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

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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… 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.

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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

Thank You Social Media?

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Staying Connected. Can You Hear Me Now?

Back in the ‘old days’, when I traveled by horse… No, not really.

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Way Back… 

When our ancestors were emigrating, they left behind everything, homes, family, decades of history and friendships. They would try to stay connected through written correspondence. Keeping their loved ones apprised of the trials and tribulation of their new adventures. It would sometimes take months via ships, stagecoaches, carriages, and horses. Letters of Importance would often cross in transit. There was such time and distance between people and important communiqué. Most were never to meet again. (I can’t imagine that)

Back In The ‘Old Days’…

When we lived in smaller settlements, communities and /or neighborhoods, we could walk up and down the streets, and just pop in on friends or family for a cup of coffee or a spot of tea. We would sit together in the kitchen or on the porch and share what is going on in our lives. Making personal contact we could Laugh & Cry together. Best of all we could get a big HUG.

Today…

We are even more transient, we live all around the country and globe. It is not feasible to make personal contact, especially because we are All so busy now-a-days. Phone calls do not quite fill in the whole picture, the true colors and textures of our lives, also, No big HUG.

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Enters Social Media… I can pop in on friends and family, to see how they are doing, to celebrate their beautiful good times and to be with them in their rough times. It may not be in person, but through a window to their world, I feel as if I am there… I hope they can also feel my joys and concerns for them and their lives.

Thank you social media for allowing me Wings to Fly to the windows of the ones I Love!

However, it will never replace the hugs and kisses
So, In the New Year, Reach-out and Hug someone.

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Staying Connected. Can You Hug Me Now?

-Oma Eagle

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One of my favorite, since I was a child…

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Around The Corner

Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friends face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell.
And he rang mine but we were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.
“Tomorrow” I say! “I will call on Jim
Just to show that I’m thinking of him”,
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner, yet miles away,
“Here’s a telegram sir,” “Jim died today.”
And that’s what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.

Charles Hanson Towne

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving, is my favorite holiday,
where I truly appreciate having food to eat,
a place to sleep, and family to warm my heart.
I will always remember the year or two as a Child,
when we had no heat and we had no food.
I recall the smell of Turkeys cooking all around me,
but for us a ‘feast’ was not a reality, we ate chicken
noodle soup and crackers. It seems so hollow to me.
It will always be ever so poignant to me.

That is why, once I grew up, I tried to save at least
one family from the same hollow-hearted feelings…
I would make up a Thanksgiving basket or two.
Filled with fruits, nuts, cake, candy, and all the trimmings
for a Wonderful feast, along with a store card for a Turkey.
I would contact the local school nurse, because if anyone
knew which Kid’s family were truly hungry, it would be her.
I would deliver them to the families, saying…
I am delivering this for someone who is…
“Wishing you and yours, many Blessings now and in the future.”
There would be a card attached with that sentiment, signed…
“From someone who has been there. God Bless.”

It was my way of giving thanks to God for all my blessings.
I held so tight to this Holiday as the Holiday of Love and Warmth,
that I would drive over 900 miles, for 20 hours, in holiday traffic,
to and from, to gather everyone up so we could all be together.
I would prep the house, pick up the family, Cook the feast, then…
drive them all back home. The day was always magical for me.

What are some of the ways you and yours share the Warmth on Thanksgiving?