Over at Artsyville, this week's topic is "Unintended Use." Here's a few items that come in handy, but not for the purposes which they were intended for:
1) My macro lens often serves as a telephoto lens, although I did use an honest to God telephoto lens for thepics above.
2) Newpaper bags come into use as grandson diaper disposal and bags to stuff shampoo bottles - and the like - into as I travel. I've learned the hard way that no matter how much I'm careful, the darn things leak.
3) Used up gift cards spread glue and paint very nicely.
4) Old phone books or magazines serve as table protectors when I glue things. Glue, turn the page, and glue some more. I'm no longer getting glue where I didn't intend glue to be!
5) Toliet paper tubes make great "bincoulars" for the grands. Let them color or paint them, and then add some stickers...even better!
6) Enclosed envelopes for remitting payments find another life for practicing tearing (fine motor skills) or grocery list making.
7) Bubble wrap and corrugated cardboard (coffee cup sleeves) make neat textures in paint, and those toliet paper tubes above? Well, they make awesome circle prints! Potato mashers and combs of all sorts also create awesome texture.
8) Empty peanut butter jars hold water for art making.
9) Wine corks in an decorative container get emptied and replaced, over and over again, by the two year old grand.
10) A decorative wooden red bowl often serves as a hat for the same two year old.
11) Paper bags make awesome books.
And, I'm sure there's more, but I'm heading off to breakfast and then some exploring on Virginia's Eastern Shore.