Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 175 June 30 slide pins

I have a bag of slide frames? I think that is what they are.  I added pictures or old dictionary pages and words to them and then sealed them and added a little gold paint for fun.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 174 June 29 aperitif glass bud vase

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.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 173 June 28 tubular necklace

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.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 172 June 27 peace cans

The wonders of hot glue.  I made a design on the can with the hot glue then painted all one color.  I think it would be cool to write names  or numbers.  Lots of possibilities.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day 171 June 26 mattress fence

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.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day 170 June 25 magazine table

Not only can you put magazines on this table but it is also made from magazines.  It is amazingly sturdy and what a great way to make a table.  When you are done with it, just recycle it.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 169 June 24 wired cuff

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.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 168 June 23 bottle brooch

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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 167 June 22 game lamp

The scrabble pieces  on the lampshade spell g-a-m-e-s and p-l-a-y.  The base I covered with game cards and playing cards and money from different games.  Looks cute in a den or game room.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 166 June 21 herb markers

I used chop sticks, large dominoes, wire, paint and silver foil tape to make these markers for my garden.  As if the cat couldn't find the catnip himself?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 165 June 20 denim chain

I love the different colors and textures of denim.  I used those differences to make this chain necklace  interesting.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day 164 June 19 bike basket

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.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 163 June 18 party hats

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.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Day 162 June 17 kitchen flowers

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.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day 161 June 16 floating book shelf

This is so easy and the result is so cool.  It looks like your books are floating on the wall and they will support a little weight like more books or a picture.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day 160 June 15 flag mobile

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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day 159 June 14 pocket protector

I made this pocket protector for a friend at work.  I used an old work apron with the turtle logo because he wanted more turtles to wear.  Geeky but cool.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Day 158 June 13 box canvas

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.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day 157 June 12 branch buttons

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.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 156 June 11 bike tube cuff

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.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Day 155 June 10 chicken wire bracelet

Just chicken wire cut and shaped into a bracelet.  I added some beads onto some of the wires and bent them so there are no sharp edges.  Looks good on the frog.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Day 153 June 9 sweater bracelets

I have quite a few sweaters that I've felted.  I took the sleeve of one and cut it into bracelets.  Then I added some really cool old buttons.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day 152 June 8 magazine can

For this project I rolled some National Geographic pages and glued them to a coffee can.  Then I took some large twine and glued and wrapped it around the outside.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Day 151 June 7 necktie wallet

I love the patterns and silk of old neckties.  This one I converted into a wrist wallet.  It is just big enough for my phone and some cash or credit cards in the front pocket.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Day 150 June 6 rolled paper earrings

We have seen this rolled magazine paper before and now I used them in earrings.  They are rather large and look kind of like those earrings that stretch the ear lobe?  But no disfiguring done.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Day 149 June 5 pill bottle redo

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.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Day 148 June 4 cork stampers

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.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Day 147 June 3 cut t-shirt scarf

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.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day 146 June 2 mini salt shaker pendant

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?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day 145 June 1 spice jar terrarium

I found these really great spice jars at Goodwill and immediately thought of making them into terrariums.  This is my first one and it is perfectly cute.