Contributors' Earth Day Challenge

April 21st, 2009 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Here are the goods gang. Vinyl in all different sizes. Good luck and have fun.
I was going to send this album to Jim for inspiration, but then I realized a man sporting a mullet with a comb-over and wearing a purple sweater would perhaps inhibit the creative process. If theres any justice I had to choose a different artist.
So instead I chose Tom Jones to help Jim reach new heights in his junking creativity. Whats new pussy cat...whoa, whoa, whoa, oh whoa! Cant wait to see what Jim as Tom comes up with!
Candy, Candy, in cognito. Ive been told that she would do just about anything to get a bargain. Who is that junk maven behind the Foster Grants? Im sure one of the titles on the Baby Face sound track will inspire her. The Best Things in Life are Free.
Amy has a striking resemblance to one of my favorite pop artists...Linda Ronstadt. Her junk is not cheated, mistreated or unloved! There are even paper dolls and clothes on the inside sleeve to play with. Have fun Amy!
If you have ever read one of Georgias post it should be obvious why I chose Cyndi Lauper as her persona in this challenge. Girls just wanna have fu-un! Thats all they wana do ooo! She Bop to her own beat!
Janis...forever the waltz! I think you know what I mean. This elegant lady has a way with elegant projects. I hope the Vienna Bohemian Orchestra will inspire Janis to bring (not that she needs any help) a new orthoponic, high fidelity edge to this creation. You have to read the album cover.
Ah, Lanette! After spending time with her in Texas the obvious choice from my selection was Tanya Tucker. Lani pulled the Texan right out of her Midwestern back pocket and put it on in style. Tanya also likes to wear sparkly jackets, just like Lani!
Seriously...Cant you just see Gretchen skipping through nature whistling a happy junking tune? Climb every junk pile, forge every stream, follow every rainbow...til you find your dream! She is such cheerful junker!
Kimberly looks like Olivia, but despite Kimberlys objections she really cant dance like her. Elaine from Seinfeld and Kim have more in common....but that doesnt stop her from busting out the moves. Cant wait to see what she comes up with while building in black spandex and stillettos.
Jenny K. when she sees a pile of rusty metal at the salvage yard. Ah,hahahaha...come here my little pretty!
Alleluia! After rescuing a manhole cover, a rusty gear, and an unweildly piece of unidentifiable metal Jenny aka Judy is off to see the wizard. Let see what she pulls together when she finally gets back to Kansas. Maybe ToTo will help too!
Here are the goods gang. Vinyl in all different sizes. Good luck and have fun.

Here are the goods gang. Vinyl in all different sizes. Good luck and have fun.

I was trying to come up with junk that could be found under any rock for this challenge. Some vinyl I suppose is collectible, but the selection here does not fall under that category. The records are scratched, jackets tattered, and the titles? Well let's just say Lee Greenwood is no Beatle. In order to help the contributors get into the mood for this challenge I gave them each a persona from one of the albums I had in my pile. Ah, who has more fun? Any hoo, remember this is not a contest just some good old fashioned junking fun. All members are encouraged to join in this recycle, reuse, and re-purpose celebration. Grab yourselfs some records, pretend you're a recording artist from your favorite decade, and start creating! Let's all see what we can come up with by mid May! Notice I didn't give myself an artist. If any of you have a suggestion please let me know! Have fun the easy green way!

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Comments (14)

SalvageSuzi writes: OK you guys....I was salvaging this past weekend in southern Mn where I grew up. I came across a wonderful craft/junk sale in an old feed mill. Lo and behold what did I see??? purses made from old vinyl records! I must say they were unique. They had also used them as photo frames with part of the center trimmed away. Somehow I just can't bring myself to cut my Beatle 33's.........Salvage Suzi Posted: 10:26 pm on April 26th
oldnews writes: I just can't wait to see the lamp Jim makes out of records! This should be WAY too good to miss!! Marie Posted: 1:08 pm on April 26th
suewhitney writes: You all are too funny. Wow, your minds are a swirling and I love that! What great ideas! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing. REMEMBER.... everyone is invited to take this challenge. You can either post your challenge project under this post in "did you make this" section, in the member junk, or in both. Good luck, may the force be with you!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 7:58 pm on April 24th
suewannabeinkc writes: I love this idea! I've been planning for the day when our basement gets finished and have decided on a "drive-in restaurant" (aka A&W or Arnold's) meets "drive-in movie theater" theme. I can't wait to see the ideas from the "Grease" lp! (I would definitely be Sandy).

