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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Bread tray grids: a picture is worth 1,000 words! on: April 15, 2011 02:44:02 PM
I make cork boards using old frames and trays I find at thrift stores.  Every once in a while I ran into a bread cutting tray.  These trays have a detachable grid on top.  That's where you cut your bread.  The crumbs fall underneath, into the tray, and allow for easy cleanup.  I use the tray part for the cork board, and I am accumulating the grids.  What can I do with them?

Here's a photo!



And another, so that you can see underneath:



Thank you so much!

Gloria

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Scrapbook paper swaps? on: July 30, 2010 03:45:40 PM
You know those huge blocks of paper that you can buy at crafts stores, that come with a million different patterns?  Do people ever swap some of these papers?  I think it would be fun.  I just opened a block, and there are some papers I am not terribly fond of, but I am sure some people may very much enjoy.  Has this been done before?

Thanks!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Do people ever swap decorative papers? on: July 30, 2010 12:39:03 AM
You know those huge blocks of paper that you can buy at crafts stores, that come with a million different patterns.  Do people ever swap some of these papers?  I think it would be fun.  I just opened a block, and there are some papers I am not terribly fond of, but I am sure some people may very much enjoy.  Has this been done before?

Thanks!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / I'm new to this swapping... on: June 24, 2010 12:00:18 AM
I'd love to try my hand at a swap.  Yes, I have read the posts describing the rules and organization, but more than anything, I'm a little unsure as to the level of crafts that are expected.  I have looked at previous galleries and there are some amazing things.  Is there a swap for amateurs?   Smiley

Any suggestions would be great.  Thank you!!!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fortune cookie mirrors on: April 10, 2010 12:13:57 AM
For years I had been saving the fortunes from fortune cookies in a jar, with no project in mind.

Three years ago a friend was having a baby.  I thought it would be a good idea to cover a mirror with the fortune cookies.  Some of the fortunes were pink or in pink font, which was perfect, because she was having a girl. 



I ran out of pink fortunes midway through the mirror, but I found some templates on the web.  I printed them on pink paper, and kept going.

I thought this would make an auspicious gift for a baby, as the fortunes are always very positive.  One of these cracked me up:



Maybe the uncomfortable situation was a dirty diaper?   Cheesy

Then I was left with a whole bunch of white fortunes, so I made another mirror:



Hope you like them!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Napkin tablecloth on: April 08, 2010 11:56:19 PM
I think they multiplied when we weren't looking, because all of a sudden I had a drawer full of cloth napkins.  I took the most boring ones and put them together to create this tablecloth.  I added a couple of tie-dye samples that I did years ago.  Not too shabby for a quick afternoon project.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bulletin boards using wine corks on: April 07, 2010 12:28:51 AM
I love to make bulletin boards using wine corks.  I chose winemaking as my career, and therefore had access to many corks.  This is a simple way to use them.  I look for frames with good depth at thrift stores, which makes me feel good because it is like putting them to good use again.  

I use regular carpenter's glue for the corks, because they are wood, after all.  I also use synthetic corks, and for those I switch to a stronger glue, something like E6000 or similar.  I tend to pack the corks tightly, so I let the glue dry with heavy books on top, to prevent the corks from popping out.

If you don't work in the wine industry, don't despair!  It is easy to get a hold of corks.  Apart from the obvious (drink one glass of wine with dinner every night, and you'd be amazed as to how fast those corks gather), you can befriend the waiters at your favorite restaurant and ask that they save you the corks.  Do the same with your friends.  Or email wine cork companies or wineries and see if they'd be willing to send you some samples!  

I have made tons of boards over the years, as they make great gifts.  Here are a few photos.  These ones are from my private collection.



I took a class called "Wines of the World", and every week I faithfully saved the corks from the wines tasted. They ended up on this board, the first one I ever made. This is also the board by my desk. I cleaned it up to take the photo, but here is where I hang all my bills to pay, stamps, etc.  Corks are soft enough that you can pierce them easily with a thumbtack.



This frame was deep enough that allowed for the corks to be placed vertically. I love how they start all aligned, and chaos soon ensues.  I don't consider this a functional frame, so I use it as a decorative piece only.



I made this board for my husband when we were just dating. I nailed some beer caps around the frame and glued some tokens, as a way to conceal that it wasn't in very good shape. I rather liked the effect, and have repeated the beer edge a few times.  If I find a frame wide enough, I tend to decorate it with stickers.  I made a board as a farewell gift for my old boss.  I chose wine, grapes, golf, French, and frog stickers in his honor.  I kick myself for not having taken a photo before I gave it to him!



This frame was an odd find at the thrift store. The back side is felted, with the days of the week. I thought it would look better in landscape. This is another one of those organic boards where the cork pattern turns chaotic after a couple of rows.  I had this board in my work office, and the fact that it is so long was super-useful.
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with mesh bags? on: March 23, 2010 12:03:42 AM
Hi!

I am accumulating plastic mesh bags, the kind that Cuties tangerines or onions come in.  Does anybody have any ideas on what to do with them? 

Thank you!!
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