Trash to treasure crafts

Clock made from a junk mail CD
Clock made from a junk mail CD
Since the school bus accident back in October of 2009 I have been unable to do many of the things that I love to do. For example, decorative painting. I am a One Stroke Certified Instructor, and I used to teach decorative painting at the Michael’s Arts and Crafts store in Augusta Maine. I loved to paint, and I love to share information that I have learned. As far as I’m concerned, if I have learned something and do not pass on that knowledge, then why did I bother to learn it in the first place? To keep knowledge to oneself seems to be extremely selfish!

Anyway, a few days ago I had the opportunity to show a guest in my home some of the things that I used to love to do. Naturally, one of the things that I am most proud of is my “Trash to Treasure” collection of items that I have crafted over the years.

I’ve always been mindful of the amount of trash that goes into our landfills, and pollute our environment. When we lived in Maine and we drove to our transfer station (used to be called “the dump”) there was a shed for recycling items. I used to sort, and recycle everything I could recycle and I would make the trip to the transfer station and put the sorted items into the bins.

Here in Virginia, recycling items is more challenging. Especially since I am not supposed to drive, and I don’t drive to the dump – we have a paid garbage pick-up service. To the best of my knowledge they don’t offer recycling bins as part of their service.

But I digress….

I am planning on randomly posting photographs of some of the crafty items that I have done in the past. I hope you enjoy them! And just to get it started, here is a photograph of a clock that I made from an old junk-mail CD. I painted it, installed some clock-works that I bought at Michael’s Arts and Crafts and then I turned it into a clock! It was fun, and easy, and I used it as a class project when I taught at Michael’s Arts and Crafts when we still lived in Maine.

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