Friday, November 27, 2009

Pink Saturday…A Recycling Project Several years ago I made a purchase at a craft mall…it was a recycled vegetable can that had been painted and embellished to hold a pencil and notepad…cute idea, but the John Deer green paint and obvious crimping with a pair of pliers detracted from the presentation…I bought one and took it to Hubby. “How can I make this look better?” I asked. He suggested crimping with a vice instead of pliers. “We have a vice, don’t we?” I asked knowing full well that if Sears or Harbor Freight made them, we had at least one…turns out we have two…and that’s how I started making gift pockets out of recycled cans. Over the last seven or eight years, I’ve made hundreds. They are big sellers at craft fairs and one was my very first sale in my Etsy store…I start by removing the bottom of the can and crimping a narrow seam around the bottom…

 can pocket

Then it gets a coat of paint or a decopauged layer of  colored tissue…today I’m showing a PINK one,

home gift pocket 013

The bottom seam is hidden under strips of vintage paper or scrapbook paper trimmings. Old catalogues, maps, children’s books, stamps, buttons, jewelry pieces, well, you name it, and it just might show up to decorate one of these recycled and repurposed pockets.  They are the perfect size to hold a gift card, a lottery ticket, movie passes, tea bags, a perfect bite of chocolate, a decorated cookie…you get the picture. Each one has a theme, this one celebrates HOME. Maybe you can read the words and sing along with Steven Foster’s song lyrics pasted down behind the old folks…

home gift pocket 009

And you might recognize the bits and pieces of ephemera that have been gathered and gleaned to decorate these humble little works. Vintage wall paper really set off these pockets made for a Red Hat group.

red hat cans

And wrapping paper furnished lots of images for these spring gardening cans…

Garden cans

I like treating the Earth kindly by reusing…I think it’s a PINK attitude…and speaking of PINK, stop by Beverly’s blog http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/

to see who’s posting Pink beauties for you to admire this weekend. Thanks for stopping by. Leave a note so I can pay you a call. My next post is going to be a thank you note for an amazing giveaway I won…but more about that later…

6 comments:

Mary said...

Laverne, this is a wonderful idea. I don't have your patience or the tools needed to do this but I'll share your project with others who do. I hope you are having a wonderful Pink Saturday.

Sandra said...

How creative! What a wonderful way to "upcycle" a lowly vegetable can.

Claudia said...

What a great idea! Recycling at its best! Happy Pink Saturday!

CC said...

I love your pockets..they beautiful. Who would have dreamed that a can could be so pretty.. Happy Pinks and have a great weekend.

someplace in thyme said...

Now that is genius and I hope you do very well on etsy with this idea. What a great was to repurpose something useful into some else that is useful, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

glenda said...

Well, bless my soul...
that is about the cutest thing I have seen in a while...I am so going to do this...thanks for sharing this neat idea..another way we can recycle...
Merry Christmas,
glenda @Serendipity Cottage

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.