Sunday, April 22, 2018

It's my party and I'll celebrate if I want to


As my friend Jeanie would say, "cue the music."  It's my party and I'll laugh, share, weep with joy, honor the day, and celebrate if I want to."

I'm celebrating because it is not only my bEARTHday, it's also EARTH DAY.

Below are a few detail shots.









 
Thanks go to Nancy for offering her bobbin suggestion on how to correct my tension problem.  You can see it worked, too!

I started by opening a security envelope and sewing part of a page from a shorthand book behind the security opening.  Because the envelope wasn't long enough, I sewed part of a page from a book of German text to the bottom.  The next layer was corrugated cardboard and an ad I received through the mail about sheet and party cakes.  In fact, I received two of them, so I will use one in July for our T anniversary party.   Then I was so proud of myself.  I stamped all those butterflies with only marginal error, and sewed them together, staggering the paint chip samples.  They were then added to the rest of the assembly.

For Day 22 of 22 leading up to today, which is bEARTHday, I recycled a security envelope, a piece of corrugated cardboard, and a card I received through the mail.  I repurposed German text and a portion of shorthand text.  I also repurposed two paint chip samples that were free from the paint store.  All stamps (clear, UMs) were from my friend Chris, except the bottom one, which was from Valerie.

I'm once again joining Alison/Craftytrog, our host this month at Art Journal Journey.  Her theme is recycle and collage.  And because this journal page is nature inspired, I am also linking to Try it on Tuesday, whose theme is nature's beauty.   You have no idea how grateful I am that you have followed along on this 22 day journey of recycle, reuse, repurpose. 

Of course, it wouldn't be Earth Day without a bit of history of the day.

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970.  Founded by Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator, he got the idea after he witnessed anti-Vietnam War demonstrations on college campuses.  These demonstrations or teach-ins were organized to educate college students about the war.  Nelson decided to use the same principles to educate the public about the environment.

Over 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day with various activities, many of which took place in elementary schools and universities.  Even Congress adjourned for the day to allow congressional representatives to attend the Earth Day activities in their districts.  Nelson's desire to get the attention of politicians not only worked, it went viral.  Within a few years the entire world was celebrating an entire week of activities leading up to Earth Day.

According to various internet sites:
  • Earth Day is the largest celebrated secular holiday in the world.
  • The first formal announcement of Earth Day was made by the mayor of San Francisco in 1970.
  • One of the activities for Earth Day is the annual ringing of the Peace Bell at the United Nations (UN). The Peace Bell was given to the UN by Japan and is made from coins donated by Japanese school children to promote peace on the planet.
  • The first international conference on the environment was held in Sweden in 1972 and was sponsored by the United Nations.
Here are a few projects showcasing recycling around the world.  Please remember all links open in a new window.

I found this project here.

I found this project here.    I might make one or two of these for the hungry birds, especially if our spring doesn't materialize pretty soon. 

Geared for teachers and parents of young children, I found this project here.

I often plant seeds this way, and appreciate that this author/mother involved her child in the process.  You can find the project here.

Speaking of egg shells leads to egg cartons.  Even though this is an Easter wreath, you can still make it for Earth Day.  You will find the project instructions here.

Although this uses items found in nature, I'm not sure how "recycled" it is, since the instructions are to use polymer clay.  If you have lots of leftover poly clay, by all means, create some of these.  Instructions for making these nature sculptures can be found here.

I've seen so many elaborate bug and bee houses, and I think I can actually build this.  After all, I have a ton of bamboo growing in my garden.  Instructions for this project are here.

If you have old tee shirts and you crochet, here is how to cut the TARN (tee shirt yarn) and links to a few projects, too.
This is a project some of you who own a loom kit might appreciate.  The hot drink sleeve was also made using an old tee shirt cut into strips.  For full instructions, go here.         

Now I know what to do with all those half and half cartons I keep.   BTW, I learned from my friend Jan that in Europe people call "half and half" by the term "Single Cream."  This project had no instructions, but I bet you can figure it out on your own.

Last night I saw on the news that it takes 450 years for one of these plastic water bottles to break down.  Therefore, they make an ideal drip irrigation system.  According to the site, which has lots of information about irrigation systems, this "system" is easy to build.  Also according to the site:
It is in fact no more and no less than a recycled right-side up 2-ltr. plastic drinks bottle with 2 holes punched in the sides and 2 in the bottom. Plant it deep next to your plants you wish to water.
There are lots of ways we can celebrate Earth Day.  I hope yours is the best ever and you have a chance to recycle something today, too.

