[identity profile] bluehwys.livejournal.com
A few days ago I found a small Yankee Candle jarred candle in the attic. It had accidentally ended up in a box with other things, laying on its side. Well, we had a really hot summer, and that candle was all kinds of melted and rehardened (from the recent cool temps) and deformed. Totally unburnable. Which sucked because it was almost a full candle.

So I started to think about if/how I could salvage it. Did some googling, and found out how to melt the wax and save the jar at the same time. I had some small, silicone cupcake liners that I wasn't using anymore, and decided to make little tarts for the candle warmer we have.

Pics of the process and result )
[identity profile] fanmade-cards.livejournal.com
I've been practicing with my Cinch machine and am trying to get the hang of making spiral notepads. I do better with pre-cut paper, that's for sure! The covers on all of these were inserts in dollar store photo albums, I just covered them with cardstock before punching holes in the top.

Cut for pictures. )
[identity profile] jerricajaneen.livejournal.com
Inspired by a photo she saw, a close friend of mine asked me to customize a shirt for her. The picture consisted of a shirt with an open panel centered down the back, held together with strips of fabric (pinched in the center to create the look of a bow). She left the colors and details to me, but she explained that she preferred it to be a crop top and have the "bows" closer to the top.

It was a simple DIY project, as I already had a beige crop top I never wore from H & M and old ivory lace curtains, and there was minimal sewing. See the end product:

Side view:


See the full BACK view here :) )


Jul. 25th, 2012 09:46 pm
[identity profile] atouchofyou.livejournal.com
Hello, everyone! This is my first post, although I've been watching for a while. I work in a used book store, and while great, it doesn't pay that much. So I made some bookmarks to try and raise a little extra money. 

Take a look! )

There are two other designs not shown: a suspension bridge and an art nouveau bird. They're printed on pages of old books we were going to throw away. (I used a dictionary for the flower and bird, Shakespeare's history plays and sonnets for the globe, and Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales for the seahorse and bridge. The seahorse is on The Little Mermaid.) I then laminated them by hand. I sold my first one today! It's the first thing I've ever sold that I made! I'm super proud. If they take off, I hope to expand to other bookstores in the area and maybe to etsy. (Or maybe I'm just getting ahead of myself!)

What do you think? Have any suggestions for other designs? I have a hard time finding images that aren't coded as feminine, so masculine/gender neutral suggestions would be welcome.


Jul. 24th, 2012 10:30 pm
[identity profile] gaymuraki.livejournal.com
Hey, I have a bunch of old fashion magazines just laying there. Any ideas what I can use them for? If not then I'll just have to throw them away....
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[personal profile] momsalive1
My daughter had a wrap circle skirt made for me when she was in Ghana, and I wear it a lot.  Even though I don't know much  of anything about sewing, after several hours of googling "wrap skirt" and "circle skirt"  I convinced myself to try making a copy of it. 
The results.... )
[identity profile] webmyrcury.livejournal.com
Wanna make pretty "stained glass" butterflies for your windows, like this one:
...out of junk plastic?

Bonus! Requires little to no artistic talent! :D (Yanno, in case ya just don't got some! ;))

The kind of plastic I used was some I cut out from food containers, like the ones you can get donuts/cupcakes in at your local stores. As long as there's a flat piece of it, you can turn it into a butterfly! :D

Tutorial is this way!! )
[identity profile] purple-dolphin9.livejournal.com

I don’t know if this counts as recycle/upcycle, I've always called it re-purposing, but here is something I do.

I go to a lot of yard sales, I'll buy cross stitch kits. (If I remember right the most I've paid for one is 50 cents) It doesn’t matter if I like the design or not. I take the kit apart, put the canvas with that stash and the thread in my thread box. If it's printed I just use the reverse side.

I always have the canvas when I find a design that I want to make (I don’t do a whole lot of counted cross stitch and I don’t remember the last time I bought the canvas at a store) and I'm re-purposing something that was going to be thrown out anyway.

And here's something  I stitched with that.

