My super reuse crafty friend, Keri, made me this amazing wreath for my b-day. She gave it to me a couple of days ago because she would be out of town for my b-day. I love it!!
She told me she found all of the materials at the Goodwill Outlet, aka the bins, or in free boxes. Pretty amazing.
She found this super cool record at the bins, which was the inspiration for the bright colors, which I totally love!
She told me she found the light bulbs in a free box and the wreath's and flotsam and jetsam at the bins.
I am a huge fan of ornament cards. That way they get used every year either as decoration on the tree or just around the home. I'm also constantly looking for ways to reuse used cards. This year I decided to combine the two ideas and make ornament cards out of used cards. It was pretty simple really.
I just cut random strips of the used cards. I went to SCRAP where I purchased said cards, plus I found these super cool used file folders that were brightly colored and had a grid design on the inside.
I grabbed one of my seal rings used on canning jars as a template and I traced a circle on the outside of the file folder. I traced the circle along the crease of the folder and let the ring hang off the edge a bit so that it created a folded card when I cut it out.
I then decoupaged the colorful card strips to the front. After the ornament was dry, I trimmed the strips to match the circle shape of the ornament.
I then punched a hole through both layers of the card with a hole punch and attached a ribbon. I made sure the ribbon was long enough so that I could open the card to write my holiday greetings and wishes to my friends and family.
I just got back from a little backpacking trip to Canada. I went via Amtrak to Seattle and then took various ferries, one from Seattle to Victoria and then one from Victoria to Vancouver.
Before setting off to Canada I did some research on things to do in Vancouver. I checked to see if they had a reuse store kind of like SCRAP and low and behold they did.
The store is called Urban Source and it's located at about 14th and Main Street. Main Street, by the way, between Broadway and 30th is a really fun street with interesting shops, restaurants and coffee shops. I highly recommend it.
Urban Source is a cool little store. It's about 2/3 reused materials and 1/3 craft materials kind of like what you would find at Collage. It's about 1/5 the size of SCRAP and they get all of their materials from local businesses. Since they have limited space they are very choosy about what they take and I noticed everything they had was very appealing. The walls and ceiling are covered in reused projects and I really liked the aesthetics of the store.
I did purchase a couple of items. They had clean dropper bottles like what you would use for tinctures a quarter a piece. I couldn't resist getting a couple. They also had rolls of laminating plastic. They showed how you could use it with an iron. I thought I would try it as a final layer on my fused plastic wallets as a protector of the ink on the outside layer of plastic. This way they will keep their original color if all goes well.
If you are ever in Vancouver, I definitely recommend a peek.
Here's a link to their store: http://www.urbansource.bc.ca/