Repurpose the Old Vinyl

Repurpose the Old Vinyl

Vinyl records are making a comeback and many folks are getting new turntables and investing in vinyl once again.   We have an awful lot of old records from my parents and from my teenage years.  We might think they are all valuable but most aren’t.  Here is an idea to repurpose some of those records that might be scratched, a bit warped or duplicates.

Here is how we made a stand out of a small piece of wood and some old vinyl records.

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You need 2 records (33 speed) and a piece of suitable sized wood.  The records need to be cut so they are 15 cm, 10 cm and 5 cm high.  For non metric folks that is about 6, 4 and 2 inches.   The piece of wood needs to be 32.5 cm or 13 inches wide and about 12.5 or 5 inches deep.  The thickness is up to you but you need to be able to add 3 grooves about 1 cm or half inch deep.

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The record cuts were made carefully and slowly with a hack saw.

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The grooves were cut with a table saw.  Once the 3 grooves are cut you can paint or stain the wood to your liking.  You could add some glue into each groove and push in one of the record pieces.  The biggest goes at the back and so on.  That bit was obvious wasn’t it?   I didn’t use glue and the records stayed in place on their own.  I chose to use a black gloss paint to finish this one off.

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Then you have a stand that you can file letters, documents, magazines, photos or whatever you want.  I don’t think it would be strong enough to file records in.

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It will be a fun gift for the record enthusiast in our family.  We added a gift certificate from Sam the Record Man at the Quinte Mall. Our Sam’s was the last remaining store in the chain after the iconic store in downtown Toronto was closed.

You could make a smaller one using old 45 records too and I bet you could use CD’s to make a much smaller one.  You are only limited by your imagination.

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Seedy or Potty?

Seedy or Potty?

September has arrived with cooler mornings and evenings as summer winds down for the last 20 or so days.  It’s that time in the garden when gardeners go potty or seedy!

Gardeners don't get old ... they go to pots!

The pots of plants are coming to an end and most of mine are getting emptied and stored.  The veggie pot garden has finished and the last of the plants have been pulled and composted.  We had a wonderful harvest of rhubarb, tomatoes, peas, beans, radishes, lettuce and potatoes.  Now it’s time to get seedy … and gather seeds from various plants in the garden.

Seeds and Seedpods are developing on a lot of plants, so now is the time to think about the garden for next year.

The hollyhocks grew well in a corner of the trellis garden.  Tall stalks gave beautiful dark purple almost black flowers (depending on the time of day you looked at them)

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They will soon be going to seed.  Seeds are arranged inside the pod in a neat circle.  You can let them dry out and drop naturally or you can gather them and save fro another year or to give in a seed swap.

  

The obedient plants, or physostegia, have been really lovely this year and the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have been enjoying the blooms.

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Here is the giant swallowtail flitting from bloom to bloom.

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The weather has been amazing so far this September.  In fact some days feel more like the summer days we usually have in August.  I’m hoping it continues for many more days.  But in the meantime I’m enjoying the outside as much as possible.

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The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom

2013 … 2014 … 2015… 2016 … 2017

Blooming: morning glory, obedient plant, sweet peas, wild asters, goldenrod, miscanthus, and the odd hosta is hanging on, Russian sage, sedum, ligularia, potentilla, coreopsis,

Fluttering Wings

Fluttering Wings

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Butterflies are delicate critters that flit from flower to flower in the garden.  Capturing them with the camera can be a challenge.

The black swallowtail was seen in the spring when the lilacs were in bloom.

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The tiger swallowtail was found resting on the deck rail one day.

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A giant swallowtail was really enjoying the purple obedient plants just recently.

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A few years ago I discovered this mourning cloak butterfly by one of my hummingbird feeders which is close to a trellis where the clematis and honeysuckle vine grow. I think it had just emerged as it sat for a long time fluttering its wings, as if drying them and testing them out.  This is a fairly large butterfly with a wing span of up to 10 cm. The underside of the wings are brown and from the top the yellow trim and blue spots easily identify it.

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 The monarch butterfly is seen by the milkweed when it was in bloom.  This is the main food source for these butterflies so I let some of the plants grow in the garden.

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The red admirals have visited the garden.  This one had probably just hatched as it sat on the deck steps for quite a while stretching and fluttering its wings before taking off.

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The white admiral has different colouring and I captured one on the hummingbird feeder one day a couple of years ago.  The underside is reddy brown with white and orange markings.

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But the top side shows more black with blue markings.

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The fritillary was photographed while it was on the Lady’s Mantle one day.  There are several types of fritillaries and I haven’t narrowed this one down, but I think a great spangled fritillary.

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Besides my old and trusty Golden Guide, Butterflies and Moths, I also use this site for Ontario butterflies.  Did you know there were 84 different Golden Guides and they are now considered vintage books (can find with a search)  I’ve got about a dozen or so of them and have used them for years.  Some things don’t go out of date but just get updated.

The more you look, the more you see.  Nature never fails to amaze me.

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Stacked Squares Scarf

Stacked Squares Scarf

I recently tested a pattern for Amy of lovemademyhome.  It was a great little pattern to crochet and consisted of two rows, so once you remembered that you could crochet away while watching tv and not have to keep referring back to the pattern.

I love having different scarves for the winter and this one was crocheted with a soft yarn and it will fit nicely under the collar of my winter coat.  The pattern that Amy made used 175 rows which made the scarf much longer than I wanted.  The joy of this pattern is you can make it any length you want.

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I worked 73 rows which was long enough for me.  I used Loops & Threads Woolike yarn from Michaels and a 4 mm hook.  This was some yarn I had purchased ages ago when it was on sale.  The scarf is very light when finished but very soft and I know it will keep my neck warm in the winter.  I’ve added the project to my Ravelry page.

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Check out Amy’s Ravelry page if you are interested in this scarf pattern or any of her other patterns.

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