Some of my strongest memories of my paternal grandmother are some of the sayings she used to have, maybe that's why I love them and use them so much myself? She was a kind gentle woman who was the first one to call me "Fee", she used to whisper to me that I was her "pink eye" and I remember feeling very special that she would bake my favourite cakes for me to enjoy after school and always made time to spend with me.
Maybe the next few generations of my family will have the same wonderful memories about me? I can only hope that they love and admire me as much as I adored my grandmother. She was a very wise woman and was a wonderful homemaker and thrifter as many in her generation were.
I am happiest when I am creating something from nothing so to speak - When I am upcycling and changing the purpose of something. I love treasure hunting and finding ugly ducklings and turning them into beautiful swans to decorate our home or to gift. The definition of Waste Not Want Not from one of the google links I found was "to be wise with one's resources, to keep one from poverty". What a wonderful thing and how very true......
Every time I visit a thrift shop I always look at the $1 rack and try to look beyond the clothing and it's purpose. I recently bought this lovely gingham shirt on one of those trips.
It was the ruffles that got me in........ Around the sleeves and down the button through front - How could I pass up shabby green gingham and ruffles and for just $1.00?
I added a bit of lace and some cut up doillies along with part of a fat quarter and managed to make 2 cushions. This is the first one which will have to wait for it's stuffing as I have run out.
And here's the second. I had a lot of fun putting them together.
This is one of the ruffles which I adorned with some ribbon roses.
And made a little yo yo with a sweet button stitched to the middle.
It feels wonderful to be able to re-use and re-purpose something that someone else has discarded - It somehow feels right. Our society is very quick to discard things these days - If our socks have a hole we throw them away - In Grandma's day they were set aside to be darned and made as good as new.
It is my intention to use up every scrap of my $1 shirt and I have a few more ideas yet to make
Including these sweet little gift labels adorned with little stick on flowers
My friend Jenny has also been doing some upcycling herself - Did you see this post?
Have you visited the $1 rack at your local thrift shop? I would love to see what you create.
Hugs - Fee XX