Reusing or recycling items during our craft afternoons is something this group tries for as often as we can.
Many here share my appreciation for driftwood’s natural beauty and uniqueness. Last winter the crafting group agreed it made perfect sense to use the wood for a project, but we needed to wait with the lake frozen and the shoreline under snow.
Living at a lake resort on a damned mountain fed river means driftwood floating downstream occurs every thaw season.
The resort likes to keep the marina and beach debris free so last summer a few of us would go gather pieces to stock pile so they would dry and be ready to be transformed this winter.
Doing a “driftwood” search on Pinterest brings up tons of ideas of what to make. For many of us that was the hardest part of this craft.
Candle holders, wind chimes, sun catchers, wall art, ornaments and even a serving tray were created this day.
Perhaps, I should have zoomed up on the projects for the picture, but the women’s smiles is more what these afternoons are about.
Emotions snuck up on me as I wrote this post which is why “bittersweet” is in the title.
You see, I have a sister and brother-in-law who for years use to come to their cottage here on weekends and holidays. My sister, who also loved to craft, and I would often get up early to paddle our kayak up and down the shorelines and around the island, searching and gathering driftwood. We would load the kayak with as much as it would carry and sometimes the bigger pieces for our yards we would drag behind with a rope.
These were great times, and she would have been in her glory at this craft afternoon, but they sold their cottage a few years ago.
Now, my sister, only 7 years older than me, lives in a world where we can’t visit. She has advanced Alzheimers, and I miss her dearly.
Sorry for that unexpected turn this post took.
Back to crafting. I’m showing a close-up below of a project I made because the fish are a result from a previous craft session. Each one is 33 layers of construction paper completely glued together, dried for a day, the edges beveled and sanded, then finished with a couple layers of clear nail polish. You can make beautiful pendants, fridge magnets, etc. with this simple process also found on Pinterest.
I will share some of our other crafts in future posts.
Have you ever crafted using things from nature, or reusing or recycling?
I’m always looking for suggestions for future craft projects.