Author: Linda Bradshaw
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.
Author: Linda Bradshaw
Hand painted backsplash tile – strawberries
I was rummaging around the basement, looking for a few things to take to the craft and lawn sale happening next month at the Community Center. I came across a box with a few kitchen backsplash tiles in it, and it brought back some memories from when I had the leisure time to paint. I haven’t painted since the school bus accident a few years ago, it hurts to hold a paint brush, so these memories of better days when I could do my One Stroke decorative painting whenever I wanted to paint are bitter-sweet.
A few years ago my mother-in-law decided to buy some new tiles from a local home improvement store to use as a back-splash all around her kitchen. She asked me to paint strawberries on them, to coordinate with her wallpaper.
That was my very first time painting on tiles! When I gave the finished tiles to my mother-in-law, she was thrilled! It would be very easy to glue some felt and ribbons to something like that to make a pretty gift! Or to glue cork to the back of it, put a couple of coats of extra-heat resistant finish on it and use it for a coaster or trivet.
I recently heard that my mother-in-law has re-done her entire kitchen. I wonder if the tiles are still there, or if they have been replaced with something else.
Author: Linda Bradshaw
blue jean valance
When I first moved into this house I was on a very tight budget. I simply did not have any money to spare to buy many of the things that I would have liked to have. Not long after moving here I was faced with the need to come up with an acceptable window treatment for the studio before the big extended family dinner that I was asked to throw. Being the eternal pack-rat, I mentally mulled over my “save for later” treasures. What could I make with what I had on hand?
As I was unpacking and organizing my gone-away-to-college son’s room, I came across a lot of hand-me-down blue jeans that he had not taken to college. Realizing that he had not ever worn them (because they were not the “cool” brand name) and that he may never wear them (again the “cool” brand name issue) I called him to ask him if he wanted me to put them away in the dresser in his room, or if he wanted me to get rid of them. His reply – “I’ll never wear them Mom, get rid of them.”
Well, a few hours later my window treatment was up and lookin’ good! I get a lot of compliments on the results (even now, six years later!)
A year later when my son said “Mom, I’ve changed my mind about those jeans, wearing “brand name” clothes is “out” and wearing “generic brand” is “in” and I’m having a hard time finding jeans that fit me, well, sorry son, you had your chance!