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11  Getting my money's worth out of plastic containers in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Crochooley on: March 19, 2010 11:16:23 AM

Here's how I decided to reuse the large plastic cups you get from fast food restaurants and also other plastic containers that I typically would put in a recycle box.

It started off like this:

and ended up to be this:

I cut, clean, heat and spiral them into plastic notebooks. 

Thanks for letting me share.
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12  Small pouch made from handspun vcr tape and plastic yarn in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Crochooley on: March 11, 2010 06:19:02 AM

I absolutely love the shininess of vcr tape and when you mix it with something white or bright, it gives such a rich, refined look to the project.

I made this up as a complimentary gift as a means of sneaking in my business card and luv the way it turned out.

It was made up from what I call my handspun mint chocolate chip - I plied vcr tape and two tone dark green plastic yarn that I get from WalMart in the produce section.

thx for letting me share it with you
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13  Handspun vcr tape and plastic yarn combos in Spinning: Completed Projects by Crochooley on: March 11, 2010 06:11:47 AM

I get alot of vcr/cassette tape donations and decided to start spinning up a few color combos -

I call this Chocolate covered Cotton Candy

and I call this Mint Chocolate Chip

I made this up as a complimentary gift for one of my buyers ..  it's my sneaky way of sending my business card with the package:

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14  Tuxedo Dude Tote with fashionable lid bottom shoes made with plastic yarn in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Crochooley on: February 16, 2010 09:03:27 AM

I created the Tuxedo Dude Tote before I created the American Crock Shopping Tote that I entered into the Craft Challenge #47 for Reusable Shopping Bag Contest.   I'm just now finding the pictures that I took or I would have entered it into the contest. 

I designed and created this for a friend who asked me to make a gift she wanted for her sister whose son was getting married.   Her sister is a collector of Totes and doesn't go shopping at the grocery store, farmers market, mall or anywhere without one in hand.

I used black and white plastic yarn.   Since I do go digging for plastic bags in recycle boxes I'm pretty sure the black bags to name one store is compliments of ABC Liquors.  I can't remember who the other store contributors are from.  And the white plastic bag is taken from a huge variety of different stores that I have in my 'plentiful' stash. 

You can't be a 'Dude' without legs and shoes which were made using the plastic lids for the shoes. I trimmed the outer edge of the 'shoes' with plied black and white plastic yarn from my Louet spinning wheel. I came up with the idea for the black and white 'shoes' from my very fond memory of how adorable my son looked going to his last prom as a senior in high school.

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15  What to do with all the plastic lids cluttering my cabinet??? (added pattern) in CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES by Crochooley on: February 02, 2010 11:50:01 AM

What else is there but to make a shopping tote using the lids as my bottom .....

I call this the American Crock Lid Bottom Plarn Tote ....  (I think the pic shows why)

My theme this year is - 'Recycle By Recreating To Reuse'

I don't know about you, but my totes/purses/bags go through a beating both inside and out.  I'm always laying it on the ground so of course it gets dirty and something is always spilling out on the inside.  

The lid on the bottom keeps my plarn tote lasting longer.... And because it is made with plastic yarn, it is very durable and strong.    I was able to fit 7 of these in my shopping cart the other day....

Punch holes in each lid about every around the lid ensuring youre making the same # of holes on each.  

Blanket stitch twice around each lid.  

With an F or G hook, join with a sl st in any space and 2 to 3 sc in each space around.   Join with a sl st to the first sc then fasten off.  

Repeat the same for the 2nd lid, (do not fasten off this is where you will be joining the 2 lids in the middle) join with a sl st to the first sc and also through a st on other lid, yo and pull through to complete sl st.  (see pic below)

Continue until you cant go any further.   Once youve complete the middle seam, you will now begin making the sides of the bag.  Sc in the back of each sc of the previous row.   I discovered that this puts more of the weight on the plarn then on the lid.

Work your way around the outer of the lid back to the middle, sctog the last st on the lid and a stitch in the middle, sctog next st in the middle and 1st st on next lid, sc around the outer of next lid back around, join w/sl st to first sc.  

