Recycled United States postage stamps

Dear Fellow Crafters,

When I was growing up, my dad worked for an international insurance company. His father, who also worked for the same company loved collecting postage stamps. My dad and I used to pour over those stamps and I started a small collection myself. When they traveled to distant lands, they always wrote me a letter or postcard so that I would have a postage stamp from that country.

Years later when I was married and had become interested in rubber stamping, I was reintroduced to the world of stamp collecting.  Hero Arts Rubber Stamp Company introduced faux postage stamps and envelope set and I remember going through my memory box to see if I had kept any of the old stamps. Not many had made the trip to adulthood but that didn’t stop me. I started again with holiday postage stamps.

I didn’t want the beauty and memories to disappear so I began a hunt to discover ways to use recycled postage stamps.  These are a few ideas:

Mod Podge and postage votive . This idea comes from Hammer Like a Girl.

http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/diy-votives-vintage-candle-holders-made-from-glamsses.html

You can bet that I’m adapting this idea for use with a mason jar.

Patriotic Postage Stamp Magnets. This idea comes from CraftJournal. Here’s the link.

http://craftyjournal.com/patriotic-postage-stamp-magnets/

and finally, the easiest one of all – a bookmark. This idea comes from ThinkCrafts.

http://thinkcrafts.com/blog/2014/08/14/stamp-collector-bookmark/

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

Signs you are addicted to Pinterest

Dear Fellow Crafters,

My husband and I used to watch a tv show on the Comedy Central Channel called “Blue Comedy Tour.” It starred comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Ron White. I bring this up because while I was binge-pinning (is that a word?) the other day, I remembered Jeff Foxworthy’s famous words “You must be a Redneck if you ____”. (Fill in your favorite word). I wondered if there were any signs that the experts were right. Pinterest is now being called a “Life Style site” that people are addicted to. So you must be a Pinterest pinner if:

  1.  All the lamps in your house have been replaced by mason jars.
  2. You continually say “why didn’t I think of that?!”
  3. Your travel plans have taken on a life of their own.
  4. Your daughter wears pillow case dresses.
  5. You dream of giant craft closets.
  6. You don’t buy, you DIY.
  7. Your grocery list is created from recipes you have pinned on Pinterest.
  8. If you make a fabulous desert your husband asks if you saw it on Pinterest.
  9. You may be addicted to Pinterest if you mention Pinterest at least once a week.
  10. You’ll repin this post.
  11. Pinterest has cost your craft budget way more than it should.
  12. You spend hours you could have been sleeping scrolling through Pinterest.
  13. You have more than 200 pins on your account right now. (It’s ok, stop reading and go check. BUT come back.)
  14. You’d love to spend hours on Pinterest but you’re to busy creating boards.
  15. You’ve ordered fast food so that you didn’t have to stop pinning.
  16. Your craft stash has a stash. (Just in case you have time to make all the Pinterest crafts you’ve seen.)
  17. Pinterest is your search engine.
  18. You pin instead of bookmarking.
  19. Your doctor has diagnosed you with Pinning Finger and Pinteresty. (Look it up).
  20. Your first inclination in research is Pinterest.

The other comedian on the tour was Bill Engval. His famous quote was “here’s your sign.” So, if more than 5 things above point to you, here’s your sign:

 

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

PS check out my previous Pinterest post for more information.