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October 23, 2016

THRIFTY HANDMADE WATERPROOF GARLAND

How do you spend rainy day weekends?  I usually tend to some house cleaning and then I get crafty.  That's what I did yesterday as the rain poured and the wind blew like mad.  But first, I made a quick trip to the thrift store to hunt for..... plastic placemats.  Yep, I wanted dollar store-type plastic placemats.  I've had the desire to make one of those pennant/banner garlands for quite some time; however, I wanted mine to be waterproof, weatherproof and durable.

I scored at the thrift store and found these two styles of placemats, which were not only waterproof, their colors complemented each other and they were only twenty-five cents each.  I grabbed my spool of floral wire and some jute garden twine, then created two triangle templates, one slightly larger than the other.  Then I got to work with cutting out and assembling my garland.
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©Linda Nelson 2016
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©Linda Nelson 2016
Isn't it cute?  Peel-n-stick black vinyl lettering or a permanent marker could be used for adding a saying, but I'm going to leave mine as is for now.

Then I made a velvety pumpkin from a blazer-style blouse I purchased at the thrift store.  I'm giving that one to a friend; I'll add the little pumpkin to my collection.
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I also spent some time experimenting with a new felted mushroom design for future production.  I'm not exactly there yet, but the two that I made have given me a better insight into where I'm taking this.
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©Linda Nelson 2016
Well, I hope you've been having a very nice (and crafty) weekend, too.

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