Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Something old, something new

As part of our economy challenge, we asked you to take something old and turn it into something new. And we discovered…you’re a crafty bunch! We were impressed with the unique creations that several of you fashioned from items that started out as one thing and then became something completely and unexpectedly different.


Tabitha Jo Dotson and Sandra Kay Vogt run a website that shows off their craft and cooking projects. Their latest inspiration came from the “four or five” phone books that are left at their doorsteps every year.


“I was over at [Sandra’s] and her husband came in with new phone book,” says Tabitha. “And he said, ‘You girls need come up with a way to use these phone books.’”


So they did. The pair played around with the phone book and discovered that, when folded a certain way, it looked a bit like a vase. That became their inspiration, and they turned the phone books into decorative pencil holders .  The pair also designed dance bags for Tabitha’s daughter and Sandra’s niece out of the girls’ old pink leotards, and say the bags are both beautiful and functional.


Another crafty iReporter is Cherry DelRosario. An art student at Georgia State University, she transformed a $4 dart board into a jewelry vanity . She also made a really cool clock for her boyfriend out of an old book. She cut a circle out of the book, inserted a clock face, and burned his initials onto the front of the clock – a unique gift for someone who loves to read.


Are you up to the challenge? Show us how you can take something old and create something new.

March 18, 2009
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hi, i placed a very unique plastic for dishes and i made it a tool for pets, i was surprised it didn´t get that much attention, it works for pets really and for people that live in apartments and have no garden, is a great tip

can you check on it again please, thatst the way i have trained my dog jeke and believe me he goes there all the time, he has allergies so i don´t let him be next to gardens, thanks larena

March 19, 2009
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@larena It's a creative solution, indeed.


Our "something old, something new" assignment was specifically looking for crafty projects that involved turning old junk into something new and useful, so I don't know that it's an exact fit. But thank you for sharing! I hope your suggestion helped out some fellow iReporters.

April 1, 2009
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Two month's  until summer vacation and still no job in sight , it's been 2 months, it's not for lack of looking but in Derby,ks the job shortage is amazing.


I'm a mother of 2 , a 10 year old and a 3 year old that I haven't seen in 9 month's , and both are expecting to come out to see me, and i just cant let them down. I love them so much it's killing me to be away from them. That's were you come in,the generosity of strangers. A good deed if you will on your part, We are crossing fingers and toes in the hope that their are still compassionate people out there . I'm trying everything for these two children. humbling myself ,I ask that you send all donations to ,


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