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Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

That's kind of a mantra around my house and I take a lot of ribbing from my kids for it. I'm known as the woman with the matching set of yogurt cup drinking cups, the matching cool whip salad bowls, and the never-die ziplock sandwich bags. Yes, I wash the bags and reuse them. I just cannot make myself toss out something that's perfectly use-able...for something...someday.

Well, as much as my adult kids poke fun at me, they've each inherited the gene (or the disorder) and reveal it in various ways. Earlier this summer, my eldest daughter suggested making skirts from old t-shirts. She had seen a pattern online and thought it was a cute idea--so we did one.

Then we changed some things and did a few more...
Then I decided to use the sleeves and some scraps to make little skirts..

With each new skirt, Jenny or I would come up with something different to try, and we soon had to go foraging through the thrift stores for more shirts since we'd used all of ours. Members of my Spark team wished they could clean out their closets and send me more t-shirts and one lovely friend (INDIANOAKS) actually did! My dining room table became Jen's palette for mixing and matching,

and we set up the folding table for her to dissect the shirts and piece together the sections.

We're planning to have a booth at a local craft fair this Fall. I sure hope we can sell some skirts, or guess what everyone is getting for Christmas?
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    My husband has a thing about wasting. He saves everything. it's fun to create new things out of recyclables.
    836 days ago
    Family fun ! How Nice! emoticon My daughter and I a few years ago were painting our shed and we decided to have a mom and daughter paint war and took our paint brushes and got each others faces all white paint it was a fun moment we shared! And my daughter was not a child either but all grown up!
    2068 days ago
  • IAMNOT61
    I love the one with the flower on it! Great job on ALL of them. We try to reuse as much as possible but I think you have us beat. I thought of you at my sister's hose because somone gave her a soap dish they crocheted out of old platic shopping bags, it was really neat.
    2089 days ago
    These are LOVELY!! Such fun to put together the colors, etc--and then you do that sewing!! Love them!
    2098 days ago
    What fun! emoticon Love em! May have to try one here-- dd would love it! My boys made something to sell at a few craft fairs one year. Great experience for them. Let me know how sales go!
    2100 days ago
    I like the pink one with the gray and the rosette---that one is really cute. And I think the first one with the kind of hankerchief hem is good---but I like things to be different.
    2100 days ago
    Your creativity is genious! Your cause is a good one, too! Spark on!! Thanks for your comment on my blog, too. -Marsha
    2100 days ago
    Your doing a good job..

    2102 days ago
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