I signed up for a swap wherein each person is supposed to alter something they find at the thrift store. First, I have to tell you about my local thrift store because I think it’s so cool. I live in a smallish town where none of the churches are really big enough to support a food pantry, clothes closet, Angel tree, etc. so they all work together to provide those services. The thrift store money goes to that organization.
For my project, I got a denim skirt, a scarf, and a belt. I spent less than $2.00. I cut the bottom of the skirt and sewed a triple seam on the wrong side to make a bag. I left the pockets intact to form nice side pockets. I then cut the ends off the belt and stitched it to the sides to form the strap. I tied the scarf around the bag just to dress it up and finish it off.
I’m really happy with how it turned out.
I know there are a lot of people who made New Year’s resolutions to get organized. I have decided to help you poor souls. Okay, not really, I just want to show off a little.
My craft room is pretty small considering how much crap good stuff I have crammed in there, so I’m always looking for ways to contain it. Especially small items. I like to be able to see all my stuffies, otherwise I forget I have it.
I got these 2 shadow boxes at my local thrift store for a dollar each and use them to hold rubber stamps and other random little things.
My original intent was to refinish the white one but I decided I rather liked the shabby look was too lazy to do it. I still think it looks pretty cool though.
This final picture is my favorite organizational tip. I got a magnetic knife strip from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and use it to hold my scissors. Since I do both paper and fabric crafts, I have scissors for each. In order to differentiate, I tie a little ribbon around my fabric scissors. I’ve done it for years and can’t remember who I should credit with the idea. I’m sure it wasn’t mine since I’m not that creative. It could very well have been Martha Stewart.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my showing off. And I hope you are duly impressed.