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30 Days of Creativity: Day 11 – Wine Cork Spa Mat

2011 June 11

This is the ultimate craft to marry recycling, wine, typography and showers. I’ve been saving my wine corks for a long time, just waiting for the right use to come along. When I came across Craftynest’s great wine cork bath mat, I couldn’t wait to start my own. I’ll admit I’ve been living without a bath mat for the past three years, because I just never found the right one. There are a few reasons the bath mats out there didn’t fit my needs: 1. They slipped all over the floor and didn’t stay put, 2. The ones that do stay put are often those grandma-esque carpet kind, and they’re just not my style, 3. I have a very small space in which to use a mat, so a custom size was in order.

All you need for this project are the following items:

  • wine corks (I used about 100 and my mat measures 21″x14″)
  • hot glue
  • grip liner without holes (the type used to line drawers and cupboards)
  • knife
  • cutting mat or cutting board

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30 Days of Creativity: Day 10 – Furoshiki Lunch Cloth

2011 June 10
by Justine

A furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, used to transport clothes, gifts, and other goods. I’m hoping it will inspire me to be better about packing my lunch for work; how can this not make lunch fun? The Furoshiki may be one of the easiest sewing projects ever, but what a versatile item! I have an incredible selection of cheerful fabrics I found brand new at Goodwill. It felt good to use the fabric for something I could enjoy every day. Cute?

The image above shows just one way to fold the Furoshiki, but the options are endless. Check out these other fun ways I can use my furoshiki.

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30 Days of Creativity: Day 9 – Orange EO Reed Diffuser

2011 June 9
by Justine

Well, it seems I’m becoming a regular chemist! Looking for a new way to use my Little Shirleys (adorable handmade vases you can read more about here), I came upon this recipe for creating a homemade reed diffuser. Perfect! I love this orange oil from Bramble Berry, and this project is one more excuse to use it. After gathering my essential oil, some mineral oil, vodka (again with the vodka!), diffuser reeds and a vase I was most of the way done! The ratios can be found in this tutorial on Curbly.


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30 Days of Creativity: Day 8 – Liquid Laundry Detergent

2011 June 8

Why haven’t I made this before? This was so easy, and much cheaper than the local earth-friendly stuff I was buying. Here I’ve taken an empty detergent container, mixed several simple ingredients on the stove, and voila!

Thanks to Heather at A Handmade Life for providing a very straightforward recipe. Here are the ingredients I used:

  • 1/2 bar Kirk’s Castile soap, grated
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • water


After melting the grated soap into 8 cups of water.

Then I dissolved the borax and washing soda into the soap mix and added 8 more cups of water. Finally, I divided it into containers and added more water. After making a label, it’s now on the shelf and ready to use. Easy!

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30 Days of Creativity: Day 7 – Felted Pom Pom Flowers

2011 June 7
by Justine

Over the past year I’ve been repurposing wool from discarded sweaters. Sometimes I wet felt it, sometimes I frog it and knit something new, but I definitely don’t let any sheep fuzzies go to waste. Here I have recycled wool into felted pom-poms, glued them onto twigs, and created a lovely semi-permanent bouquet. Though this bouquet is neutral, I plan to make the next with a splash of color.

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30 Days of Creativity: Day 6 – Mushroom Garden

2011 June 6
by Justine

What a perfect project for the Monday after a busy weekend. The past weekend was chock-full of activity attending presentations about soap-making, cheese cultures, bread baking, clay-oven building, gardening and sustainable living at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, WA. Aside from soaking up tons of great information, I was able to visit a plethora of vendors sharing their innovations for the sustainable lifestyle. Back to the Roots demonstrated one item I kept circling back to: the mushroom garden. Other companies make these, and I had been eyeing them for awhile. I figured this was a perfect opportunity to take the plunge, so I purchased two pearl oyster mushroom kits from this friendly Oakland start-up.

I began the process last night by cutting a cross in the bag and soaking it for 24 hours. Now that it’s all set up, I simply need to spritz it with water twice per day. I must admit, this seems like a bit of a creative cop-out, as the kit will do most of the work on it’s own; after 10 days, I should have some lovely mushrooms to harvest. Now to start thinking of the first meal I will make with them….

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