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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Poptop Flower Accessory

It's been too long since I've been here. It's the usual things...summertime, family know, stuff to do. Okay, with the warmer weather we all should be enjoying more beverages. I'm not judging if you're the type of person who enjoys adult libations-heck, I do every now and again. But what do we do with these?

 An idea came to me and well, let's just say it's brilliant. How about we make one of these?

or these?

That's right! A Poptop Flower Accessory! Doesn't every girl need a couple of these? Of course, she does!

To make one you'll need:

6 to 8 Poptops-just pull them off those beer soda cans 
1 bottle cap, but you could use a large button, or a poker chip/game piece something for the center
Glue-I used E6000, but hot glue would work too
a small scrap piece of felt
1 pin back, hair clip, barrette or headband {use what you have :)} 

Flip over your bottle cap, button, poker chip and glue the Poptops around the perimeter like so

I tried to line up the flat part of the tab with the edge of the bottle cap for aesthetic purposes. The number of Poptops needed is in relation to the circumference of you middle piece {whatever you're using} and if you want them touching or not. I leave that up to you. {whew! and no more math speak-okay?}

Once the Poptops are set, cover them with a scrap piece of felt to cover the back of the piece. A one inch circle should do nicely. OH! and FYI a one inch circle fits perfectly into the bottle cap. Think of the possibilities there! Scrapbook paper, gems, Modge Podge...endless I tell ya.

Once the felt is set you can glue on a pin back, making this a brooch, or you can glue on a barrette. But a headband or hair clip would work just as well. I used a barrette on this one.

Let the whole thing set completely. Flip over and embellish inside your bottle cap or add a sticker like I did to this game counter piece-thingy. {Who knows where it came from?}

So, there you have it! Put a little happy in you hair! And wait for your friends to ask you where you got the coolest accessory around. They'll be agog when you tell them you made it. Cool~

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

soda can flowers

Several years ago Mr. B and I went to an art festival at Huntington State Park just outside of Murrells Inlet, SC. It's a fabulous place with the amazing Atalaya Castle. Clicking on the link will give you information  about the place. It's a great location to spend a few hours; then you can go walk on the beach. Love it here!

Anyway, at the festival aptly titled Atalaya, hundreds of artists showcase their amazing talents and skill. I was intrigued with a metal artist. She made the most unique sculptures from copper. I chatted with her for a while, intently picking up information/inspiration and storing it in my brain. I believe that particular artist helped me to create my soda can flowers.

What I do is take a soda or beer can, hack cut it up, bend and twist the aluminum into interesting petal shapes leaving the bottom looking like the center of a flower.  It looks a little something like this:

There are two designs here, but I have three so far. This particular grouping is a gift I made for some dear friends. I think these would make fun centerpieces at a wedding or party. The beauty of these flowers is that they'll never die and can be used decoratively in the home or garden.

Here it is sitting on my 'antique' radio backed by our guitar guest book. I should do a post on that someday.
These flowers are completely made of recycled materials: Soda cans, the stems were saved from fabric flowers I've desecrated, used for other purposes, an old reused flower pot, and are anchored in there with shards of reclaimed tempered glass, which kinda looks like soil.  I added bloom on the pot. I cut it out using my Cricut. {Handy thing that one}

I hope you think they are as lovely as I do. I can show you how to make your own, or if you so desire I can make you some and ship 'em right to ya. They'd make a pretty funky bridal bouquet. But, I do gotta warn you, they are for decorative purposes only as the edges can be wicked sharp.

I'm linking up with A Diamond In The Stuff

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

good clean fun-Soap For Your Soul

One of my favorite sayings is, "Inspiration comes from everywhere; you never know when it will strike you." In my experience this is pretty much the norm.

When I decided to launch Stellamajigs, I wanted to model my success after a local woman I know. Emily owns and runs Soap For Your Soul. It's her own line of handmade vegan soap. I've been using them for about three years now. Recently, Emily came up with some new fragrances, and a brand new logo. Whenever I'm at the Farmer's Market I have to stop and say hello; sometimes, I have to replenish my stock. Everyone needs soap you know-

One of the things I like most about Emily is her down-to-earth demeanor. She's completely genuine, and stands behind her products 100 percent. Besides an amazing array of scents, Emily offers trial sizes, gift baskets and special orders; she even makes laundry soap and a shampoo bar!

I encourage you to check out this wonderful soul...and her soap. The link goes right to her Etsy store. You won't be disappointed.

Mmm Strawberry Shine!

Laundry Soap in a jar! No fabric softener needed!  So be sure to check out Soap For Your Soul-it's good clean fun.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Want to be more creative?

I don't really know who to attribute this to, so if it's yours, I sincerely apologize for  my blatant plagiarism.  Nevertheless, it's good advice and if nothing else, thirty-three ideas to try. {To give proper credit I got this off of an Etsy post on Facebook which linked back to Today-Tomorrow who doesn't know the author either.}

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Rusty Eye Candy

If you love junk like I do, then you know these few images encompass a dream world where I wish to live

Beside these hulking behemoths 

Or, imagine seeing this from your back door

Wouldn't this make an awesome fence all welded together? But, it looks like it's some sort of ginormous wind chime-musical thingy...ah heaven, rusty, clanging goodness.

How about a nice refreshing libation in this verdant paradise?

Eventually, I will post how I am transforming my yard into a tasteful, yet playful junker's paradise. 'Til then this'll have to do. 

Friday, June 3, 2011

new and improved

Oh yes my friends, it's been far too long! There are some changes goin' on 'round here. What was once the recycled garden is now Stellamajigs and a link to the website! Oh the things you can do when you own your own domain. Too bad I've yet to figure out exactly what all  of those things are right now, but bear with me. With Mr. B's help we'll get this all squared away. In the meantime I'll show you what I've been working on:

This little beauty was cut from a tray that once held a delicious, well it was decent, frozen dinner. 

And these are the soon to be famous bottle-cap hair bobs. As a side note, when my daughter was a wee lass she called ALL hair accessories hair bobs, not ties or bows, or even scrunchies-they were [and still are] hair bobs. Wait...the blue and purple flowers are an experiment in a new kind of Forever Flower, but more on those later.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

what to do with all those plastic grocery bags

Hello Friends! Yes, I know it's been a while and for that I apologize :(
I've been thinking, dreaming, reading and playing. However, today I spied something very cool that uses those plastic grocery bags that I {we} always seem to have tons of. Seriously, are they multiplying exponentially in drawers, cabinets, and gasp! in the car? I think they do. :D Anyway, enjoy the video. It's by my friends over at Fartsy Arts.  

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year

Happy New Year one and all! Things here at The Recycled Garden are heating up. Mr. B got my a Cricut for my birthday, and I've been happily testing out all the goodness one can make with that handy-dandy thing.

Over the holidays I met two fellow junkers. I'll be doing a post about one of them here, so stay tuned! I'll also be posting my 'antique' sign that I made recently, as well as plenty of other projects, spotlights, and inspiration.