15 April 2013

Spring Cleaning With a (Re) Purpose

Clothing:  Expect to see retailers mark down spring clothing 30% to 40% this month for mid-season sales. For deeper discounts of 50% or more, though, wait until the end of the season in May. 
Kiplinger Online post ~ Best and Worst Buys for April, 2013 ~ by Cameron Huddleston, 
posted April 8, 2013.  

This spring (and with an eye on Earth Day), as you begin purging your closets and drawers to make room for the new clothing you've scored while taking advantage of seasonal sales, don't be so quick to toss or donate your unwanted items. Maybe you're like me who often has a sentimental attachment to certain clothes - and even though you know you'll never wear them again, you can't seem to get rid of them. I love discovering ways to repurpose favorite clothing pieces to get that last bit of extra use out of them and keep them near me at the same time.

Clothes that are too worn to donate or that have no sentimental value to me are almost always stripped of their reusable elements (i.e. zippers, buttons, pockets, etc.) to be used in future crafting or repair projects, then tossed in the rag pile.

Recently, I used some of the buttons from my mom's saved button collection to make vintage button hairpins to be given to my nieces as a nice reminder of their grandma. 
Just bobby pins and Krazy Glue give these buttons a new life.

But for those items that I have trouble parting with no matter what their condition, I try to repurpose them in a way to extend their usefulness and life. For example:

Here's a sample from Family Chic of turning a men's dress shirt cuff into a little pouch to hold cash, jewelry or other small objects to be thrown into a purse or pocket. Simply cut the cuff from the shirt sleeve and sew the two sides up!

Last summer, I used old jeans to make a fun denim banner that hangs in my craft room for now, but will be used later this year on Memorial Day and 4th of July to give a nice Americana look to my buffet serving area. 

More recently, I took on a more ambitious repurposing project when I turned a pile of my son-in-law's old, but cherished, t-shirts and well-worn jeans into a great and, hopefully still cherished, 
t-shirt and jeans quilt/picnic blanket. 

The top, or t-shirt side, of the quilt was made from nine t-shirts.

The bottom, or jeans side, of the quilt was made from nine pairs of men's jeans. And the whole thing rolls up nicely to take along wherever the summer activities lead.

There are thousands of ways to repurpose clothing, giving new life to worn objects. This spring, cast a creative eye toward your no longer useful items and re-craft them into new favorites.

07 April 2013

Party Favor Pots II

Last week's cute Easter party favor pots were a hit with our guests and they all seemed anxious to get busy potting the herb seeds they received. With that, I decided to use up the leftover Plantable Coir Pots to give another gift sampler to everyone for Andrew's birthday dinner celebration we had on Saturday. I gathered up the supplies and this time the simple fillers gave a nod to the Birthday Boy's interests:

  • Burpee herb seed packs - Parsley, Oregano, etc. - this week there was a buy one, get one at Menards = .50 each
  • Birthday Boy's current beverage of choice for everyone to sample and toast with - New Glarus Spotted Cow beer $7.99 / 6 pack
  • Paint chip note booklets to honor Birthday Boy's handy skills - handmade / free
  • Branch pencils found at Marshalls to appeal to Birthday Boy's rustic nature- 10 for $5
  • Mini cupcakes and candles for everyone to light and blow out with their wishes for Birthday Boy - 12 for $3
  • Scalloped tissue paper
The paint chip note booklets are easily made by cutting down several scrap papers to fit into the variously sized folded paint chip cards and then stapling the bottom, matchbook style.

On some of them, I cut across the tab end with a scallop scissors for an extra finishing touch.

It all assembled easily and quickly...

To make a welcoming and festive display!

Fun and done!

04 April 2013

Spring Brunch w/Table Party Favors

What's more fun than receiving a favor basket? Putting one together!

This week, I was preparing for our Easter brunch get-together with nine family members. The two little ones had their Easter baskets and eggs but what about the adults? Some things you just never seem to grow too old for. I decided to provide a little springtime love for them with cute little coir plantable pots filled with treats. The same idea could be applied for springtime wedding or baby shower favors.

Here's what I used:

  • 6" Coir Pot - (I used Planter's Pride Plantable Pots 100% Peat-Free Renewable Coir) 6 pots for $2.49 at Menards
  • Green Spanish moss (for "grass")
  • Pack of herb seeds (cilantro, sweet basil, chives, etc.) The "Burpee" name adds a fun dinnertime touch...don't you think (and even more so if using for a baby shower). $1 each
  • Sanpellegrino Sparkling Orange Juice - about .90 each.
  • Peeps S'more pack: Peep, one graham cracker, 1/2 Hershey bar all wrapped in Glad Wrap and secured with ribbon - cheap cheap
  • Other Easter Candies


I knew it was a hit when the trading of the seed packs began!