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Holiday Raffle- Win a New Sewing Machine

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$5 raffle tickets for sale at the Austin Creative Reuse Center

Winner will be contacted on December 19th, 2015.

Sewing Machine has all Basic Features including:

  • Basic Decorative Stiches
  • Automatic buttonhole
  • Easy Stitch selection with adjustable stitch length
  • Stiches
    • Button Hole
    • Straight
    • Zigzag
    • Blind Hems
    • Rick Rack
    • Scallop
    • Rampart

 

25 Days of Giving – Day 3

logo 25 days of giving_picmonkeyedHoliday Reuse Tips (Cont.) – Day 3

 

Here’s two more ideas to think about as the holidays are approaching…

  1.  Shop at antique or thrift stores for gifts, décor, or holiday apparel.  Less traffic, more fun, and easier on the budget.    

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  If you have multiple family members with children, consider having the older children gather clothing and toys they’ve outgrown and give to younger children as a gift. The items will be new to the younger ones and the older ones will know they’ve gone to good homes. 

Childrens box of clothes box of toys box of books

 Have a wonderful day and come back tomorrow for more tips!

 

25 Days of Giving – Day 2

logo 25 days of giving_picmonkeyedTips for Reusing during the Holidays – Day 2

Kicking off our 25 days of giving and reuse are 2 ideas to get you in the spirit of reusing during the holiday season:

Live by the Benjamin Franklin quote this holiday season “A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”    

Make yourself proud by trying these reuse tips:

1.Start the season by clearing out your household stuff (use the one year rule!). You can donate it to Austin Creative Reuse, Goodwill, or other local thrift stores.  Get double bonus points for having more space and providing a low cost gift for someone else to purchase.  

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2. Get crafty- Yep, it’s a busy time of year, but thankfully there’s tons of quick and easy reuse ideas for everything from home decorations, gift ideas, holiday cards, gift wrapping, and entertaining.  Try ACR’s Pinterest page for inspiration.

 

 Check back tomorrow for more reuse tips!

25 Days of Giving – Day 1

logo 25 days of giving_picmonkeyed Happy Holidays!  It’s time for decking the halls and spreading joy with gifts and holiday cheer.  At Austin Creative Reuse, we love December!  It’s the perfect time to use old sweaters and cereal boxes for wrapping gifts, turning wine corks into holiday decoration and best of all – gifting!

 

Starting this Saturday, we’ll be offering free gift-wrapping outside our center  from 10am – 2pm each Saturday.  Of course, our gift-wrapping is extra special because it’s reuse-inspired.  We’ll have materials available to choose from, but feel free to bring your own as well.  We love a challenge!

Starting this Thursday, December 3rd, we will also have weekly Thursday workshops at the center from 6pm to 8pm. Come join the fun as we make 3-D Star garlands/wreaths (Dec.3), fabric gift bags (Dec.10), and plastic bows and gift tags (Dec.17).

Holiday parties mean lots of wine, which means lots of leftover wine corks.  Don’t throw them out!  Turn them into cute little reindeer decorations at our workshop on December 5th.  Even if cork reindeers aren’t for you, bring us your leftover corks.  We sell hundreds of corks each month to artists, crafters,  and regular folks that feel inspired to create or just decorate. ACR Pinterest – Corks

Do you accumulate plastic bags that you know you shouldn’t throw away, but aren’t sure how to use?  Turn them into gift wrap bows!  We’ll teach you how at our workshop on our Thursday workshop on December 17th.

Don’t forget the gifts!  At Austin Creative Reuse, we know that creating awesome things from reuse materials isn’t always easy, so our mission is to eliminate barriers to reuse.  We currently have materials and workshops at our center to help inspire people, but the inevitable barrier is… “That’s cool, but I don’t have a sewing machine.”  Worry no more, friends!  A generous donor has given us a brand new sewing machine to offer as a raffle prize in December.  Come to our store on Thursdays or Saturdays  to purchase your chance to win this great prize!  If you’re not interested in sewing, this could also make a great holiday gift for someone you love.  Tickets are $5 each and the winner will be announced on December 19.  If you can’t make it to the store but want some raffle tickets, email us at info@austincreativereuse.org.

As always, we welcome your support – we accept materials  and financial donations.  Austin Creative Reuse is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that relies on community support to continue offering the amazing workshops and creative reuse center that give materials a second life, a third life and many more.  Happy Holidays!

Twenty-Five Days of Giving and Reuse

We at Austin Creative Reuse are so excited to have our center open in time to celebrate the holiday season,we are creating “Twenty-Five Days of Giving and Reuse”, a calendar of activities to share with our loyal fans and customers.  We’ll be offering daily reuse tips online, free workshops, holiday gift wrapping, craft “how-tos” and more. Keep an eye out for the calendar to be posted on our website and facebook page soon!

We’ll be kicking off on December 1st  by celebrating #Giving Tuesday. This global day of giving brings together diverse organizations and communities to celebrate the spirit of generosity and giving back in a way that is meaningful to you. Ideas for how you can celebrate #GivingTuesday will be coming soon on facebook.

