Why 'My Mink Betty'?

Why 'My Mink Betty'?
I'm not your common, everyday twenty-something year old and when I graduated from High School I got an equally uncommon gift. My parents found for me a beautiful 1940's mink stole at a garage sale. It had belonged to the woman's Great Aunt Betty who had married late in life to a man with money and had only allowed him to buy her this one luxury. The unusually styled stole has the name, Betty L. Jones, embroidered in the satin lining so that's what I call her. They never had children of their own and the mink was passed to Aunt Betty's niece and on to her daughter. Until it got to me, no one since Aunt Betty had worn it. Now Betty the mink and I go to the theater together on special occasions and I hope that someday I can take her to the Symphony or the Ballet. Although Betty hadn't been worn or loved for many years she was waiting for someone to love her again as are most other things I look for when thrifting.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Look What I Made - Notebooks!

I recently finished making some notebooks using thrifted items.

The first one I made as a gift for my friend Wendy.  I found a Little Golden Book version of "Peter Pan and Wendy" at a local thrift store, and cut it apart.  I started with the front cover,

 kept all the pages of the book

and mixed in plain paper pages

that I cut from copier paper.

Then I added the back cover

and bound the whole thing with wire.

Wendy was thrilled with it.  

This is the machine I used.

It is a Bind-It-All binding machine.  

Mom ordered it online from Wal-Mart around Christmas.  She saw a youtube video of someone using it to make a journal out of a vinyl record and was pretty impressed.  She couldn't find it for sale locally so she chose to order it from Wal-Mart because of their easy return policy.  We're still not sure if we are going to keep it.  I'll admit we've had some trouble mastering it; there's a bit of a learning curve, and $50 is too much to spend on a tool we're not super comfortable with.  But we're getting better at it, so we'll see.

I made another little notebook using a postcard I found at the Goodwill Outlet for a few pennies.

This postcard shows the Monsanto Hall of Chemistry, which was an exhibit in Disneyland from 1955 until 1966.  
"Where Creative Chemistry Works Wonders For You."
That's a pretty crazy slogan, concerning Monsanto is now known for bringing lawsuits against farmers for "stealing" Monsanto's patented GMO seed because pollen from the Monsanto plants drifted into the farmers' fields and pollinated their crops.

I just cut the card down the middle, making a front, 

and a back.  Then I added about 50 sheets of plain paper, and bound it at the top.  Sorry, I don't have a picture of the finished notebook.

Mom took my teen-aged niece to Goodwill to find something to make into a journal, and Niece picked out a set of  "Your Baby Can Read" sliding word cards.

They look something like this.

Here's the one she chose for the front cover.


She used graph paper from a composition book for the inside pages,
and the back cover is the "tongue" word card.

Next up will probably be a recipe notebook using something like
nuclear peaches

recipe comics

mmmm... pie.

We also have some VHS boxes to experiment with and we haven't tried the vinyl record yet.  So many possibilities...

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  1. Now those are priceless. I love how you did these.

  2. Okay, this is just brilliant and oh so cute! I am definitely going to be featuring this next Tuesday at Roses of Inspiration - thanks for sharing, my dear! Have a lovely Valentine's Day!

  3. Hey there! I just couldn't resist. I ordered my Zutter BIA and it got here in record time. I made my first notebook this morning. I love it! Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. I'm heading over to your blog now to see what you've done.

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  5. The Golden book idea is great...they all are! I collect Golden books though so I would love one of these. What a nifty idea! Visiting from Stephanie's this morning! Hugs, Diane

  6. You were featured at Roses of Inspiration today, sweet friend! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day. Hugs!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie. I really enjoyed visiting the posts from your party.

  7. Great idea! My sister made some similar journal books using covers from vintage novels. Hope you master the machine!

  8. These are adorable!

    I'll be following your blog!

  9. WOW! I love all of these! What a fantastic way to re-use old items. I wish I had one of those spiral binders. My husband always goes to Kinko's to have them do it for him. Thanks for linking to Tips & Tricks. I hope you come back tonight and link something else up. I pinned this to Tips & Tricks craft board!


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