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remember that i finally opened up a facebook page for cucicucicoo? to have a bit of fun, i also started a little game in which i publish a photo of one of my recent projects and you have to guess what it is. i started with this photo. only phoebe guessed exactly the material, but nobody figured out what the object is. it’s… (drumroll):
a belt made from an inner tube! a while back i made my husband a bag from an inner tube and it was (and continues to be) a huge success with him and everyone else who sees it. i’d wanted to make a belt like this since then, so i decided to finally do it for his birthday last week. then a few months ago i bought a cheap leather punch to do this project (which i still haven’t finished), so i used that to make the holes in the inner tube.
it was pretty hard to sew this belt because the layers of inner tube got pretty thick. if you look closely, you can see the stitches aren’t particularly uniform. and the buckle is a bit girly, but it was the only one i had that was big enough. i have to say, it looks pretty good anyway!
my daughter also handmade some gifts for him. she used happy mais (shapes made from corn starch, therefore ecological, and they stick to each other when you dampen them) to make a cake with a smile, a cup with a stray and a birthday crown.
and with me, she did a project that i did as a little girl with my mother. you take a glass bottle or jar and you stick on little pieces of colored tissue paper. i found a homemade recipe for the famous and unfindable (in italy) glue mod podge (i found the same recipe here and here, too. just want to give all my sources!), so i made that and we used it to stick the tissue paper onto the little bottle of liofilizzato (an absolutely disgusting freeze-dried powdered meat that many italian pediatricians tell parents to give babies just starting to eat solids. yuck!). and i resisted the urge to smooth out that scrunched up tissue paper.
we made the vase pretty small because my daughter loves picking little wildflowers outside her school or really wherever she is, but we also end up having to put them in water in a tiny shot glass. now though, we have a special vase for them! and it looks pretty cool held up to natural light.
today i’m publishing another photo for the game. so, get on over to the facebook page and start guessing!