Does Your Old Map Need Direction?

From Sarah Ortega

by Sarah Ortega

by Sarah Ortega

From SFGate

by SFGate

by SFGate

From Nate Berkus

by Nate Berkus

by Nate Berkus

From Chez Larsson

by Chez Larsson

by Chez Larsson

From the Sierra Club

from the Sierra Club

from the Sierra Club

From the Practical Perfeccionista

by the Practical Perfeccionista

by the Practical Perfeccionista

From Sonya Style

Map Purse by Sonya Style

Map Purse by Sonya Style

This was original from FM Shopping, but the page is gone.  So, here it is from Craftzine.

from Craftzine

from Craftzine

From Meiphemera

from Meiphemera

from Meiphemera

From Bookity

by Bookity

by Bookity

From Martha Stewart

from MarthaStewart.com

from MarthaStewart.com

Salvaged Grace has a whole page full of pictures of great map-made items.  Many of them link to Etsy pages, some link to pages that don’t exist anymore, so I’m not going to bother linking to any of the items individually.  Just visit Salvaged Grace.  You won’t be sorry.

Other Ideas

Add contact paper to your map/s to make:

  • Placemats
  • Passport portfolio
  • Wallet
  • Add a little bubble wrap and you can make a cover for you Kindle, iPod, phone, etc.
  • Journal/book cover
  • Covers for photo storage or other boxes

The Obvious

Maps as…

  • Wallpaper
  • Giftwrap
  • Framed art

Final thoughts…  My boyfriend’s parents gave us a pretty cool gift when we bought our house.  It’s a jigsaw puzzle with a map of our neighborhood printed on it.  The puzzle piece that includes the lot (okay, half-lot) our house is on is shaped like a house. The puzzle is made by National Geographic. It’s pretty dang cool.  You could easily make your own map jigsaw puzzle.

Here’s to never losing your way…

Spoons and Forks: They’re Not Just for Eating

You can find loads of great ideas for repurposing spoons and forks at Etsy.com, but for the purpose of this little young blog, I’m only including tutorials and DIY images as the point is to reuse our own stuff (some of these people have Etsy sites or sell their wares on their own sites, so you can buy if you want to).

From Scott Bedford of WhatIMade.com

This first one is definitely my favorite.  Not only that, but the website design is very cool.

Scott Bedford's Awesome Egg Holder

Scott Bedford's Awesome Egg Holder

From shrimp salad circus

These garden markers are pretty popular.  You can find lots of examples on the w.

by shrimp salad circus

by shrimp salad circus

From milomade

Pendants by milomade

Pendants by milomade

More from milomade

Be sure to look around whilst checking these out.  milomade.com has some really lovely pieces. Too bad my skin eats through silver like ants on watermelon.

milomade.com ring

milomade.com ring

From Country Living (and others)

I can’t imagine having this in my house, but it might be fun for a restaurant, catering business, etc.

by CountryLiving.com

by CountryLiving.com

From Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl

by Brittany at PrettyHandyGirl.com

by Brittany at PrettyHandyGirl.com

From DIYNetwork.com

by DIYNetwork.com

by DIYNetwork.com

From CountryHome

by CountryHome.com

by CountryHome.com

From Better Homes and Gardens (BHG.com)

by bhg.com

by bhg.com

From Gerard Barbot via theElegantThrifter

I tried to find a page by the artist himself, but could not. I believe the photo is from The Elegant Thrifter.  If it is not, I apologize for the mis-cite.

Photo by The Elegant Thrifter (I think)

Photo by The Elegant Thrifter (I think); art by Gerard Barbot

From HudsonGoods

Once on the Hudson Goods website, you will have to scroll down a bit to see the chandelier.

by Hudson Goods

by Hudson Goods

From Real Simple; Image by Monica Buck

This one isn’t very exciting, but it is a valid use for a fork, I guess. Please visit the website for full photo credit.

Photo by Monica Buck at Real Simple

Photo by Monica Buck at Real Simple

What Would We Do Without Mason?

I am a big fan of the mason jar.  I use them to, uh, store things and for canning.  Brilliant, no? I am nothing if not a whiz for spotting the obvious.

My Stunningly Brilliant Use of Mason Jars

Mason Jars in My Bathroom

Mason in My Bathroom

Mason in My Kitchen

Mason in My Kitchen

Other Peoples’ Less Brilliant (sarcasm, people) Use of Mason Jars

From Rebekah at a Little Bit of Sunshine

by Rebekah at a Little Bit of Sunshine

by Rebekah at a Little Bit of Sunshine

From Julie Ann at julie ann art

by Julie Ann of julie ann art

by Julie Ann of julie ann art

From Jaime at Prudent Baby

by Jaime at Prudent Baby

by Jaime at Prudent Baby

From Weeping Cherries (don’t even go there…)

by Weeping Cherries

by Weeping Cherries

From the Upcycler

from the Upcycler

from the Upcycler

From Who Knows Where, Really

Put some dip in the bottom of small (1/2 pint) jars and fill the jar with veggie sticks. Very cool idea for parties: no plate to balance, no double-dipping… This pic show the general idea — though it uses plastic cups. I don’t know the exact origin of the pic, I credited it the best I could.

Personal Appetizers

by Sharon Lefkowitz (I think)