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Fellow New Jerseyans and friends, I’m so excited to have finally complete the first phase of a project I have been working on for the past months. Thanks to the amazing volunteer labors of Jeanne Heifetz, Mimi, and Josh from NY, and Jessica Laus from NJ, we now have a new website, to match potential volunteers with non-for-profit org. in NJ, specifically in the areas impacted by the policies of the new administration.We want to protect our democratic, humanistic values, so take a look and share widely. I am updating the site constantly.
https://www.wearenjvalues.org/

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glued in place cardboard

glued in place cardboard

I’m getting there. Still, lots to do.

Hmmm, what’s it gonna look like?

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milk carton coin purse

milk carton coin purse

So the recent buzz in green fashion is to jiggle your coins in a recycled container made into wallet.

See it on Etsi, or here, or in this new start-up that while they’re pledging to donate 1% of all sales in favor of the environment, their coin purses still cost $10 a piece.

There are so many tutorials out there, why not make one yourself?

Wait, don’t throw that milk or juice carton.

Here are the very basic steps I used for making the purse:

clean, dry mik carton

clean, dry milk carton

  • When milk is all but done, rinse your carton, let it dry a whole day, and cut it open on the top and bottom.
press the front flat onto the bottom

press the front flat onto the bottom

fold the sides

*fold the sides

leave about 2" for a closing flap to the purse

leave about 2" for a closing flap to the purse

  • Right after you fold the whole thing into two, glue the two sections inside, fold the flap over your purse, and attach a Velcro patch, you’ll find a cool-de-small-sac (aka a cool purse)  🙂 .
  • * tip: you can gently score the sides with a kitchen knife to help with the accordion folds. Also, once folded, let it rest under heavy weight for a while.
fold into two, glue inside secions, ad valcro

fold into two, glue inside sections, add Velcro

close coin purse

close coin purse

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hair- adorned. d.i.y.

hair- adorned. d.i.y.

I did not have many necklaces, but out of the four few that I had, three somehow ripped and got torn, thus leaving me with many orphaned little beads. Are you familiar with the experience? So now I keep a special box to hold all those little colorful creatures. The box is now full with buttons as well…

beads- waiting-to-be-adopted

beads- waiting-to-be-adopted

One great use for the waiting-to-be-adopted beads/buttons, besides putting them together to yet another necklace, is to rearrange them into a cool, colorful, jumpy hair clips. Oh yes- we’ve got orphan clips as well.

arranging beads

arranging beads

Wait- don’t throw old beads, buttons, hair clips or hair pins. You can even use the plastic string or elastic one to incorporate and bead a nice longish thread, attache it to the hair clip, and voila`!

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