Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

If anything even approaching good is going to come from this disastrous economy it might be a new awareness about reusing stuff we already have. Reusing more means consuming less, and that translates into less going into landfills — not to mention more money in your pocket. Ka-ching!

If you like that idea but aren’t sure where to begin, check out this post on Zero Waste from Squidoo.  There are dozens of ideas on everything from turning tin cans into lanterns and toys to reusing dryer lint (it’s a great way to get logs going in the fireplace — who knew?).

If you’re into gardening, the Squidoo article shows how to make seedling starter pots from empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls, similar to the ones shown above, but those are made from newspaper. Even if you only find one useable idea, it’s a start!

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This is a little ring I made using a piece of felted cashmere and an orphan vintage earring. The “petals” of the flower are hinged in the center, so they’re moveable. The ring is soft, stretchy and weirdly cute, so of course I love it.  But I’m wondering … a cashmere ring, is that crazy, cool or none of the above?

… assuming I finish it, of course. So far, the back has been destroyed, and believe me, that is a good thing. The back panel of this jacket was an enormous embroidered monster truck — yes, one of those crazy vehicles with tank-sized tires and a hideous paint job that always make me wonder what the owner of that thing could possibly be under the influence of. And, no — I don’t want any.

Anyway, back to the jacket. The new back panel still needs a lot of work, but I do like the way the dark red silk scarf is looking as a background for the strips. It’s sort of fun doing something that doesn’t have ruffles and lace involved for a change.  If only there were more hours in the day …

Tasteful, ladylike, simple … sometimes it’s nice to go in a different direction. And since so much of what I do is a little over the top, I loved the idea of sneaking in a surprise — a simple denim jacket with vintage (mostly) lace trim. Kind of sweet, isn’t it?

The original jacket already had two strips of lace. Those are the ones third over from the zipper on either side, the wider, floral pieces. I’ve added the others from a big box of vintage lace and trims. So far, the back has been left alone and it might stay that way. But around here, you can never tell.