Posts Tagged ‘repurposing’

Time for Traditions

December 12, 2018
Lani Longshore tradition-turkey-12-12-18

I am just about ready to start my holiday baking, and decided to use my quilt guild’s Unfinished Quilt Challenge to guide me. I bought a chocolate turkey for a Thanksgiving decoration but had no clear plan for what to do with it after Thanksgiving. Yes, I intended to eat it, but how? It’s a solid little bird, and I had no desire to be gnawing on it until Easter. Then I remembered the challenge, and how we were advised to repurpose old projects so we would have a reason to finish them.“Self,” I said, “repurpose that turkey into fudge.” My mom used to use a stick of butter, a bag of marshmallows, and a bag of chocolate chips to make a quick candy. I figured I could do the same, but I cut the marshmallows down to half a bag (because that’s what I had). Add a few maraschino cherries while it’s setting up, and you’re done.

Luck and wisdom!

My Kind of Forest

September 10, 2014

I was able to see forests and trees this week by turning dog bed forms into daybed pillows.

A tidy forest close at hand

A tidy forest close at hand

I brought my husband to the fabric store to show him the kinds of pillows I could make. As we strolled through the display, I noticed a clearance sale on small dog bed forms. My husband pronounced them the perfect size and squishiness.

When we got home, I showed him my collection of tree fabric. For once, reason prevailed – I held nothing back because in my heart I know I will never finish all the quilts my collected fabrics could make. Better to get them out as pillows than have them hiding in a pile. He chose some and I got to work.

Lani Longshore green pillow detail

My go-to design with home dec is a simple stripe. The best part is there is a decent sized square of this left over, so I’ll get to turn it into a small tree quit after all.

Lani Longshore mountain detail

I could never bring myself to cut up these mountains. I still haven’t cut them up, and I used them in a project. That’s a victory in my book.

Lani Longshore green fabrics

The last pillow will be made from these fabrics. When it is done, I’ll have reduced a fabric pile by one-third, made another corner of the house colorful and comfy, and put myself back on the path of finishing things. Time for the happy dance.

Luck and wisdom!

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.