First up was this sweatshirt upcycle request from my mom. I recently bought an entire bag of fugly denim bottoms at the thrift store thinking I would use them to border a quilt. Mr A voted no (he thinks its too stiff for a blanket), so a pair of Liz Claiborne capris became the backing for this pillow instead.
Trust me, the world is a better, more beautiful place with these pants out of circulation.
|a close up of the carnage|
Next up is a throw rug made from the same pair of mom jeans and the bane of my existence aka Grandma O's orange car coat.
This hooded, belted, fresh-in-from-hunting jacket was crocheted by my father's mother. She passed away when I was young and a precious few of her crafted projects remain. So, here is this rare gem, a family heirloom, a piece of our history. This coat was, in fact, made FOR MY MOTHER. I used to wear it in high school but had left it at their house during my post-collegiate moves. My mom, for whatever reason (hopefully in a moment of temporary insanity) allowed my sister to cut the sleeves off to make...wait for it...LEGWARMERS for a costume. *frustrated head shake* I was pretty upset about the whole thing.
A while back my mom sent me the scarred remains of the orange car coat. Why? So my irritation could be rekindled every time I set eyes upon it? So I can continue to conclude that my family doesn't really value the blood, sweat, and tears that I put into my crafts either? What was she thinking? Apparently, she hoped I could make something out of it. I seriously considered just throwing it away because looking at it was simply too painful.
However, I buckled down today and made a small throw mat. Might go nicely in a bathroom or kitchen or even the boys room. For now, its under the piano pedals. I'm don't exactly have an eye for decorating, but I think we can find a use for this. The bright orange crochet shells make me smile and remind me I am part of a tradition of crafty women. Mission accomplished.
And, finally, I am almost finished with my new Kindle case. This was a large hooded sweater in its previous life. Some felting, a leather button and a few hand embroidered flowers later - TADA! I love the delicate, homey look of embroidery - can't wait to make a sampler for the bathroom wall ;)
I still have to sew the buttonhole but, for the most part, its done.