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A Scrappy Bowl:: Upcycling

Last week I made bento bags out of fabric I've had for awhile and then experimented with Japanese knot bags out of old aprons. You can see some of them in this Instagram photo.  Then I got to thinking more about these old aprons.  And I wanted to find another use for some of them.

Well, I had found this crocheted hanging bowl pattern quite awhile ago and just thought it was so neat. 

I thought it might work for my scrappy plan.  And, it did!!  Quite perfectly in fact.

I left all the lovely strings, because, well, they're perfect.

So, it can sit or hang!  The first time I made a bowl with strips of scraps was in a little braided bowl. I much prefer the crocheting method.  So much stronger.  But that link will show you how I attach the strips to each other to make your "yarn" to crochet with.  

I like the texture and the heft of the bowl.  Or should I call it a basket?

Her bowl was only 12cm by 12cm, but when I used such big strips, mine ended up 7" high and 9" across the bottom which is what I was hoping for.

I plan to hang it in my sewing room to collect scraps!  I filled it now with the apron scraps it was made from.  The scrap's scraps. :)

None of these were aprons made from feed sacks and some were probably just from the 1970s. But, I was so happy to find a great project for them.  

Now of course I will be keeping all that is left over and at some point will find another use for them. 

We had a snow day here which was kind of fun after the unseasonably warm weather we'd been having.  We have a fire going and it's pretty cozy. :)

Beauty. Free for the Noticing.

Can a cairn be made out of old rotting wood?? 

I thought so. :)

Birds flying back north.  From one formation to another. With a backdrop that makes you sigh.

~Enjoy the rest of your weekend~

A Sweet Book

A couple of years ago, I was gifted this incredible home made book. ♥

It's made from vintage linens and filled with vintage postcard birthday greetings and Valentines.

There is such an incredible sampling of old linens!

Each page has a pocket to hold a vintage postcard.

Look at this gorgeous Valentine Postcard!

The book came wrapped up in another piece of linen.

All tied up with ribbons and love.

Some inspiration for you on this Valentine's Day!

Saturday Digest

►Good things:  Celebrating birthdays!  I posted a couple days ago about mine. But we also were able to help my brother celebrate his 60 years.  He and his wife were not going to just sit still and "smile at the camera" for me!  I have "in motion" photos, "in the middle of speaking" photos, but then there was this one.  A "this is them" photo.

►Science things:  I do love science.  And coffee.  This cup is cute. AND this?!  I love it, except I would change the words to "This is a worm hole to another galaxy". What a spark to the imagination, right?! And, if I was a cookie decorator extraordinaire, I'd be buying these cookie cutters! Be sure to look at the picture of the decorated cookie example.

►Creative things:  Here is a complete free tutorial on folding a heart out of an old book. Look how this blogger embellishes a chair with missing veneer.  That's one technique to remember.

►Not so good thing, but not so bad thing either: Have you heard of a  Posterior Vitreal Detachment? Apparently, it's quite common and it happened in my right eye. Of course it's age related!  So I have a bit of a blurry area and many floaters in my eye, but it should settle out with time.  I was relieved to find out that the changes I'd noticed wasn't anything serious.  I do need to go back for a follow up visit to monitor it.  One site I checked out said it happens to 75% of people.  This was new to me!

Have a great weekend!
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