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Ordinary to Extraordinary: Ten Trash to Treasure Crafts That Will Sell (Reprint)

Posted by Kimberly on October 31, 2007

By Keith Londrie II

When it comes to crafts, do you tend to gravitate toward the unique, the different, and the most eye-catching?

Making crafts is not only a fun and creative endeavor; it can also be quite lucrative. If you’re interested in making and selling crafts, but are worried about production costs, worry no more. Here are ten trash to treasure crafts that are not too costly to produce, and that are sure to sell.

Use old greeting cards to make charming keepsake boxes. Everyone has access to greeting cards, and even if you decide to buy new greeting cards for this project, the expense is minimal. Choose two greeting cards with designs that complement each other nicely. For instance, two greeting cards with flower designs would work well together. Cut one greeting card in half at the fold. Use the part of the card with the design on it to make the box. Use a ruler to make sure your folds are equal lengths. Fold up the sides of the card to form it into a box, and glue the walls into place. Use the second greeting card to form a lid for the greeting card box.

Make a “vignette lantern” using old glass jars. This craft works especially well if you design your lanterns around seasonal or holiday themes. Using old glass jelly or mason jars, create a “scene” inside the jar. For instance, if you want to sell your craft around the Christmas holiday season, create a holiday scene inside the jar with Christmas trees, lights, a Santa, etc.

Create a cool CD clock! This project is very eye-catching and easy to do. Most everyone has old CDs that they have no use for. Why not convert them into working clocks that you can sell? Find an old CD you no longer need and paint it. Use markers and paint to create an original design. Write the clock numbers around the sides of the CD. Use a regular clock as a guide for spacing your numbers. Use the clock works on an old clock and, using a large washer (available at hardware stores), attach the clock works to the back of the CD.

Create an eye-catching fork wind chime. Using a hammer, flatten down the prongs on three or four old forks. Bang the tips so they straighten all the way. Attach the forks to either a piece of wire or strong string. You can drill holes on the handles of the fork and attach them securely to the piece of wire. Attach the wire and forks to another structure. This can be whatever you want’you can fashion another piece of wire into an attractive design and attach the forks to it. The forks will create lovely music in the wind!

Make colorful ornaments out of old light bulbs. Using acrylic paints, design colorful designs on a burnt out light bulb. You can also use a hot glue gun to attach fabric or other accessories to the light bulb. Popular motifs you can try are Santa Claus, Reindeer, or Angel designs. After you’re done decorating your light bulb ornament, use your hot glue gun to attach a loop to the top of your ornament for hanging.

Sell handmade pine cone bird feeders. Not only is this project easy and inexpensive to do, but another perk is that it allows you to clean up your yard! Cut pieces of twine or yarn and wrap them around each pine cone so that you will be able to hang the pine cone securely. Mix part butter and part peanut butter in a bowl and smear it all over a pine cone. Then pour bird seed into a dish and roll the pine cone in the bird seed until it is covered. Place the pine cone in the freezer until it is set (usually takes about an hour). Now it is ready to hang.

Create fun yard art from thrift shop treasures. This project allows you to really stretch your imagination to create wonderful yard art creations. Search out thrift shops to find old chairs, tables, baker’s racks just about anythingto create planters and yard decorations. With a new coat of paint and a little imagination, you’ll be able to create one of a kind yard art.

Make fun rag dolls out of old jeans. You can fashion dolls out of old blue jeans. Use old soft sweaters to make clothes for the doll, yarn for the hair, and hot glue buttons for the eyes. You can make a whole series of these dolls and sell them at crafts fairs.

Create beautiful folk art aluminum flowers. Find unusual aluminum beer or soda bottles. With a pair of utility scissors, cut the soda cans open. Cut out a rectangular piece of aluminum and smoothen it down. Use a marker to draw a flower design on the piece of aluminum. Cut out your flower, using steel wool to soften out any rough, jagged spots. Use an awl to curl petal edges, and punch out holes if your design calls for it. Attach a metal rod to your aluminum flower to act as a stem. You can create a lovely bouquet, if you wish!

Make and sell truly unique art mailboxes. You can purchase used metal mailboxes very inexpensively at thrift stores, and then decorate them to make a profit. You can also personalize these mailboxes for your clients!

About the Author:  Keith Londrie II is the Webmaster of http://acraftfairgoldmine.coffee-info.info A website that specializes in providing information on a craft fair gold mine that you can research on the internet.(reprinted from http://www.article-outlet.com)


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The Truth About the Blended Family That TV Doesn’t Tell You About

Posted by Kimberly on October 23, 2007

In 1969, America was presented with the first television version of what has become known as the “blended family”; better known as The Brady Bunch.  Almost forty years later in 2007, the American public is wondering why one out of two marriages fail.

It’s simple.  Since 1969, television sitcom producers have been selling us on the idea of the blended family.   Whether it be by widowhood or divorce, producers have convinced us that blended a family comes with relative ease and, in the end, everyone is part of one big happy family.

Look at, for example, CBS’ popular sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine.  While this show is hilarious in context, quite frankly there are very few exes who sit around and discuss new relationships with one another or even reminisce about the past with their new significant others present.   In real life, it would be a 30 minute episode of nothing more than a cat fight with the guy standing back wondering how the heck he was going to get out of this mess; or, in many other cases, the guy jumps in defending his new girl while verbally blasting his ex-wife about child support, alimony and whatever else comes to mind.  (These roles are also often reversed with the guys fighting and the gal playing the role of thinker, defender and insult blaster.)

One of the better portrayals is the WB’s now cancelled sitcom Reba, wherein viewers were subjected to the repeated battles of blending an ex-wife and the new wife.   However, in the end, they managed to make it work.  

Being divorced and remarried myself to man also divorced, I can say with certainty that life just doesn’t happen as portrayed on television.  With divorce, child support, alimony, and visitation issues swirling around you, life with the exes is seldom (read never) a 30 minute barrel of laughs.

Just take a look at the message boards at such sites as DivorceSource.com and DivorceNet.  It’s clear that the situations in the aforementioned television shows are the exception versus the rule.

When I decided to remarry, I never expected it to be simple; and I was correct in my assumptions.   Yet it never ceases to amaze me the number of people I hear say, “Why can’t it be like Reba?”  Too often I find myself replying, “You’re kidding me, right?”  Only to see from their expression that they were not. 

If you are divorced and thinking of remarrying, realize that not everyone is going to be friends and problems will not be resolved in thirty minutes; not even, in most cases, thirty days.   The term “blended family” provides the false assumption that, eventually, everything will fit together with no indication of what was the foundation and what was added. 

No, the term “blended family” is a farce.   Families created from divorce are more like “taped families” or “glued families”; you’re stuck together but you can still see the cracks.

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