flower punches, recycle, vaccine vials
I work in a doctors office and during flu season, our office was going through a ton of influenza shots! So, being the crafty one in my office, I started telling the nurses to start saving the vials for me. I needed about 80 of them! They did a WONDERFUL job of saving the vials for me!
After cleaning them out, removing labels & making these little flower vases, I handed them out to our clinical staff. We implemented a new computer system this year & it has been “HELL”, so after I handed them out, I sent an email to them & said “Everyone has been stressed with learning our new computer system, so next time you start getting stressed out about it, stop & smell the flowers (well these don’t smell, but you get the concept).
These did put smiles around the office… that week…. *sigh*
bird eggs, eggs, gardenia bush, miniature birds, nature, purple martin egg, reuse, sparrow egg, wreath
We have a big purple martin bird house in our yard and most of the ‘apartments’ are occupied with nests. However, during our nest check (daily or every other day), we noticed some house sparrows trying to build nests in one of the apartments.
For those that don’t know about the house sparrow, they are invasive & will try to kill purple martin eggs/babies. So every time we found a house sparrow nest, we removed it. However, a few times Mrs Sparrow apparently was in a hurry to build her nest to lay an egg. Since we do not want any more house sparrows, we removed the nest & egg (if any). Of course, being the crafty person I am, I saved the eggs for a craft project I had in mind.
In a couple of the purple martin nests, there were some eggs that were unhatched (well after all the other eggs hatched). So we removed them.
The branches are off of our gardenia bush, and the dried flower bits are from our wildseed flower garden, I believe that they are the bodies of Bachleor Buttons. I had these mini birds in my stash from YEARS ago & just came across them recently so … WAHLA… my mini bird egg wreath! The whole thing measures about 5″. I adhered some magnets to the back & put it on my fridge so we can look at it all the time!
bird egg wreath
Challenges, Craft Tips, Jewelry, jewelry, recycle, reuse, Rubber stamps
clasp in front necklace, craft room, flower, organization
Well, I lasted about 21 days on my “March Craft a day” challenge I gave to myself. Anyone who crafts, understands the ‘organized chaos’ of a crafter’s work area. Right? Yeah, well try to explain that to my dh & my neighbor (both NON-crafters). Some how he talked her into helping me clean up & organize my craft room. So, since she hasn’t found a job yet, she has been doing it a little at a time.
She has organized ALL my rubber stamps, and of course what was the most annoying question the dh asked me? “Do you KNOW how many rubber stamps you have?” Apparently he doesn’t understand someone who has been involved with Stampin Up! I KNOW I surely don’t have as many stamps as a few of my Stampin Up! friends/upline has! I really only like the word stamps nowadays.
She did get me moving on putting all my ribbon on the little chipboard to put in the drawers. That major project is done. So many things have been rearranged instead of 45 different places, and I’m appreciateive of that. I’m sure it will take time for me to find some things. Good thing I gave her the label maker to use!
Oh, I did have her stay away from the beading section of my craft room since that stuff has valuable beads or wire that she doesn’t know.
So I’m sorry I didn’t keep my promise of a craft a day for March. I will keep up my April Stash bush (especially because my friend said she will help me keep to that promise for April & for the future.) Her 13-year-old daughter has been having a hay-day in my craft room. She made a bunch of cards for her friends, grandma and brother. This past Friday she wanted to make a necklace for her friend, so I gave her one of the baby food containers & told her to pick her beads she wanted to use & let me know when she was ready for me to help her get the necklace started. She did great for a beginner! That’s about the only crafts that have actually been going on inside my house lately.
I did this necklace for the Clasp in the Front necklace with pendant swap on swap-bot. I really fell in love with the colors that my partner had listed and this piece just came flowing to me. She really liked it too.
clasp in front necklace Mar2011
Challenges, Nature photos, Photography, recycle, reuse
bird feeder, DIY, suet, tufted titmouse, wire, wood
We’ve had this book , The Backyard Bird Feeder’s Bible, for quite some time. I pick it up occassionally & look through it for ideas for feeders or recipes for suet to help attract different birds to our yard. We have a nature photography blog if you’d like to see what kind of birds I’m talking about.
