Christmas Garland with Paper Stars

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
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Festive star garland

Remember all those stars I was talking about before? Well, here’s how to turn them into a Christmas Garland. I made mine out of dot matrix paper, but shredded junk mail could also work. So here’s an idea: take all your junk mail this Christmas and pick out the ones that have a similar colour overall for the bottom or top half of the page. Then stick them into your paper shredder one at a time, and you have around 20 coloured strips for your garland! (Obviously, this only works if you have a shredder that makes only long straight cuts, none of that confetti-ing business.)

Jane’s Doily Bowl

Monday, December 15th, 2008
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Jane's Doily Bowl

I’m going to make my mom one of these Doily Bowls for our Christmas table, to hold flowers. I think we’re going to go for a blue and gold/brass theme, so these will sort of fit into the gold half.

Cute Padded Envelopes

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
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Padded Envelope

I like this Padded Envelope via Creativadoration. I don’t know about you, but recycling and reusing things has turned me into a packing supplies pack rat. I have random padded envelopes everywhere, because I always imagine myself reusing them to mail things out. But I’m not much of a mailer, so they just sit there in random crevices. I imagine I could cut apart a few of those old ones I’ve scrabbled away, tear off the bubbly part and recover them with brown paper, then zip up the sides with a little sewing machine. Voilà, a pretty new envelope for mailing things out.

I won’t, though, because I’m still not much of a mailer.

Something to do with all those Maclean’s back issues

Thursday, September 18th, 2008
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My brother used to get Maclean’s, and they’re all over my parents’ house now. Here are some things we could do with them:

Recycled Mobile made from Old Magazines

A Recycled Mobile made from Old Magazines. Hella classy.

Magazine Box

A Magazine Box, or possibly a rectangular one to store the rest of the Maclean’s magazines.

Alternate uses for magazines:

  • pierce with 10,000 tiny holes to reuse as tea bags
  • crumple up into one of those hovering balls that you use to train being a Jedi
  • twist small strips into a stylish mat for your front hallway
  • extract metallic components of the inks and recast them into pistons for an internal combustion engine
  • fold into origami cranes

Via Go Green.

How should I store my fabric stash?

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
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BedroomUnclutterer has a feature on how to store your fabric stash. This could be a good resource for knitters as well as sewers. There are some things with which I agree, and some that I don’t. For example:

If you cannot carry the whole of your stash, then it is too big. You would never be able to save it in an emergency if you couldn’t carry it, so why have more than you could reasonably save?

My aunt is a master quilter, and she has an entire room full of scrap fabric. If you want to quilt dragons, you can’t just have one colour on hand and you can’t just pull out that green fabric that you usually use for trees but “they’ll do.” You need scales, you need smoke, you need fire. You need maybe 20 fabrics in each colour if you want to make nice quilts. When my aunt first showed me how to alter a pair of pants with some fabric I’d brought with me, she asked if she could keep the rest and of course I gave her all I had. A few years later she gave me a quilt for Christmas and I was so happy to see that same fabric tucked into one of the pictures. It was so nice to see not only that she’d kept it, but also that she used it. That wouldn’t have happened if she had uncluttered her sewing room. Then again, not everyone will be painting with fabric.

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A Recycled Garbage Bin

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
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Stare into the abyss… Let it take you deep down…

A recycled garbage can

The irony. Magazines, destined otherwise for the recycle bin, reused/recycled in a different way: to make something that will contain the only things you can’t recycle.

Let’s Recycle!

Monday, January 21st, 2008
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Want to use up a few magazines? Got some junk mail you want to tear up? Have some… er… “anthropology journals” under your bed that you have to get rid of before your new boyfriend finds them? You’ve come to the right place.

Recycled Picture

Yay, a pretty picture. Just cut up things in strips, and then make it pretty somehow. Man, some crafters baffle me with their ability to make these things look like they were not just thrown up by my cat.

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E-Day!

Friday, December 14th, 2007
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Touch of Grey Blocking

Yesterday was E-Day. That stands for Eve’s Day of Axtreme Yndustriousness. EDAY.

My theory is that if I have too much to do, I will GIV’ER and get everything done. If I don’t have enough to do, then I’ll be lazy and not do anything. So I artificially increased my workload to push myself, and this is the result. My jobs were thus:

  • Plan out main points of my paper
  • Write 6 pages of my paper
  • Finish seaming baby jacket

First two legitimate, third as a challenge. Here’s what I crossed off:

  • Plan out main points of my paper
  • Write 5 pages of my paper (I’m a slow writer)
  • Finish seaming baby jacket

All in all, I’d say that’s a pretty productive day. Considering the amount of extra research I had to do yesterday, I’m well on my way to finishing this paper and well on my way to finishing that baby jacket. The buttons still need to be sewn on, but I don’t have enough battery power in my camera to show you what they’ll look like. I have daisies and duckings! I’ll let you choose when my camera comes back to life.

More DIY Ornaments

Friday, December 14th, 2007
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Holy cow! A lot of ornaments and Christmas decorations have been popping up on the knitterweb lately. Here are just a few. Ornaments made of:

It’s a good day to be a Christmas tree.

Yorkie Outfit Project

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
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Yorkie Outfit

Check out this adorable doggie outfit!