Dr. Lori: Holiday waste can be put to good use
BY DR. LORI Art and Antiques
Monday, January 07, 2013
1/07/13 at 6:36 AM
As a youngster, learning the value of a dollar was important to my family. We had everything we needed but my parents knew enough to re-use and re-cycle for finance's sake. They taught us to not be wasteful and to recycle whenever we could.
At holiday time, for instance, we reused the wrapping paper, saved the cardboard gift boxes, and reclaimed the ribbon and bows.
At my appraisal events, I have seen molded paper candy containers in the shape of Santa Claus, 1950s tree toppers with blinking lights, 1960s silvered aluminum Christmas trees, and collectible ornaments in the shape of Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop.
However, with this new-found interest in repurposing objects and making some group of old, damaged, or just plain ugly things new again, I thought I'd share a couple of the ideas that I have seen at my events worldwide:
In Kansas City, Mo., I met a woman who sews printed papers, gift wrap and old road maps, into expandable wallets, luggage tags, lampshades and credit card cases. They are strong for the user as she (Suzanne of Dumb Kid Designs) uses a clear sheet of a strong plastic adhesive that prevents tearing when the paper goes through the sewing machine.
They are fun, bright, cheerful and useful objects that also demonstrate a good way to reuse all that paper. I think the road maps are cool as they remind me of a time when I didn't scream at my GPS.
In Denver, I met a woman who had a holiday picture that was made from old broken pins, jewelry pieces and settings, earrings, etc. Vintage pins, cameos, rogue stones and other shiny objects were glued onto a piece of velvet in the shape of a tree. The picture of the holiday tree sparkled and was made from brooches that served as branches, bracelets that hung in swags like garland, and colored rhinestones that were carefully placed to simulate lighted candles.
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Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents appraisal events to audiences worldwide. Dr. Lori is the expert appraiser on the TV show, Auction Kings on Discovery channel. Visit www.DrLoriV.com, www.Facebook.com/DoctorLori or call (888) 431-1010.