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It all Started with a Large Ball of Twine.

And then Some Gray Yarn.

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And Once the Sticks Got Involved…History Was Made.

I have a big wall that needed decor, so I set to making a big piece.

I knew macrame was going to be part of it, but not exactly sure how.

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I attached the twine and yarn and let it all sink in.

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Then I went for it, but I got stuck on what to do after the first row of Macrame.

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It sat like this for quite a while, but the rolled up yarn and twine at the bottom did give me an idea.  But before I could work on that part, I had to finish the other parts.

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So I continued to make these large macrame knots and my sister described the look as “Lace”.

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I kept going with the big square knots and the “lacey” look.  When I finished I added something a bit different.

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Some Poofs made of Twine!

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I Made a Lot of Poofs!

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And Not just Twine Poofs, but Grey Yarn Poofs as Well!

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I attached the Poofs and Loved them….all of my Pretty Little Poofs.

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I even added one to the Very Top!

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And There You Have It…

Poof…MacraLace!

This one is for my Wall, but if you are Interested in Your Very Own Poof…MacraLace, Please Comment Below.

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It all Started with the above tins that my Friend sent me.

You see, many years ago I turned tiny tins into nicely decorated pills boxes for all my girlfriends. I used to make small Christmas gifts for most of my friends every year. I guess she thought I could do something with her collection.

I had recently moved right into the inner city of Chicago. Along with the Skyscrapers, great views, museums and awesome restaurants there are also people down on their luck. I had not been in a living situation in a long time were I saw people who were homeless, out of work and/or sick asking for money in my neighborhood, every day, every where I walk. My heart was breaking for them.

I came up with the idea to use the tins to decorate and insert some  money and small things for these people, my TINS of LOVE! Then I realized they were way too small for what I wanted to do.

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I was saving Toilet Paper Rolls for Art projects. When I realized the tins were too small, I looked at a roll one day and thought this size would be better, my TUBES of LOVE!

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The plan was to start handing them out right before Christmas and throughout the winter for as long as I had supplies.

I had already been collecting 1 dollar bills and quarters to put in my TUBES of LOVE. I told a few friends and family about my plan. My Mother Inlaw, who collects a lot of stuff, sent me a box of stuff to stuff in my TUBES of LOVE! I also bought big multi-packs of gum.

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After Halloween, I collected leftover single wrapped candy from my neighbors and bought bags on sale for the TUBES of LOVE, for a bit of fun.

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I made a list of all Shelters, Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Warming Centers in Chicago for each one of my TUBES of LOVE.

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On the Sheet of Paper, I wrote a Note.

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I thought of items besides the money and candy, and thought soap and aspirin could be helpful. I had some hotel soaps and shampoos. The little bars of soap were too big, so I started to cut them down to a size that would fit, wrapped them in clear cellophane and labeled them.

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I also divided a large bottle of acetaminophen into packs of 6-8 pills each too.

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I had to cut the sheets of info down to fit better inside the tubes.

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The plan was to roll it all up and then stuff it in the TP Roll/Tube!  Yes, All of the below would fit into One TUBE!

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I started with rolling the items up in a dollar bill.

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Then I would roll that up with candy on each end in the folded in inforamtion Sheet.

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Easy Peasy!

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It all Fit Perfectly!

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But just so stuff would not fall out when it was opened, I put a small piece of tape at both ends.

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After I stuffed around 30 Tubes, I then decorated each TUBE of LOVE.

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Just Basic Decorating, as I was going to Wrap them as well.

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First Round of TUBES of LOVE Ready to be Wrapped!

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Fun and Light-Hearted. Literally, there are little hearts on them!

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Stuffed with Love!

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Part of the Idea for TUBES of LOVE is Recycle / Upcycle. So along with all the other items I saved, I also saved paper bags. I cut the bags up to lay out flat.  I painted it all

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I had 2 sessions of fun using paint and markers.

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I wrapped them “candy” style using string at each end. The First Batch was Done!

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They were all handed out before we left town to have Christmas with out family. During the time away I got my nephew and nieces involved with making more TUBES of LOVE! We also handed some out in Sacramento, CA, where they live. The rest I brought back to Chicago with me. Below is two of the TUBES of LOVE my twin nieces Stuffed, Wrapped and Decorated.

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I received 3 boxes of supplies from friends and family!  I was overwhelmed and very happy.  After exploration of these boxes, I realized many of the items were over-sized for the TUBES of LOVE.

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So I went bigger, Bigger TINS, that is! It all started with tiny tins and now I was back to tins, but bigger and better! I went to the Salvation Army Outlet Store here in Chicago. I bought Tins, and Socks as I learned they were highly needed. The women checking me out, actually gave me a better deal on the items after she heard about my TINS of LOVE project.

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So Much More Love Stuffing! The tins I used would vary in size, but I do not want to go too big as I need carry them as I give them out.

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I still decorated the TINS of LOVE like I did for the TUBES of LOVE, but since many of the TINS were already nicely decorated, I now do less decorating and more stuffing!

