Kim Robinson is embarking on a new hobby where she recycles bottles to create art pieces that can mark an occasion or lift a person’s spirit.
Using bottles of different shapes and sizes, she decorates them with letters to spell out a word such as life or live.
She add charms to some, or where she’s found an intricate glass bottle, she might put tiny white light inside energized by their own battery pack.
These are some of the ideas Kim has come up with for her new venture — All Bottled Up.
“I am having so much fun,” Kim said Saturday during the craft sale held at the Elks Hall. “This is my first craft sale.”
Some of the bottles she has painted with plaster paint — a technique she learned during a workshop held a month and a half ago at the Ramada Inn.
Others she’s applied jute wrap, fabric, charms, ribbons or flowers.
Kim retired in March 2015 after working for 25 years as a custodian at School District 27.
With lots of time on her hands, she was looking for something new to try when she read about the bottles on an arts and craft site online.
She does commissions for all occasions, and said she has some wedding requests already.
“My kitchen is a mess from doing the bottles, but I am retired so I can clean up later,” she said chuckling.