Recent Project

Have you crafters out there ever tried the magazine (or newspaper) page bowls? That was our craft on a recent Tuesday, craft day for the Sew Mates!

You can Google the subject for many different tutorials on how to go about it. We opted for the roll-up version. I used heavy, shiny magazine pages and my friend, JudeMadeIt, used newspaper. Thought we would compare the two.

Between deciding which tut to follow and getting going, not much progress was made on this in the Tuesday morning craft session…

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Let me first say that this was tedious, not to mention a bit painful if you have arthritis in your hands. I left it sit there to mull over how far I really wanted to go with this trial.

20160120_083901.jpg I had sort of an ah-ha moment, based on reading several different concepts. I thought, “Ok, not really loving this, so I will try using the basket-weave technique just to say I did it”…finished it…because I hate to give up! Can you see this beginning to fail?

Sooooo…back to the wrapping way, but this time I decided to fold the pages, rather than roll them, which I had thought would be easier. Folding was much better, so I kept at it.

 

I rolled and rolled, folded and folded. Only one time did the whole thing spring apart…wish I had taken a picture of that, but I was just so frustrated! Yes, hating to fail, I rewound it all!

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It won’t surprise you to hear that I decided a SMALL bowl would be great for this trial! In the picture above you can see that I have used the ever-useful binder clips to raise the outer edges as I begin to shape the bowl. Heaven knows, I was taking this in baby steps so as not to have the whole thing unwind again. I was also gluing it as I went and discovered I really like the gel glue.

The following picture is after a couple of days of SLOOOWLY shaping the bowl.

20160123_121423.jpg Not quite finished, but it is coming along and I am actually liking it! Could be a cute little hat now…tee hee!

It is finally shaped and ready for the Mod Podge to finish it off…

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This part is easy and (in addition to all the glue I used) makes a very sturdy vessel. Aren’t the colors fun? I decided I would like it better with glossy Mod Podge, but had only matte on hand. That’s okay.

This project had a happy ending. The bowl ended up 6″ wide at the top and almost 4″ tall. Plenty big for a test and good for stashing keys, little things on the desk, etc. The question is, will I do it again? Remains to be seen. I am happy with the outcome though and as usual, glad I didn’t give up.

My friend may not have finished hers yet. She is off doing other things, as am I. Never just one project going. So, I can’t compare notes on the newsprint vs. magazine paper. I can say that I used a very high-quality, colorful magazine and the pages were heavy, which may have made it more difficult to roll, yet more sturdy. I also didn’t have newsprint-stained fingers like she did. If I do it again, I will try to find magazine pages that are a bit lighter weight…AND I might try some painting and lacquering of the finished bowl, like some I have seen online. For now, I am happy with this fun little piece.

What is your latest attempt at something new and how did it go?

 

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Jars, Junk or Just Great?

IMG_0658This is an empty jar!  It is a very nice jar though. Bet you expected me to say it was full of something. It was a candle, which I actually bought because of the jar. (I really didn’t like the candle wick…one of those wood wicks that is supposed to sound like a real fire…I digress, that is another story.)

I think this jar with the wooden lid is just waiting for some exciting contents to start filling it up! Now, some would say that saving jars is ridiculous and that filling them is even worse…maybe close to hoarding. I, on the other hand, say “phooey” to them!

button jarThis jar holds buttons. I thought this was quite a cool jar too, so I saved it, of course. You can see that the top is sitting ajar (no pun intended), as it is full, so maybe the empty jar will hold more buttons. Probably not.

cork jarThis rescued jar (also a candle jar) holds wine corks…for now. These are just from this month and this baby is almost full, so the corks will be moving to some BIG jar I am on the lookout to find. And no, I am not a wino!!!

So, why save jars and fill them up? Well, one reason is just to recycle. We need to be kind to our planet! Another reason is because they look so neat when filled and could be décor pieces that speak to your interests. Then there is the fact that I am a crafter and keep all kinds of stuff that I MIGHT want to use later. (I often times do use that stuff too!)

So, the next time you think about getting rid of an empty jar, think of me. Or better yet, think of some cool thing you could use it for…shells, matches, bottle caps, yarn scraps, rocks, screws, nuts, bolts, the possibilities are endless!

And one last little thought…you know another thing that makes me really happy when I find a jar I love? A manufacturer that uses labels that peel off easily! (Maybe that will be another post too…how to get those pesky labels off.)

Happy collecting…jars, junk or just great stuff!!! Thanks for listening to my ramblings. What do you think?