Friday, November 11, 2016

Recycled ----my good deed

   In an effort to clean up the landscape, or rid our roadway view as we were driving to therapy yesterday, I insisted Sir Old Man stop.  I got out of the van on the side street and plucked 2 campaign signs off the right of way.  He only raised an eyebrow.  He knew what was coming.
   Then again this morning, more stuff littered the road side.  Sir Old Man was a true gentleman and he did the work of clearing those annoying/in the way things.  By the time we got home about 8 more signs were in the back of the van.

  After making Banana Pudding for my nephew and brother for tomorrow, I washed the things off first.   Then the cutting began.

  I use a long ruler, craft knife (not the good rotary cutter!) to score the corrugated signs.  Then fold them over. and cut through the fold on the back side.  Done!  Free insert support for my mini bolts!

  I had several pieces of over a yard pieces in the stash closet that got wrapped onto the cut up signs.  It's much neater in there now.

Oops!  More yardage discovered that needs to be washed first.

   I set aside about 5 of the signs.....they will be a good size for small portable design board  for the next (if I do one) class for watercolor.     Or for a bit larger size ....2 signs could be taped together and covered with flannel or batting as a design wall.  Matter of fact go bigger, tape 4 together and cover with batting.  Use the black office clips on the upper corners and hang it up for a very movable  design wall.  Be sure to have the Command hangers on hand to hang on the wall.
  No matter the final outcome, I am glad to do my part to recycle/clean up/rid the roadways of the extra clutter.  And rolled mini bolts make me happy.
   The carpel tunnel needs to be taken care of.....the pain under my upper arm is increasing from pressure on the Median Nerve.  So surgery it will be at the end of the month.  So Hot Legs will get to rest for a couple more weeks.  I will just plan, cut, stitch, fuse, and so on until then.

   In honor of the men and women who served our country  to give us the freedoms we enjoy today.  I thank you.
Happy stitching.  


Quilting Babcia said...

Super recycling idea! Good luck and quick healing for your carpel tunnel surgery.

Dana Gaffney said...

That's a good idea, free mini bolts and cleaning up those ugly signs :) Ours have already been taken down though, usually within 24 hours of the election. Hot legs will wait patiently while you get better and come back stronger than ever!

Gene Black said...

I love recycling things like that. Great use for those signs.

Mary said...

What a great way to use something bound for a land fill!

Ray and Jeanne said...

Great uses for the campaign signs. You are one clever cookie! Glad you are getting the carpel tunnel taken care of - good luck. ~Jeanne

Linda Swanekamp said...

Great idea on the signs! I know the look and sigh from your husband because I often ask my husband to stop if I spy something that looks promising. It is not so bad now, but when I was teaching art, I was always looking for materials as I had a paper thin budget. Did you ever try a bent wrist splint? I had carpal tunnel real bad years ago and wearing that splint eased up the pain and let the wrist rest. I wore it at night.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Good luck for a speedy recovery from your surgery!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Super recycling. Wishing a speedy recovery

sunny said...

What a great way to recycle! I need to make another design board. I might just go looking for election signs today. Good luck with the surgery.

Valerie Reynolds said...

SO creative....keep up that therapy!!

liniecat said...

Such a beautiful poppy quilt. I have a red Icelandic poppy flowering in the garden today which seemed appropriate it being the 11th of the 11th.
Good luck with the carpel, had both mine done and so glad I did.
Those boards are a great find. I've managed to get some from our local Scrapstore, where clean industrial waste is donated by businesses, to be offered to various member groups, like play groups, art students etc.
I use them at work to make Velcro accepting fabric covered A3 boards, for our visually impaired children to use in class.
Natty idea though to use them for bolts!
Ace idea that :)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Good use for those signs. Hope the recovery from this next surgery is really quick.

Janet O. said...

Great recycling tips! I never would have thought of that on my own. : )
That is a gorgeous poppy quilt, Debbie!! Perfect for the day!
I'll be praying that your surgery goes well!

Cheree @ That Morning Latte said...

Great idea for the signs--candidates have a week to pick their signs up for re-use around here so I guess after that they're fair game?! Beautiful poppy quilt!

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