So this weekend I finally got motivated to make this feeder for the Tufted Titmouse that keeps coming to our mealworm feeder (that we had out for the Bluebirds). Haven’t seen either of the two Titmouses visit my new feeder, but hopefully they will soon! All supplies were stuff we had lying around the garage/yard. Cost= $0.00 –who wouldn’t like THAT??
Titmouse bird feeder DIY
Challenges, Craft Tips, recycle, reuse
bracelet, leather, upcycle belt
I visit my local Goodwill store probably every other week. I usually check their watches, bags, belts & books. I’m not really into clothes there, unless its a neat fabric that I can cut apart for something else (like a pink flamingo shirt that I found at another local thrift store for $1.91 that I cut up for dotees and the buttons for paper crafts.) I was into looking for leather belts with nice designs or embossing, when I found this belt:
Upcycle leather belt before
After seeing some interesting swaps on swap-bot.com for 1 inch bracelets or upcycled thrift store finds, I thought this belt had a future as something else. So after having it at home for a few weeks, my March creative inspiration hit me finally for this belt. Took not even an hour to create 4 bracelets out of this 1 belt. My neighbors modeled the final creations (my wrists are all scratched up thanks to my kitty Delilah!)
UPCYCLE leather belt bracelet
UPCYCLE leather belt bracelet
UPCYCLE leather belt bracelet
Craft Tips, envelopes, recycle, reuse
envelopes, seed packets
I REALLY dislike hand cutting out things & even MORE can’t stand measuring. Thus the reason I LOVE my Sizzix Big Shot & clearance dies from Sizzix clearance shop. I found a mini envelope die and the scallop envelope die (I think that might be through Stampin Up!) that have saved me from cutting out envelopes for seed packets.
These were made with the mini envelope die & are just a perfect little size since most seed packets have such wasted space.
seed packets made with the Sizzix mini envelope die
Craft Tips, recycle, reuse
ATC, chipboard, christmas cards, clearance, craft tips, envelopes, recycle
Ok, I found more items that I save $$$ on for crafts.
I was at Kohl’s (my FAVE) store the week of Valentine’s looking for clearance Valentine cups/mugs for my boss who makes arrangements for the holiday, and I think I went to Kohl’s 3x that week for her. On the 3rd day, they (Kohl’s) moved the clearance rack to the back of the store where their other clearance stuff is. And lo & behold, what did I find? A BUNCH of Christmas cards they still had there… marked 90% off. SO, good thing I took a ‘cart’ — I took EVERY BOX of Christmas cards they had there. The clearance prices ranged from $.79-$1.99 from 12-48 cards PER BOX… ****JACKPOT**** Total price JUST for all those cards was : $52.39. I SAVED over $496.00 from the original sticker prices (per my receipt), oh yeah, AND I had a 30% off coupon for that too!!!
CLEARANCE CHRISTMAS CARDS 2011
So during our “TV time” of American Idol and “Survivor” I opened all the boxes, separated the cards from the envelopes, flattened all the packaging (plastic tops & chipboard bottoms).
This is what I got: 706 Christmas cards & envelopes
Craft tips: 706 Christmas cards & envelopes
Another few days went by and I brought my Sizzix BIG SHOT down stairs with my Artist Trading Card die. I sat & cut out ALL the chipboard box bottoms & the plastic lids -uh yeah, lets just say I have A LOT of ATC backs now! I also cut out the chipboard from the South Beach bars that we buy about 8 boxes a week. I have finally started seeing THOSE to be used for craft items -even though we would recycle them to the City Recycling Center with the rest of our recyclables.
I am willing to share the cards if anyone wants some for their craft projects. Sorry, envelopes are NOT going to be shared. I use them for my swaps (that kinda was the purpose of buying all the cards in the first place!)