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VCR upcycle for a fabulous Halloween


Did you know that VCR tape is made of the same material as the ribbons used for balloons? What a great use of old video tapes you may still have around the house. With Halloween coming up, imagine what you can do with all that great black, shiny tape.

Have gifts to wrap….use it for package ribbon. It curls great for a fabulous gift. Need to make some quick pompoms? – VCR tape works great. If you know how to crochet – you can make shiny, weather resistant shopping bags. Have a house to decorate on a budget for the Halloween party, think how you can drape and shape this shiny black ribbon to accessorize your decorations.

Why is this a great idea? Did you know that Americans spend over $1 billion dollars on gift wraps annually? Here is free black ribbon just sitting in your boxes. So, free ribbon and keeping trash out of the landfill – priceless.

Let me know how you use it this year.

P.S.  Here’s a simple drink for your Halloween party celebration.

Witches’ Brew

In a saucepan, pour 4 cups of boiling water over 6 teabags. Cover, and brew for 5 minutes.

Remove tea bags and add ½ cup of sugar and 4 cups of apple cider. Heat thoroughly but do not boil.

Serve with apple sections and cinnamon sticks; alcohol as desired.




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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