August bead mat update: Tales from the recycling bin!

I like to think that recycle, reuse, and repurpose, are the main messages in my August bead mat update! Serious words, that must play an important part, in the world we live in! When I dig through my quilting fabric boxes, I think of fabric twine (amongst other things). I always even off the selvedge edges, before I tear any fabric strips (call me obsessed!). Then I end up with a pile of colourful fabric strips, that are somewhat uneven! How could I let that happen? What the heck should I do with them? Are they useful, or not? Waste …

Plan to reduce, reuse, recycle and create in 2017!

Although I do not make New Year’s resolutions, the words reduce, reuse, recycle and create, are ones that I’d like to adopt for 2017. Yes, I know that I already preach about reusing, recycling, and creating, but what’s all this reducing about? No, not the diet thing, but rather a conscious effort to reduce visible clutter!   Over the holidays, I decided that enough, was enough! It was time to start organizing the archeology dig, I call my studio/sewing room. The bags, boxes and storage totes, had obviously staged a coup, and there wasn’t any room for me to work …

Treasures for Trash

I pay my bills online – and of all the utilities and credit cards and bills that come through my door – one, ONLY ONE, has a system smart enough to recognize this – and not send me an envelope to return my payment in. The rest send envelopes – mostly printed with “security” patterns inside. Have you ever looked at these patterns? I hadn’t! Aren’t they handsome? But this lady has looked at them, and what’s more – she’s making buttons out of them! And quite fabulous they are, too. She reports that she had found at least 80 …