Friday, July 29, 2011
Upcycling Book Review
Have you been following the artsy ants upcycle week? I liked their idea of lengthening t-shirts as I have quite a long torso and a flabby tummy and frequently tshirts seem just a bit too short to not show my flabby midriff!
I was thinking this morning about the amount of repurposing/upcycling my parents and grandparents did. As one of four adventurous little country kids, my track suits often wore out on elbows and knees and my Mum's solution to this was to "patch" the holes with applique. I remember a blue tracksuit with bunches of bright balloons on the knees, and one that had a kite with the kite string as little ribbon bows all down the leg. I remember feeling very special wearing my designer trackies!
My grandmother's garden was, and still is, an upcycling fantasy. She has planted into old boots, sinks, bathtubs, worn out teapots, and barrels from the inside of washing machines. Inside the house, potplants grow out of recycled port or sherry bottles (and I remember my Mum had a macrame hanger with plants in green wine bottles too!)
I wonder why we have lost the ability to repurpose and make do along the way? My dear friend brought me back a key ring from the Vic and Albert and it is a big metal button that says "Make Do and Mend" I love its constant reminder.
On a totally unrelated topic, I am hoping to bind two quilts this weekend. Emma from sampaguitaquilts.blogspot.com has just finished quilting three tops for me (she has them up on her website) Her work is just exquisite. Hannah is very excited that her quilt is so close to being finished (finally!)
Have a great weekend,