Monday, December 28, 2009

May come in handy for your New Year's resolutions...

Exorcise your collection of outdated, scratched cds.... exercise those tired old dogs or guns or whatever they're calling biceps these days.... do both at the same time by making a dumbbell out of old cds. It's easy as can be, check it out here at Daily Danny.

Toy Tin Drum

Really awfully cute. Made from any sort of old large-ish can. Tutorial at Bloesem Kids: Bookhou Crafts.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Oh Martha, you're just SO recycle-y!

A snowflake made from six pack tops! No way! Found here.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The holidays are all about... groovy uses for TP tubes

Garland found at Cider and Faun, and
this cool snowflake ornament is at Her Cup Overfloweth. Both were found by me at the Crafty Crow.
Get figgy with it!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

gift bag, schmift bag....

Why buy one when you can whip one up in a jiffy? Find out how over at Junk Mail Gems.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Oh my darlin', Oh my darlin....

... Clementine.... Can you guess the origin of this lovely retro yet seasonal little chapeau? Oh how I love Bitter Betty, so good.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

So so SO many ideas...

... for making good use of your fabric scraps, at Sew Mama Sew. These and many many more, check it out!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Can-tab chain mail

Oh my... I'm a little turned off by the sports insignia and the idea that this guy probably drank all the beer in each can responsible for each tab himself, but who am I to be dismissive of this fine lad and his meticulous skills. Maybe he got all these tabs drinking Tab with his church group. I actually am coveting the chain mail a lot myself, simply because I think my kids would dig it. Suddenly imagining myself scavenging a whole lotta tabs.... if only for the head piece... Found at

Yet MORE fun with pallets!

My gosh those things are useful. Why not whip yourself up a li'l ol' playhouse... the kids'll love it. Found at the (forever bountiful)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bella luce

Saw this photo of a cool lighting idea at Il Sogno Osteria in San Antonio and thought I'd share.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Egg carton flowers

I'm so excited about this oh-so-simple and extremely beautiful creation made from... you'll never guess it... plain old average egg cartons. Another great project for kids and adults alike. Thanks again to the awesome peops over at

Kaleidoscopic, baby!

This is really cool. I've oft wanted to do make kaleidoscopes with the kid makers and tinkerers that I work with sometimes, but I've never seen a project that seemed quite manageable enough to do with nine year olds. But this one definitely is, and it's all reuse, to boot! Find yourself an old cd case, a yogurt lid, and a few other odds and ends, and you're in business. Found at

Reuse for the holidays

Oh MY yes, please please do and do NOT buy cheap, tacky, plastic crap from Hobby Lobby or Target or wherever to make your season merry. Not when you can make your own cheap, tacky, plastic crap! Well, it's cheap and it's plastic anyway.... More ideas for reuse wreaths at Alphamom. I especially like the white one made from plastic milk jugs... it looks so nice you'd almost think she bought it at Target for $19.99. Found at
Oh, and check out this wonderful advent calendar (made from toilet paper tubes, no less) at maya*made.