Recycling Clothes… 4

Quilts

 

I Mean Really Recycling… 

by donating, repurposing or actually composting them…

When we, the adults, outgrew our clothes and textiles, I would donate some of the good usable items to charities that actually help clothe and house people, such as Sal-Val (Salvation Army) or the Breakfast Mission.

Others I would repurpose by making new items for the home.

  • Big items: Patchwork bedspreads, blankets, rag rugs, etc.
  • Small items: Kid clothes, vests, scarves, hats, bags, throws, bath mats, pillows, pillowcases, seat cushions, clothespin bags, washcloths, etc.
  • If an item seemed too worn, I would tear it into cleaning and polishing cloths or gardening covers and ties.
  • I have occasionally composted them.

 

Preparing to Repurpose…

 

For the Quilts:

  • I cut heavy-duty plastic into 12 x 12, 8 x 8, and 6 x 6 square templates.
  • I cut the materials into desired sizes.
  • I separate them by size, materials, and colors into individual ziplock bags.
  • Save special items in their own bags: pockets, logos, zippers, buttons, etc.
  • I store the bags in see-through container.
  • Once I am ready to start a project, I can see all I have on hand at a glance.

 

 

 

My Quilt for Daughter

My quilt for BLD

 

Read the story about our Family Quilts here: Recycling Clothes… 2

 

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Recycling Clothes… 3

Rag Rugs

 

I Mean Really Recycling… 

by donating, repurposing or actually composting them…

When we, the adults, outgrew our clothes and textiles, I would donate some of the good usable items to charities that actually help clothe and house people, such as Sal-Val (Salvation Army) or the Breakfast Mission.

Others I would repurpose by making new items for the home.

  • Big items: Patchwork bedspreads, blankets, rag rugs, etc.
  • Small items: Kid clothes, vests, scarves, hats, bags, throws, bath mats, pillows, pillowcases, seat cushions, clothespin bags, washcloths, etc.
  • If an item seemed too worn, I would tear it into cleaning and polishing cloths or gardening covers and ties.
  • I have occasionally composted them.

 

Preparing to Repurpose…

 

For the Rag Rugs:

  • I cut the material into 1 to 1.5 inch strips. (depending on it’s thickness)
  • I begin to wind it into a ball, like yarn
  • I knot the ends together as I go. (I have occasionally sewn the ends.)
  • Store in see-through bin.

 

Rag Rugs in the works…

 

Finished Chair Cushions

mint seat cushionseat cushionf

 

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Recycling Clothes… 2

I Mean Really Recycling…

by donating, repurposing or actually composting them…

When we, the adults, outgrew our clothes and textiles, I would donate some of the good usable items to charities that actually help clothe and house people, such as Sal-Val (Salvation Army) or the Breakfast Mission.

Others I would repurpose by making new items for the home.

  • Big items: Patchwork bedspreads, blankets, rag rugs, etc.
  • Small items: Kid clothes, vests, scarves, hats, bags, throws, bath mats, pillows, pillowcases, seat cushions, clothespin bags, washcloths, etc.
  • If an item seemed too worn, I would tear it into cleaning and polishing cloths or gardening covers and ties.
  • I have occasionally composted them.

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The Denim Quilt – Winter 1979-80

I made this denim quilt, while pregnant with my first daughter,                 during the long winter nights of 1979-80.

Denim quilt -winter 1979-80
38 year old denim quilt – made in Winter Nights of 1979-80

It is not as bright and beautiful as it has once been.                                                 It does need some attention and new ‘stuffing’, but boy, does it have a history. First there’s the history behind each and every pair of 1960’s & 70’s jeans in it. Then there is the 38 years of history it has seen…

  • The ‘Huggles’ and Cuddles
  • The Bedtime Stories
  • The ‘Friday Girls Night’ movies
  • and last but not least The Confidential talks

It has secret pockets and zippers, where the girls liked to hide things. 🙂

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22 years later…

I made this for that very same daughter in Winter 2001-02,                         while she was completing her Undergraduate Degree.  😀

The Daughter’s Denim Quilt – Winter 2001-02

My quilt for BLD

I wonder what ‘history’ this Quilt will hold after 38 years.                            I hope them to all be Wonderful.

Read about it here on my Daughter’s Blog…

https://riotflower.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/mama-comfort/

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Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Recycling Clothes… 1

I Mean Really Recycling…

by donating, repurposing and actually composting them…

When we, the adults, outgrew our clothes and textiles, I would donate some of the good usable items to charities that actually help clothe and house people, such as Sal-Val (Salvation Army) or the Breakfast Mission.

Others I would repurpose by making new items for the home.

  • Big items: Patchwork bedspreads, blankets, rag rugs, etc.
  • Small items: Kid clothes, vests, scarves, hats, bags, throws, bath mats, pillows, pillowcases, seat cushions, clothespin bags, washcloths, etc.
  • If an item seemed too worn, I would tear it into cleaning and polishing cloths or gardening covers and ties.
  • I have occasionally composted them.

