Update on 10 Gifts in an Altoid Box…Plant Pot Dangle Featuring Recycled Plastic Grocery Bag Beads


I want to make some custom plastic grocery bag beads for the photo frame and ornament that I worked on last evening. Unfortunately, I won’t have time for that until next week. So….this evening I worked on a plant pot dangle thingy. Don’t know exactly what to call it, but it sure is pretty!

It’s shaped similar to a shepherd’s crook, with the long end sticking down into the dirt inside the pot. As you can see from the photo, there are three beaded dangles hanging from the top of the crook.

The wrinkly redish pink and purple beads, including the heart shaped bead, are from my book, Bags to Beads. The dangles are about 2 1/2″ long.

plant pot dangle using recycled plastic grocery bag beads

As I stated above, I won’t have time to work on this until next week, so probably won’t post any updates for 3 or 4 days.

I want to finish designing the photo frame and ornament before starting anything else. After that, I want to design a tiny photo album.



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Hanging Herb Garden using 2 liter plastic bottles

herb garden using 2 liter plastic bottles

Gotta love Pinterest! I found this really great idea for a hanging herb garden using plastic 2 liter bottles. The original post is from Home-Dzine and you can find the complete directions here.

I wonder how far you can push this idea. Could you grow lettuce in the 2 liter bottle tops? How about strawberries? Small flowers?

Just had to share this.

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10 Gifts in an Altoid Box Project

Ok….I’ve got this idea to design 10 gifts that will fit into a recycled Altoid Box. (all 10 gifts at once)

I know I won’t take the time to do it unless I put pressure on myself, so here it is:  I want to get this done in time for Christmas.

So far, I’ve got two prototypes done. A Christmas ornament that folds to fit into the box and a small picture frame. The photos aren’t what you’d call professional, it’s late at night, and I really should be sleeping…but you know how it is when you’ve got something in your head and you can’t sleep it’s resolved in some way…

Anyway, here is a prototype of a Christmas ornament that will fold to fit into the Altoid Box. It features wrinkly plastic grocery bag beads from my book; Bags to Beads . I’m going to change the shape of the bead in the center, maybe a heart shape. It needs something to soften the lines….maybe some gauzy ribbon.

10 gifts in an altoid box ornament prototype

The other prototype that I’ve designed is a tiny picture frame, also featuring plastic grocery bag beads. It needs some tweaking, but the basic design is there.

10 gifts in an Altoid Box photo frame prototype

As you can see, I plan to use mostly wire and beads for these gifts. Fiber and ribbon will be included too. They’ll add softness to the projects without adding a lot of bulk.

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Recycled Plastic Egg Cartons into Christmas Ornaments.

I don’t like throwing away stuff…especially plastic that’s going to take eons to decompose. Consequently, I’ve accumulated quite a large stack of plastic egg cartons.

I’ve made some pretty flowers with them and turned them into napkin rings, but the stack is still quite tall. So…..since Christmas is just around the corner, and my mind is naturally turned towards holiday decorating…I’ve been brainstorming about how I can use them for Christmas ornaments.

After a few tries, I came up with these adorable and interesting Christmas Ornament Candles.

I’ve made a free slide-show tutorial with lots of details and photos.


Recycled Plastic Egg Carton Christmas Candle Ornaments

Recycled Plastic Egg Carton Christmas Candle Ornaments

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Great post about recycled jewelry from The Beading Gem’s Journal

This morning I decided to do a little searching to see the latest on recycled jewelry, especially using plastic. I found this wonderful and informative post on The Beading Gem’s Journal.

Recycled plastic jewelry is getting more beautiful and sophisticated. A few years ago, all you could find was some funky hippy stuff that was rough cut and glue. Now, recycled plastic is being transformed into delicate works of art.

Here’s an example from The Beading Gem’s Journal post:

Earrings from plastic bottles by Heidi Borchers

Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings


Check it out!

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Free Samples!

While I was checking the news this morning, to see who has killed who in the world, I found an article with this interesting title:

10 travel essentials you can find in the trash






I was prepared for something really gross, but it was quite interesting if you are in a recycling frame of mind….some items mentioned were yogurt cups and nylons. While I wouldn’t rummage through other’s trash for these items, I would use my own. It was an interesting read though.

In the article, a free sample blog was mentioned. I checked it out, and while I’m too busy at the moment to go through the whole site, it looks quite interesting with quite a few products.

Sorry, no pics for this post! Just good info!

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Book Review – Crafting with Cat Hair

I just received “Crafting with Cat Hair” as a gift. At first I thought it was a joke, but after reading the book, I was pleasantly surprised. The thought of brushing your cat and using the fur to make crafts might seem sort of strange to some, but when you think about it, it starts to make sense (a little). My germ-o-phobic fears were laid to rest when I read how to wash the cat hair before using it. We use clean sheep wool, why not use clean cat hair?

Kaori Tsutaya has written “Crafting with Cat Hair” with a cat lover’s heart. The book is filled with not only easy and cute crafts using cat hair, but photos of much loved cats and information about keeping those cats happy.

Another reason why I like this book is that it incorporates recycled items in the projects. Cardboard, milk cartons, and old wool sweaters are used.

So…if you know a cat lover, a crafter, or someone who loves to recycle, this would make a lovely gift for them.

Here’s a link to buy the book at amazon

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