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My latest thrift store find: an XL hand knit fair isle wool sweater from Ecuador that I plan to give to my sister as a present. I might felt it in my washing machine with some other sweaters I need to felt, or I might send it to her as is. She’ll use the felt to augment crocheted bags and purses. She likes wool in its natural colors.

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I went bin diving in the university skip for a class at the beginning of semester. We had to solve a problem by up-cycling the materials from the old things we found (eg. chairs, shelves, electrical cords, ply wood etc) and this is my groups outcome. All of this design is made from up-cycled materials except for the suction cups. Our uni is going to implement our design solution so we are very happy with what we ended up with.

Art Drop Day 2014

Have you folks heard of Art Drop Day? It’s a freaking blast.

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Seriously, I had so much fun with it. I made a cardboard sword (a thing I like to do.) And then I decided it would be more fun to make a cardboard stone for it to sit in.

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And of course I couldn’t resist playing with it before I sent it off to a new home.

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Then came #artdropday so I picked a secluded spot to hide the cardboard sword in the stone.

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The very best part of this whole experience was finding out who picked it up. Look how happy this kid is!

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Art Drop Day is my new favorite holiday. Next year everybody should do it.

10 Uses for Wine Corks via thisoldhouse:

Lightweight and rot-resistant, corks can do a lot more than just plug up your favorite bottle of vino. Start saving them for a few handy projects.

1. Create baseboard. Glue corks side by side onto a base of 1/4-inch MDF and cut along the long ends with a saw to an even height. Attach strips of 3/4-inch molding to the top and bottom, and nail the strip of corks to the base of your walls.
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2. Scrub a knife. To avoid scratching high-carbon kitchen knives, use a dab of cleanser and scrub the knife with a cork instead of an abrasive cleaning pad.

3. Make Some Mulch. Chop or grind corks and use the bits as moisture-retaining mulch.

4. Make a tiny sanding block. Wrap a piece of sandpaper around a cork. Use the curved surface for touch-ups on molding and other detailed items.

5. Keep artwork on an even keel. Cut a cork lengthwise into thin strips and glue them to the corners of hanging artworks. The cork will prevent them from tipping off-center.

6. Protect your blades. Glue several corks together side by side and place the strip in a drawer. Rest knife blades in the crevices to keep them sharp and protected.

7. Make a doorstop. Slice along the length of a cork at an angle and push the cork under a door to keep it from slamming shut.

8. Hush up your cabinets. Slice a cork into thin circles and glue the pieces to the inside corners of cabinet doors to quiet them when closing.

9. Safeguard your tools. Drill a hole halfway through the length of a cork. Fit the cork over the end of a pointed tool to prevent damage to it (and yourself).

10. Start a fire. Soak old corks in a jar of rubbing alcohol, then put a few in a fireplace underneath logs and newspaper. Light the corks with a long-handled starter to get the flames dancing quickly.

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DIY fall jacket/shirt upcycle! 

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