Week – end roundup and Weekend plans

I did it!I survived another week ๐Ÿ˜€ That’s got to be a good thing right?
So in honour of my amazing survival skills, I plan on rewarding myself this weekend. Well not really, but it sounded good.
So to wrap up my week…. here goes.
This week I have learned:

Fabric, fabric everywhere…..

and the GG rolls his eyes ๐Ÿ˜€

Now that Christmas is over, I have to put my christmas quilt away. We like to have something on the couch to put over us when it is cooler. I decided to make another quilt. The GG just put his fingers in his ears and began singing ‘la la la la la’. ๐Ÿ˜€
So I finally finished it – and it now sits folded on the edge of the lounge (couch).

ImageMy thoughts have turned to making a quilt for the Tween’s king single bed. I am going to use the same pattern that I have for this but I am modifying it. (I sure hope THAT works out lol). I figured that I would need 120 squares to get it all together. I worked out how much fabric I would need, and then added a little extra in case of stuff ups and then the Tween and I went about finding the right fabrics. Even with a quilting fabric sale at Spotlight, we spent more than it would cost to buy three quilt sets ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
I set about washing all the fabric the other day.
ImageThat’s just some of the fat quarters (I needed about 55) for the top. The backing and the fabric to be used for the tracks and edging took up another load.

And for another project (I know, I know), so that my scraps aren’t wasted I am cutting out little hexagons that I can hand sew at night whilst watching MKR (My Kitchen Rules). Eventually I will start sewing these all together to make something lol

ImageAnd yes, it is still all over the dining room table. And yes, the GG did roll his eyes when asked by Miss Five “Why is there always stuff on your table Pa”? But it’s fun!!!

Upcycling – The new buzzword

upcycle
หˆสŒpsสŒษชk(ษ™)l/
verb
gerund or present participle: upcycling
1.
reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.
The term upcycling is becoming more popular in today’s throwaway society as those who have had enough, find uses for items that others believe have no worth. In investigating this phenomenon I have discovered that upcycling is actually something that our grandparents used to do on a regular basis. During the great depression when money was scarce, many children wore clothes fashioned from the worn out dresses of their mothers and uses were found for just about anything.
(I wonder if at the time of filming Sound of Music, they would have thought that Frauleine Maria was a trendsetter when she upcycled the curtains in the children’s rooms into clothing)!
I’m sure my mother (who no doubt will read this) will have examples of times her grandparents have reused items and converted them into something else.
In the past, I have used tin cans and covered them with paper, ribbons and buttons to make holders of various sizes. And many would remember seeing gardens that have old car tyres that have been cut and painted to resemble swans. The gentleman down the road has a wheelbarrow in his front garden filled with flowers.
ย These are just a few ideas of upcycling.
So what bought me to this post? It would be reading the post at Something to Ponder about her 30 Minute Makeover. I commented about a bar made by my wonderful Garden Gnome and I was asked to share photos lol
The old fish tank stand (I thought it was a table) that was used by my man had been sitting in our garage for years. It had originally come from the local second hand store and was used for stacking stuff on in the shed. When we moved, he found a way to re-purpose it. He doesn’t think this is much, but I love it! He has sanded it, stained it, clad it and put castors on it so we can take it outside when we have a BBQ. It has shelves underneath and also fits two bar stools (currently stored behind it).
And not to be outdone. My attempt at upcycling.
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Ooops, I’m doing it again….

Starting a new quilt I mean ๐Ÿ™‚

ImageYesterday we visited Boonah and a store called Maynards. Not much has changed in this store since it opened in 1944. I browsed through clothing, shoes, men’s clothing, hats, purses and handbags and other such items and then I found the material!!! There were bins of off-cuts and panels. At this point, the GG and the Tween wandered off and left me because they knew they were fighting a losing battle to remove me from the store without purchasing something. I found this off cut and thought it would look great in a scrappy quilt. So I looked for a binding material that would suit it, a couple of fat quarters and some cotton. The rest of the quilt would come from my stash.

Today, I decided to start cutting everything out. I discovered that the large piece of fabric that I had chosen for my background wasn’t quite enough so I’ve had to put in a couple of fat quarters to make up enough squares.

ImageThen I began to cut the pellon I had. Guess what?? I don’t have enough so I have to buy some more. *sigh*

ImageI guess I’m just a sucker for punishment ๐Ÿ™‚

What Inspires You?

ImageI am working on my laptop right now and I have so many of my digital works and scrapbook layouts saved on this. As I was going through them and wandering down memory lane I came across this layout done in 2008. At the time I was designing digital scrapbook papers and elements for digital scrappers and selling them through U.S. online stores. I was also on the creative team of some U.S. stores as well. Most nights would find me sitting with my laptop and creating. It was definitely something I enjoyed very much.

I’ve mentioned before that I began creating an album about myself – otherwise known as a
BOM (Book of Me). Whilst this may seem a little extreme to some, it is actually a great exercise in getting to know yourself and explore your creativity at the same time. Many ofย  the online scrapping sites run challenges. These challenges give you a theme and you are required to create a scrapbook layout around this theme. (Much like the daily prompts on WordPress). The layout above was created in response to a challenge. I have chosen to share with you today what I created when asked “What inspires you”?

“So many things inspire me in my life and in my scrapping.

I find it in my family. They bring joy and love to my life.

I seek inspiration in books and in fashion.

I hold treasures of the past and other old things dear.

I find beauty in flowers and joy and fascination in the history of my family.

When I am in my comfort zone, the inspiration flows.”

What is inspiration? The dictionary defines inspiration as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something (especially something creative). The literal definition of inspiration is “to breathe in and be filled with the spirits of the gods”. Greek myth explained that creativity can only come from the gods and that us (humans) can only be imperfect copies of the creativity from the gods. Hence, we breathe in their spirit in order to create.

There are many ways in which we find inspiration including listening to music, sitting in silence, watching people pass by, art or conversations with others. It is important to find inspiration in our lives. Without inspiration, there really is no purpose to our days. We don’t just require inspiration for writing or creating. We need it to have a reason to get up each morning. (Well I believe this is so anyway).

So my challenge to you all is to write about what inspires you. Or create a collage like I have. Writing or creating this may require some introspection however it provides the opportunity to learn more about ourselves. This is such an important thing to do because if we don’t understand who we are ourselves, we certainly can’t expect others to understand us. Once we better know ourselves, we are better able to heal and grow.

I finished!!!

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Well I finished my quilt. It is full of mistakes and the tracks don’t line up but hey, it suits the craziness of the front. I’m pleased with my efforts. I had some squares left over so I also made a cushion for my MIL for Christmas. She likes cushions and I was going to make another one for her – even purchased the fabric but time just got away. I just have to finish the binding on the back of this with a little hand stitching where the machine didn’t quite catch the edge.

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There is something intensely satisfying about creating something yourself. And I enjoy the sewing also. Unfortunately, my back doth protest too much at sitting at the sewing machine for periods of time. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Have a blessed day:)