Sunday, March 14, 2010

trivet time

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while visiting my friend estelle this week i went crazy over a groovy little trivet she used for her coffee. it was made out of magazines, and it looked like the pages had been cut into strips, rolled into spirals and then bound together with thread. that seemed way too much work for my liking, but i loved the idea and wondered if i could dumb it down a bit by doing a simple, elementary school kind of weaving.

and so i tried. i ripped out pages of the anthropologie catalog (which i also use for note taking and word gathering and then cut and paste into my journals) as well as vanity fair, and folded 28-ish strips that wound up being more or less 3/4" wide. i used mr. tapey (i'm not allowed to call it a tape gun around my daughter; it makes her upset) to seal the strips, but a glue stick would work fine too. did the weaving, trimmed off the uneven ends and didn't like the unfinished look, so i used some painter's tape to seal the raw edges. problem solved. sealed it with a few coats of mod podge and was done. it was a little uneven, and i came out a row short, but not too bad for a first pass. the tricky part is wedging the strips so that they stay straight and close together, which is harder to do with paper than yarn or fiber. but the thickness of the folded paper made it just perfect for a trivet. after the mod podge was dried it felt almost like a thick piece of fabric. i wouldn't put anything super hot on it, but it would work well as a decorative piece for the table.

yes, that last photo was staged, and rather sloppily, too, seeing that i didn't bother to move that kiddie cart out of view. and no, there's no coffee in that cup, but there will be in the morning!

37 comments:

S.E.Minegar said...

Very cute. I weaved a couple baskets out of newspaper last summer and they've held up nicely. I always enjoy a good re-purposing post!

Curls O Fred said...

very nice!

Megan Walker said...

super cute, you crafty girl! :)

rachel awes said...

aimeeeeeeeee! i love this too! & i am crazy about the idea of actually USING these delicious anthropologie catalogs!! & i love your italian coffee maker...we have enjoyed many cups of coffee from our beloved one! your trivet is crowned with flowers as it should be. xo

TSannie said...

I am so not creative and I am so enjoying your blog!

cactus petunia said...

Way cool! I love these creative explosions of yours!

Marthann's Musings said...

Your page is such fun. We have had a week of gloomy and rainy weather, and I know I can always feel some sunshine on your blog. I love it. I am new to blogging, having only started mine about 3 months ago. Jump over sometime and give me some feedback. I am a real newbie.

Estelle said...

Aimee, what a lovely picture! Italian coffee, tulips (my faves) and spring weather: that's the happiest combination. Like I asked you the other day: what do you NOT do?! I love your version of the trivet! And I love that you made it with Anthropologie catalogs. I knew I'd do something with my collection one day. You inspired me. Again. Thanks for the nod!

nathalie et cetera said...

cool project! and you always make me smile... tape gun and staged photo :)

jane said...

another great idea my dear! it looks brilliant. ... have a great week!

Christine said...

I love it! And every little thing around it - the coffeeless cup, the wheels and the staging :-)
Very inspiring weaving (and so sweet that tape gun makes your sweet little one upset. Mustn't! Tapey it is :-)
I hope your week begins in the awesomest way!
:)

Christine said...

btw - remember the book you asked about (with the illustrations)? It's called "Illusive contemporary illustration part 3" It's awesome!
:)

AmandaMay said...

I love it! You are so clever.

Terri said...

see, now this makes sense. all i do with my anthropologie catalogs is sit and stare and cry.

i love the espresso maker (tangeant?). i had a fabulous bialetti brikka that grew some strange-looking things inside it. i miss it very badly.

aimee said...

that was definitely the idea! i looked at those anthropologie goods and said, "well, if i can't have you, i might as well deface you."

the little cafetera, if you look closely, has a totally melted handle and i cannot remember how it happened.

the bloomin' tulips were a quick pick me up in my fleeting funk last week. the roses in the background were for my daughter's outstanding performance in The Stone in the Road. She played Nico, the yes-man to the pompous barber (barbress?) Signora Rigoletto.

thank you all for stopping by! :)

L'Atelier said...

oh this is soooo fabulous! i am sooooo going to copy it!!!
enjoy the rest of your weekend
xx

●• Thereza said...

super cool idea!
happy sunday coffee :)

painted fish studio said...

love it!

Nina Crittenden said...

Hope the coffee was nice! What a fun trivet! I love visiting Artsyville!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Delightful! I love it!

lori vliegen said...

this is the coolest thing i've seen in a long time.....definitely something new to add to your list of creative explosions!!! and i love your taste in tulips....i have some exactly like it sitting on my kitchen counter (now if i could only find a cute little kiddie cart to hide in the background.....!!)! xox, :))

cath c said...

oh boy, i may have to make this....mod podge here i come after 30 odd years...

Jane said...

What an awesome idea! My mother gives me stacks of her old Country Living mags. I may have to try this project. I have the exact same coffee mug in white which is going to get a big make-over with some of my porcelaine 150 pens!

Lori said...

So cute! Aimee I LOVE your doodle titles on the side of your blog. It looks fantastic!

Josey's mom said...

yes I will be trying this!

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh Wow! That's a super cool idea. And know what else? I am super impressed that you had an inspiration and actually ACTED on it! Unlike me who mentally shelves things away with no possible means for retrieval. Those catalog strips look really great. I bet by week's end, you'll have 10 more fantastic ideas for them!

Anairam said...

Oh, Aimee, you clever thing you! Paper and craft - two of my favourite things - I will just have to try this out. At the mo' I'm waiting for a mountain of 600 plus pages to arrive. Proofreading, bahhh!! Do you think someone will pay me to cut and fold paper for a living?

Jennifer said...

Great idea! Hmmmmmm will have to try that. I have a huge pile of Vanity Fairs that would work perfect for that-because yes I use anthropologie catalogs for art journaling!

Fruenswerk said...

Great pattern...and fun to make I can imagine:)

Megan Coyle said...

This is so cute and crafty. And it's made out of magazines? I like it! :)

6512 and growing said...

Best use of a catalog I've ever seen!

hanna-happenings said...

I was just thinking, shouldn´t you get someone to pay you for bloging?! You´re really so good at it and you have so many followers. Maybe some magazine or elsewhere? The right magazine/place would be thrilled to have you and all of those people that comes with you. You are so gifted Aimee! You really have a talent that is about speaking to people, and giving, and colouring our daily lifes! I just think that this is a thing you should do and it´s so much easier to get the time if there is a paycheck!
Just a thought. :)

aimee said...

thank you all! :) and hanna, you are so sweet! as for writing the blog posts, all of your comments are priceless and that is payment enough for me :)

pixie said...

I love the kiddie cart! It adds to the primary-colored charm of this shot.
YOU CRAFTY MAMA.

The Dreaming Bear said...

Love that trivet! So colorful! And also loved reading the above post about Pillow Talk. Interesting...will need to get a copy of that!

Holly said...

Thank you, Aimee! Another project for the stacks and stacks of my kids' Big Backyard magazines (besides paper beads)! I do have a thought... I wonder if two or three layers of felt on the bottom would make it heatproof? Or would it turn the Modge Podge all funkylike?

BT said...

Ha ha, I did a piece of woven torn picture weaving at college, this reminded me of my piece. I always liked the effect of 'mixing up' a manazine picture. Your trivet looks just great.