Cleaning Rubber and the Beauty of Old Glass


Recently I found this jar in the dusty back of someone else’s cabinet.  You can see why I asked if I could adopt it!  I love the pure integrity that glass always seems to have, and the bubbles and irregularities in this old piece are amazingly beautiful to me.

I also love taking something unused and making it workable again, it has such a feeling of making things right to it.



The only part of this jar that didn’t clean up super-easily was the rubber gasket, which had something a little crumbly and stubborn stuck to it.  I thought that rubbing a little oil on it might be good, since who knows how long the rubber had been sitting, drying out in the high desert.  I was pleased to find that the oil also loosened up whatever residue was left, and it then scraped right off.




After rinsing and drying, the whole jar is ready for use.  It’s currently in my cabinet filled with dried beans, although I’d like to figure out something to keep in it that will show off it’s color and bubbles better.



I couldn’t resist taking a bunch of pictures of this jar.  Glass is so photogenic, don’t you think?



Quick and Easy Ski Straps

We are hanging out and skiing with some wonderful friends this week in Oregon, so it seemed like a good time to add this project!

We got these ski straps for Christmas, but for some reason the foam part only extended partway between the skis, so they could still rub on the other side (imagine the cardboard here is the skis).  The top strap is how they started.



This is how I get into trouble, of course this could be better, and so I have to make it better.  The bottom strap is after I altered them.



It would be super easy to make your own for cross country or downhill skis, all you would need is something thick and squishy for between the skis, like felt, fleece, foam or batting covered with fabric.  Plus wide velcro.  Make the squishy part a little wider than the skis, plus enough to overlap and sew to the velcro, and enough velcro to reach around skis and stick to itself (fuzzy side out, hook side in).  Sew it together with a sturdy X pattern, and you’re done!

These would make a great little present for skiers you know.  Here’s hoping for some more snow in Flagstaff this winter, we love to xc ski right near our house when there’s enough.

Note: to sew an “X” for extra strength: sew in a rectangle first.  When you get back to where you started, sew diagonally across to the other corner, then along one side a second time.  Sew diagonally to the other corner, and back along the opposite side.  Overlap a few stitches where you started.