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Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 | 0 comments

Upcycling Holiday Cards into Luminaires

Upcycling Holiday Cards into Luminaires

On a recent visit to UpCycle Creative Reuse Center (UpCycle CRC), I noticed the boxes and boxes of used vintage and modern holiday cards and wondered how I could reuse them in my holiday decorating.  Then I remembered a project from the book Simply Green Giving, where you create luminaires with used cards. So I brought a big stack of cards home and started by sorting them into vertically formatted designs and into similar sizes. I had to trim mine a little. I also chose themes for each luminaire – birds for one, religious iconography for another, secular images for another… I then used a hole-punch to make holes along the sides of each card, about 1/4 inch apart. Next, I threaded some twine with an embroidery needle and started to sew the sides together. After the first try, I learned to thread loosely so that the sides could fold to form the standing square shape. I placed a battery-operated candle in each luminaire (for safety), which work perfectly to cast a glow...

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Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Fun, Creative, and Memorable Holiday Photo Cards

Fun, Creative, and Memorable Holiday Photo Cards

It’s not an easy feat to get a nice family portrait during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Believe me, I’ve been there, with the camera propped on a chair on auto-timer, and the husband, squirmy kids, and the family pet ready to make a dash for it. But, if you don’t want to hire a professional (that’s a great idea too), there are ways to create a nice portrait of you, your kids, or the whole family to use in your holiday cards. Spontaneous Group Shots My most favorite family shots have been ones I’ve asked a friend to take on the spur of the moment. Here’s one of our family on a visit to Rockefeller Center. Do an On-Location Shoot with a Camera-Savvy Friend One year, my brother-in-law used our camera to take photos of us in various locations in Old Town.  Old Town is a great local location since you can stroll up many of the quaint cobblestone streets. We used one of the Shutterfly...

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