Your piano desks rocks! Kudos for having the imagination to think of it,and the skill to make it-you should be very proud. Oh,and someone earlier in the thread was asking about your quote?
"they'll be two dates on your tombstone everyone will read them..but the only thing that matters is the little [ dash between them ]" It's from the song "Life down here on earth",cd same title,by Kevin Welch.I like that quote also.
I did something unique-but no pictures because it didn't turn out well;I was too sloppy. I made a placemat. I used the round plastic sleeve that protects a large frozen pizza. Cleaned it,lined it with a pretty piece of wrapping paper.The back and front of the plastic aren't the same size,remember it's flat on the cardboard on one side,the other bulges around half inch of pizza.I cut the bulgy side from the center out,imagine a pie all sliced up,left attached at the outside edge.Inserted paper,laid plastic back over it as flat as it would go,used a few tiny bits of tape to hold it.Ironing board,old towel,plastic,another old towel. Ironed on highest setting-no steam,of course! It melted together to make one cohesive whole.The back,although melted together,is messy-I should have cut away some excess plastic. The front looks okay,but boy,is it crinkley! A piece of fabric would have been prettier,and un-crinklely.I think done with more care,this would be nifty. And someone here recently made beautiful window sheers out of bubble wrap,bias tape,and grommets.This month Readymade online just did almost the same thing-I suppose they could have come up with it on their own,but I wonder. I'm going to keep checking this thread.It sounds like fun.
A boating or military magazine might have nifty little pictures to cut out and coat with a few layers of mod podge or something.Maybe some ocean pages from an old atlas,ect,for background in a few spaces? I've seen buttons with anchors on them,both brass ones,and the big navy ones off a peacoat.Maybe something to reflect where he was stationed? I know you want to stay away from toys,but doesn't monopoly have a battleship piece? Just got up to check mine-it does! Hasbro/Parker Brothers should have a toll free number and website-I remember reading once people always need replacement pieces,and I think they can send you one.What are some things about the navy he remembers fondly?Good luck!
I've worked at many places where you'd be fired for taking trash.Sadly,people try to return it to the store-"I lost my reciept & want a refund."My husband told me about having to jump on things,cut them up with a knife,ect,,to make them unuseable.When his store for once donated sealed boxed candy to a charity at the holidays,there were people trying to return it as unwanted gifts next day.At my store we rip the covers off magazines for return to the distributers & trash the zines,& we're not allowed to take them.It really hurts if the magazine has extras,like a cd,or the crossstitch mini kits. Some paperbacks are also stripped for return.The managers sympathise,but they could lose their jobs if the auditor catches them,& we have camaras everywhere.It's a combination of-a)they are legally obligated with the publisher to do this,and b) they think employees won't buy any if they can get it for free. I think it's wrong-how would the distributer even know? My 81 year old father remembers the drugstore when he was a boy handing out comic books to kids after they stripped them.Little stores seem to be more easygoing than the chains. That said,I've NEVER heard of a store caring about packaging materials! Cardboard tubes and styrofoam? That is just meanness!Why do they have a recycling bin if they won't let you use it? Taking stuff out of your hands and throwing it in the trash bin instead of letting you toss it in the recycling? The only reason for doing that is to upset you.Grrr! At least my store lets us grab boxes & packing peanuts-my daughter's halloween costume is being made from sheets of shiny silver bubble wrap type stuff(she wants to look like she's from outer space). I'm sorry they're treating you like that.At work I bring home my recyclables to put in my own bin-I paid for that soft drink,it's my property,even the can,to do with as I please.You may have to do that,and just ignore them and let it go.It's unfair,I know,you are right & they're wrong,but it may be the only way to have some peace of mind.Just tell yourself your'e doing what you can,you are not responsible for their actions.If they keep trying to get your goat,even if you no longer try to recycle their stuff,then that's harrasment.You might want to write down who did what when,just for yourself.It starts slow,like the water torture,then gets to the point you can't stand it,and if it gets bad enough to complain,you'll be asked for specifics,not "they always".I hope it's not that bad for you!You know us craftsters sympathise with you!
I once made a shelf with old cd's-it looked cool,but I was sloppy making it. It didn't hold up well.They'd make a nice background,though. So would sheets of old circuit board. Or-line your shelf with black or dark blue cloth or paper,paint/glue on stars,hang the ornaments in front of it with fishing line.Or run a string of white xmas lights behind it,punch holes for the lightbulbs,it's stars.Or a star trek mobile? Go to a discount store,buy a really cheap shelf,buy a roll of shiny silver wrapping paper to cover it? Or look at the shelf liner/contact paper,I bought a white and black marble look paper once that covered the top of a white painted desk.Look in sections you normally wouldn't,like kitchen,closet,bath.Sometimes you see something,and another use for it hits you.Go to goodwill,or another thrift shop- you can luck into amazing things.Good luck.
YKYACW the insides of your pockets are getting nasty because you can't resist picking up little rusty things. I am so going to make jewelry...one of these days.And I look funny with my pocket bulging until I can find a bag.But-"Oh! There's another piece over there!"
YKYACW you buy7 or 8 rolls of crochet string for a quarter each ...and you can barely do a chain stitch.