Friday, September 18, 2009

Fabulous Friday Recycled Find

Today's Fabulous Friday Recycled find is an Upcycled Capri Sun Wallet

How cool is this? My daughter drinks Capri Sun like there is no tomorrow and it never dawned on me that the pouches could be made into something else. I stumbled upon the creator of this wallet, You've Been Upcycled on Facebook and knew that I wanted to feature one of her creations for today's feature.

Here is what the seller had to say:
"I love this wallet - it's small & fits right into your pocket!

Has pockets for 2 cards & some cash, or 3 cards & some cash (depending on how much cash you have of course).

Would also fit business cards..."

Belts made from Capri Sun pouches are also available as well as bowls made from records and even a cuff bracelet also made from a record.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

Today is Tuesday,so here are my ten random thoughts for today!

1. I finally finished and posted my new tutorial yesterday. Yay! One more thing to cross off of my "to do" list.

2. I have to glue on about 280 bails for a custom order today.

3. Trying to get a consignment package put together today.

4. I have to take photos of some new things I want to post in my shop.

5. I just found out that Patrick Swayze passed away yesterday. Sad. RIP Patrick.

6. I am hungry, so what should I have for breakfast? I think I'll make some oatmeal.

7. I need to do laundry today. Kiddo needs clothes for school.

8. The weather here in Tucson has cooled somewhat. Only 89 now instead of 105. LOL

9. I secretly want to move to California. Oops, it's not a secret anymore...

10. Hope all that has read this far has a wonderful happy and productive day. :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

DIY Bottle Cap Magnet Tutorial

Here is another tutorial brought to you by me! Enjoy!

Bottle Cap Magnet Tutorial

by Carol Bryce

Here is an easy inexpensive DIY project. These make great gifts and are good sellers at craft shows.

This is what you will need to do this project:

New or recycled bottle caps

A one inch circle collage of pictures of your choice

Photo paper or card stock

One inch circle punch


Glue stick-I use Aileene's Tacky Glue Stick

E-6000 or other strong holding glue

Glaze sealer-I use 3D Crystal Lacquer

Neodymium(rare earth) magnets size of your choice

All of the above

items are available to purchase on You can get Aileene's glue sticks, E-6000 glue and the circle punch at a craft store such as Michaels.

The collage sheets that I will use with this tutorial are

courtesy of Magpie Mine. She has a wonderful selection of collage sheets in various sizes for different projects.

Links to the collages that I am using: Retro 50's Designs and Birds, Squirrels n Swirls Collage Sheet

Now that you have all of your supplies, it's time to make your magnets! For this tutorial, I will make 4 magnets.

First you will need to print your collage. I would recommend printing on soft gloss photo paper(you can get it at Target) or use 90-110 lb white card stock(you can get it at any office supply store) if you are printing at home. You can also have your collages printed at any office supply store, however I do not recommend drug store or self service printing. It has been my experience that the colors fade with time with these printers. Set your printer for whatever size your collage is-most are 8x10- and print. If you have a collage of circles that happen to be 2”, you can set your printer to print at 5x7 instead of 8x10 to have the circles turn out to 1”. Select the circle you want to use and punch it out with your circle punch.

Next apply some of your glue stick on the back of the circle, a little heavier at the outer edges of the circle. Place the circle on the inside of a bottle cap and press down the circle with the end of the glue stick body. This will help it stick. Let the glue dry for about 15 mins.

The next step is to apply the glaze. This will seal the circle inside the bottle cap and give it a nice shine.

Place the tip of the bottle at the edge of the circle and go around the circle with gentle pressure, making sure the glaze goes between the circle and the sides of the bottle cap. Next fill in the rest of the circle going from side to side using gentle squeezing pressure on the bottle. Do not

apply the glaze in a circular motion as this creates air bubbles. If air bubbles do form, just pop the

m with the tip of the bottle or with a push pin or a toothpick. Let the glaze dry for at least 8 hours.

After the glaze is dry, just glue on your neodymium magnet to the back with E-6000 or other super glue.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fabulous Friday Recycled Find

This week's Fabulous Friday Find is an adorable Scandinavian style dress and sunhat made with a recycled vintage tablecloth.

This can be found on Etsy in a lovely shop based out of Sweden, KajaDesign
Here is what the seller had to say about the dress:

"This is a dress from what I like to refer to as my "Table cloth collection". Vintage fabric, mostly from the 60's and 70's. Very retro and very eco friendly!

This one has some of our most beloved summer flowers, so I combined it with lavender blue lining and a matching seam binding.

The pattern is my own and has a very good fit, and is superpractical. Especially for small children, since you don't have to pull it over the head. Just slip it over the bottom and button it up over the shoulders. Perfect over a tee or a onesie!

This is a complete set with a sunhat. This model was very popular in the 50's here in Scandivia. It is tied under the cheek and has two holes, which was used to pull out the pony tails or pig tails through for older children."

I am always amazed at what I find when looking for recycled items. The possibilities are endless. This is one more item that will not be in a landfill for a very long time.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

Musings from the passenger side of a semi...

1. I've been out of the loop for a couple of weeks, was tagging along with bf in his big ole truck to California and back. Let me just say that I have a lot more respect for truckers than I used to. It's a tough job.

2. There's no way in hell that I could drive a vehicle that huge and still have my nerves intact.

3. I encountered a few female truckers along the way. I admire their bravery.

4. Grape processing plants and beer making plants STINK!! We went to a grape processing plant in Fresno that literally smelled like vomit. I'm not sure how to describe the beer plant smell in Van Nuys. Had a cornish smell. The plant in Irwindale didn't smell too bad, but it was obvious that they made beer!!

5. Truck stops charge a lot for their stuff. 10 bucks for a shower. Really? At that price the shower should include more than the soap dispenser on the wall and a towel. One truck stop in Ontario was going to charge to park the truck. Come on.

6. Found out that GPS can go nuts if the signal is weak. I have GPS navagation on my phone. One day a couple of weeks ago we were on the way back from Fresno looking for a truck stop, so I plugged it into the navagation and the thing went beserk and took us into the middle of an orchard. It was screaming at us to turn right, but right was into a grove of trees. Interesting. So we had to turn the semi around and go back on the highway all along the GPS was screaming at us that we were off track. No silly GPS, YOU are off track. The truck stop ended up being at the next exit about 5 miles down the road. We are still laughing about it.

7. Hey Sprint...put up a couple more towers in the San Joaquin Valley, will ya?

8. Finally found a place hotter than Tucson. The desert in California was murder. The thermometer on the truck dashboard said 120. I seriously believe it. We got out of the truck at a truck stop right before we got to the Arizona border and I thought I was going to melt before I got inside.

9. Speaking of heat, I was very surprised at how hot it was in the LA area last week. I was beginning to think that the Tucson heat followed me to LA.

10. What you've heard about California drivers is somewhat true. I was expecting the drivers and the traffic to be a lot worse, but it really wasn't bad. The highways were busy, but moving. But then again, I wasn't driving...