So… I read blogs. Shocking right? Anyway, I caught the end of a blog train a few months back on Feather’s Flights, and thought, “how fun! I want to be a part of something like that!” So I emailed Agy, who was the mind behind the blog trian, and asked if she was going to do another one any time soon.
*oh, and making good totally puts me in mind of a line from a Wicked song. Complete tangent, but that’s what I’m humming while I type.*
So Mackathanial has recently really gotten into listening to music and books. He loves youtube music videos, and his CDs, but he really loves his books on tape. I found 3 books on cassette and a tape player at a thrift store, and they very quickly became his favorite things to listen to. But then, tragedy struck. The Badenator got into the tapes. A Color of His Own was completely destroyed, torn into about 7 long, stringy pieces. Alligator Baby had been snapped just in one place, right near the end of the tape. I had a feeling it could be saved, so I gave it a go.
We start with a broken tape.
A sad, sad broken tape.
Cut your ends so they’re neat and square.
Place one end on a little bit of cellophane tape.
Overlap the other end.
Wrap your tape around on both sides.
Wind the tape back in and play your fixed cassette! Ours is a little finicky, and won’t play over the repaired portion, but it works well enough, and we didn’t lose any of the story.
I’m hoping to keep the Badenator out of the tapes from now on, so I don’t ever have to make repairs again, but I definitely would if another tape was broken in a similar way. The tapes are so much fun, and Mackathanial will be getting a few more for his birthday (yay ebay!). It’s always important to me to not waste, but it’s especially important to find a way to repair things that are not easily replaced.
What is repair, and why do we even bother to repair the things we have? Some see repair as a way of reconnecting with our possessions as we extend their lives. Others see it as a form of creative potential and an avenue to express their craft. The rewards for mending varies from feeling immense satisfaction to prolonging the life of the product. Follow the “Making Good” blog train this month and see what we have repaired and reconnected with. Have you mended anything today?
1 May – Agatha www.
2 May – Lisa http://www.cucicucicoo.com/
3 May – Millie www.2crochethooks.com
4 May – Stella www.purfylle.blogspot.sg
5 May Adeline Oon http://accidental-mom-blogger.blogspot.sg/
6 May – Audrey http://angelheartscrafts.blogspot.com/
7 May – Yaney http://kawaiicuteness.wordpress.com/
8 May – Christine http://rhinestic81.blogspot.com/
9 May – Karen http://ruderecord.wordpress.com/
10 May – Kareena http://letsgoflyakiteuptothehighestheight.blogspot.sg/
11 May – Lapis www.lapiswilliam.wordpress.com
12 May – Vicky: http://vickymyerscreations.co.uk/
13 May – Brandi, www.supergirlsavings.com/
14 May – Carrie http://www.curlycraftymom.com/
15 May – Deborah http://urbannaturale.com/
16 May – Kathy http://www.smilefornoreason.net/
17 May – Cassandra http://hippiewithadragon.blogspot.com.au/
18 May Break
19 May Maegan http://makeandk.com
20 May – Judith http://juicygreenmom.ca/
21 May – Vanessa https://sweetleighsewn.wordpress.com
22 May – Joy www.xoxograndma.blogspot.com
23 May – Julia www.sumoftheirstories.com
24 May – Amanda www.craftyfrugalmom.com
25 May – Diane www.VintageZest.com
26 May – Emily, www.theinnovativemama.com
27 May – Emmy – www.emmymom2.com
28 May – Vanessa – http://diy180site.blogspot.sg/
29 May – Jean Chua – https://jeanstitch.wordpress.com/