Earth Day Question: What Is The Last Thing You Really Wore Out?

April 12, 2012 by  
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When the crown ripped in three different places, I finally had to admit that my straw sun hat was a goner. This was a conclusion that my neighbors had come to, oh, seven or eight years ago when I’d worn out the third ribbon hat band and had taken to repairing the unraveling brim with […]

Luxecycle: Unwind With Knitting By Harvesting A Handmade Sweater For Yarn

I just spent the last hour unravelling a sweater vest I made seven years ago so I could harvest the yarn for another project. I know. I know. My April Crafty Crap Challenge is to complete as many unfinished sewing and knitting projects as I can, not add to my yarn stash. But one of […]

Luxury Recycling: Create A Sewing Box From Vintage Luggage

April 9, 2012 by  
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I’ve been in denial that my ArtBin is a terrible sewing kit since I bought it in 1991. O.C.D. means that you never admit to any inconvenience caused by organizational products. Because if you bought it, it must mean that it works. Perfectly. All the time. I mean look at these all these little compartments. […]

Procraftination: What’s Your Oldest Unfinished Sewing Project?

April 8, 2012 by  
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pro·craf·ti·nate (pr-krft-nt) v. pro·craf·ti·nat·ed, pro·craf·ti·nat·ing, pro·craf·ti·nates v.intr. To put off finishing handiwork because you’ve turned your beloved hobby into a chore. To postpone or delay the completion of craft projects to the point of stupidity. I remember noticing first noticing that I’d lost the bottom button off this sweater in 1985. The original buttons […]

Vintage Swinging London Pea Coat Gets A Button-down Facelift

April 7, 2012 by  
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This vintage peacoat was this year’s birthday present from my parents. I love it. The cut of the garment is so cool. It’s got an amazing collar. Even the lining, made from tiger patterned silk is fabulous. But before I could wear it, the coat need a little freshening up, as the snap that kept […]

The Lord of the Rings Sweater Vest For Hobbits With Too Much Leftover Yarn

April 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Dinky Manor, Luxecycle, Tweaker

It gets cold in The Shire. Because I’m an unapologetic trash picker, I pulled the ball of the super-soft, chunky, tweed wool yarn out of the garbage during a theater wardrobe job I did last year. What I was thinking I would knit with really thick wool yar– –okay I wasn’t thinking. Because I live […]

Recycled Baby Furniture: Aspiration or Nostalgia?

April 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Dinky Manor, Tweaker

I’ve had (shared custody of) my baby armoire since I was a baby. The armoire, along with a matching bookcase and bed were my nursery furniture. With the exception of the Ikea bookcase that Mr. Foxypants uses to store his record collection, my baby armoire is the ugliest piece of furniture in my house. But […]

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