Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day

In honor of blog action day, today's post is about recycled crafts.


I have been carrying around my expired transpasses because, well, after a while it seemed like bad form to start throwing them away. For now, at the end of each month, I tuck the old one into a small plastic pocket on my craptastic freebie "briefcase." (The dude got it at a conference. The lettering has worn away, I can't even tell you which it was, though you can still see "Pittsburgh 2005" on it.)

The passes are plastic, but not as thick as a credit card. I have them from September 2005 when I was living in Exton and paying $170 to commute to the city every month and will continue to accrue them at a significantly reduced cost (and commute time). They are very colorful and I can probably remove the "F" stickers (they go where the sample says "not valid" so they know a chick's supposed to use it). One has a hole in it from the time they punched it (they can do that) during the SEPTA strike. The "Anywhere" passes have iridescent bits too, probably to avoid counterfeiting since they are so valuable. The cards are about 2"x3" and I have 24 of them (and counting).




What can they become now? Any ideas?

6 comments:

Red said...

They'd be perfect to have on hand to fold up and tuck under the leg of the occasional tippy table in a restaurant.

Barbara said...

LOL @ Red's comment. I was thinking you could wind floss around them, but the thinness would make the floss kinky.

You could affix them to the spokes of your bike to make a really cool and annoying noise as you speed around the neighborhood. ;)

Jenn L said...

Our transit system in Chicago uses similar cards. I recently saw a woman carrying a bag whose exterior was made entirely of these cards. Even the strap! She punched small holes into all four edges and sewed them together using a shoelacing kind of stitch, then lined the bag with cotton. For the strap, she lined up a bunch of cards at the short ends, sewed them into a long strip and backed that with webbed belting material.

24 cards wouldn't make a large bag just yet.... so either you'll need to start small or keep saving them up.

Glenna said...

Jeez, we only get one in DC and it's rechargeable. Maybe take an old crappy end table and use them to sort of mosaic the table top and then cover the whole thing with some sort of urethane so it's like the waterproof smooth coating on a bar table?

24 cards might make a change purse/evening purse in which you could keep your active card...

Anna van Schurman said...

oooh, I think I'll keep collecting and make a bag. Or am I too old for a bag made from those cards?

Michelle said...

Love the bag idea!! Otherwise, you could use them in a collage of some sort, but I like the bag idea better.