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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Notebooks made from recycled office materials on: January 14, 2007 11:16:50 AM
I've made a series of notebooks from reclaimed materials, including office waste card and paper, with ribbons, raffia, string or even a belt from a dress to hold them together and pictures from magazines or scraps of wrapping paper to brighten them up.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Net bracelet on: June 09, 2006 12:59:06 AM
I made this bracelet from a strange net material that I found somewhere, then I laced in some silver gift-ribbon and sewed on a couple of flower beads that came from a hand bracelet that was too big. The bracelet ties with ribbon at the back. Let me know what you think!

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Notelets from reclaimed materials on: March 23, 2006 12:43:02 AM
I made some notelets the other day from reclaimed paper from the office, pages torn from a Japanese poetry journal and photos of flowers cut from an Italian magazine - so international as well as 100% reclaimed. These are just two examples:

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What do you think?
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dancing cardboard rabbit - my first toy! on: February 17, 2006 01:05:30 AM

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I made this at a conference in Italy. When you pull on the carrot, the rabbit dances! Actually much more interesting than the toy (which is modelled on my own adorable rabbit Anya!) is the place where it was made. The Serendipity Ludoteca in Turin is a wonderful play and activities centre that is committed to recycling and reuse and has a workshop full of 'junk' that they and the people they work with turn into fun toys! There's some more information (in Italian only, last time I looked) at: http://www.comune.torino.it/gioco. Anya loves this toy by the way!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old paper bags and cards to stylish giftwrap on: February 17, 2006 12:53:55 AM

If you can't see the picture, you can see it at my blog:

I like to reuse paper for wrapping gifts but it can look a bit tacky so I've started doing this kind of thing - using plain paper bags, old wrapping paper, ribbon from chocolate boxes and gifts and making gift tags from old greetings cards. What do you think? Or do you have other ideas for creative giftwrap from reused materials?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / *First post in clothing area* Add lace stocking tops to gloves for glamour! on: February 05, 2006 12:36:32 PM

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http://craftygreenpoet.blogspot.com/2005/09/customised-clothing.html. Once the stockings fall apart it seems a shame to waste the lace tops so I added them to the top of some elbow length gloves. (Just a bit of simple sewing). Yes I'm a bit of a glamour goth in my spare time! The jewellery is all second hand too!

What do you think?
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lavender bag from fabric left overs. *First post, please comment!* on: February 05, 2006 12:31:43 PM

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When on holiday in Italy we went for a day trip to France and I bought a huge bag of lavender for far less than they were selling lavender bags. This is the second lavender bag I've made using scraps of fabric left over from a dress I had made when i was in Malawi many years ago. It's very simple, just hemmed and seamed and filled with lavender. The ribbon came from a gift I think. I've sent this item to a fellow member of www.bookcrossing.com in exchange for a book! What do you think?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First post in Purses, Bags and Wallets: Black satin gift bag from old skirts on: February 05, 2006 12:27:18 PM

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I had a nice black satin skirt that I got tired of so I shortened it. This was not entirely successful as Crafty Green Poet can't actually cut in a straight line! However, the left over material made a lovely gift purse. I sewed the scraps of black satin into a bag, lined it with scraps of the lining of another old skirt and added some beads that came from the second skirt. The ribbon through the top came from a gift I think. I have given this to a friend who seems to like it, any comments from craftsters?
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / *First post here* A page from my first altered book ANOTHER NEW PAGE! on: February 05, 2006 12:18:10 PM

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I went on holiday to Italy last year and at about the same time found a second hand out of date anthology of articles from the italian press. It seemed like too good an opportunity to miss to put together an altered book / holiday journal. This is the best page from the book and illustrates the Museum of Antiquities against the background of an article about archeological discoveries in Italy. What do you think?
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