One way that we have tried to consume less and save on the budget is by using hankies. I’ve had lots of fun trying to build up a collection. I have a good start, but if everyone came down with colds at the same time, we might be a tad short. I have some from when we lived in Japan, one from a friend in New Zealand, a couple from my great grandmother, and the rest have been picked up at thrift and antique stores. I’ve got a couple with some beautifully crocheted edges and several with some gorgeous embroidery. I even found a cute little child’s hanky. The other day when I was out birthday shopping with my mom, I found this beautiful smoky brown hand embroidered hanky which would be great for using at more solemn occasions. My new favourite is this hanky with pink and brown houses.Then of course there are plenty of floral hankies as well.I don’t usually pay more than one dollar for a hanky, so over time that is significantly less money than buying boxes of tissues. As far as laundry goes, with the amount of laundry that six people generate, a couple dozen hankies really doesn’t add much. Besides, it’s so much more fun having a colourful hanky in your pocket, and so much softer on your nose. I love collecting them and keeping my eye out wherever I go, hoping to find some new ones. There are so many beautiful hankies out there, but a lot of them are really fragile so I try to only get ones that can handle some serious nose blowing. Using hankies is just one small way we try to consume and discard less.
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I received some wonderful presents for my birthday, and wanted to share them with you. I got these gorgeous flowers, just perfect to brighten up the kitchen. It makes me smile every time I look at them.Some great new (well, old, really) hankies to add to my collection that I use daily. A beautifully hand crocheted baby bib and some silver baby spoons for the little one, and an old wooden spool which will decorate my studio, one day.A new gardening book to hopefully help me figure out what I’m doing.A pink stripey blanket that is destined to be repurposed as it has a little hole and a couple of stains. I also got two sets of Wee Wonderfuls embroidery patterns, the All Four Seasons Stitchettes, and the All Four Fairy Stitchettes. Last but not least, is a 1- year subscription to the British Country Living magazine, which I’m super, super, super excited about. I had such a great birthday, and got some wonderful things. There is going to be a lot of fun crafting before Christmas and plenty to learn before spring hits with a new garden. Hope you guys are having a great week.
I am in the middle of last minute crafting for my little one’s fifth birthday, and this is one project that is now complete. She is growing up so fast, and boy is she excited about her birthday. I am not a big fan of buying a bunch of decorations to be used for one day and then to be tossed, so I was thrilled when I saw the idea of making homemade decorations that would last indefinitely. It is such a simple idea, I don’t know why I never thought of it. This bunting is made out of vintage fabrics, with some more handmade bias tape. My little one is so excited and loves the idea of decorating with it. I love the fact that years down the road she will be able to look at these decorations and have such wonderful memories of all the birthdays gone by.
Here it is, our new picnic blanket. I was making the bias tape I showed you the other day for this. I fell in love with the idea of this blanket when I first received my copy of Handmade Home. I knew I just had to make it, and I finally did. I raided my stash of vintage sheets and used an old pink bedspread we didn’t use anymore. I made the bias from an old vintage sheet that I loved. I absolutely love the way it turned out. We used to lay out an old comforter for picnics, but how much better it is to unroll a handmade blanket made solely for the purpose of picnics. I’ve really been working on decluttering and though it seems excruciatingly slow at times, I am trying to get to the point where everything we have is something that we actively use and love. Since we have been going on regular picnics this summer, it is just what we needed. It is decidedly feminine and with three guys in the family, I think I will be searching for some more masculine vintage fabrics to make a second blanket as well. It is a pretty good size, but I think two picnic blankets will give us a little bit more room to spread out. Unfortunately we will probably only be going for a few more picnics before the weather turns bitterly cold, but in the meantime I plan to enjoy it completely and then look forward to next spring when it can be put into use on a regular basis again.
I’m in the middle of working on a big project, well not really big but when you add in lots of distractions small things suddenly become big. Anyway, there is something I just love about bias tape that is homemade out of fun fabrics. I think it makes a world of difference when compared to the plain store bought variety. I had fun making this yesterday afternoon when I had a few quiet moments while the baby slept and the bigger kids read quietly in their beds. I’m hoping to finish this project soon and show you all on Saturday.
This is one of my favourite chairs. My mom and I found it at an antique store in town last year and she gave it to my daughter for Christmas. At the moment my four year old daughter uses it at the table as she couldn’t quite reach high enough, but soon it will be passed down to my 14 month old. She’s getting antsy in her highchair, I think she just wants to be right up to the table with the rest of us. I love that it takes up so little space, and it’s the perfect height so that little ones don’t have to eat with their hands up by their ears. I love the pale green that it was painted and the fact that it is worn on the edges. It had a life before it came to live with us, and besides, I would much rather find a piece that has a history than just purchasing something new. I think it adds much more charm. I love pieces with a history whether I know exactly what it is or not, and I really love that it will have a life after my little ones when we pass it down to their little ones.
One of my favourite ways to repurpose vintage linens is to make cloth totes out of them. They make great gifts and they are inexpensive and quick to make. They are so useful, and I just love seeing different vintage fabrics instead of boring (and bad) plastic bags. These totes are lightweight yet sturdy, and can easily be folded up to throw in a purse or diaper bag. I have totes like these all over, several in the house and a bag full in the car. The kids love carrying their own little versions at the farmer’s market. This is a great quick project, especially if you are just learning to sew. They are great to sew up assembly line style if you want or need quite a few. There are free patterns online, or simple patterns in several craft books as well. Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs, Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects and Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures all have simple, cute tote bag patterns or instructions. These three bags are available in my shop. Switching to cloth bags is not only great for the environment, it is so much fun using and seeing colourful and fun fabrics. Do try one yourself. Have a great day!
I love repurposing things, especially vintage linens. I have found some really cute ones at thrift stores and I have several from my grandparents and great grandparents. Recently I was tired of looking at the shower curtain in our master bathroom, so I decided to repurpose a vintage sheet that I had picked up and turn it into a shower curtain that would make me smile. In order to turn it from a sheet into a shower curtain, all I did was measure for the proper length and then cut it off and hem it. Next, I added buttonholes to be able to hook it onto the shower curtain hooks. All in all it took me about a half an hour to make, and what a difference it made in the bathroom. I just love this print, it is so bright and cheery, and $2 for the sheet and a half an hour of time is my idea of a makeover.
I found these adorable espresso cups in this little bowl at my local thrift store. They cost 50 cents for the whole lot and I scooped them up immediately. I won’t be using them for espresso, but I do know three children who would love to have a just-their-size mug of hot chocolate on a chilly winter day. I have been keeping my eye out for wool blankets whenever I visit a thrift store. On a day outing to Estes Park, I stopped in at their little community thrift store and waiting just for me on the blanket rack was a delicious pink Pendleton wool blanket. Pendleton started in 1909 and my mom remembers my great grandmother wearing pendleton suits. How perfect. This will be sure to keep us warm, and at just $3 it was a fantastic bargain.