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At Top of the Above Photo, on the right and left, you will see TUBS of LOVE. Yes, I have expanded to using Plastic Tubs/Containers/Jars as well. Happy to recycle/upcycle as much as I can!

The TINS of LOVE above are my current batch.  I am down to just a few more as I handed some out the other day.

I have supplies to make more, but I need more containers!  I will do another batch of TUBES of LOVE before I get more TINS/TUBS. I am going to Cleveland soon and will see if I can give away some of the TUBES of LOVE there.

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I will hand them out for the rest of Winter or until my supplies run out.

If you have any questions on how you can do this as well, please comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Or if you want to donate any stuffing items to my TUBES/TINS/TUBS of LOVE Project, please comment as well and leave your email address for private communications.

By Education, I am a Recreational Therapist. I have worked with Youth a lot in this position and my favorite activities were art related, if I could include a lesson that made the project even better.  I would love to do this project with more Children. I can volunteer with programs within Chicago if you would like me to lead this project at your program!

Thank you and I hope you Enjoyed this project of mine!

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Life is Too Short to Just Put Paintings on Our Walls…

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Or Books on Our Shelves.

(You Can find this wall art at Vintage Gas Stove Grates)

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(You can find this Cooper’s Hoop Driver Folk Art at Folk Art Tools)

How About Books On the Walls…

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This Book Cover Art Works for Me!

(Found in a cafe in San Juan, Puerto Rico!)

And this So Very Beautiful Thing…

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Would Match This Cool Industrial Wheel Folk Art Rather Well!

(The Above Piece Could be Found at Honey Blossom Studio)

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How cool is that?

(Found at a MA Auction)

And how about Blossoms that Bloom all year-long?

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Rusted Railroad Screw Spikes and Up-cycled Vintage Brass Curtain Tie-backs make an Awesome Bouquet!

And for more color…

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How about this Bundle of Fun up-cycled colored metal!

(This piece can be found at Industrial Bloom )

And speaking of color…

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How about a mini croquet set to snazz things up a bit?

(This piece can be found at MINI CROQUET)

Vintage Sporting Goods and Color?  The options are limitless!

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Fun old pool balls in a cool old box!

(This piece can be found at Fish Legs )

And for less color…

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Love the feel and look of an old baseball, and a basket of them is even better!

(The piece can be found at Chaps and Rascals )

Staying with the old in mind, but moving away from sporting goods…

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And going Industrial!

Like an old tool box, or even better, a vintage Votive Candle Mold Folk Wall Art!

(The candle mold can be found at Rusted Metal )

Metal of another kind!

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Pots, Pans, Strainers…are all cool wall art!

(These items can be found at Enamel Ware )

Let’s saunter away from metal.

(Because metal is just too cool to walk away from…sauntering seems right and make sure look over your shoulder at it before it goes away.)

Take a deep breath…

More fun to come!

Let’s linger around another cool idea!  

The re-use of a useful item of days gone by for decor!

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A 1800’s Dough Bin to hold throw blankets, pillow, magazines, games…

Whatever you need to store…

It will look Oh-So-Loverly in an Old Box of any kind!

(You can find this particular one at OLD WOOD )

 To finish up, let’s go circular!
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Vintage Chenille in Vintage Metal Needlepoint Hoops!

OLD MY!

(The can be found at ARTS, CRAFTS & THINGS )

And for a Modern Turn…

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So Cute!

(These can be found at JoeMomma )

And if you want curtains that are NOT curtains….

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Then these are for you!

(They can be found at ARTS, CRAFTS & THINGS )

NOW GO PUT A STICK ON YOUR WALL…

AN OLD METAL PIPE ON YOUR SHELF…

OR A PIECE OF HISTORY ABOVE YOUR MANTEL!

Thanks for visiting!

To see more of our UNUSUAL DECOR SUSPECTS go to OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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I am so impressed with Puerto Rico…

And the creativity I found there!

We stopped in for some chilled coffee at a cafe and this is what we found!

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Cool, eh?

Look Closer…

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It is made from old book covers!

How cool is that?

And there is more!

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Don’t be distracted by Jim’s great looks…

That is a piece made from old wooden spoons and a small mirror above his cute head!

Loved this place!

After the trip to the cafe we went to the Museo De Las Americas.

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Where we ran into BASURA by Nick Quijan

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Yes…
Basura means Trash.

And Yes, this Artist made Art from Trash!

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Trash he found on one stretch of beach in Old San Juan right there in Puerto Rico!

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I love these “men”!

And…
So inspired by the art and creativity around me…
I started to see art in everything…

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Here…

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And there…

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And that pile too!

I searched, gathered and took home my own little pile!

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I wish I could have taken more of those little pieces of drift wood home with me…
There were thousands of them!

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And who doesn’t love sea glass?

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Playing with my finds…

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I like it!

I can’t wait to put those pieces to work for me…

Not sure it will be this sunburst or what…

But I am sure I will tell you all about it!

Keep your eyes and mind open…
Beauty is everywhere…
And…
In everything…
And Everybody!

To see my online shop for Things That I Have Made and Vintage Things…

GO TO…Our Own Big World!

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