Saturday, August 27, 2011


It's great to connect with so many like-minded environmentalists via the blogosphere!  A newly-created group that has caught my eye recently is Lessology, a challenge community dedicated to altered art, with a requirement to use at least one repurposed item in each project.  They currently have a DT call going on, so I thought I'd create a project.  This is what I came up with (photos below)...

Supplies: orange paper (BasicGrey), dark brown paper (My Mind's Eye), striped airmail paper (October Afternoon), twine (vintage--from my husband's grandmother), alphabet stickers (BasicGrey), dry adhesive (3M), foam adhesive (3M), brown ink (Versa Color), standard office hole punch, doll-shaped bead, canceled postage stamps, toy label.

Additional supplies for lid: red paper (BasicGrey), chipboard star (DCWV, covered with brown paper from My Mind's Eye), button (October Afternoon).

I knew that I wanted to create a project that would be useful to me.  As a Russian tutor, I've recently noticed a need for a container to hold all the Russian/Cyrillic memorabilia that I use.  See, instead of just focusing on grammar drills and scripted dialogues in textbooks, I like my students to be able to touch and discuss actual Russian items like coins, banknotes, tickets, food wrappers, etc.  This makes Russian lessons a lot of fun, but it can also lead to little bits and pieces of paper all over my desk.  So, I decided to decorate a jar to hold all these pieces.

As you see, I decorated my jar with an oversized tag that I crafted from scrapbooking paper, stickers, and a handful of odds and ends.  The repurposed items on the tag are postage stamps (carefully removed from letters that I've received from Russian friends) and a label from a Russian teddy bear (the words "с любовью" mean "with love").

The bead shaped like a Russian doll is not actually Russian, to the best of my knowledge.  It came from a local shop, Mosaic on a Stick, a haven for us creative types.

It's also quite interesting to look at the jar from the back (above), in order to see all the items that are inside it.  (By the way, that's just a standard canning jar from my kitchen.  I keep such jars on hand to hold maple syrup, honey, and other bulk liquids from the health food store.)  You'll also find a photo below of the jar's contents--spread out, so that you can see the items better.

Thanks for looking!


yyam said...

What an awesome project Denise! Love the stamps and those cute little details! Glad to meet a green crafter! :)

Thanks for trying out for the LESSology design team! :)

Amy* said...

I love the re-purposed embellishments! They add so much character to your project...and the doll bead A-DOR-able!

Alia said...

Just love the tag you made!!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

I love your jar Denise. This is just my style of crafting. I love the way you recycled and that adorabe oversized tag. This is a great way to go green.

Thank you so much for auditioning for the new LESSology team. :)

Cynthia Lloréns said...

I just love your great and thanks for coming to my blog I just love to make news friends all over the word!!!!!!
I wish a wonderful week.
Kisses and huges from Brazil

tatiana_osipova said...

Denise, очень рада знакомству! А вы уже были в России? Смотрю у вас билетики, возможно вы были в Санкт Петербурге? Если вам интересно, могу вам прислать какие-нибудь "русские штучки" ))))