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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Leather boot tops! These boots were made for...? on: January 04, 2014 08:59:26 AM
So, I wore the heck out of my favorite boots. They can't be re-soled. I can't bear to part with them because the shafts are in great shape--nice, soft leather with a kind of insulated lining. There are some small buckles at the cuff which might be incorporated into this upcycle.

Some ideas:
-Boot purse (I've seen ones made from cowboy boot tops)
-Boot toppers (not crazy about this--they always look like, well, re-used boot tops)
-Bracelets, etc made from the leather

Thank you in advance for any and all ideas, you creative folks! I am stuck so I figured I'd throw it out here (NOT into the landfill!) and see what other ideas are out there!

2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Dangly earrings remade into...? on: April 24, 2013 10:41:23 AM
Hey hey fellow Craftsters!

I scored these great earrings for only 4 bucks and bought them even though they are waaay too large and heavy for me to actually wear as earrings. I love the colors & dangly style. They're about 3 inches long from the bottoms up to the horizontal posts.

Only thing I can think of is to create 2 necklace pendants, but there must be more ideas out there. Thoughts, anybody? they're just too cool!

Thanks much!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Zen Room--straw mats as wallcovering on: March 08, 2006 10:38:38 AM
I found a cheap way to totally redo my formerly ugly side room!




So here's the scoop...I had this side room in my new house which had that FUGLY '70s fake-wood paneling...EEEeeewww! But what to do on a small budget? I considered painting, wallpapering (ick), just about everything. Then I went to a yoga retreat place (Omega Institute). There, the inside of the sanctuary temple was covered totally in grasscloth--ah, the solution!! But wait...once home, I started pricing grasscloth--almost 100 dollars a roll! NOT!! I looked a little further (and meditated on it, heh)...

I found straw mats (like those you take to the beach) from www.orientaltrading.com for under 3 dollars apiece. I ordered twenty of them. I covered the walls with them by staple-gunning them right onto the paneling. I then looked at my local craft store for ribbon to cover where the edges met. It was wicked expensive for the amount I needed, so I found the same stuff online and ordered Khaki grosgrain ribbon from www.jkmribbon.com in 1 and widths. (1" for where the mats met, 1/2" for edging around the windows, doors, and baseboard heaters.) This I applied from top to bottom with a hot glue gun.

I finished the look with rice paper shades from pearlriver.com and a bamboo bead curtain from Bed, Bath & Beyond. All the other stuff I already had.

I'm so sorry I don't have any "before" or "during' pics to convey just how gross the room was before, but I didn't know I'd be actually posting this.

Some tips: The mats (shown below as they come) are edged with a blue ribbon. You must gently rip this off before you can start stapling the mat to the wall. (Update: see posts below for alternatives.) Also, after a couple of false starts, I realized you really must hang the mats vertically, not horizontally. And it takes some playing, but at the tops & bottoms, you kind of have to roll the mat under a bit, or else it frays like fricking crazy!!! This is the only tricky part of all this, and in retrospect, maybe I would have gotten some cheap sheets and attached the mats to the sheets with spray adhesive to make a backing. The backing would have kept the mats together better as I worked. I touched up the staples--which were shiny--with a bit of paint I mixed to match the walls (tedious, as there were HUNDREDS of staples).


Also I'd recommend buying a few more mats than you need as extra, and also because there are shade variations in the different mats, and you want to try and match up similar shades at the "join" edges.

I protected the door edge with one of those plastic edges made for protecting wallpaper (stolen from another done-over room in my house and attached with thumbtacks). I protected the area around the doorknob by taking one of those clear protective "CDs" that come in the package of recordable CDs for your computer. I drilled a larger hole in it with a large-hole drill bit.

This was very cost-effective:
Mats: $60.
Ribbon: $25. (for more than I will ever use!!)
Blinds: $40.
Bead Curtain: $20.
Staples: $5.

Total: $150. and lots of sweat!

Downside: This is not an option for you if you have young kids, or cats that like to scratch the walls. It is a delicate wallcovering.

Please hit me up with any questions if I left anything out. Everyone who sees this is totally blown away and can't believe I did it myself!!!







This is roughly a 10' x 10' room, and I only had to cover 2 of the walls fully. The mats are 29 x 72. So factor this in if you are looking to duplicate this look.
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / White plastic twist-off caps on: September 21, 2005 09:48:49 AM
I have a bunch of plastic twist-off caps I've collected from work. I have about 20 but, like I said, I get them from work so I can always get more. they are a little over 2.5" in diameter and 1/2" deep. They have twist-off threads on the inside and also a "freshness seal"-type cardboard in the inside that is heavily glued on and impossible to remove without a big hunk of gunk, so removing the cardboard is not an option.  

I've been playing with these for weeks and, aside from making mini picture frames, I'm stumped. Please, Ideas?Huh Thanks a lot!  Smiley

I've tried to attach a photo. Hope it works.
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