I admit it. I have an obsession with old ties. I love the patterns and textures they have, and I love upcycling them into new craft projects. The other day, my husband asked me to buy him a tie for a wedding we were invited to, so I headed to the local department store to see what I could find. I was absolutely dumbfounded by the price one single tie. Thirty dollars! So I headed to the thrift store, and ended up buying eight ties for a total of two dollars. My husband chose the least “ugly” one, and I was left with the rest to add to my collection.
There comes a point in time, however, where you need to say “enough is enough. I need to do something with these!” I have made purses out of the ties before, and they turned out great. But I wanted to make something that was more marketable to a wider audience, something that I didn't need to charge a lot for so craft sale customers would be enticed to buy them on impulse, just because they were cool.
I came up with this project after looking at a book of different ribbon embellishments to make. I immediately thought of my ties, and how great they would be for a rosette.
Possible Injuries: a few needle pricks, possible a burn or two from the hot glue gun
Time: about 15 minutes
First, measure 13” from the skinnier end of the tie and cut it with a fabric scissors. Tuck the cut end into the opening of the pointed end of the tie to make a circle.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Possible injuries: two or three blisters (if using a hot glue gun) You can also use E6000, but then you run the risk of getting a little loopy from the fumes or possibly gluing your fingers together a few times.
Time: approximately 3 hours
an old vase
old hardware (I raided my parents basement for this, and also bought some from the Restore for about 25 cents a pound)
spray paint (in keeping with the mixed metal theme of this project, I chose a metallic copper spray paint)
hot glue gun and sticks
3. When the vase is dry, remove the masking tape. Lay your vase down on its side and start gluing on your hardware. Be sure to vary the different metals and sizes evenly throughout the vase.
When you're finished, add some flowers and enjoy your feeling of accomplishment.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
the act of saving a ship or its cargo from perils of the seas.
the property so saved.
compensation given to those who voluntarily save a ship or its cargo.
the act of saving anything from fire, danger, etc.
the property saved from danger.
The property saved from danger. That says a lot. Everything we have right now will someday be in danger of being buried in a landfill. We have a lot in our lives. Just go to any major department store and peruse the aisles and you will see how much "stuff" we have. Do we really need all of this "stuff"? My answer is no, we already have it. Look around. Every store you visit contains shelves upon shelves of useless items, all made with a common theme in mind: consumption. We as humans feel the need to consume because it is in our nature. But in doing so, we are depleting our natural resources and condemning the environment. Everything we think we "need" contained within these stores we already have, we just need to look around us and be a little creative. Humans have been creating things for centuries. All of these things, whether made to last but have outlasted their long lives, or made for "planned obsolescence" because the makers know there will be new and better versions in coming years; all of these things can be reused. We do not need to continue our path of resource depletion if we can just stretch our imaginations a little bit more.
Okay, enough of the lecture and on to the real blog.