Creative Woman Newsletter
Many of you came to the aid of Karen T., who recently asked for creative ideas using prescription containers.
Nancy K. writes: "I use them to store sharp items like needles for disposal so that they don't hurt anybody."
Dee B. shares: "I used one to make a small emergency sewing kit for travel. I filled a couple of old bobbins with black and white thread, and included a small scrap of fabric with a couple of pre-threaded needles and a few straight pins and safety pins."
Pat writes: "I have a couple of ideas and a question: I store seeds after I have opened a packet but haven't planted all of the seeds. I give the small containers to grandkids when they want to collect little stones or seashells or other tiny treasures. I keep an extra one in my kitchen, and whenever I am planning to be out and about, and need to take vitamins or whatever along with me, there's a bottle just waiting for me, ready to go into my purse. Now what about empty thread spools?"
Dorothy suggests: "You could seal them tightly after putting a few beads, buttons or pebbles inside, and then cover with pretty fabric for a handy little baby rattle or cat toy."
Several people suggested the following ideas:
- Recycle them.
- Donate to an animal shelter or veterinarian to re-use for animal medications.
- Use them to store small items like buttons, beads, sequins, brads and safety pins and sharp items like replacement blades for your cutter or craft knife. Be sure to label them!
- Fill with small adhesive bandages and alcohol wipes for a small emergency kit.
- Use them to store loose coins in your car.
Mary Lou N. has asked for some ideas: "I have been looking for a couple years now and cannot find any way to use older 'plastic' round hair rollers we used to use to curl our hair. They are all different sizes and colors, and have holes in them to aid in the drying process. What in the world can I do with them? There must be something! I have cleaned them thoroughly and wrapped them in plastic after drying to keep them nice and clean. Thank you for any and/or all ideas."
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Editor, Creative Woman newsletter
Robin Arnold was introduced to crafts at a young age by her great-grandmother. Though the crafting bug skipped a couple of generations, Robin made up for it through her voracious appetite for learning all types of crafts. Some of the crafts she has enjoyed are: quilting, plastic canvas, sewing, stained glass, painting, punch needle, tatting, crochet, knitting, beading, metal crafting, embroidery, parchment craft, stamping, ribbon embroidery and paper crafting. Her current favorites are parchment craft, beading and paper crafting.
Robin's creative passion extends to her professional life. She joined Annie's Attic's kit sourcing department in 2005. When her colleagues noticed her desk area decorated with beautiful handmade cards, she was transferred into the kit product development team. Soon after, she was named product manager for Creative Woman and CardMaker Kit-of-the-Month Clubs. As a result, most waking hours are spent crafting!
In her free time, Robin instills a love for crafts in children through her work in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H Club, as well as through summer camps, children's Sunday school and vacation Bible school. She has also taught many adult classes locally and at national conventions. She also enjoys reading, gardening and playing with her toy poodle.
As a married mother of four grown children, she keeps in touch with weekly handmade greeting cards for each.
Two favorite quotes describe Robin's views on creativity:
"There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns." -- Edward de Bono
"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun." -- Mary Lou Cook
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