Friends of the West End Park

Historic West End*Atlanta*GA

REUSE: Your Christmas Tree December 29, 2009

This cute idea comes from Readymade. Post by Edith Dora Rey and Pictures by Graham Berry

For full post visit: http://www.readymade.com

1. Strip your tree of trimmings, remove it from the stand, and drag it outdoors.

2. Saw off the branches, leaving 3” to 5” nubs. (Slice off some of the branches entirely so garments have hanging clearance and don’t get snagged.)

3. Apply a coat of paint or clear varnish, or leave au naturel.

4. When the paint is dry, plunk the coatrack into the tree stand and hang out.

 

REUSE: Plastic Bags December 28, 2009

Filed under: Handmade/DIY — friendsofthewestendparkatl @ 5:39 pm
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What a great way to reuse plastic bags, these placemats are great for children, outdoor dining, porch dollies, etc. For full instructions on how to make them visit:

http://www.creativejewishmom.com/2009/11/crochet-fun-placemats-using-plastic-bags.html

ENJOY!

 

HAPPY DIA DE LOS MUERTOS November 2, 2009

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Altars @ Dia de los Muertos, Atlanta History Center

EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Every year, on November 1st (All Saints Day) and 2nd (All Souls Day) something unique takes place in many areas of Mexico and Latin America: Day of the Dead festivities. This all stems from the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico (Purepecha, Nahua, Totonac and Otomí) who believe that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives – to eat, drink and be merry. Just like they did when they were living.

This may all seem morbid and somewhat ghoulish to those who are not part of that culture. But, for Mexicans who believe in the life/death/rebirth continuum, it’s all very natural. Nahua speaking peoples of pre-columbian Mexico saw the skull as a symbol of life – not death.

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Altars @ Dia de los Muertos, Atlanta History Center

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Altars @ Dia de los Muertos, Atlanta History Center

Here’s our altar:

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My two boys and I worked our our altar today...we're almost done!

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All lit up!

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Buy your altar skulls at http://www.craftesania.etsy.com

 

Decorating light switches… October 5, 2009

Filed under: Handmade/DIY — friendsofthewestendparkatl @ 4:41 am
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Examples of light switches covered with fabric and art!

Fabric (purchase at craftesania.etsy.com

Purchase at craftesania.etsy.com

Purchase at craftesania.etsy.com

Purchase at craftesania.etsy.com

 

REUSE: MAKE A PALLET HOUSE October 4, 2009

Okay, I said I’d slow down the pallet posts but I can’t…it’s just clever. Check out how Michael Janzen used pallets to frame his tiny house, very creative!!!

Learn more at http://www.tinyfreehouse.com or at http://www.tinypallethouse.com

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photo via: Tiny Free House

 

RE-DEVELOPING UNUSED STRIP MALLS October 2, 2009

Macro-Sea is considering re-developing old, un-used strip malls. So, what better place to start this innovative approach to development than Atlanta? The company (which is NY-based) has worked on several project but is now venturing into reviving places where otherwise life-less buildings would sit lonely and grey.

Take a look at their projects: http://www.macro-sea.com. Very inspirational!

Using dumpsters as pools…

picture from readymade.com

picture from readymade.com

Re-developing abandoned strip malls…

 

UNIQUE KID FORT August 29, 2009

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via: apartmenttherapy.com

photos source: Flickr user tastybit via Creative Commons

 

 
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