I’ve been wondering about something for a while, so I’m just going to put it out there ask you guys and gal’s…..
What do you do with everything you make / revamp / repurpose?
I know some of you sell on what you create, awesome, and some of you repurpose what you have made, but, what happens to the rest?
I can almost imagine homes all over the place with a spare room / loft or basement fit to bursting with wreathes, banners, frames, mason jars, cushions etc.!
Having been a reader of blogs and a blogger for over a year now, I have seen the seasonal and holiday changes we crafty ladies like to add to our homes, which is wonderful.
But I’ve been kind of wondering about what happens with the old stuff, do last years wreathes get tossed in the bin or are any embellishments' removed from the wreath base and its used again and again?
Are cushion covers which no longer co-ordinate with the decor left in a linin closet, or repurposed into something else?
Furniture pieces which are no longer being used for their initial purpose, are they consigned to the garage or found a new role in the home?
Are unfinished projects left to collect dust or are they unpicked and used to create something new?
I’m not having a dig at anyone who likes to craft with new things, different strokes for different folks and all that jazz!
I’m just genuinely wondering, are we crafting responsibly or could we perhaps make a few changes, ones that could save us some pennies whilst being considerate to the environment.
Here are some ideas for those unwanted craft bibs and bobs
- I give a lot of things to my niece, children are always grateful for any craft supplies you can offer
- Enquire as to whether an after school club or similar would be interested in some items
- Use them as teaching aides, craft items are great learning tools, from counting and colour sorting with buttons to motor skills with scissors and scrap paper
- If age appropriate pass items on to your kids, great for rainy days stuck indoors
- Look for another purpose for it around the home; last year I gave this little table a revamp, now the boys are in shoes we needed something bigger to store them in and this became redundant, this little table now resides in the bathroom hosting loo rolls and candles.
- I have a HUGE problem with scrap fabric, as in I keep almost each and every piece. Random odds and ends are great for testing out new stitches on my machine and for the kids to play with, tiny pieces like this make great stuffing for small sewing projects like this. Larger pieces are great for patchwork projects, the balloon bunting and these mug rugs were made using some scrap fabric.
- Sell on ebay, cragslist etc
- Host a craft evening with your friends, swap for something you need
Perhaps next time we are about to hit the craft store we should have a look at what we already have and see what we can do with it, shop within our own home.
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