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Dressing up Hashi Stool with Recycled Cardboard Album Covers. During our walk around the neighborhood on recycling day yesterday, we stumbled across two bags full of vintage cardboard album covers. Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack to name a few. A major find in the world of a self proclaimed cardboard hoarder; I new we had to extend the life of this technicolor cardboard pile just a little bit longer. After getting the album covers home, we separated the “hinged” covers from the ones that had a single pocket. I went through all the pocket album covers and cut the parts with colors and typography that I liked into strips of varying widths. To achieve the glammed up version of the Hashi Stool, I simply glued the various strips of cardboard from the album covers onto the stool and then cut away the excess with scissors.

We used the hinged album covers to create what looked like a house of cards. We also had fun making zigzag style fences; great for playing peekaboo with Isis. The Cardboard Collective. We’ve been away to all sorts of places during Grandma’s 3 week visit to Japan, and to be honest we haven’t had a spare minute to catch our breath and let you know what we’ve been up to. No cardboard projects until today, but lots of time to dream after being reacquainted with all the beauty and ingenuity of Japan’s temples, gardens, and urban streets. Cardboard Travel Swing (A Father’s Day Tribute) Made from about five layers of glued corrugated cardboard and 4 cam straps, we created a swing, with well, more swing. This is a great kid’s swing to keep in your car or bike bag, particularly if you find that sweet spot near a body of warm water this summer. If you use cardboard that comes from a box that has a waxy finish, your swing would be water-resistant, and should hold up in the event of an occasional splash. The design of this swing is a common one, but the inspiration runs deeper. The whole idea of bringing a swing to the people is one that stems from my father; rope swing builder extraordinaire. My father actually made a practice of seeking out “rope swing type” people, and convincing them to let him build a rope swing (or zip line) for them in their back yard.

The Cardboard Collective. Just add Wheels… During our last trip to 0123 Harappa the girls really enjoyed the cardboard box sleds that they had.

The Cardboard Collective

I kept thinking about how we could make an adaptation using castor wheels and some hardware from the local DIY home store. The real discovery however proved to be the strength and durability of a certain breed of fruit and vegetable boxes. Dad’s old necktie makes a great and easy pull strap. Just thread it through the holes and tie a square knot.

By the way, we’ve been putting castor wheels on everything in our house. Utilizing our cardboard hitch, Electra starts up her own tricycle transport for babies business. Besides the scary warning akin to those found underneath your mattress, I found out that this box is built to hold up to 55 kilos!! Scour your local grocery store for one of these sturdy boxes. I found the castor wheels for about $ 0.99 a piece and then looked for nuts and bolts to fit the castor wheels. The Cardboard Collective. (Inside A Black Apple): Commence to Needlin' It has been a really long time since I've tried a crafty process that is totally and completely new to me.

(Inside A Black Apple): Commence to Needlin'

That is partially why I was so excited when I ordered a whole bunch of needle felting supplies last week from these folks. The came a few days ago, and last night Sara and I tried our hand at making some little skunky fellows... SAM (my skunk,the fattie one in the scarf): "Hey! Hanging out on top of this washing machine is making me so hungry! It must be the kinetic energy of the spin cycle. MR. Aren't they sweeties? I found needle-felting to be really fun and intuitive and...kinda mindless. This weekend I'm planning mostly "hole-up-in-the-studio" time, which always makes me happy. Oh, and THANK YOU for all of the sweetie pie comments about my new spectacles. Happy Weekend sweet peas! (Inside A Black Apple): Little Gifts for a Little Scribbler. Hello!

(Inside A Black Apple): Little Gifts for a Little Scribbler

Black Apple Doll. (Inside A Black Apple): Fort Apple. (Inside A Black Apple): A Tiny for A Tiny. There are three things that I know about the middle Chicken-little (Delia).

(Inside A Black Apple): A Tiny for A Tiny

One: She is the human I know that is mostly likely to secretly be a fairy.Two: She loves dolls.Three: She loves tiny things. So when her birthday rolled around last week, I knew what was in order. A tiny doll. You might remember last month that I made a sketch/artsy themed birthday present for her elder's amazing how different children's personalities are even right at the beginning of their lives. Those two are so special and quirky and such individuals already. Right, but back to the tiny doll. (Inside A Black Apple): Ghost-in-a-box. I schemed up these little guys a while back, and a whole flock of them will be in the shop update on Tuesday.

(Inside A Black Apple): Ghost-in-a-box

Back to work on dolls and such! Have a Happy Weekend, and I'll be back with more very soon. xoxo. (Inside A Black Apple): Dolls.