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Steve Mills

Happy America Recycles Day! The Federal buildings are open?!

Posted Friday, November 15, 2013, at 11:30 AM
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  • Maybe you have some favorite re-purposing projects? Old tires can be used for raised beds, made into children's play things like swings, riding horses, etc. (Watch out for steel belted tires, not best for children's things)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Nov 15, 2013, at 11:33 AM
  • The group with which I take my foreign mission trips teaches various cottage industry skills, and the one that's been most successful as far as the students keeping it up after we leave is, if you can believe it, crochet using plastic grocery bags. The bags are twisted into little strands and can be crocheted into mats, tote bags and all sorts of items -- and you'd never guess their origin when looking at the finished product.

    -- Posted by jcarney on Fri, Nov 15, 2013, at 3:16 PM
  • I know this might sound weird, but I look at a lot of items as art. I do a little acrylic painting from time to time and have a clay molding project, so twist ties resemble tree limbs and mayo jar lids as wheels are common thoughts for me, I know that I'm loosing it, so it's all okay, or justifies it. Who knows, if my collection of rubber bands I've been keeping in that Jif jar will turn into the next Picasso. One thing is for sure, almost everything little thing I touch that the cat sees move, ends up recycled as a toy and batted under my bedroom closet door. So if you need a paper clip, or peppermint wrap from Sonic, I have one.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Nov 15, 2013, at 4:17 PM
  • John, is there a way to get a photo of one of these crocheted items? I would post it here or even start a new blog post if I can get enough info.

    Thinking about how they twist a bag tight enough and then keep it in that tight wind long enough to crochet is intriguing.

    chefgrape, I don't think your projects sound strange at all. The creative path is often stymied by outside comments or critique.

    Is there a club that facilitates and encourages these type of creative efforts? If not, maybe one should be considered. Interested? Write to me by email so we can discuss.

    When I was single and living in a small duplex, I had no opportunity to do much outside in the yard so I turned inward and developed my indoor plants, macrame plant hangers, wall decorations and other creative projects like turning an old TV console into a terrarium.

    Hmmmm, that turned out pretty good and I have an old wedding gift sitting in a corner. Maybe that would be a good winter project. I am not what many might call artistic but I enjoy doing those things anyway.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Nov 16, 2013, at 8:17 AM
  • You can see a small photo here: http://leamis.org/mission-trip-opportunites/trip-workshops/

    I will look for a better one. You can also just search for "crochet plastic bags" or "crochet grocery bags" and there are plenty of videos and what have you.

    -- Posted by jcarney on Sat, Nov 16, 2013, at 1:39 PM
  • IT took a while for my mind to "get right" but finally understood how they were doing it. That could make a handy, weather resistant harvest bag for the gardener.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Nov 17, 2013, at 3:38 PM
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