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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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recycle plastic bags and milk cartons into baskets

recycle plastic bags and milk cartons into baskets

So… what shall we start with?

Well, I am celebrating Shavuot, which is known to be one of the oldest holidays in Judaism. On this holiday, harvest of the first grains is being celebrated with songs and dances, remembering the old times when the people went up to Jerusalem, to the Temple, bringing with them gifts and offerings of the first fruits, veggies and flowers. Today, among other customs, we fill nice little baskets with goodies, and decorate both the baskets and the kids that carry them.

My little league dived happily into our little basket project while maintaining the opportunity of keeping green.

Wait, don’t throw:

  • those milk cartons, or plastic jugs, or those cubic tissue boxes;
  • grocery plastic bags that come in all those cool colors.

After the containers are empty, clean and well dry, cut their top, and then cut all four side panels into strips, going all the way down to the base, only make sure that eventually, you have an odd number of strips.

Cut your colorful plastic bags into many long, thin strips, about 1 inch wide.

Knot string to string in a way that eventually produces one long, multi-colored “thread” for your weaving.

Now you can start weaving from the bottom of the container and up.

weaving those plastic bags

weaving those plastic bags

Start by knotting the “thread” around one of the carton stripes at the bottom, and then around the carton, weaving the thread in a consistent manner, first under the carton strip, and then over the next strip, under the next one, and over the next one, producing a pattern of warp and woof.

You can tie a knot at the end just around one of the strips. For one of the baskets (shown above), the ends of the strips are folded outwards. For another basket, we embedded plastic beads to make it even more happier.

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