So whether you’re looking for creative ideas and materials for making gifts and holiday decorations or want to come do a great project, we’d love to have you visit our center or online for your holiday inspiration!

What Can I Do with Glass Jars?

I was immensely pleased when Austin switched to single stream recycling a few years ago. That meant sorting out the trash was simple and easy. However, when I moved into an apartment I received a list of items that the complex does not recycle and glass happened to be listed. Glass bottles and jars eventually filled up the cabinet beneath the kitchen sink and I would have to take them to Ecology Action’s downtown recycling center (which is now closed, but you can take your recyclables to the City of Austin’s Recycle and Reuse Drop-Off Center at 2514 Business Center Drive, 78744). To make things easier for me and to be environmentally friendly, I learned how versatile glass bottles and jars could be.

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Here are some practical ways I reused glass jars:

When I bought this jar, it was originally filled with kombucha.  Now I use it as a regular drinking glass. If you keep the cap or lid, they make great water bottles when you’re out and about. I suggest washing the jars a few times before drinking out of them especially if they had pasta sauce in it beforehand.

When I bought this jar, it was originally filled with kombucha.Now I use it as a regular drinking glass. If you keep the cap or lid, they make great water bottles when you’re out and about. I suggest washing the jars a few times before drinking out of them especially if they had pasta sauce in it beforehand.

This jar had roasted peppers before I started reusing it to pack my lunches. Don’t put any food that needs to be heated up since it is not recommended to microwave glass jars.

This jar had roasted peppers before I started reusing it to pack my lunches. Don’t put any food that needs to be heated up since it is not recommended to microwave glass jars.

These succulent pots were originally a cookie butter jar, a normal mason jar, and two different sauce jars. Before planting, add rocks at the bottom of the jar since it doesn’t have holes to drain water.

These succulent pots were originally a cookie butter jar, a normal mason jar, and two different sauce jars. Before planting, add rocks at the bottom of the jar since it doesn’t have holes to drain water.

Glass jars make great organizers and help declutter your home. I added candy into a sauce jar, pens and pencils in another, and loose change in a bottle that first had iced coffee.

Glass jars make great organizers and help declutter your home. I added candy into a sauce jar, pens and pencils in another, and loose change in a bottle that first had iced coffee.

These succulent pots were originally a cookie butter jar, a normal mason jar, and two different sauce jars. Before planting, add rocks at the bottom of the jar since it doesn’t have holes to drain water.

 

Bonus: Can you believe that these lego look alikes were baby food jars?!

Bonus: Can you believe that these lego look alikes were baby food jars?!

Glass bottles and jars come in many shapes and sizes, and as you can see they can be reused in countless ways. So before placing them in your recycling bin, wash them up and put them into good use!

How do you reuse glass bottles and  jars?

Buy 5, Give 5 Markers to an educator

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We received an amazing donation of markers from Neuland, a developer and manufacturer of  professional learning tools, that was in Austin for the 2015 International conference for the International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP).

The markers are refillable and come in a variety of beautiful colors.

When you buy 5 of  any of the Neuland Big One, No.One and Artist Markers, Austin Creative Reuse will provide you a gift card for 5 markers to give to an educator.

Stop by the center and check out these amazing markers and the other great offerings.

the fine print:

  • Start Date:  11/05/15
  • End date for purchase: 12/31/15 or until all purchasable Neuland markers are all sold, whichever happens first.
  • End date for redeeming of coupon: March 31, 2016
  • Educator Definition for this promotion
    • anyone that provides instruction to students
      • primary, secondary and higher education (public, private, charter, homeschool)
      • after school teachers
      • day care providers
      • art therapists
      • art organization or other non-profit that provides education
    • Educator must present valid educator ID or recent paystub
    • Homeschoolers should provide verification from their state or local homeschooling organization where applicable.

 

 

By The Bucket

Our By the Bucket section is OPEN!

Fill a bucket for $5 and take home a wide assortment of goodies.

Wood pieces, metal pieces, wallpaper, old calendars, plastic spirals, carpet samples and anything else you made need for your next art project!

 

Marble Mazes Created from ACR’s By the Bucket section

Hello,
I’ve had such a blast gathering supplies for our school, Acton Imprimis.  It’s a project-based school, so inspiring materials are really appreciated here!
 
The school year is divided up into six week sessions.  At the end of each session, the kids hold an exhibition for parents and friends where they get to show off what they’ve learned and created during the last six weeks.   The students created marble mazes with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey Monomyth as their inspiration.
 
I wish you could have seen how the kids oohed and awed when they saw the materials I purchased at your store.  Having a variety of supplies really helped spark their creativity!
Thank you for providing such a wonderful resource!  
Haven Mass
Parent Volunteer
8600-2 White Cliff
Austin, TX  78759

 

KXAN Studio512: Recreate with Austin Creative Reuse!

Did you miss Austin Creative Reuse’s appearance on KXAN’s Studio 512? That’s OK, we’ve got the link for you to see it for yourself.