Just as with previous incidents, my recent attempt to find my inner crafter has failed. This time, I was inspired by a charming tote bag made of fused plastic bags that I’d seen online.
I don’t collect many plastic bags, as I usually bring my own when shopping. But occasionally there are cashiers who don’t understand, and rather than watch them throw away the bag I refused, I bring it home and find a use for it. So I got out the iron and ironing board and gathered my bags (a mishmash of supermarket bags, bread bags, produce bags and miscellany). The result: a wrinkly curly mess of melted plastic.
Sadly, I’m not creative enough to come up with a pretty design that brings these pieces together. Nor do I have a sewing machine, which would make the project look much nicer than my poor hand-sewing skills would. So I have put the pieces aside for now, and I’ll see if I can’t figure out a way to do something with them.
My guess is that they’ll end up in the recycling bin.
I’m already on to the next big thing. I wear daily contact lenses. It’s wasteful, but they’re they only lenses that my eyes can tolerate. Even with them, I have to go without contacts every few days because my eyes get a little irritated. The lenses come in #5 plastic containers, and I’ve started saving them. Their unusual shape and the little loop on one end make me think they could become something fun and decorative. Perhaps a lamp shade like the ones I’ve seen made from shells? Send me your ideas and we’ll see what we can make. Here’s a pic of a few of the containers; I’ve got dozens.