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ReUse Connection!

I met ReUse Connection on Twitter in March of 2010 and I’ve been stalking RC since! It was love at first tweet!

“ReUse Connection is an online, knowledge-sharing platform for people from all over the world to share how they reuse materials and items.”

Ian Moise, father, dedicated eco-entrepreneur, and founder of ReUse Connection, says he “Would love a world where natural resources are used sustainably – where material goods are designed to be re-used.”

Well, I would say that 71,000+ followers (as of the writing of this post) on your facebook page is a pretty good start with that whole “world” thing.

Since participating on ReUse Connection’s page, I’ve seen the most brilliant reuses for just about everything from shower curtains to old train cars. This designer makes furniture from old refrigerators and used car seats!

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The actual website for ReUse Connection is in beta testing right now. Ian says, “When we launch, users will be able to exchange ideas on how to reuse materials: One user can post an item – e.g. skateboards – and then other users from around the world can post solutions – e.g. chairs or bracelets. Everyone can then join the discussion.”

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ooh, ooh, I wanna play!

Item: Wine corks

Solution: Jewelry Display Board

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So you see bloggers, I URGE you to go to ReUse Connection’s Facebook page and start sharing! GO!! NOW!!

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Weekend DIY: Jewelry Organizer

Hand making a jewelry organizer was the next item on my  TO DIY list. Then the ladies at UCreate announced their “Create With Me”  project for the Month of May, which provided the extra motivation I needed.

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Just like Peace, Love, 2 Sisters I used old picture frames and mesh (with African fabric added to the back) to create my earring displays.

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Now, where do I put my bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings with posts and clasps??

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This is what I used:

  *Wine corks, * Two 24″-long boards, *Fabric, *Glue gun, *Wood nails (two different lengths depending on the size of your cork), *Mod Podge (applied w/ paint brush), *Scissors, hammer, & knife (to slice the corks, if desired)

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After using Mod Podge to glue the fabric to the board, I marked the corks where I wanted them with a marker. Then, I hammered a nail through the middle of the corks, then hammered that into the board.

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I hung both boards using a loosely woven fabric (you’ll find out why in a moment) that was glued and tied to each end of the boards.

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I used the loosely woven fabric to hang my hoop earrings that have posts.

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Lordess of the RINGS!

   

I sliced a cork into quarters and hot glued the four pieces to the top of my necklace board. As I collect more rings, I’ll add more ring holders.

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Even my little ones have a place to live now. I stuck my small earrings with posts right into the cork!! This is was a happy accident.

  

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Extra credit, you say! I agree.

When we were living in Ashland, OR  I made some jewelry organizers for an AIDS/HIV fundraiser for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I sold a few of them and donated the rest. I’m so glad I kept the pictures.

   

  

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Thank you, UCreate, for motivating me to get this done!