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« Reply #620 on: January 04, 2009 08:19:34 PM »

I'm working on paper crafts, since I have a ton of Christmas cards and calendars.  So far, I've made buttons, boxes and bows.  Any other ideas?
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« Reply #621 on: January 04, 2009 08:37:46 PM »

I'm working on paper crafts, since I have a ton of Christmas cards and calendars.  So far, I've made buttons, boxes and bows.  Any other ideas?

Do you have many paper punches in different shapes? I saw someone on some site make wall art out of teardrop-shaped cutouts from Christmas cards that were arranged into floral designs, and they didn't have a "holidays" look at all. I also knew a lady who stenciled a teapot design, and cut these teapots out of the Christmas cards, then used them as tags for giving tea-related gift sets (i.e. tea bags in a mug with a packet of shortbread), and they were very cute. And one more thing I'd like to try, cutting out and collecting a bunch of images of the same thing, like a bunch of different renditions of wise men or baby Jesuses, for some unknown future use...
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« Reply #622 on: January 04, 2009 09:02:35 PM »

I'm working on paper crafts, since I have a ton of Christmas cards and calendars.  So far, I've made buttons, boxes and bows.  Any other ideas?

Do you have many paper punches in different shapes? I saw someone on some site make wall art out of teardrop-shaped cutouts from Christmas cards that were arranged into floral designs, and they didn't have a "holidays" look at all. I also knew a lady who stenciled a teapot design, and cut these teapots out of the Christmas cards, then used them as tags for giving tea-related gift sets (i.e. tea bags in a mug with a packet of shortbread), and they were very cute. And one more thing I'd like to try, cutting out and collecting a bunch of images of the same thing, like a bunch of different renditions of wise men or baby Jesuses, for some unknown future use...

Thanks for the suggestions.  I forgot that I had paper punches in a few different shapes.  I could probably make a whole new set of cards for all occasions.  I might even try to do some stencilling.  I actually have a couple of punches that are larger than the usual.

I'm not sure that I have the patience for cutting out images.  I usually cut shapes (circles, squares, triangles) of different scenes and use them for collage.
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« Reply #623 on: January 11, 2009 06:28:55 AM »

An australian musical instrument from bottle caps, looks odd but I was at a concert once and someone was using it, it is a fantastic percussion instrument!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V765BHbD0R8

http://www.geocities.com/painless47/waste/lager/lager.htm
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« Reply #624 on: January 11, 2009 07:29:40 AM »

Wow!  This is a really great idea.  I love the sound of it.

Next project!!
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« Reply #625 on: January 11, 2009 08:01:29 AM »

Oh wow edel thanks for the link! I followed a link the band had posted in a comment and found there info page and more clips about it http://groanboxboys.com/boot.html

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« Reply #626 on: January 11, 2009 12:44:25 PM »

it really is an odd instrument, I was at a fair and there was this bluesy/country/folk type group playing and one of them had a lagerphone, I had never seen one before and had to take a closer look, in trying to find links for the post it appears that there are different kinds, the one I saw had a notched section on the main pole and the player used a kind of drum stick to run it up and down the notches to make all the bottle-caps move. Sounded fabulous. Definitely one to make for a musician friend. Only problem is that you need a lot of bottle caps!! But I guess a local bar would be a good place to start looking!.

lady4feet, I just found that group on youtube, they are good!
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« Reply #627 on: January 11, 2009 06:45:18 PM »

Here's another website where you can see the lagerphone up close.

http://www.davidbruce.net/passions/224.asp
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« Reply #628 on: June 24, 2009 03:55:49 PM »

I have been working on some green ideas to use in my home for the past year.

 I have used squares of unused cotton fabric for paper towel substitutes. I don't finish the edges on most of them a it is alot of work. I do press and fold them after each washing. I store them in a square cookie jar for easy access. This ha seemed to cut down on paper towel usage, but some have gotten lost. So I made more and found a mesh bag to toss them in after use. they can be washed in this, then they are handy when I am ready to press them. I know pressing them is abit extra, but I feel better putting a sandwich on them when they are pressed. If they get stained then they move on to the rag bin.

I have made several shopping bags and a couple market bags.

The market bags were made from natural, sustainable fibers.


The shopping bags were peices from scrap fabrics. These are jut a few.


For summer, I am planning on reworking my solar cooker. It was made from a storage tub, the window in the lid is from some clear packaging. It needs to be reattatched, it is coming loose on one side. It is insulated with newspaper and line with heavy black plastic to help absorb the heat. To cook I use my black enamel roasting pan. Metal helps to absorb and retain the heat and it helps to have a black pan to absorb the heat. The reflector is cardboard covered with a emergency blanket. This needs a little love too. Some of the cardboard is saggy. I am using a broken fooseball table as a stand for it. I think I will paint this to make it pretty and add some stabilizers. I hope to get before and after pictures soon. It does work well on sunny days.
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« Reply #629 on: June 24, 2009 04:54:43 PM »

Great job.  I'd love to see your solar cooker.
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