea that is so simple, so elegant, and so functional that you'll wonder why you didn't think of it? Well, Ana Maria Muñoz over at anamublog has a brilliant idea for disguising your wireless router - she hides it in plain sight in a vintage book. And she tells you how you can do it, too.
Oh, stop, my beating heart! Here's yet another brilliant idea - how to hide your device chargers at Rich Neeley Designs Etsy store.
Each device charger is made from actual vintage books and includes a power source for an iPhone or iPod. The USB-compatible hook-up tucks neatly inside a book's binding, and the dock itself is discreet enough to go almost unnoticed.
Both ideas would make great gifts. All it takes is a little imagination (and, oh, a book or two).