Thursday, November 17, 2011

Re-using,Re-purposing,Re-cycling

I don't know if it's the nature of a crafter combined with the needs of a teacher that encourages saving and thinking "Someday I'll use that" and whatever 'it' is gets stashed and saved.
As an elementary school teacher, I was always collecting what appeared at first glance, some useless items....egg cartons (of course), Crystal Light plastic containers, swizzle sticks and chop sticks and so much more.
If old clothes were clean and in good shape, they were donated. If not, they were saved for the fabric and certainly the buttons.
In my quest to use what I have, I am beginning to make a dent in the stash pile...yippee!The boys want hats with beards attached and I have ALL the yarn I need here in the house...yay!

This snow man is on fabric that was a shirt and the eyes are broken straight pins! The buttons are vintage.










This magnetic pin holder was made with an advertising magnet and again, a piece of discarded farbric from a shirt.
And lastly, of the recent projects, a felted cuff from a hot washed wool sweater...not planned!
So in the long run I am pleased with all the stuffing and stashing and storing of stuff and am happy they now have new lives! Now what can I make with that.......?!

9 comments:

Raige Creations said...

that is awesome. I am adding to my stash, and trying to use up what I can, but there is not enough time in the day lately....
love that snowman.

Jeff Hardy said...

nice post. Now you can use this online b2b marketplace directory to promote bulk clothes buttons import & export business.

Sandra's Fiberworks said...

That cuff is super sophisticated; very nice. I've been weaving cuffs on my tiny triangle loom, but am interested in learning more about felting. I've never felted from knitted items, will have to look for old sweater!:))

Deni Breitenbach said...

For many of us it is the heart of our crafting! I really prefer re-VALUED! LOL!
Keep up the work, you make such neat items!!

Finding Charm said...

I'm so liking all this button crafting I'm seeing. So cute.

LeeAnne said...

Love it, as mother to two I find that I am always holding on to stuff. Never know when an art project might need it or we have a rainly day! Hubby just doesn't understand...stuff is needed. lol

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Miss Val's Creations said...

I love your reuse of these items! The snowman is super cute. What neat idea for holding pins!!!

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love your reuse of these items! The snowman is super cute. What neat idea for holding pins!!!