[identity profile] naturedichotomy.livejournal.com
I have (maybe not-so-wisely) taken on the role of VBS (Vacation Bible School) director at my church this year. Having had tons of inspiration, it's been an exciting process so far, however I've run into a bit of a crafty roadblock.

I want to make trees. Big, 6-7-8 foot trees, preferably out of cheap materials, since we don't have much of a budget... but I don't want them to look like they were thrown together with no thought. I have tons of boxes from a recent move, and my original plan was to use those, but that isn't working out especially well. Short of making patchwork trees with bits and pieces of the not-very-big boxes, I'm stumped. Anyone have experience making trees for props? I'll take any advice I can get.
[identity profile] limaccia-san.livejournal.com
New little craft, to celebrate a break from the exams xD

Take a look and let me know what you think :D
[identity profile] g2ek-librarian.livejournal.com
I hope this is allowed, I didn't see anything banning it in the FAQ, but if it isn't, I apologize and please delete this.

I'm a librarian in San Francisco, California and as part of our Summer Reading Program, we're holding a program teaching people how reuse old sweaters to make fingerless gloves. It will be on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 2-4pm at the Chinatown Branch.

fingerless gloves
(Follow the fake cut to library website)

If you're interested and in the area, please feel free to attend! This program is free and open to everyone able to attend. Registration is required though.
[identity profile] paperdogs.livejournal.com
I hosted an Inside the Envelope Swap on Tennessee Stampers Yahoo Group.  The only guideline was that we had to use paper that came from a security envelope for part of the project.  You know those envelope we get from the bank and credit card companies... This bird was punched from the inside of one of those.  So this was a recycle swap of sorts.

ATC of Bird


BIRD:  You will need a security envelope... I used one I'd gotten in the mail from the bank.  Use Stampin Up Bird Punch to punch bird and branch out of the security envelope. Those envys have the coolest patterns.

Use black ink to shade the edge of the bird and wing. Attach wing to bird with a pop dot so that the wing is raised.

ATC (Artist Trading Card):  

Hot Pink paper cut 3.5 x 2.5.    
Black paper cut 3.25 x 2.25.   Emboss black paper using  Texture Fades Embossing Folder By Tim Holtz: Dot Matrix  and the Big Shot.

Circle of Words:

Stamp in black Hope Will Give you Wings by Cat's Life Press on security envelope.   Punch out with 1" punch.
Punch 1.25 circle from pink paper.

This one just has a dot for the eye.  Some I did had a tiny jewel for the eye.  That gave them a little more bling.
[identity profile] madame-ugly.livejournal.com
Is the current theme still "recycling" (or using stuff from your stash)?

Either way, I've wanted to felt up a sweater and make something from it so I finally did.

One pic under the cut. )
[identity profile] lil-bella-girl.livejournal.com
I am getting married later this year and fell in love with the idea of brooch bouquets. So I decided to make my own! I am making a few practice ones before i decide exactly what I want for mine. So here is my first ever brooch bouquet :-)

title or description

More Pictures )
[identity profile] ilea.livejournal.com
Need neat little candles for a party or ritual? Check this out!
Cut for video )
I did it with a satsuma and it smelled *so* good.
I would make sure to put a lipped dish under it and not just leave it on a stool or counter because OMGWTFBBQ fire hazard!
[identity profile] mumms.livejournal.com

Hi all! Just want to share this great idea to use leftovers and upcycled materials.
This journal was made by my stepfather. He used leftover gabric pieces for the cover.

+3 photo... )
[identity profile] lindapendant.livejournal.com
While cleaning out the workshop yesterday I discovered this old toolbox my Dad would have made over thirty and maybe even over forty years ago. It sat neglected behind the furnace full of rusty nails. I hauled it out and cleaned it up thinking I could definitely find a better home for it. I have! I've placed cutlery in mason jars and tied up napkins with jute. This will make a handy caddy for dining outside in warm weather, and I just love how it looks sitting on my sideboard.

Tool Box 001

I found an old advertisement for grain at The Graphics Fairy and applied it using CitraSolv which I didn't realize could be used to transfer images to wood. It totally can!

Another photo and link to a transfer tutorial here )


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