This is a small aperitif glass but any small wine glass or bottle will work. I used re purposed copper wire and some paper beads I made and a small suction cup to hold it to the window. Feathers or leaves or anything can be put in the vase and water for the bud if needed.
I found this opaque plastic tubing at Salvation Army. I cut it into pieces and filled them with some opalescent paper. Then I drilled holes for some salvaged copper wire and strung them on cording. It is a little hard to see the opalescence in the photo but it looks kind of cool and kooky.
I needed to fence in an area for my dogs but I didn't have enough fencing. I had some old mattresses out back that nature and mice had taken down to the springs. I love the patterns in the springs and hope to grow some climbing flowers up them. And the dogs are safely enclosed and I love the eclectic look.
I saw this in a magazine - either a Somerset or a Cloth Paper Scissors - and had to try it. I get a lot of great ideas out of those publications. This wrist cuff is made out of wire, three layers of scrap cloth and a little stuffing. I hand stitched everything and I think it turned out great. It is really comfortable to wear and it looks very chic.
Can you believe that this is the bottom of a water bottle? I covered it with some foil tape and added paint to give it depth. Then I added a large glass diamond from an old pin. I think it looks like a very old brooch.
I needed more room on my bike to carry things so I took this wire office letter tray and painted it to match my bike. Then I took several lengths of scrap ribbon and sewed velcro to each end. I used these to attach the basket to my luggage rack and the rest will be used to secure anything in there while I am riding. I hope it works.
Next Saturday the Grand Traverse Conservation District has Nature North and celebrates their 70th birthday. For the occasion I made these party hats out of the same cards I made the polyhedron ball. The candle flame is made from a water bottle and the candle is a straw. Hope to see any locals there! It is a very fun event at the Boardman River Nature Center.
I knew when I found these Jello molds at Salvation Army they would be flowers. Putting them together with the pot lid is pure genius - if I do say so myself. I love this! It will look great in the garden or in the house.
I was given some scrap canvas with this wonderful flag pattern on it and fully intended to do something for Flag Day. I am one day late. I punched shapes out of it and sewed them into strips and then hung them from a circle. I have a lot more of this canvas and so you will see it again. I hung the whole thing from a curtain hoop.
This started out as a box of microwave popcorn. I taped and gessoed and painted and now it can be hung on a wall or put on a shelf. I would like to use some others to make collages because you can use all the surfaces. And a group would look great too.
I had this branch that I wanted to cut up for buttons but I didn't have the tool. Well the Dremel comes with cutting wheels so I used one and I love the result. It is very textural and a little burnt - at least it smelled burnt when I was cutting it. I then drilled holes and now they are usable buttons. The wood has been drying a while but I probably should let them dry some more before I do use them.
I ride my bike a lot and blowouts are a going to happen so why not use the old tire tube. I made this cuff out of bike tube and a detergent bottle. The clasp is two pieces of cut up detergent bottle that I carved a bit with a dremel tool. I love the dremel and am just starting to experiment with it.
I really hate to throw away a perfectly good container and prescription bottles are no exception. By taking off the labels - lighter fluid gets glue off - and adding a little decorative paper to the top I get a new container for my loose change or bobby pins or whatever.
This is really easy and the possibilities are endless. I glued foam shapes onto corks and made stampers. One of them I made so that it rolls by sticking nails (or screws) into each end. Now the pattern can be rolled out into a continuous pattern. Use these to make stationary or wrapping paper or notepads or business cards or decorate furniture or a wall or.... well you get the picture.
I could probably make 100 things out of t-shirts. And I probably will. This scarf is made from the bottom half of a t-shirt that I cut slits into and then hand wove. Anyone could do this. The only tool required is a scissors and about 15 minutes.
I found this salt shaker at the same time as the spice jars. It is really small and perfect for filling with beads to make a cute pendant. I strung an old guitar string through the holes and now it is a necklace. I'll bet I could even put some moss and lichen in it and make it a really mini terrarium. How cool would that be to wear?