Disaster Ribbons

I was explaining this to others and thought I would post information here with a photo to help spread the word about this idea and so everyone could see what it looks like.  I did not think of this idea but since hearing about it years ago I thought this was a great idea for neighborhoods to put together.

Every residence should have a set of three ribbons and instruction sheet (see below) placed inside an envelope.  Keep the envelope in a safe place near the front door so it can be easily located.

Think of the time savings and possible saving of lives if this were available and used in disasters including earthquakes, floods, etc.

Disaster Kit Instructions

When disaster occurs, tie one of the three colored ribbons from this kit around the knob of your front door. Or, attach in another way so it is visible from the street and secure.

Select the proper ribbon based on the following criteria:

(Consider the three ribbons as comparable to the colors on a stop light.)

GREEN – Everything is OK – go to the next house

YELLOW – Caution – We do need some help, but are in no immediate danger, help can wait so go onto the next house but come back soon.

RED – Alert – Someone is severely injured or dead. We need immediate help! Do not go any further without stopping and checking with us.

When a general disaster occurs, the initial step is to have a survey of conditions. Someone should actually pass by your home to access your situation based on the ribbon you tie out front.


Organized Bling

I was trying to figure out a way to organize necklaces in an attractive manner to prevent tangling.  My daughter stuck a cork in a Martinelli Sparkling Cider bottle and placed pins in the cork to hang the necklaces.  I decided to take it a bit further.

You will need:

Glass bottle with a narrow neck

Water based paint – your choice of color (I used copper)

One cork: size to fit the neck of the bottle

Polymer clay: Sculpey, Fimo – your choice of color (I used copper)

Three or so plastic head straight pins

White glue

Super glue

Glitter – I used copper

After cleaning out the bottle, removing the label, and allowing to air dry, pour a little water base paint into the bottle and swirl it around – coating the inside.   I used copper paint but any color will do including glitter paint.  Next prop the bottle upside down on a surface that will not be damaged by paint.  Be sure the bottle can not tip.  The inside of the dishwasher should work well as long as you place something under the bottleneck to catch the paint.  And, as long as no one will be using the dishwasher!

When walking by, pick up the bottle and swirl the paint around again.  It may take a day or more for the paint to dry.  Dry time would depend on air temperature and humidity as well as the amount of paint used.  Once dry, if you feel it needs more paint just repeat the process.

Mold hooks out of the clay and bake as directed.  I made seven hooks.  Once the hooks have cooled super glue them around the top section of the bottle.  Alternate placement so necklaces can hang in between the hooks.

Dip the plastic head of each straight pin in white glue and then roll it in glitter until the head is covered.  Stick the pins in the cork to dry.

Put the cork in the bottle.

Hang necklaces and chains from the hooks and from the pins in the cork.

You may want to glue cork or felt to the bottom of the bottle to prevent scratching furniture.

Painted Stepping Stones

These stepping stones were painted several years ago.  When I first painted stepping stones I put them in my garden to see how they would hold up.   They did very well but a couple years later I moved too far away to move them with me.

Unfortunately it is difficult (at least in my area) to find the premade round stepping stones like this.  Of course, square or some other shape could be used but my preference is the round.  When I paint some other shaped stones I will post photos on here.  Sorry for the picture quality.  I sold these stones and have no way to retake the photos.


Painted Stepping Stone – Beehive

First I drew the designs freehand on paper.  Make sure the size of your design is in proportion to your stone.  Keep in mind that the smaller the areas are the more difficult painting will be.

Once I had the look and size I wanted I drew over the outlines with a black Sharpie marker.   Use the method you like best to transfer the design to the stone.  I cut mine out and traced around the outside then filled in the rest freehand.  I used a Sharpie to draw directly onto the stone.  If you are worried about making a mistake use a pencil or something else that would be easier to remove or cover with paint without preventing the paint from adhering.  The paint did cover the marker pretty well and so I redrew it after painting to give a nice outline to the design.

Choose the colors you would like for your design.  For the watering can I only used blue, green, and white.  For the hummingbird I used sparkly paint for the throat area.

Painted Stepping Stones – Watering Can & Hummingbird

The stones were all painted with acrylic craft paint.  If you cannot find a color you like visit a paint store that sells samples and you can get almost any color you choose mixed for you on the spot.  For designs such as the hummingbird I chose to blend the paint on the body into the wing area.  After the paint had dried I redrew the outline with a Sharpie.  Wait a day or so and then spray with a clear exterior acrylic for protection from the environment and foot traffic.  Three coats are recommended.  I chose a satin sheen.

You may want to try just one stone to start with.  Place it in your yard where it will get some foot traffic, see how well it holds up and then paint some more!

This would also be a fun project using some of your children’s designs.  Be sure to write their name and age or the date it was drawn.