So this project was definitely not brainstormed out of self-interest. Nope, not even a little... okay, so there was a little bit of self-interest involved. But it is a fun project! It's a just a hardcover book (that you don't mind cutting up), a recycled cereal box, cloth scraps, and elastic. You can find my instructions here.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
This week's project was recycling a glass jar into a tented votive! The jar pictured used to be a salsa jar and has been painted with Elmer's Glue and food coloring. A pretty easy project overall! Find the trifold with instructions here.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
So as I was taking last week's project down, I realized that I never took pictures! So here it is. I recycled some automotive magazines (whose pages were like newspaper) into a little storage basket. This project was actually pretty easy, and only a little tedious! Find the trifold with the instructions here.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!
I have been a fan of Kristin Cashore since I first discovered her book Graceling. (If you like fantasy, and books with a female protagonist go read it right now!) Once I finished that series I was so disappointed to find out she hadn't written anything else. So I was super excited when she first announced that she was writing another a book. Like some of the best news I got in an otherwise truly terrible year.
I got to read this book early thanks to NetGalley. (The best thing that happened in a not so great week. Anyone seeing a pattern here?) And my goodness, this book did not disappoint!
Jane is a recent orphan, who is just trying to get by. Until Kiran shows up. Kiran is a former tutor, and she invites Jane back to her family home, called Tu Reviens, on a private island somewhere off the coast of New York. This is where Jane's adventure begins.
There are multiple endings throughout the book and each journey is more fantastical and weird than the one before it. I think that is what makes this such a great read though. You can have this story any you want it: adventure, spy thrillers, space pirates creepy children’s book. If you can dream it, this book probably has it.
Despite being about some tough topics, such as the loss of a loved one, and trying to find a place to belong, this book makes it easy to handle these topics. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi (and especially Dr. Who) you need to read this book!
Thursday, July 13, 2017
This week's project is a way to recycle shopping bags and makes it into two-ply yarn. The only problem with this project is having to re-wind this little ball of yarn (I did not foresee that adults would be the patrons to unravel the yarn). Find the trifold with instructions here.I also created a better display for previous week's projects!
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Last week's activity was recycling egg cartons into roses, and I think it came out really well! and between patrons taking handouts and giving compliments, I think this is one of the more popular programs! Find the trifold with instructions here.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Summer reading has officially begun! This year's theme is Build a Better World. So my intention is to have small DIY projects that embrace "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" in order to be better community members. Each project will be tested out by me to make sure that they are easy and doable projects.
This week was a T-shirt tote. No sewing necessary! I did my research and read through at least three different blogs that did the same project, and I combined the instructions from two of them (find them here and here) to create my own in handout form.