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For my tenth creative project of 2011, my friend Anat and I made duct tape wallets. We learned how from a YouTube video by Monkey See Videos.  It actually turned out to be a lot easier than I expected (although that tape sure is sticky!)

How do you do it?  Basically, you just have to get duct tape in a bunch of different colors (I got it from ARTA in Tel Aviv, but if you aren’t in Israel you can surely find it at any art store or hardware store).  Then, check out the video below to find out how to tape it all together to make a wallet.

Check out pictures after the jump!
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For my creative project last week I decided to make earrings out of buttons and apparently I had os much fun with it that I totally forgot to write a blog post about it.  Here it is, a little late but with just as much love!

Basically, I headed to a really cool button store in Tel Aviv that was literally packed with stacks and stacks of boxes of buttons of all colors, shapes and forms (for those of you in TLV, the store was off Nachalat Binyamin on Ha Shomer, next to Shuk HaCarmel). I also went to a bead store by my house to buy earring backs, hooks and some little metal loops to hook the earrings together with (sorry I don’t know the technical term for those things) and I bought some super glue.  I came home and started gluing the backs on the buttons, attaching the hooks, and looping the buttons together to make earrings.  For buttons that had thread holes on the back, I melted the extra chunks of plastic off with a lighter and then filed them down with an emory board.

Here are my results!  You can see more on my Flickr photoset here.


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This week I started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, in which Rubin spends a year keeping resolutions and taking part in activities to add to her overall happiness and well-being.  I was struck by one particular part of the book, in which Rubin is trying to increase the fun in her life.  She has a hard time figuring out what activities she finds fun and a friend asks her what she liked to do when she was ten.  After all, if you liked it when you were a kid you probably would still like it now.  That was the inspiration behind my third creative project of 2011– Making comic collage stationary.

When I was in middle school I went through this phase where I loved making comic collages on envelopes– buying cheap comic books, cutting them up and sticking them on envelopes with a glue stick.  There’s something pretty satisfying about it, though I can’t quite put my finger on why I like it so much.  In any case, I haven’t made a comic collage envelope in at least fifteen years, so I decided that I’d give it a try and see if I still found it as satisfying as I did when I was younger.

I headed to a comic book store on King George here in Tel Aviv and got three old comic books for 20 shekels (that’s around $5.50) and I bought a glue stick and a cheap stationary set with envelopes and simple card-stock cards.  As for the comics I used to be all about Spawn and Spiderman, but this time I went for Swamp Thing, Flash, and The New Titans.  I went home and started cutting and gluing away, and here are the results. And by the way, it was just as satisfying as it was when I was a kid.

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For 2011 I have made it my business to be more creative. To that end, my resolution for the year is to do one creative project each week, for a total of 52 creative projects this year.  I’ll be posting about all my projects on Tumblr and Twitter and some of them here as well.  If you’ve got any ideas for creative projects, by the way, feel free to share them with me in the comments.

The first project? A knitted neck warmer, modeled here by my dog Shechi.  How do you like it?

 

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So I’ve finally gotten around to making my first crochet beast! His name is King Woolly McSheeperton and he likes things such as grazing, saying “baaaahhh” and being a sheep in general. I made him from a pattern, which can be found in Cindy Crandall-Frazier’s book Single Crochet for Beginners.

He can’t see you because he doesn’t have any eyes, but you can see him, so here he is! Baaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!


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So I’ve made a second wallet and I’ve already started on a third– crochet is definitely addictive!  I like it because you can do it while you watch TV, ride on the bus, sit and stare at the wall… it’s the lazy-man’s hobby 🙂
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So I’m still crocheting away!

I just made this beeee-oootiful crochet wallet for Bob Yarny McHook to carry all his change around in.

After I made it he told me that he actually doesn’t have any change because he is made of yarn, never leaves the house and has nothing to buy.  I guess I’m okay with that.  I can use it to carry around my change.
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