Monday, April 12, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons

When life gives you lemons and you're stuck inside on a rainy day.......
slice those lemons, grab some old magazines and brown bags,
cut into strips and get to work.
Weave away that rainy day.
Keep weaving until you have enough to make a beautiful, eco- friendly table setting. A fast drying, water- based matte varnish (mod podge) will help to keep it stiff and sturdy for use. Trader Joes bags are also really sturdy and work great for the edges.
Mine is multicolored like the Calliope hummingbird.
( A view of the backside.)
This is my first time ever weaving paper and I really love this process and especially the finished piece. I am already working on another!
Featured the DSC Weekend Roundup, The Crafty Crow.

14 comments:

Amy Perrotti said...

The mats look great! Fun project! :)

DragonflyGirl said...

I love your creative eco-friendly mat! Love the colors especially! X)

Kim Baise said...

Thanks D Girl. Love the recycled/repurposed bucket beat poem on your post!

soulflower said...

Wow that looks great...you are so productive...the next time it rains im driving to your place so i can get some art done!

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Wow, that is really fabulous! Thanks for the link! I'll add it to my weekend stashbusting roundup at DSC.

Kim Baise said...

Super! Thanks Heather!

miranda said...

wow - that is amazing! i love it - must try it. i knew i'd been saving all these oddly cool papers for something. :-)

Kim Baise said...

Hi Miranda, I forgot to add that you should fold them into noodle strips before weaving because it makes the weave sturdier.
and... Have fun!!!
xxx

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Wow - I love this project!Looks amazing and eco friendly to boot.

Catalina said...

Wow! looks fantastic, would love to try this out!

Dee said...

Great project...I can see it done with old maps, or even wall paper scraps, too. Super...

If I were to make one and wanted to place something hot on it, do you think it would hold up? Do you think something bad would happen to the finish coating?

Scott said...

Great reuse/recycle idea. Definitely "stealing" this one.

Young Wife said...

Very clever!

m.e (Cathie) said...

that looks great! fabulous project for big & little people.