Has life been a little crazy for you today as it did me? Take a few minutes to just sit back, breathe deeply, relax, reflect, refresh, or take a walk.
So far our forecast is nothing but sunshine sunshine sunshine, a bit cold but no SNOW. I shall have to move to the midwest or east coast so to make snow angels and snowballs to throw at the postman/woman! How is it where you are? Warm? Cold? Wet? Or dry?
Isn’t this Craft-from-Trash puppet cute as a button? It was created by my younger teen, my constant inspiration, two summers ago when she was ~11.
The big thing with Upcycled art is that recycled puppets should be looked at like object manipulation or found puppetry. That is, you should try to avoid recreating traditional-looking puppets. Use the object’s qualities to decide how best to reuse it. Puppet makers are early obsessive, compulsive collectors. I save every usable scrap of foam, fleece, fabric, clothing, and all sorts of materials (aka junks or craps.) By doing so, I not only reduce the amount of waste produced, but, also save money on materials in the long haul.
Extending this: I stock up on materials when they are on sale, keep and collect stuff I have no immediate use…however do inspire ideas. Talking about upcycled, handmade goodie ideas, I do have a larger-scale experiment in the work. More elaboration in the new year. Do you have a favorite upcycled project at home and/or at work? Anything you’d like to try?
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)