Tuesday, September 30, 2008

#5 Plastic and Bottle Caps

Here I go again about my dislike for throwing things away. Sometime ago, I learned that most recycling centers do not recycle plastic bottle caps, so whenever I went to throw mine away I felt so guilty. I began searching for crafts where I could reuse bottle caps and I found these from http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/:

I seriously love these, they are just too cute - but how many mini pincushions can a person make? So after some more research, I learned that Aveda has a plastic cap recycling program - YAY! I set up a bin in my office and offered to drop off the caps at my local Aveda store and so far everyone's been doing a great job.

If you'd like to setup something similar, go here to learn more: http://aveda.aveda.com/aboutaveda/caps.asp

On a similar topic, I was having trouble finding uses for my #5 plastics, since my local recycling center only takes #1 & #2 plastics, but then I found this: http://www.recycline.com/gimme5.html Recycline is a great company, and now it's even greater. You can send in all your #5 plastics and they'll recycle them for you into one of their products!

Anyway, I think I get too excited about recycling - but it feels so good to know that you don't have to throw everything away.

Monday, September 29, 2008

GOOS Paper

If you know me, then you know I hate throwing things away. Especially things that I know have not gotten as much use out of them as I would have liked. For instance, I have a huge folder full of GOOS paper (Good On One Side). I try to use it for taking notes, making to do lists, etc. but let's face it, it's not very pretty to look at. So, I found these websites which offer great ideas on ways to use that GOOS paper, while keeping it pretty at the same time.

The first website shows you how to make notepads using padding compound:

I looked on amazon for the padding compound and I found a quart for $9.41

The second website shows you how to make little notebooks out of old cards:
Now I need to go home to make these cute things!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

My first post

I'm not really sure what I am going to use this blog for, but I think my first one is going to be to get people to go to my mom's ETSY site:


I've been having craft fever. Here is a list of projects that I am either working on, or want to work on:

  1. Cardigan - I've been working on this project for 2+ years. Don't you think it's about time I finished it?

  2. Short sleeved sweater - This has been a six month project, but I've only done about 2 inches.

3. Embroidery - this is a small project, maybe 3 x 4 inches. I don't even know how long ago I started it

4. Rug hooking - this is a small (9 X 12 in) beginner project I started a few months ago. It's an easy project to pick up every once in awhile. I have been wanting to design my own pattern though.

I guess the point of this post was to remind myself of how much I slacker I am with my projects - or is it that I'm just insanely busy with work, school, and wedding planning?