I have caught the bug, the re-purposing bug that is going around blog land.
Maybe it’s the lack of funds to buy new stuff?
maybe it’s the need to create? Maybe it’s simply the hand-made, do-it-yourself epidemic thats sweeping our nation.
I enjoy finding inspiration, ideas and project in so many places that it makes my head spin. a good kind of spin.
I gathered a bag of donate items from my closet and put it by the door. During mad dashes around the house the bag seemed to call my name and beckon to me ” keep me” they seemed to say, “I could be something else“, “you could use my fabric for cloth flowers“, “you could make a pillow out of me“, “you could spray paint me” -Item by item I selected a few gems to re- purpose. I stuffed the bag in the closet for a later project.
Here is a story of an old pair of shoes that convinced me to keep them.
First, I made some fun flowers with satin. Step by step tutorial here
I pulled out these shoes that were to-be-donated and decided to put the homeade flowers on them and then broke apart a bracelet from the I don’t like or broken jewelry bag. If you like to craft always keep your broken jewelry, you never know when the pieces will be useful for another project. I also pick up beaded things at yard sales. If the beads are pretty I grab them and store in a ziploc bag for later.
I was so close to tossing these shoes and now they’ve reached the fave list, right up there with the chacos. By the way my first idea was to spray paint the shoes turquoise. I know, I know sometimes the first idea is the worst one. I am so grateful I didn’t act on it.
The new shoes definitely got the juices flowing and I wanted to repurpose something else.
Here is the story of an old hat that convinced me to keep her.
I was packing the beach bag for summer and realized I needed to find a good hat- one with a brim, not too long, cute, maybe a flower on the side … I become a tad more concerned about skin damage with each birthday… go figure, anyway I pulled this hat out of the goodwill bag wondering if I could make it become the hat I wanted. The brim was too long and floppy , I always felt I could’nt see very well
Armed with scissors I cut that hat right down to the length I wanted it, Why didn’t I do that last year?Next, I dressed it with a flower on the side. The flower also had a bead sewn in the center from the torn apart bracelet.
I have already worn this hat to swim lessons and the beach. Just think last week I was planning to go shopping and buy a new hat. All along the perfect hat was waiting among the goodwill bag and the crafting closet!
Repurposing stories anyone?