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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Cool postcards? on: May 20, 2012 06:03:14 AM
I volunteer at a local arts-center-and-thrift-store in Hyde Park, and we have bags full of the coolest artsy postcards.  I hate to see them just sitting there, so I bought like 20, and, as they are pretty much name-your-price, I could get like 300 for a few bucks.  They are really cool-looking, but the backs have writing on them, so I couldn't really use them as postcards unless I glued a sheet of paper over the writing, plus I don't think I have enough stamps to mail 300 postcards!  Any ideas for artsy things to do with them?  One idea I had was to make some kind of mobile gallery/"shrine" style thing, like maybe line a cardboard box with them or something, but the idea isn't fully developed, so any advice or ideas would be great!  Also, if you know of any swaps that would want them, let me know!  I hate to see all those cool postcards go to waste.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / green zine swap on: December 19, 2011 01:03:43 PM
Anyone interested in a zine swap, where the zines are at least partially made of reused/repurposed materials?  Stuff like ironed plastic bags, cardboard, homemade paper, found maps, etc.  I figure it would be a pretty low time commitment but it would be something fun to keep me occupied and crafting over winter break!  Also, if anyone is interested in a personal zine swap but there are not enough people for a full official swap, that'd be great, too!  Cheesy
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Punk rock heels on: July 18, 2011 06:52:02 PM
I made these heels last summer on a whim.  My friend was over and we decided to run to Goodwill, buy high heels, and decoupage them using pages from Maximum Rock n Roll, Loud Fast Rules, and other punk zines.  Took me a lot of time and love, but I love how they turned out! 

Unfortunately, I don't ever wear heels.  I would definitely consider selling these for pretty cheap (or trading them for something cool!), although you might want to seal them again after a couple wears, as I sprayed them with some kind of sealant but you can never be too careful.  (They are size 8.5)

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Black T-shirt to slightly different black t-shirt! on: April 02, 2011 03:25:26 PM
Hello, all!
So this year at Philly's Punk Rock Flea Market, I picked up a bunch of plain black t-shirts for about 50 cents each, knowing I could do SOMETHING cool with them.  So, I kinda did my punk (read: no-sew) version of this http://www.revolveclothing.com/DisplayProduct.jsp?code=HELL-WS29
Some cuts and a stencil later, we get this:

I'm thinking of making big blocky white stencils that say "DIY" and putting that on the top, but I'm kind of lazy when it comes to making stencils...what do you think? Smiley
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Patch swap? on: December 17, 2009 04:41:53 AM
Anyone up for a patch swap? Basically people would just make patches (you know, like to sew/pin onto jackets and stuff) however they want, (embroidery, stencilling, drawing, painting, iron-on, etc).  I think this could be pretty easy plus the postage would be cheap.  Anyone interested?
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Drawing on iron-on transfer paper? on: April 26, 2009 02:53:53 PM
I have some leftover inkjet iron-on paper that I cut a design out of previously. I doubt that my printer will take the rest, since it is less than half a page, but I was wondering if I could draw on the paper (instead of printing on it) and then iron it on. Would this work?

Thanks. Smiley
7  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southeast / Swap-O-Rama Philly on: October 05, 2008 06:04:20 PM
There is a swap-o-rama in Philly in a couple weeks, and I was planning on going.  However, when I realized there is a $20 entrance fee, I realized maybe I should figure out exactly what swap-o-rama IS.  I know it has something to do with sewing and clothes, but the problem is I'm not very good at sewing, so would I be getting my money's worth? Is it a scam?  If anyone has been to swap-o-rama before, your input would be much appreciated.

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another punk swap? on: April 09, 2008 04:06:21 PM
I know there was already one (which I did not participate in), but would anyone be interested in a punk-type stuff swap? Huh Smiley
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Odd-shaped water bottles on: February 29, 2008 01:38:51 PM
We have a case of these somewhat strangely-shaped water bottles, and they just SCREAM reuse.
But how?
They're shaped pretty much like regular water bottles but they don't have any ridges like most do, so it's just like a cylinder that sort of tapers.  I hope that made sense.
Any ideas?
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Magazine cover wallets on: October 19, 2007 05:50:17 PM
Hey everyone,
I guess this one doesn't take too much creativity to think of, but I thought I'd share.  So. Story time! But it's really not a very long story...
 I used to have piles and piles of old Blender/Rollingstone/etc. magazines that my friend had cut up for decoupage-ing and then given me the leftovers, and I felt like there must be something to do with the covers, but they were too thick to easily decoupage with...So I decided to try to make a wallet out of the cover, which happened to be Anthony Kiedis in a schoolgirl outfit (odd? yes. yes it was.  Grin) I did a couple trial-runs first, and the only advice that anyone might need is, make sure that the wallet is LONGER than a dollar bill.  It seems obvious, but it's important, especially if you are gluing it together.  Then cut out squares/rectangles (I used junk mail made of thick paper) that are at least 3/4 as tall as any credit cards/library cards/etc. that you would want to store in your wallet and glue them in.  Again, make sure that they are TOO big! These will definitely need to be reinforced by tape (I used clear packing tape) if you are using regular Elmer's glue- I don't know about more heavy-duty glues.  I think that if you cover the whole thing in clear packing tape it will last a lot longer, but PLEASE note that if you don't, and maybe if you do (I didn't cover mine, so I don't really know), it WILL fall apart eventually. 
That's pretty much it... Sorry if I confused you  Undecided but it's really rather self-explanatory once you do it.  Cards seem to fall out when you don't make extra "pockets" for them... but if you don't care, the whole thing could probably take 5 minutes.  Alternatively, save junk-mail manilla envelopes and cut off the bottom, decorate it (I used pictures from AP magazine), fold it, and you're done! This you should definitely cover in packing tape, and add "card pockets" if you want.

Hope that wasn't too confusing.   Undecided
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