So much crammed into one month. Are your weekends busy, too? LOL . . . We are all so very proud of our son-in-law on his recent graduation. I marvel at those who balance their lives with work, raising a family, keeping house, the reserves AND complete university.
We celebrated our daughter’s and sister’s birthdays at a fav Mexican restaurant. The waiters presented my sister with a flan dessert and my daughter a shot of tequila. 🙂 #agediscrimination?
On a recent Saturday, I tagged along to a modern quilt club meeting with friends. Some amazing quilts were collected for the ALS Foundation. Very cool . . .
And now, on to the Upcycled Jean Quilt:
I’m stoked. I just completed my second quilt; a lap quilt for my grandson. Keeping to a simple pattern, I reused old jeans and added patriotic fabrics. I wanted to make a “boy” quilt for him to use on a cold winter evening while snuggling on the sofa.
I’m still in the learning phase. Made plenty of mistakes.
I learned that all jeans are not created equal; especially stretch denim. 😉 Who knew?
I am fascinated by modern quilts. Getting ready to start my third quilt project. 🙂
My craft paint supply had outgrown the vintage soda crate they were stored in. Plus, I work in a very small room and I needed to regain precious shelf space.
A cheap space saving organizer was needed. I like cheap; but no cost is even better! Left over paint, pallet and bead board scraps were used to build a larger organizer.
Pallet strips left over from other projects (Pallet Kitchen Island Worktable and Pallet + Plywood Workspace Table) were used to build a “frame” and a sheet of bead board (Half-bath Remodel) was used as backing. Two more pieces of pallet were used for the inner shelves. To hold it all in, a thin strip of finishing wood was added to the front of each shelf. To tie the woods together, MMS Luckett’s Green Milk Paint was dry-brushed over the organizer. Kind of looks like a rough and rustic, overgrown spice rack. 😉
Space saving, cheap and precious shelf space regained!
So just WHAT does it all mean? I find these terms all over ‘blogdom’.
I decide to do a little sleuthing…
Well, we all know what it is to REUSE. I try to reuse shipping materials from my Etsy shop whenever possible. When reusing, the value of the products remain the same.
However, I am saving time, money, energy and resources.
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When I REPURPOSE, I am no longer using a product as originally intended. I have given it a new purpose; increasing its aesthetic and monetary value. Before repurposing, these items are usually considered junk or garbage.
I’ve repurposed discarded items into art and functional pieces.
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To UPCYCLEis to reuse an old item in an altered and innovative way giving it more value. This results in better quality and higher environmental value.
I’ve upcycled architectural salvage with a new function in mind.