We get lots of great things donated at work and I love the idea of reusing as much as possible. The one thing I despise though are the jumbled masses of thread, yarn, etc. I took one of those messes and turned it into a bowl.
It was time to get my Halloween on with a paper mache skull. Actually, my true inspiration was from having leftover flour paste from the yarn bowl. I didn't have any balloons to use to make the skull over, so I wadded up paper and worked around it to make the skull. It took about 4 days to fully dry...and try to keep Zoe away from.
10/03/2012 - Map/Paint Piece
Everyday I drive to work I see one of the best road signs ever (and I will again note that I am enamored with road signs) that warns cyclists to watch out for the rail tracks. Since the map I had decoupaged onto the wood block focused on Portland, I thought it would be fun to paint the sign on it.
I sacrificed $.10 worth of deposit to cut down aluminum cans into these shapes. Since I keep forgetting to cash in my slips, I think I can let the dime go. I like the sun much better than the flower. I was thinking that I could etch (I don't think it should be called etching, but pressing sounds weird) a face into the sun, but the aluminum at the bottom of the can was too thick to let me do that.
I have to admit I borrowed this idea from a former coworker, who borrowed it from Martha Stewart. There are a few renditions I have seen of this, but of course, I had to use rubber inner tubes. Inner tubes are seriously the best material for making Halloween decorations. We ended up with a dozen "hanging" around.
(Zoe did this cute eyeball smile.)
I made a skinnier version of a fish tail cuff by slitting a line lengthwise and braiding thin strips through it for the fish tail effect.
Grandma BJ asked me for some of the bats for one of her friends who loves Halloween. I made few more of these little guys for her and we gave her one of the little spiders we made as well.
Every once in a while I get lucky enough to get my hands on colorful bicycle tires. I sliced up the red tire and rounded the edges to make it look finished. I did struggle to attach the snap because of the thickness though. One issue with the colored tires is that the dirt really shows since I use discarded materials.
10/17/2012 - Rubber Hula Skirt
I am amazed at that some packaging is nearly indestructible and yet the product inside breaks down so easily. Thankfully my new phone hasn't broken yet, but either did the box. Zoe and I learned how to marble paper from a crafty and talented former coworker, Keri. Zoe had drawn designs on white paper and she marbled the paper. Keri also had some old sheet music, pages and fabric that I got to marble. Very cool process.
This is the start of a bigger project I am hoping to get to soon. It actually took be close to an hour to cut all the little lines in the feather. I cut it so the seam of the inner tube would look like the middle of a feather. I need to figure out a way to make them faster because I need quite a few for my project.
Zoe was really excited helping me with this project. I cut long strips of inner tube and we taped and tied the pieces up as we went along. Zoe was afraid it was too sticky from the spider and ran to get a (sopping) wet towel to clean it off.
I spent a few hours the week before just breaking up chains for the parts. It usually takes a few days to get my hands clean again after doing that and I look like a mechanic. I linked the chain and roller pieces together to make this bracelet. I have been experimenting with different closures and used one where the rod goes through the circle to hold it on.
This "chain mail" is from a sample metal window shade. I thought lacing rubber through the ends was a brilliant plan, until I tried to fit it over my hand. Because I laced the rubber through all of the end pieces, it made it so that it wouldn't stretch as easily. I forced my hand through and like the way it looks, but not the process of getting it on. I think I should redo the lacing.
I have hundreds of valve stems I have cut off from using the rubber inner tubes to make baskets and such. I need to donate them to SCRAP, but I wanted to try to make something with them, so I made this little lady to attach to Zoe's bicycle handlebar and hang out with her as she rides. This turned out cuter than I thought it would.
10/31/2012 - Sock Buddy
I finally tried out a craft from a book written by one of the funniest ladies I have ever met, Miss Demeanor. If you are looking for a hilarious and awesome gift idea, give this book, Criminal Crafts. I had to do a bit of surgery to repair the holes in this sock before I turned it into a sock buddy, but hopefully the grass will grow in well enough to cover it. She does look like she has seen better days, but I still love her.