One of my recurring goals is to “use what I have” for a project. I think a lot of crafters can relate. I have tons of stuff-fabric, beads, miscellaneous supplies. Some of it is left over from kicks I’ve been on, some has been gifted to me, some I pick up second hand because who can resist a big tub of quilting cotton scraps for $5.00 at a garage sale? In my heart there’s a tiny part of me “rescuing” that stuff. Usually it’s all put away neatly because that is what works for me, but when I get into a project everything comes out and gets spread around during the design phase. I thought I would share some pictures of what that looks like.
As part of the handmade holiday I really wanted to put together some ornaments for a group of friends we have that get together every couple of weeks. We have a fun Christmas party with a white elephant gift exchange and sometimes a few of us will also pass out small, inexpensive gifts. You can see from the pictures above and below that I had everything out, from old jewelry to silk flowers to who knows what. Pure chaos.
I started with the idea of using canning jar bands and a big basket of trims and hem tape that I was given. Of course, I got the idea from Pinterest where the pinner had used twine. Very Pinterest. I don’t have twine, I have twenty year old bias binding.
It was during this project that I decided to sort out some of those zippers into their own basket. I like to sort things. It’s a problem. Then I put the glue gun to work.
One other restriction I placed on myself was to make each ornament different. I really liked how some of them came out, others not as much, and at least one fell apart when the recipient opened her gift. 😦 That totally sucked. But overall I was happy with the results.
Anyone else out there like to make your own ornaments? I found it relaxing to just design a new one or two a day. It made a big mess, though, to have all of my stuff spread out while working. I’d love to have a little more room to work. Maybe someday!