Luggage Tags

Spring break has just ended sadly even if you are not a student or in a job that is affected by the winter break, it is a perfect time of year to get out of our usual surrounds even if it is within the same city!

In preparing for my spring break, which took me to sunny Florida for a week, I thought I would class up my luggage with some new homemade info tags. I happen to randomly have scraps of thick leather laying around and decided to get to work.

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Tracing my chosen pattern (a random gift tag I had laying around) on the rough side of the leather then cut out all the pieces I had traced. Using a leather punch I cut out the holes for the rivets. I picked out some metal rivets from Wal-Mart on my last trip into town. Once all the rivets were in it was time for me to locate my metal letter and number punch sets, mine are 3mm.

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With a board set underneath the leather tags I set to work stamping my families names and info and used some shoe polish to give some of the tags a darker look and made sure to push the polish into the indents made by the letter or number punch.

Once everything was dry I grabbed some ribbon to attach the tag to my chosen piece of luggage and now I’m ready for my travels!

Welcoming Spring

April the start of spring in reality no matter what the calendar says! I find in Canada at least that although spring officially starts in March the most change or transition into another season happens in April. Seeds that have been started in March are starting to grow, snow is starting to melt and for the first time in months you can see the ground and best of all the long and dark days of winter are becoming brighter! Since it is officially SPRING means its time to start some plants!

So living in a northern community means that to really purchase many of the things I might need, requires a drive of about 4 hours to the city where there is more then just a small grocery store. So when I can find a second use for something it makes life and I think the planet a little better. Such was the case with the used Keurig pods, I love the simplicity of making one cup at a time so I don’t feel the need to have the second…or third cup of coffee just to finish the pot! There is however the other side of things that if you are not using the refillable pods then you are essentially creating a lot of unnecessary waste. So I decided to clean out the used pods tossing the grounds in the compost, toss some dirt and seeds in the empty pods, water then BAM freshly grown herbs are coming your way! A bonus with using the Keurig pods is that it makes it super easy to share/ give baby plants to someone!

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