I thought of one for Lee Greenwood... Since his most famous song is easily "God Bless the USA", how about taking 45s with solid red, white, or blue labels and make a funky flag wall art? The red and white ones could form rows as the stripes, and the blue ones could fill the smaller area as "stars". It could be sized to fill a large open wall space, or a slightly smaller one. Wouldn't it be great if you could find patriotic songs on 45s to use? Perhaps on the wall of an American Legion Hall or similar club? They could sell as a fundraiser for charity. (I'm typing as the ideas flow. Not all great, but I'm trying.) :-) Posted: 6:13 pm on April 24th
Shabbyrosechic writes: What fun! My daughter has been making lp art for 10 years now using scratched up lps. She makes bowls, tiered serving pieces, clocks and wall art compositions. Me I would be Pat Benatar, let's see a taller, older, plumper version ... lol Posted: 1:02 pm on April 24th
Cathryn_ writes: YES! So, I'm not the only one who still calls them "records!" I just could never get use to calling them 'vinyl,' but by then they were soon replaced with 8-track tape players!
Anyway, I plan to string old CD's, 78's and plastic soda lids on the horizontal wire that's holding up my bird feeders. (I've been 'collecting' the soda lids quite awhile, since they aren't recycleable. Much to the amusement of my family!)I'd like to see ANY squirrel run on THAT wire without falling off! The CDs and records will provide a physical barrier that he, or 'she,' will have to jump over to reach the feeders. Then when they land on the next section, the bottle caps will spin around when they try to grip on - but they won't fall far. The wire will have to be packed on tightly with the objects and may be COVERED with other things like 'film canisters,' empty Rx bottles, anything I can think of to completely cover the wire. I feed the squirrels also, but away from the birds! The squirrels have taken up residence, for dining purposes, in an old tree house that was on the property when we bought it - I call it "the nut house." I suppose "they-who-receive-the-challenge" could create a bird feeder, themed in the 'artists' style of music!

Hmmmm...'Muskrat Love' plays in the background... (couldn't think of a 'squirrel song')

Have fun folks! Posted: 12:58 pm on April 24th
suewhitney writes: GREAT idea Labraincloud! i love the fact that you matched titles with each persons personality. Good thinking!! I'll bet everyone loved them.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 12:51 pm on April 23rd
labraincloud writes: just thought i would share an idea we did one christmas. I make what I called 'popcorn bowls' Each member of my family got one. I tried to use the song title to match the persons personilty or a song they likes. Here what you do. use a round oven prof bowl. turn it upside down and spray it alittle with pam. place bowl in oven (unside down) put the album on top and set the oven on about 250. the album will melt around the bowl. they all came out alittle different. it was great. Posted: 12:15 pm on April 23rd
catbishop writes: I think Sue should be Deborah Harry..

and I'm already voting for Jim's project because I'm a ridiculously huge Tom Jones fan thanks to Youtube..

My favorite..make sure you watch the crazy dance scene about halfway in... Posted: 10:06 pm on April 22nd
georgiamoon writes: Sue you got me pegged! Did you all realize that the title of my album is "She's so Unusual"??? All I wanna do IS have FUN!!! And I can imagine that I will be having a LOT of fun with this challenge. So far this whole post has been fun so it will only get more interesting as we go along. I laughed and laughed when I read these "Persona's", everybody's is really great but I think I laughed the hardest with Judy/Jenny...this should be GOOD!!! Love this idea. Sue you are a KOOK, Georgia Posted: 4:19 pm on April 22nd
fellowjunker writes: Sue,
You are too, too funny! I absolutely love these personas you have come up with. Now I have had a great laugh to start the day with!!! Can't wait to get started.
xojanis Posted: 11:27 am on April 22nd
JunkArchitect writes: Sue Whitney! I can’t believe you were going to send me a mullet! All that would have inspired me to do is CRASH and FLIP a pickup truck. Tom Jones on the other hand is a cool dude and much more inspiring then YOUR friend is with the purple sweater.
I already have an idea thanks to Tom.

Sue’s songstress should be Cindy Wilson from the B52’s...Rock Lobster

Posted: 11:16 am on April 22nd
CottageElements writes: You are totally hysterical, Sue! How you come up with these things! Ha! Should I sing you my rendition of "Delta Dawn"? Twang, twang. And who should you be? LuLu? Oh, wait . . . I know! Doris Day! :) But I really want to be Julie Andrews. I do a great job of "The Sound of Music". Really . . .

Lani Posted: 10:16 pm on April 21st
Junk_Sophisticate writes: This is HI-larious!!! I have never looked so good! Weird thing is I DID have that hairstyle back in high school, and maybe even those eyebrows.

Can't wait to see what kind of "spin" everyone puts on this challenge! Awesome job Sue! Now what songstress should you be...


Posted: 9:25 pm on April 21st
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