How to: Make Your Own Gift Bows — Upcycle Magazine Home » Project Ideas Sunday, November 15, 2009 Show your family and friends your love of upcycling by decorating your gifts with these upcycled magazine bows. Start with a thin magazine or catalog. You can make two or three bows from each magazine depending on the number of staples. Using a pencil, curl each strip toward the staple. When you have curled all the strips it should look like this: You can either leave like this or cut your strips into smaller strips and give it a few extra curls to look like this: Happy Upcycling, Jill
6 Web-Based Alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft PowerPoint is the ubiquitous solution to presentations on most computers. But with a profound move to the cloud, there’s a range of alternatives (most free) based on the web. These solutions offer not only features similar to the desktop app, but the ability to load your presentation anywhere you get an internet connection and, in most cases, download a copy for offline shows and/or further customization in PowerPoint itself. In this roundup, we’ll look at a range of web-based alternatives for PowerPoint and in a future one, look at alternatives for Excel. Google Docs Google Docs is, of course, the first solution that comes to mind. The presentation tool is basic, but gets the job done in most cases. While all of this is nice, one important loss is the lack of animation. SlideRocket SlideRocket is one of the more featureful solutions on our list. I’m personally really amazed at the range of features available in this app. Acrobat Zoho Show Prezi 280 Slides Wow!
Recycled magazine baskets Some buddies came over last night and we made magazine baskets. My paper weaving phase is getting out of control. In the spirit of spontaneous DIY experimentation, we decided to create a new drink, whereupon we mixed peach vodka, raspberry lemonade, and Venetian Carnival Pinot Grigio (purchased for its exciting label). Not good; don't do it. To make these, cut about 10 magazine pages into 2.5" strips vertically.
Heart Basket: How to make a Danish woven heart basket, with illustrated instructions. Here is a simple paper craft so traditional, you probably made it in 2nd grade. Our Heart Basket is dressed up with silver and gold metallic paper, some satin ribbon, and a vintage Valentine "scrap." Add some fancy chocolates, and this is the perfect “door knob” gift from the office Valentine Fairy. A Victorian "scrap" is a small illustration, usually color lithographed, embossed, and die-cut. Materials Metallic silver paper, 8.5" X 11".Metallic gold paper, 8.5" X 11".Black construction paper, about 5" X 5".Thin ribbon. Instructions Copy template shape to silver and gold paper, and cut out one of each. Make your own "scrap" by cutting out a heart-shaped image.Glue your scrap to the black construction paper, and cut around it with the decorative-edge scissors. Tips Here is a shortcut for cutting your paper. Weaving Instructions
10 Tools for Digital Storytelling in Class Digital storytelling is simply using computer-based tools to tell stories. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording voices, creating animations or electronic books. In schools they can help to take a task that might be seen as mundane – write a report, write a story, explain a process, describe an experiment – and turn it into something a whole lot more interesting. There are a great many tools out there that could be used for digital storytelling. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. For more help and information on Digital Storytelling, take a look at this site from the University of Houston and for more tools you really need to take a look at Alan Levine (CogDogRoo) 50 web2.0 Ways to tell a Story wiki. Got any favourites?
It's like Butta Recipes.Ah...I can almost smell the charcoal grills already. Fourth of July weekend is one of the biggest grilling weekends of the year. Steaks, burgers, chicken, hot dogs - you name it and it's thrown on the grill. Food from the grill is always amazing, but it is easy to get stuck in a rut. I have an easy way to spice up one of my favorite grilled treats, corn on the cob, with different kinds of compound butter.Compound butter may sound a bit scary, but it is so easy that it can hardly be considered cooking. But it will add that extra zing that you're looking for. Basil Butter (also great on grilled steak, chicken,white fish, and potatoes) 2 sticks room temp unsalted butter 1/2 cup chopped basil Kosher Salt and Pepper (to taste) Garlic Butter (also amazing on steak, grilled hamburger buns, potatoes) 1 stick room temp unsalted butter 4 cloves finely minced garlic 2 T chopped flat leaf parsley 1 T lemon juice Kosher Salt (to taste) Savory Chive Butter 2 sticks of room temp unsalted butter Directions:
Mosaic Made from Upcycled Junk Mail — Upcycle Magazine Home » Feature Stories Tuesday, February 15, 2011 This stunning mosaic is made from upcycled junk mail! It’s called “The Birth of Venus,” and it is one of many creations from eco-friendly artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold. She upcycles junk mail and other paper waste into this truly fine art. All of her work is “hand-painted, hand-cut, hand-applied, hand-embellished, and hand-finished.” Schimmel Gold’s initial inspiration came from a portrait made from colorful glass fragments she encountered while visiting Venice several years ago. While known for her colorful female portraits, Schimmel’s creations also includes a diverse mix of everything from horses to skulls to landscapes and flowers. To view her online gallery or purchase her work click here www.schimmelart.com
Floor of Pennies - The Standard Grill *notcot in home+decor , 16:51 A floor literally tiled with thousands of copper pennies… it’s pretty surprising to look down and see them when you walk into The Standard Grill in the Standard Hotel New York, below the Highline. The design was selected by the restaurant’s designers, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of New York-based design firm Roman and Williams. See some more peeks of it on the next page! p.s. loving these tiles too! Tags: hotels - luxury - new york - restaurants - standard - travel Quilling, Art and Expression City bulldozes away bikes | Ask Metafilter So a friend of mine locked his bike to a city-provided bike post... he came back and the city (Toronto) had torn up the entire sidewalk for 2 blocks, including where he had locked his bike. The workers tossed the bikes aside, some still locked to the posts, but some of the posts broken in two thereby freeing up the bikes. His bike was gone. Picture of bulldozer about to tear out bike post. Same area post-post. Picture of heaped bike posts, some broken in two by bulldozers. Picture of some heaped bikes that weren't yet stolen. Some other info: when the situation was explained to the workers (that the bike was missing) they laughed. This is a major intersection, one of the busiest in the city: Yonge and Eglinton. Also note that the city recommends that bikes be locked to the post, not the ring, which is what my friend did. Also of note is that the city made no attempt to keep an eye on the bikes once they'd tossed them to the side of the road. Suggestions on how to proceed?