Again, thanks for joining me for bEARTHday.  I am so glad you stopped by.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A little birdie told me


I'm joining Alison/Craftytrog, our host this month at Art Journal Journey again today.  Her theme is recycle and collage.  And because my journal page is nature inspired, I am also linking to my friends at Try it on Tuesday, whose theme is nature's beauty.


I call this one "A little birdie told me."

It's obvious my tension still isn't fixed, but I've done everything I can do to correct it and after awhile, I think I've made it even worse.

Straight stitches around the doily were better than zig zag.

A postage stamp butterfly was used to compliment the butterfly I stamped at the top of the page.

I added a piece of leftover lavender printer paper to the right side.

For Day 21 of 22 leading up to bEARTHday, I started this page, which will go into my large art journal, with shaving cream paper.  I stamped a butterfly, then sewed the focal image, doily, and lavender paper to the page.   On top of that, I added a postage stamp of a bird and a butterfly postage stamp.  All items were recycled with the exception of the shaving cream paper and the variegated thread.

Thank you again for joining me today, and I hope to see you at Art Journal Journey and Try it on Tuesday, too. 


Friday, April 20, 2018

The key to this project might be the key


I'm once again joining Alison/Craftytrog, our host this month at Art Journal Journey with her theme recycle and collage.

Like with many of my projects, I pull out more embellishments 

than I can possibly use.  However, I knew I wanted to have the choice of color and recyclable materials.

Although this is rather static, I was quite happy with how it turned out.  I leave you with a few close up photos.




You can really see in this photo how the back of this pink background has been pulled from my recycle bin.



In the end, I was quite happy with how it turned out.  It's definitely very dimensional.

I started with a sheet of used pink computer paper.   I wanted to show it really WAS used and something I pulled out of my recycle bin.  I colored the corrugated cardboard with red bingo dauber ink, then affixed it to the page I had already glued into my large art journal.  I only had two buttons that were alike, no matter which two I chose, so the key had to be between the buttons for symmetry.  The beautiful typewriter/postcard 6" X 6" collage was a gift from my friend Chris.  The white crystal flowers were laid out along the bottom of the assembly, and to counter that, I added the feather at the top.

Thank you beyond belief for your visit today.  This is Day 20 of 22 leading up to bEARTHday, and I recycled a sheet of computer paper, corrugated cardboard, and a feather.  I also repurposed two buttons and a skeleton key.  Today, you will find me at Art Journal Journey.  I hope to see you there, too.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ode to a purple butterfly


I'm once again joining Alison/Craftytrog, our host this month at Art Journal Journey.  Her theme is recycle and collage.  And because it is nature inspired, I am also linking to my friends at Try it on Tuesday, whose theme is nature's beauty

This is an entry for my large art journal.  I had to turn it sideways, though, so I could get everything on the page,

This Irish blessing seemed to fit the focal image I chose.

In case you can't read it:
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
          ~Irish Blessing
I'm having a bit of tension problems, so my sewing, always wonky and never straight, took an even bigger hit when I added all these recycled pieces to the mix.

I was trying to pair all my colors together,

in order to highlight the purple butterfly.

The tension problem is obvious in this photo.

This would have been a beautiful postage stamp if the PO hadn't forced the envelope crooked through the automated stamper.  Of course, it just makes my wonky stitching more noticeable.

For this journal page, I started with a used sheet of bright pink computer paper.  I added part of a calendar page and the computer generated sentiment I colored with watercolor crayons and backed with part of a sheet of used lavender computer paper.   To the right side of the page, I sewed more of the lavender computer paper, a sliver of card stock that had been part of an address label, a security envelope, a piece of corrugated cardboard, and a piece of pale pink computer paper.  On top of that, I added the postage stamp I left attached to part of the envelope.

This is Day 19 of 22 days leading to bEARTHday.  I recycled everything on the page except the variegated thread, which took the place of glue.

Thank you beyond belief for taking time to visit with me today.  You have no idea how grateful I am that you dropped by.   Today, you will also find me at Art Journal Journey and Try it on Tuesday.  Hope to see you both places, too.