Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Something from Nothing!

This is one of my favorite crafts. Making something, hopefully, something pretty and usable, from things that others would throw away.I guess it is in my genes. Out of nine siblings, it did not come to us all, or I would think it comes from growing up poor. Poor in the sense, we did not have a lot of extras and pretty things sitting all around the house.We were never without food, clothing, or shelter, just lacking in the pretty things that other folks had.I went to my craft area, to work on my quilt. I try to work on it a little each night. It is a work in progress. I still have not decided what it will be. It will take on a life of it's own after a bit. But as I began to tire working with it, I started to gather up all the bits and pieces left from the quilting project, and headed to the trash can. Garbage coming from this household is almost nill. We just give them the $17 per month for garbage pickup.I hate throwing anything away. It either gets reused or recycled, in some way.(I started a blog once before, but it never got off the ground. I didn't have any help with it to get it going good. It was entitled "New Life as a Craft", all about using recyclables.)Nevertheless, as I was headed to the trash can, I looked at the scraps, and wondered what I could do with them, besides start a fire.I sat down at my work table and began to assemble the pieces like a small quilt.The ideas began to flow. I found a piece of scrap wood, which I collect,and began to glue the pieces in place. When I had the wood covered, I went to my ribbon drawer and found the tiny rick rack, which I had stumbled across a few days earlier, and added it to my project.It is not yet complete, but it, too, is taking on a life of it own. Not sure just what it will become, but,I think,it will be pretty, and hopefully, useful,no mater what it turns out to be.


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  2. That is just adorable!! I'm not sure what it could be used for yet since the fabric is glued to the wood but it sure is cute. I just love the rick-rack...that really sets it off. It almost has the look of a pillow...

    I love the new look of your blog...you must have been working on it when I tried to read it yesterday because it's working fine now.

    I know what you mean about throwing things away like those little scraps...like you I just think 'there's got to be something I could use them for.'
    I know a lady who paste the little fabric scraps to blank greeting cards...the colth is the dress or outfit and she uses buttons for the heads...I think she calls her business "He is Worthy" and they usually have a scripture on it, if I remember correct. After she creates the cards she then makes copies of them and sells them as sets ~ always keeping her original cloth card as a master copy.

    I could see you doing something like that, maybe gluing the little pieces together to look like a quilt. And putting things like:
    May your bobbin always be full!
    May your sorrows be patched and your joys quilted.
    When life throws you scraps, make a quilt!
    In the crazy quilt of life...I'm glad you're in my block of friends.

    You get the idea...I'm leaning more toward making doll clothes for my Fisher Price dolls. I have My Friend Mandy, My Friend Becky, and My Friend Jenny and I used to make clothes for them when the girls were little. I really enjoyed it and now I've met women across the US who also have a passion for dolls. I'm not the 'crazy doll lady' yet but I think somewhere lurking just below the surface I have the potential to be. Lol...sorry this is so long...I've missed reading your stuff and glad you are back posting. Love you...V