Very busy creating last week….

…in’s already Wednesday and I’m just getting around to my weekly post now….whew – here goes.

I had an absolute tragedy occur early last week….my sewing machine stopped working. It stopped picking up the bottom thread….grrr…So I went a few days without it and then got back to trying to figure the thing out. Turns out, I had the needle in backwards. Who knew something that simple could throw the whole thing out of whack? Anyhew…it forced me to come up with other things to create..

First I went ‘shopping’ in hubby’s junk and came up with parts from two clip-on earrings that were missing the clips. Quick as a wink, I wired them up to some earring hooks and now have some ultra-glam earrings!



Next, I spotted a couple of typewriter keys that we were going to sell on ebay, but the typewriter doesn’t want to let go of the keys so easily, so we have to saw each arm off individually…and you can imagine how that little project has come to a grinding halt, so I pilfered a few keys, glued them to a brooch thingy and there you have it….a neat little pin!


Next, we found a Knit Magic machine from the 70’s….in one evening we ended up with a tube about 4 feet long…now what do you do with it??? Any ideas???


We just sewed off the ends and it’s become a small, but nicely sized scarf for HBI!


This is vintage awesomeness at it’s best. Look at the fabric swatch ( cotton I think ) and how I found the perfect pin/brooch to go with it !!! Now, what do I make of it? It will probably become a bag of some sort…



Still in my ‘no-sew’ slump, I had this great t-shirt that had a saying on the front and on the back, so I slipped them into a coupla embroidery hooks and I think it’s some pretty nice wall art!


Lots of fabrics could be made into ‘art’ this way….I have a vision for a whole wall of vintage inspired prints in a rad polka-dot pattern….but that is for another week and of course when I find a stash of embroidery hoops for next to nothing!**

Then, I still had the sweater arms from my earlier ‘repurposing of a sweater into a pillow’ project….so I cut off one of the cuffs, glued it around a tuna can…stitched up a little ball full of scraps for the center, and I have a new pin-cushion!


I’ve been looking at a lot of altered art. I have so many bits and pieces lying around the shop that I should be able to create mounds of ‘art’. I still like pretty tho’….I like things that will have a use and a purpose. I took a vintage postcard, a french-ivory frame (that we have listed like 3 times on ebay and never sold, so I don’t feel bad for defacing it a little)…some words that I cut out of a fairy tale book…and a clip-on brooch. I’m quite happy with this little beauty….it’s pretty sweet.


The rest of the week, I spent working on a very special event. On February 9th, I become older than my Mother. She lived to 37 years, 38 weeks and 4 days. On February 9th, I will have passed that by one day….so to commemorate that, I’ve been working on a little party for her best friends and sisters. Just a little time in the afternoon to get together and talk about the way she influenced our lives. I was just about 13 when she died, so that is nearly 25 years ago….hard to believe, but it will be nice to be in a room with so many women who meant so much to her…!

I’ve worked on the tablescape…


I’ve put together some bookmarks for everyone to take home….


I’ve put together some packages of seeds for everyone to take home, plant and then in turn, give those flowers away. The idea here is that she planted many things into our lives and it would make her so happy to know that she is continuing to bless people, even 25 years later…


There will be photos up next week of the actual display and event.

Happy Creating!!….now if only I could find something creative for supper tonight…!


3 Responses to “Very busy creating last week….”

  1. Janet Says:

    As I was reading through your list of items, I was again amazed at what you’ve created….then I came to the last part about your mom and I love this idea. What a wonderful tribute to her to send flowers out into the world for others to enjoy. I’m sure your party will be a wonderful time of remembrances. How nice to have others to share with you.

  2. leah Says:

    oo, so much great stuff to look at! love those earrings! and the vintage pin is so cool!

  3. Nan Says:

    You really have been busy, so many nice items to admire. I have nominated you for an award, visit my blog to claim it and if you choose not to participate, let me know. Hugs!

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