Here we at the end of the month, and that means it's Int'l Bloggers Club Challenge time. For those of you who are here for the first time, this is a monthly challenge that I participate in with my blogger friends who live all over the world. We meet up each month to compare notes and see how we do things in our corner of the world. Last month, we examined our epic hits and fails, and before that we shared our spring crafts.
This month we're all about the outdoors. With the weather warming up, at least in the northern hemisphere, because our Michelle is on the other side of the world, we thought it would be a good excuse to go outdoors and work on projects. In my case, re-purposing a tire rim into a unique wind chime
What I used for this project
The How - To
I went to the trusty basement and found this old bicycle tire rim. I also found some bikes from when my kids used them but they have just been rusting down there. Maybe for a future project?
It had lots of rust on it and while I do have great respect for rust, this project needed a bit less of that. Just a bit less, because I do like my rust in small doses. So I spray painted it black.
And now what? I knew what I wanted to do, but where would I put it?
While looking over Michelle of A Crafty Mix's post from Behind the scenes I got jealous! You see she has a gorgeous garden in her back yard. Whereas I live in an apartment building in the center of town and don't have that luxury. I have plenty of traffic in front of my house, lots of honking horns and motorcycles vroom vrooming, but no greenery. And no greenery on the balcony either,since I am a self avowed brown thumb.
Like I was saying, I was a bit envious of Michelle's garden and all that lush greenery. And I was determined to do something about it. I asked the hubs if we could go to the farm in order for me to finish this project. Our farm is about 5 minutes away by car. He is happy to have me there anytime, and truth be told, since I started this blog, I don't go as often as I'd like to. So off we went with my stash for this project.
Once I got there I took out my twine and started ... you guessed it, wrapping the twine around the tire rim.
As I was wrapping I got about halfway done and realized my twine would not be enough for me to wrap the whole rim. Did that stop me? Did I ask hubs to take me back home and miss the "Golden Hour"? (For those of you who are normal folks the "Golden Hour" is an hour right after sunrise or one before sunset when the light quality is perfect for taking photos.) Did I even have more twine back home?
It was late Saturday and here in Greece the stores are closed after a certain hour (read after I ran out of twine). And the next day was Sunday when everything is closed except for the coffee shops. See you're getting a little lesson on life here in Greece. It's not like the US where everything is opened seven days a week.
Was a going to let a lack of twine stop me? Absolutely not! I was a DIYer on a mission! I just took that twine and wrapped the rest on the opposite side. And here is the result!
Once I finished wrapping I left one end of the twine loose on one side. Taking these loose ends I crossed them over and attached them to the other side like the diagram below. One of them had been intentionally left longer in order for me to make a loop at the top.
The loop was for hanging the wind chime. I also cut the twine where I made the knots so it would not hang and show too much.
It was a super easy job with very little cutting because I wanted the twine to show as one piece.
Oh look, it's the white vintage keys again! Are we going to be seeing these keys in every single project of yours, Mary? You may be wondering...
Okay, here's the story. I had made a canvas wall art with these vintage keys not too long ago. However my sweet darling of a daughter took (more like confiscated), the canvas from me about a week after it was done. She said she needed it for her art project! What can I say, it was her canvas.
So I was stuck! No! Let's take a bad situation and make it positive! I was happy to have the keys available again!
Well you know what happens next...
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Can you see all the rust that still shows through?
There it is, hanging on one of the fig trees.
After my wind chime was done, I became a tad adventurous and added some leaves to the top.
It's not perfect but I believe perfection is overrated. I like this quirky, uneven look much better. The unevenness of the key lengths matches the uneven wrapping on the rim.
And here are the beauty shots...
...in the "Golden Hour"!
So now do you see why I had to go all the way to the farm for this project? It wasn't because I was envious of Michelle's back yard...well maybe a little! I needed a place to hang my unique wind chime. And this was the perfect spot! I hope you enjoyed my outdoor project on how to re-purpose a tire rim into a unique wind chime.
Would you have gone back home to get more twine or is my uneven look acceptable? May you never run out of twine!
Do you have a special secret place that you go to, to get away from it all?
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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