Guess what I got in the mail yesterday? From my dear friend Josée, the owner of Cul de Sac, the cutest little cosmetics bag imaginable! And it’s unique ’cause no one else has one with exactly these recycled fabrics, in this combination. Blue & yellow always reminds me of France, and as Josée speaks French and lives in Québec, it’s serendipitous!
The bag’s lining is yellow, which I really like because I can easily spot a pesky lipstick. Another thoughtful touch is the little charm on the zip pull ~ a bird in a cage ~ mirroring one of Josée’s favourite embroidery designs.
I can spot this easily inside the huge black bag I carry when travelling… when I don’t want to paw through a dark hole looking for a small bag.
Josée makes all her bags, scarves, key chains, and other upcycled items as she has time & finds materials. She’s been known to unravel sweaters and reknit the wool into charming fingerless gloves, and other items.
Here’s where to find her creations, and make your own purchases.
cheeky buttons bring out jungle of never worn rayon skirt from CA days
oooh – now I love wearing this skirt!
great little cover-up for this dress, too!
Don’t often have Ailsa’s themes here, but this seemed made to order!
About 6 months ago I visited a local thrift shop, hoping to find some large sizes of clothing I could cut up for fabric. Instead, I was immediately attracted to quite different items, and what unexpected surprises I’ve found linking them into my summer wardrobe!
Last autumn, I found some great warmer weather blouses, plus skirts that became fabric for stash, as well as winter wear. Now it’s hot enough to start using the warm weather purchases, and I’m having fun coordinating. A huge change from 12 months ago!
Two great finds were a couple of linen shirts – a khaki Caribbean Joe camp shirt, and a 3/4-length sleeved multitude of beigey browns – in perfect condition. The green is definitely a summer shirt, and has already been worn numerous times, as it pairs nicely with most of my green wardrobe. The beigey brown has been quite useful on cool days when longer sleeves are needed, and the neutral shades can be worn with most anything. More on that come cooler weather.
Ne-vah would have guessed these two blouses would be so handy. Lately, I went back to the same shop, and found another great bunch of items, but more about them later.
People who sew sometimes have a change of heart about their current project. The weather might drastically shift, making an immediate wear uncomfortable, or they might run up against a challenge they don’t want to face at that time. So the project gets shelved. These then become Unfinished Objects, or UFOs.
Often these are pushed to the back of the pile, but may not become officially abandoned for years, sometimes decades. I’ve moved some of these across a country, and bet I’m not alone.
And then there are the wadders.
Wadders are sewing projects that are irretrievable. Generally zips or buttons are removed, along with any reusable fabric. Then what’s left might be tossed either into the rag bag for use until it’s in tatters, or into the trash. In this day and age, that’s truly not politically correct.
There are non-profit organizations who collect such items for re-use in craft projects for arts and crafts programs, perhaps as a pretty scrap a child decides to use in their picture, or an older adult might use as part of a quilting project. Even if you’re not a quilter, you know how small some of those pieces can be! (Be aware that you might need to remind folk that scraps can be used in these ways.)
And thus, in sewing, nothing needs to be tossed out or abandoned. There’s always someone, somewhere that can use it. We just need to know how to find each other.
after wearing several times without the red button, decided to add it… just cause red’s so nice!
everything’s available for more projects!
Sometimes I just wanna sit & rip something out. You ever have that feeling? Preferably nothing you’ve made, understandably!
You might remember an old sweatshirt I trimmed up with some lace & buttons, so I’d wear it more often. Am happy to report I did. But now it’s waaay past its sell-by date, and time to recycle into other items.
There are holes at the stress points of both pockets, the cuffs have been gone for some time, and I’m trying for a more classic style.
Today felt like the day to rip off the additions, and save a great metal separating zipper.
Hope you’re each having your own success, Lovely Readers!