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91  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to do with dryer sheets? on: May 25, 2005 02:51:28 AM
I carried a bottle of wine home that was not corked all the way (and really gross wine at that), and it spilled in my front seat when I got out to pump gas.  When I got back in and smelled it and realised what had happened, I immediately looked around for napkins or paper towels which I usually have in the truck...but all I could find were some dryer sheets I had gotten on sale and hadn't made it into the house with yet. Sooooo, I used several of them on the (cloth) seat, thinking I had better leave the windows open forever, but next day no smell!!!  I'm a believer!  I hate that super vinagrette wine smell and it would have been really unpleasant for a long time....I think I will keep some of those dryer sheets in my car all the time...for bugs, spills, forgetting deoderant days...etc.  Also I have glued one to a project recently and it looks good so far....a black and gold box....and I have torn them up and kind of feathered them in anticipation of next Halloween (mini-cobwebs or spiderwebs in a mini haunted house...or a big haunted house....the wine smell clean-up thing really blew me away though!                                                                       TishaLee
92  UNITED STATES / Missouri / Re: St. Louis crafters let's get together! on: May 24, 2005 02:45:04 PM
I am in St. Peters close to Picasso's also...I am doing some recycle arts/crafts...has this gotten off the ground yet?  I would be interested definately!  Can you post here when or if anyone decides?                                              Tisha
93  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Trolls,Trolls,and more Trolls on: May 24, 2005 02:54:24 AM
I Like the garden idea...reminds me of some childhood story...I also have some to get rid of in oh, yes a huge rubbermaid container...I have seen them for sale on the internet...but I think I will re-use mine as goofy gifts, although the garden thing appeals to me so much that I am going to stick some of my hairless trolls out amid st the flowers and bushes in the front of the house, kind of to remind me of fairy tales, but I am thinking that if you re-dress them and accessorise  them, even to the point of piercing their ears, or whatever, styling and coloring the hair, and adding whatever little details to them (such as a tiny paint brush for a friend that likes to paint, or a tiny wok for a friend that likes to cook Chinese), they would be great to add to a personalized gift basket, or give as a whole gift!  Talk of the partay!  You can get really bizarre with this and the recipient will love it! If someone took the time to put together a troll with my attributes, I would probably keep it on display forever...okay, maybe just for a decade or so!  Hope this helps....it definitely inspired me (doesn't take much), TishaLee
94  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Buttons on: May 23, 2005 10:39:27 PM
I looked through all these before I submitted any ideas and am really impressed!  Especially with the Jewelry pictures and the purse strap pictures!  I really love buttons and am wish I had more...I buy them from garage sales and flea markets and the like and had a few passed down to me but....sorry I forgot who said it but yes buttons are "happy things"...(i'll have to look it up and give you credit later).

There is only one decorative use I have not seen so far on this thread....I sew them onto gift baskets, according to the color scheme and theme...sometimes through silk flowers...I use embroidery thread and attach a bead on the inside if I think it is going to slide through...the buttons provide great detail and you can also use ribbon or craft yarn to attach a button...sometimes I add a little jingle bell near the button that matches it in color.                                        Later, TishaLee                                 


95  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Diabetic Supplies on: May 23, 2005 09:56:04 PM
I have the same containers and also many, many little needle covers, syringes (sans needles) and the little caps that are at the bottom of the new syringes...I have been saving these because I cannot stand to throw them away.  I have thought of some ideas that I have not tried yet, such as using the ridged covers which are about a half inch long and about one-eighth " diameter as carrots, but the ridges run the opposite way so I will probably end up using them in some kind of recycle art mosaic someday.  I have just spray painted some of the little caps, which are about a half inch long and about one-quarter inch diameter, and look like miniature top hats, different colors and am thinking of making little chorus-line type dolls out of clothespins, the old round ones i happen to have, or little 'Uncle Sam's' for 4th of July.  I also may use some of the plungers to make mini table or chair legs....they are white, about 2 and a half inches long with little black rubber 'floor protectors' at the end.  I make miniature tables and such to cover things in gift baskets and I think I will make a table in a 50's type diner scene with these, along with a black and white fabric covered margarine lid.  The plungers are rather flimsey so I will have to be careful. My daughter is balking at the pump so I guess I will have plenty of syringe stuff for a while!

The strip bottles are so cool to use for different things that I so regret all the ones I have thrown away over the years since my daughter was diagnosed with type 1 but I still have several years more of this.  Those containers are so easily used painted and glued to a CD, also painted, and used as an art table or office organizer.  They are better that prescription bottles because they are usually white and therefore easier to paint or decorate.  Oh and the syringe covers and tip covers, I just realised can be used for mini legs for tea crates that can be decorated also for gift baskets, or for mini stools to put small decorative figures in to embellish gift baskets or shadow boxes.  That is all I have for now.  Hope this posts...I tried once but I guess I did something wrong...I don't know...TishaLee
96  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: So many pill bottles! on: May 23, 2005 03:00:09 AM
put a loop through the little lever that you have to push down to open and cover with fabric or fibrefoam and make a mini first aid kit.  Hang several in a row looped together vertically to hold cosmetics in the bathroom to keep them out of the med chest or back of the toity...decorate to match bathroom. Paint with Fusion and glue several onto a CD or a lid cover to make a desk or art table organizer.  Use different sizes for an interesting look and to put different sized paintbrushes, pens or whatever goes on your desk   
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