For this grocery tote, I switched to the H hook and did tr st in each st around.  Repeated the same for each row except every 3rd row worked blo to create a rim for edging with a contrasting color.  

Row 12, (with contrasting color) hdc in each st around.  
Row 13, (with contrasting color) determine how big and how far apart you want placement of handles... hdc in each st up to where you want to make handle, make 20 ch, join w/hdc to complete first handle and in each st around up to where you want other handle, make 20 ch, join w/hdc to complete 2nd handle and in each st arnd, join w/sl st in 1st hdc made.
Row 14 (with primary color) -15 (with contrasting color), hdc in each st around.  Fasten off.

With contrasting color, rev sc in each st around lid.  Fasten off, weave in all ends.

My apologies for not doing a better job with providing the how to details initially.  Let me know if you have any questions about each step.

Here's a tote I created with an oval lid:

Thank you for hosting this challenge ... I hope you enjoy!!

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16  I enjoyed my icey cold diet coke so much I just couldn't part with it in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Crochooley on: January 25, 2010 08:57:06 AM

One minute I was enjoying an icey cold diet coke and the next thing you know, I'm carrying it on my shoulder as a fashionable tote. Grin  How neat is that ... 

I just couldn't throw this cup into the recycle box.  One of my resolutions was to raise the bar expanding awareness of keeping plastic out of the landfill beyond just plastic bags.  My new motto this year is - 'recycle by recreating to reuse'

So just how eco-friendly is this tote? You already know what the front and back panels are (see Coca Cola cup in pic), in addition to that it was crocheted with clear plastic yarn; it has a pop tab closure and to ensure a strong base, the bottom of the bag is supported by 3 floppy disks without the silver clasp and magnetic disk.

I used bigger pop tabs as the anchor for each strap. This will give it the added support when you're it's being filled it up with anything possible - e.g. groceries, books, a picnic lunch or packing it for a trip to the beach.

thanks for letting me share this with you.....

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17  Handspun Multi-Green Plastic Market Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Crochooley on: January 18, 2010 10:26:16 AM

I wanted to show off the market bag I crocheted with my handspun plastic yarn.  I plied brown with green plastic bags (Publix) with green with dark green plastic bags (vegetable bag from WalMart).  The contrasting color that looks like white is actually clear with green plastic bag (vegetable bag from WalMart).   What I do like about this tote, I designed the straps built into the bag.

Here's a close-up:

This is what it looked like after I spun it:

Thanks for looking!!
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18  Handspun Sunshine But Windy Day Plart Yarn (plastic art yarn) in Spinning: Completed Projects by Crochooley on: January 18, 2010 10:16:57 AM

Pretty soon it'll be getting that time of year when you look outside and the sun is shining but boy are those trees just blowing back and forth.

When I plied Raffeta, yellow with white (Dollar General) plastic yarn and white with black (Winn Dixie) plastic yarn, that's exactly what came to my mind. I chuckled and said this looks like a windy day.

I'm sure you will agree this is definitely unique but more importantly it just looks fun.

Thanks for looking!!

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19  Re: Handspun Brown and Green Plastic Yarn aka plarn in Spinning: Completed Projects by Crochooley on: January 14, 2010 10:06:28 AM
You would be so amazed at the strength and durability of a market bag/tote/purse or anything else that is made from plarn. 

Here is the market tote I made from this handspun plastic yarn:

Here is more of a close-up:

Thanks for letting me share this with you!!!
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20  My Plastique Fall Plarn Tote was featured on Craftgawker in Crochet: Completed Projects by Crochooley on: November 19, 2009 06:00:20 AM

I had never heard of Craftgawker before until I came across a discussion thread in the Etsy forum.

So I thought what could it hurt.  You know it's all part of networking to get your name out there in the craft community.

The etsy thread indicated that some artisans received an acceptance after multiple to several submissions.  To my shock and surprise, my first submission was accepted.

This was very exciting for me and just wanted to share with everyone!!!

I was so flattered, I even did a blog write-up about it:  http://plastiqrecreation.blogspot.com/
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