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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / paper rct. spools on: March 30, 2009 12:50:11 PM
So for whatever reason, I work in a grocery store and cannot seem to throw away the black plastic spindle that the register tape comes on.  Any suggestions?...As my daughter recently said, "It's that time of year, Mom: everything looks like a craft project!"

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Linings and zippers and handles...Oh my!! on: October 06, 2007 07:40:46 PM
I made a couple of ramen noodle pouches using vinyl and a zipper
( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163084.0 )
and I'd like to try the same method with a larger (potato chip) bag, but I think it will need handle(s) because it is so much larger.

My problem is, I don't know how to put the handles in--I can see how it should be in my mind, but I'm having a mental block on how to do it logically.

Anybody have any tips?

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Detergent Containers...Big Ones! on: October 01, 2007 01:10:39 AM
I usually by my detergent in the really big 300 fl. oz. size, and today looked at the nearly empty one and wondered if I could repurpose the empty.  After a brief moment of study, I decided the handle/fill it up hole/spigot portion could be cut off (the top, if you will) leaving me with a slightly funky shaped bucket. Sorta like this:

Okay so I can't draw it here...think of a rectangle with one short end bumped out a bit.

So far, I thought I could use it for a small wastebasket...don't really need any more, or a bucket or to store stuff.  Any other ideas?  I'm not too worried about decorating it...I'm interesed in ways to re-purpose the thing.
FYI, mine happen to be red as I buy Era, but I 'm sure other brands come in the same kind of containers---Tide in orange, Gain in green and I think All or something in white.  So, there could be a color thing involved.........

MAmadurk, still thinking how to answer my own post....
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / New Way of Thinking on: August 30, 2007 03:22:14 PM
Well thanks a lot, y'all!  Bad enough I tend to collect random stuff for crafting purposes.  Now, after wandering around the boards here @ craftster, I can't even pass up "vintage" sewing patterns, 'cause the graphics are so cool!!  I never had trouble in my "BC"days, passing up patterns that were too small, wrong style, etc.  But NOW!!! Sheesh! I go to the local Blessing Shop and bring home as much stuff as I drop off!! Huh
Vintage sewing patterns--for little boys' pajamas, and my "little boys" are WAY past that size!! Aww, but the picture is so sweet!! And little bags with zippers---hey! I could embellish this and not have to mess around installing a zipper! Shocked Little toys, hmm, this would make a sweet pair of earrings, necklace, bracelet.  Oh look a shirt that would not fit anyone I know, but gee, that pic would make a great tote bag! And vintage games!! I don't even lean toward paper/board crafts!! Today, (never before, to be sure!) they had a whole stack of vintage games! (Tickle Bee! even!! I resisted.)

Y'all are gonna bury me in gotta-do projects! Grin

MAmadurk, thinking, hmm, what a way to go!!
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Metallic Easter eggs? on: August 16, 2007 12:11:31 PM
As I was sorting through my Misc. Stash, I came across three eggs, metallic finish kinda (although made of plastic) y'know: Ooooh! Shiny! Pretty! 

They are smaller than L'Eggs eggs (do they still make those???) but a generous size for your typical hide-'em-for-Easter eggs.  Suggestions???

Maybe put a face on 'em Humpyt Dumpty style...but then what?  Seems like they should do more that just smile back at me.

6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / How to use keyboard guts? on: July 17, 2007 01:11:02 PM
So after looking at all the cool handbags made with keyboard keys, and the wallet made out of the insides of a keyboard, I finally sat down and dissected an old keyboard Kiss that had been destined for the trash heap.

I was feeling pretty smart when I figured out how to remove the keys from the housing, but now I'm a little puzzled about HOW I would use these in a project.  How would I attach them to something?  I thought about using a single key like a monogram or using appropriate keys in some type of scrapbooking/card making venture, but I'm a bit stumped.
What does any one else do with the keys?  How do you attach them to your project du jour?
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