March 1, 2015

Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Scoop

Learn how to recycle a plastic bottle into a handy garden scoop.Spring has sprung in Tucson and I hope you are starting to enjoy some warmer weather wherever you are, too! Because of our climate, I do much of my gardening in the winter, but this is a nice time of year to get out in the yard, too.

One thing I always like to have handy when I am planting is a plastic bottle scoop. They are a little larger than a typical hand shovel. I use mine for digging planting holes as well as scooping buckets full of compost to supplement my potting soil.

This project is a quick and easy way to recycle large plastic bottles.

Materials


  • Empty plastic bottle with a handle
  • X-Acto knife or scissors
  • ruler (optional)
  • Sharpie (optional)


Directions


I made my scoop with an empty 2 qt vinegar bottle. You may also be able to use a laundry soap or bleach bottle or maybe even a small milk jug. See what's in your recycle bin.
Wash out your bottle and remove the label. Don't throw away the cap. You should keep that on your bottle.
Use an X-Acto knife or scissors to carefully cut off the bottom of the bottle.
If you want to make sure your scoop is perfectly symmetrical, mark vertical lines equidistant on either side of the handle.

Then mark an angled line that's about an inch and a half wider at the bottom of the bottle.
Do the same on the other side of the bottle.
Carefully cut up one angled line, around the bottle (under the handle), then down the other angled line.
Your scoop should look something like this.

That's it! You are ready to head out to the garden.
You get the joy of being green by repurposing a plastic bottle and saving it from the landfill and the satisfaction of planting some fresh new life.

Learn how to recycle a plastic bottle into a handy garden scoop.

If you are looking for some more fun garden related crafts, don't miss this month's Craft-a-Month Challenge on Create Happy Crafts.



February 27, 2015

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #60

After browsing all the items from last week's Crafty Saturday, it looks like everyone is getting ready for spring. Craft wise, I am too. I'm starting to plan some fun crafts and projects for the yard.

My two favorite items from last week definitely showed some signs of spring with bright colors and beautiful blossoms!

Blooming Shoulder Bag by Butterflysisters
Flower Alphabet Clip Art by CleverVectors
I also share my favorite Crafty Saturday items on  Twitter and Facebook on Fridays and pin every link-up item on my Crafty Saturday Show and Sell Pinterest board.

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Now let's start linking!


February 25, 2015

March/April Workshop

Spring is pretty much here in Tucson, so for my next workshop, we'll be creating some fun garden art by transforming old plastic water bottles into beautiful flowers.

This class will be offered at my SE side Tucson home on both
  • Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m.
This workshop is B.Y.O.B. ;-)

I have some empty plastic water bottles available for use, but you are encouraged to bring a couple empty, clean plastic bottles of your own so you can make more than one flower.

I will provide all the other materials and a light snack.

The cost is $25 and can be paid the day of the workshop. To ask a question or reserve your space you can e-mail me.

February 22, 2015

Crochet Pattern: Rag Rug

Crochet Pattern: How to make a rag rug from an old bed sheetRag rugs are a timeless classic in home decor. They are a great way to repurpose old fabrics and can be used in just about any room of the house. This week, I transformed a plain, old bed sheet into a brightly dyed, crocheted rag rug for our guest bathroom.

Before you begin this project, you'll need some rag yarn. It's fairly simple to make, but if you've never made rag yarn before, here's my basic tutorial for creating rag yarn from bed sheets. You really don't need much more than scissors and a ruler to make rag yarn.

Now on to my crochet pattern. Instead of working my rag rug all in sc, I like to add an extra layer of interest with an up and down stitch pattern. The finished measurements of this rug are approximately 19 x 31 inches.

Materials



Directions


Loosely ch 24.

Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook, *dc in next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * to last ch, dc in last ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, sk 1st dc, *dc in next sc, sc in next dc, repeat from * across, dc in ch 2 of previous round.

Repeat Row 2 until rug is 31 inches long. Fasten off.


Of course you may need to remove any curious, furry friends from your new rug before placing it in the room of your choice :)

Textured Crochet Rag Rug Pattern


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