Friday, September 30, 2011
It was a great book to be hosting for.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett is wonderful.
There is a movie.
I haven't seen it yet but hear its as good as the book.
A book with this much exposure makes hosting a theme night possible.
I love any excuse for a party, especially when I get to spoil my favourite Peeps!!
I spent the morning baking up a storm.
I got the bourbon ready and made mint syrup for the mint juleps.
I found all the songs from the soundtrack, (but we ended up staying in the kitchen the whole time and never even listened to it).
Still a good soundtrack though.
And Coca Cola.
Great for a conversation piece and added just the right touch for ambiance.
I freaked at the potentials!!
Lucky for me old friend of mine owns a bike store.
He willingly gave me a huge box of blown tubes destined for the trash.
I see a whole lot of rubber projects in my future!!
First I cut them open and cut out the valve stem.
I washed and rinsed a few to get the white smelly powder off,
Then hung them on the line to dry off.
(The smell is almost all gone.)
I had no real plan but knew that something would take shape once I started sewing.
After a couple broken needles testing out how thick I could go, I got a good grasp on it.
I decided I would sew a simple clutch first.
Something I could use right away and a project to showcase the potentials!!
I am so happy and bursting with ideas!!
This is the start of a long love affair with re-using rubber.
I feel kinda awkward but the only cans I found in our recycling were cider/beer cans.
But the colours are pretty for a bracelet.
Pop cans might be more sturdy, not too sure, but these worked quite well anyways.
I cut the top and bottom off and split it up the centre to start.
I easily bent the edges over with my finger tips then crimped down with pliers for a tight edge.
The tin is very pliable, forgiving and easy to work with.
Crimp one more time for crisp edging.
Mine is not sharp in any way.
This might be a difficult craft for kids to do unattended.
A can of black spray chalkboard paint and fresh, bright cans of spray Rustoleum paint.
Then let the sun cured them in a few hours.
Loving the results.
A pretty chalkboard for schooling.
And 2 colourful trays for everything from beans, beads and magnetic things for learning.
Makes teaching fun!!
Monday, September 19, 2011
I have about 20 in waiting for those "one day" reads.
But with piles like these I never get to those and both piles seem to keep growing.
I wonder if there will be a time in my life where I could and would sit all day and just read.
My little version of peace in the world.