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SCRAP-inspired project – Take 1

In Portland, we have a wonderful resource called SCRAP Creative Reuse Center.  They accept donations of a wide variety of things and encourage the community to use them in creative ways.  Yesterday I took a trip there with visions of potential projects in my head.  I made a beeline to the home decorator sample fabric books and found two with lots of beautiful patterns and colors.  Next, off to the scrap wood.  I found 2 sample cabinet doors that you typically find in home decorating stores.  I thought they would be a wonderful backdrop for some hanging wall art.  After paying $7 for my finds, I was off to get started on my projects.   Here is the first of two projects.

the supplies

the supplies

starting the beading

after cutting the decor fabric to size, I started the beading

beading complete

beading is complete

border placement

Yarn creates a border to cover the fabric edges

finished project

A final touch of beading on the yarn border and it’s done!

Recycle Glass in an Artful Way

Another Pinterest-inspired project under my belt.  I saw these yarn covered bottles and thought they were beautiful.  So I thought to myself, “I can make those!”.  I picked 3 different glass bottles – a Perrier bottle, a wine bottle, and a glass jam jar.  I used Tacky Glue and a foam applicator to spread the glue on each bottle.  Then you wind the yarn, being careful to hide your start and stop.  The possibilities are endless.  **Note to self – next time choose fatter yarn!  The smaller the yarn, the longer it takes.  But I think the results are worth it.

yarn bottles

Original Pin

soaking the bottles

Soaking bottles in order to remove labels

the supplies

the supplies

starting pinkyyarned pinkyfinished pinky

Jam jar transformed

starting wineyarned winefinished wine

wine bottle transformed

marled waterfinsihed marleddetail of marled

Perrier bottle transformed

finished bottles

The finished glasses

A long walk on Long Beach

In honor of summer winding down, I headed to the coast with Dana and her dog Dodger again.  This time we went to Long Beach, Washington.  It was my first visit to Long Beach.  Despite the forecast for the day, we had the most amazing weather- summer is here to stay in the Pacific Northwest.  Here are some photos along the way.

Clark and the sturgeon

Clark with his first sight of a sturgeon and the Pacific

road to the beach

cars can drive on the beach here


the shoreline

sea grass

a wave of sea grass

washed sea grass

sea grass in the surf

crab carnage

the amount of crab carnage on the beach was impressive

crashing waves

waves crashing

flounder carving

flounder carving on the monument

Clarks end of the line tree

tree symbolizing the end of Clark’s adventure to the Pacific

little dodge

Little Dodger “noses” into the photo on the Discovery Trail

Astoria Bridge

Crossing the bridge to Astoria

fallen pier

We stopped in Astoria for some food and drinks and discovered this abandoned pier