Once upon a time there were people who collected other people's trash and resold the items. Some of these early recycling entrepreneurs were said to go down the street calling out something like "I'm here for any rags, bottles, and bones."
Rags, bottles, and bones. For me, it would be books rather than bones. But, I'm not looking to purchase any rags, bottles, or books. Not at all. I mention the phrase because the past week, I've been repurposing fabric scraps, wine bottles, and old books.
The elephant scene (above) is my first try at fabric art. I machine stitched everything but the the red flowery thing, which is the top of a tree, onto a purple napkin. The zipper is the second, if not the first, one I've ever sewn.
I have several more purple napkins and a whole bunch of scraps so I might experiment with more fabric art. We shall see.
Last year I decided to make a garden border with wine bottles that I collected mostly from our 2016 anniversary party. I liked the look until a few weeks ago when I thought the bottles may give the impression that we are heavy drinkers. So, I decided to paint the bottles. Once we have a few days of clear weather, I'll stick the bottles back into the ground.
Don't the bottles look like bowling pins?
We have so many books, from the late 1800s to this decade, we could open a used bookstore in our house. My books. The Husband's books. The huge collection of books the Husband inherited from his parents that includes the collections they inherited from their parents and aunts. We've already donated books and sold some for credit at a used bookstore. Not a dent was made at all.
I kept coming across blogs of artists and crafters who have turned old books into art pieces and practical things, one of which was a book safe. Finally, I gave it a try and hollowed out an old cookbook. When I bought it decades ago, a previous owner had cut out the recipes for sourdough bread, so I had no problem carving out pages.
It's an easy-peasy craft. Next I want to try making a purse or a clutch out of a book.
All this creating is certainly helping me stay close to being centered, I tell you.
I'm heading over to join other blogging friends at Jesh's All Seasons and Angie's Mosaic Monday. Thank you, dear hosts!