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« Reply #50 on: March 27, 2010 09:27:55 PM »

 I received my wonderful recycled package from cxcaitlyn on Thursday and was able to take pictures today......(this old lady can't seem to take non-blurry pictures on a regular basis.  Hope you can all make out what the picture is ok... cxcaitlyn, if you have better pics, please post them.)

when I opened the box I found a card made from a piece of recycled paper glued to what appeared to be a magazine page showing people on a beach.  Nice touch.

Next I pulled out this bag...made from a recycled skirt and material from her stash
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detail shot showing the pockets and the mushrooms/flowers that she painted on

and the lining



then I pulled out this frame,

that she found broken outside her apartment building.  Since the glass was still intact, she refurbished it with material from an old shirt she had.  Almost looks like one of our cats peeking up to see what is going on.

next came these wonderful, major time consuming, coasters made from junk mail.  

She said "...I didn't even have to use a week's worth of junk mail to make these!"  I'm glad I don't get that much junk mail, I'd drown in it, but I'm very happy to have these nice coasters.


finally, I pulled this wonderful lady out of the bag......

I looooovvvvve her!  She is so soft and cuddly and very, very cute.  She is made from some old sweaters and modeled after the fox on my wist.

pinokeeo, you can keep your froggy lady, I have my 'foxy lady'....

Thank you cxcaitlyn for a wonderful package.  It is a 'loud and proud' recycled package and I am very happy to be its recipient.  Great swap!

Thanks Pixieval and CJClark for organizing this Reduce, Reuse, Recycle swap.

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« Reply #51 on: March 27, 2010 09:35:08 PM »

Ah! That is too cute. That frame makes me squeal and I'm so jealous of that bag.
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« Reply #52 on: March 27, 2010 10:15:06 PM »

I am fascinated by the junk mail coasters...any links on how they are done?

the frame is a good find...and a nice save!

The bag is the best--adding the mushrooms updates the plaid and the lining is wonderful as well...

this stuff is definitely better the second time around!!!
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« Reply #53 on: March 28, 2010 05:30:51 AM »

I am fascinated by the junk mail coasters...any links on how they are done?

here's the explanation lizzyjoan gave earlier (cos she had made me a set of those, too)
I am sure there is I learned at summer camp.  Basically you cut pieces of paper in 2 inch by 3 inch sections (I highly recommend a paper cutter) then starting at a corner you roll it around a small stick of some kind (I have used a paper clip, a pencil, an incense stick, etc.) then you stick the rolled tubes together by sliding one into the other.  I am not sure if this makes sense or not but I hope it gets you started.  I really enjoy all the different crafts that you can make with rolled paper and since I have a magazine addiction it works well for me.

PS: double thank you to my extemely patient partner - i hope to get my package out tomorrow.
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« Reply #54 on: March 28, 2010 05:43:16 AM »

I have been prowling around here in your gallery, and I must say I am loving all that I see.  I especially love the wall clock made by pinokeeo.  That thing is AMAZING!  I now know the one item I will be looking for on future thrift store trips.  I have a new craft room that is clockless.  Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #55 on: March 28, 2010 07:43:52 AM »

Thanks for sharing that infor nataluna!  I know exactly what they are now!!  I have hundreds of those beads in my drawer and never knew what to make (I used them for jewelry at one time!)...wow...love it!
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« Reply #56 on: March 28, 2010 08:33:05 AM »

I LOVE every single thing in that package from cxcaitlyn. This gallery is so badass.
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« Reply #57 on: March 28, 2010 10:37:32 AM »

I'm glad I'm getting such rave reviews  Wink I had a lot of fun making everything, and it's even better when it's recycled. The method I used for the coasters was actually a little less complicated than the lizzyjoan method; I cut the paper into 1/2 inch wide strips (doesn't matter how long), folded them over the long way, and coiled around, gluing as I went. Pretty simple, but since a piece of paper folded in half still isn't very thick it can take awhile.

If you like the bag, I posted a tute the other day http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342542.0 . It's fairly long-winded, but it is very simple and should still be easy to understand.

And as a matter of fact, it was very sunny the weekend before I sent, so I managed to get decent pictures:





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« Reply #58 on: March 28, 2010 11:27:44 AM »

thanks for clearing up how you did the paper coasters--ha ha --I was going to try to figure out how to string my paper beads to make them...your way is a lot easier! (but time consuming, as you said!)
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« Reply #59 on: March 28, 2010 01:55:20 PM »

i bet you could totally mosaic something with the paper beads and it would look great.
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