Posts Tagged ‘fabric vase’

Repurposing

February 27, 2013

The pile of leftovers from the vase project reached critical mass. There was no avoiding an explosion unless I made something different this week. There was also no obvious best choice for the next project, so I grabbed what was on top and put some cording around it.

vase fabric sculpture

I like the shapes of the pieces that remained from my first (failed) vase. I also like the little slot that was created when I stopped sewing two sides together to wind another bobbin and started sewing an inch further down than I should have. I’ll sew some buttons, large beads or jewelry fragments on this piece and loop the ribbon around it.

The next bits turned into a non-functional votive holder.

spirit house votive holder

I had thought this would be a functional votive holder, but the fire risk is too high. That’s when I added the roof, just to make it clear that one really should not light the candle.

As I was congratulating myself on repurposing the debris on my sewing table, I noticed some leftover blue embroidery floss. The floss matched my blue socks, which had a hole in the toe. Then I noticed an old wooden egg that never made it to Easter Egg status, and I realized I could save my collection of socks that go so well with my jeans.

darning kit

I have a decorative tin box – all that remains of a gift of dark chocolate and peppermint candy – which will now become my darning box. I’m not sure the box will fit in my sock drawer, but that’s a problem for another day. Now is the time to celebrate getting some things off the sewing table.

 

 

 

The Last of the Livermore Coffee

October 31, 2012

“I just finished the last of the Livermore coffee. I guess it’s time to go home,” my mother said on the morning she flew back East. Since she was flying into Hurricane Sandy, I was even less happy about her leaving than I normally am. The flight went well, Sandy didn’t cause much damage in her part of Maryland, and we’re already planning next year’s visit. That’s the good news.

The interesting news is the thought train her joking comment produced. No one here drinks coffee, so I only buy it when my mother comes to visit (we have a coffee maker just for her – it lives in the garage 50 weeks out of the year). Buying the right amount of coffee to last her entire trip is a fun challenge, which I usually lose. The same is true of fabric buying – do you get only enough for the project at hand, or do you buy extra? If I buy exactly what I think I’ll need that guarantees I will miscalculate, mis-measure, and mis-sew. If I buy more, the project will come together perfectly and I’ll discover I don’t like the fabric at home nearly as much as I did in the store.

I also thought about the emotional reaction I have when a sentence starts, “This is the last of . . . .” There will be tears shed when I have to say, “This is the last of the Halloween candy.” I don’t always have that reaction to the last of a fabric, no matter how much I loved it. There are times, however, when the last of a certain fabric sends me into a tizzy. I have strips and squares on the side of my batting wall, the last bits of fabric I adored and can’t seem to let go.

Here is the vase I made with (almost) the last of the fabric Mom and I used for the box:

Mom loved it, but had already stuffed her suitcase and carry-on bag. This may end up in her Christmas box.

I haven’t had much time to do anything in the sewing room, except make it even messier (yes, that is possible – difficult, but possible). Today being Halloween, there’s no chance I’ll get to those precariously stacked piles. This is my project for the day:

Waiting to be carved

With both the kids home, I bought a pumpkin for each of them and one for me. Some traditions are too much fun to let go.

I leave you with another tradition that I know my husband wishes I would give up – birds in the centerpiece (and the fuzzy pictures to document them):

A fuzzy Halloween bird for you!

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