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However…

When the children outgrew their clothes, if they were still in good shape… I would clean and mend, then place them in bags marked with the gender, size and season.

Because…

Here in our area school district there were many children that did not even have underwear. (Sometimes it comes down to a choice… food or underwear?)

So I would also collect clothing from friends and neighbors. Jackets, hats, gloves, pants, tee shirts, socks and especially underpants. I would then process them, I would clean and mend, then place them in bags marked with the gender, size and season for the school nurse to give out as needed.

It was a labor of Love, I was Blessed with a Happy, Healthy Family, and wanted to share some of that warmth and love with the little ones of my community.  I believe in the ‘Ripple Effect’

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We all can help strengthen our Community, one baby step at a time.

What are some of your ideas?

Check out: Real Recycling… Back in the day.

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

May is Prom Month

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In May… All the flowers are in bloom.

and it’s Prom time, time to Primp, Preen and Groom.

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Spring Prom is an especially important time for those who are Seniors.

Senior Prom is very Bittersweet, a culmination of a year full of “The Lasts’…   The last game, the last meet, the last show, the last concert, the last debate, and finally ‘The Last Dance’.

A final time to celebrate the ending of the years,                                               One Last final time to celebrate with good cheer,                                                 One Last shining time to be with your school friends and peers,                         One more Last time before all the tears.

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My Baby daughter’s Senior prom dress.

She designed it, I made it.

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In 2000, I had a challenge facing me, to make my Baby’s prom dress from a color sketch she had made. Hum… First, I had to make a pattern for it. Second, I shopped to find the proper, required color and materials for it, did I mention out-of-state? Then cut sew, gather, hand bead and rhinestones to make it . How did I do?

I  wish I could find her sketch. 🙂

Rickelle's Prom dress

It is hard to see the beading, and rhinestones.

JRD senior prom 2000.

She Loved it.

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It made me happy to be able to complete this for her,

even though I was sick with Pneumonia.

The dress looked so gorgeous on her.

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What do you think? -OmaEagle?

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Christmas Stocking

Tiny Treasures

Christmas morning we would come down the stairs, and gaze in awe and excitement at all the beautiful packages under the tree. However, we were not allowed to open them. Before the opening of the presents, our parents would take care of the ‘important’ adult stuff, coffee, breakfast, and the camera.

To occupy us, we were allowed to sit and go through our stockings. They would be hanging there right under our noses, on the stair rail, enticing us, overflowing with hidden tiny treasures. So for me, the stocking was the real treat, the hunt for buried treasure. What mysterious mini marvels would I find stuffed into it this year?

There was no just dumping it out to glance at the bounty for me… NO.               I dug out every item one by one, enjoying carefully unwrapping, inspecting, smelling, tasting, playing with, and laying out each tiny gift as I went along… A candy cane (even though Santa hung them all over the tree); an orange and walnuts (they were also sitting in a dish on the coffee table); Neccos; barley sugar candy, in a Christmas or animal shape; Chapstick; Dentine; travel size toothpaste; toothbrush; travel size hand cream; comb and brush; toilet water / perfume; barrettes, hair bands or ties; silly putty; chocolate gold coins…

Then, at the bottom of the stocking, stuffed in the very tip of the toe, there would be the special Treasure. Right there under the gold coins, all wrapped up in pretty paper, was the treasure, a beautiful mini box holding: a tiny piece of jewelry, a charm or pin; or a crystal ornament; or a crystal knick-knack. YES, the real Teeny Tiny Treasure, to me was that beautiful forever keepsake, because for the rest of my life, every time I would see it, I would remember the Warmth and Love of this Blessed day with my family.

Other items occasionally found:

Hershey Minis or Kisses, M&M’s, Lifesavers, Cracker Jacks, yo yo, marbles, ball & jacks, crayons, card games, finger sparkler, small finger games…

What do you remember getting in your stocking as a child?

-OmaEagle

Oh Christmas sword-cloudock, Oh Christmas sock,
How lovely are thy tiny treasures,
Oh Christmas sock, Oh Christmas sock,
Opening them brings such pleasures,

Every year at Christmas sees,
You bringing such joy and glee.
Oh Christmas sock, Oh Christmas sock,
Such tiny treasure within thee!

Oh Christmas sock, Oh Christmas sock,              What pleasure do you bring me!
Oh Christmas sock, Oh Christmas sock,               Such pleasure do you bring me!

My kids talked me into it…

My grown children were always after me to write a book, publish a cookbook, and so on.

Then came Blogging, and of course they started on that years ago. They suggested I blog about my foraging for wild edibles, and the herbal medicines I make. They said I should blog about the foods I make and bake. They also want to see me post on the many things I make and do…   I do not consider any of it to be extraordinary, just something I do.

So… long story short, my eldest daughter, called one day saying: “I set up a Blog for you”…

O.K., so here I am, you will have to bear with me as I try to figure out all the pieces that go into posting a decent post.

I am hoping to be able to post about my life and living.