I once applied for a job where, during the interview, I was required to fix a flat bike tire while blindfolded. I can't really even change a flat tire when my vision is unobscured, so this "real-life-challenge" was especially difficult for me. Luckily, it was a group interview, so about 25 other candidates were able to witness me fumbling around like an idiot.
The job was for a tour guide for one of those all-inclusive adventure travel companies, so I assume the point was to make sure the candidates could confidently fix a flat. I understand the concept of this, however, I've worked in sales and have never been asked to actually prove that I could sell ice to an eskimo.
What happened to "What is your greatest strength?" My ability to dress myself each day without prohibiting my ability to see. "Main weakness?" This blindfold. "Are you a creative problem solver?" Yes. For example, if I found myself blindfolded on the side of the road with a flat tire, the first thing I'd do is remove the blindfold.
I have so many questions about that interview, with the most pressing being why did they make me wear a bandana instead of allowing me to wear this insanely awesome mask by Urban Lace LLC? If they had, I wouldn't have cared what stupid task I had to do because I looked like an badass biker super hero.
While I can barely change a flat tire on my bike, these crafty artists can change flat bike tubes into belts, lunch bags, handbags, keychains, body art... There are a lot of things I can DI-Myself, but I'm leaving these environmentally friendly projects to the pros because, much like a fully-air-loaded bike tire, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Crooked Oak Design's thermal insulated lunch bag is made from reclaimed burlap and has recycled rubber handles, and Urchin Bags has a whole line of bags, wallets, cosmetic cases, and accessories made from bike tubes. Beatrice Holiday's "Shoulder Shadow" body jewelry may be the most creative thing I've seen made from a bike tube, and Spuren's leather and recycled rubber handbag may be the chicest thing I've seen in my life.
1. Rubber mask by Urban Lace LLC
2. Tassel earrings by Keren Mekler
3. Eco-friendly buttons by Remaine Wicked
4. Hoop earrings by Beatrice Holiday
5. Deer silhouette by Gloomstopper
6. Dangle earrings by Rose Pedals Jewelry
7. Bird earrings by Pearl Reef
8. Statement necklace by Keren Mekler
9. Leaf hair pin by The Recycled Bicycle
10. Keychain by Urchin Bags
11. Eco-friendly belt by Vaya Bags
12. Credit card wallet by Urchin Bags
13. Re-usable lunch bag by Crooked Oak Design
14. Handmade 3-speed bike by Heritage Bicycle
15. Bicycle tool roll by Anhaica Bag Works
16. Hanging mirror by Little Blue Bird Creations
17. Body jewelry by Beatrice Holiday
18. Leather handbag by Spuren