What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Friday, January 19, 2007

Extreme Makeover: Yard Sale Edition

As is customary, when the weather turns colder (frigid, these days) my fingers are allowed the priviledge of doing some needlework, most often with the rest of myself snuggled deep into a blanket. This year is no different...which brings me to my blessed curse.

I blame it on the yard-saling. I see so much TREASURE that others think of as junk. When I see two mismatched valances, other (more rational) people smartly say to themselves: "I need valances for THREE windows, not two. Forget these!" Where as the dim-witted girl I call myself thinks (who by the way has NO need for ANY valances): "OOOHHHHH. THESE are pretty! I could trim pillowcases with THESE!"


A normal person would see one flannel fitted sheet and say-"Sheesh. Why would someone by a striped fitted flannel sheet if it doesn't have a matching flat sheet and pillowcase?" But no, inside the recessed of MY brain, I am mentally calculating how many flannel PJ's I could make for the kiddos with that fabric. Same with curtains. And tablecloths. But have you ever PRICED fabric in the stores?!?!?

So, when I see junk~my rose colored glasses see the possibility for TREASURE and I snatch it up. Even if I don't know what I am going to DO with it! So is the case with the above project.

I was looking through my patterns to start a new clothing project, when I realized none of my fabric had been pre-shrunk. My fingers were itching to stitch. What should I do? That is when I saw a pile of some valances and this pretty rose fabric.

"Hmmm. I don't remember ever buying fabric like that!" (Problem one:if you can't remember buying it-it has been TOO long since you were SUPPOSED to do something with it.) It turns out, when I turned it over, that it was a pillow sham. "Oh, yes. I remember now."

My mind started to do that awful (good!), awful (good!), wandering again and I thought. HEY! That would be a pretty little tablecloth! So, snip snip, stitch stitch and here we go!
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Anonymous said...

This is just beautiful! You are so crafty!
Victoria =)

Kelli said...

What a great idea! It's beautiful!!

Christine said...

You have a wonderful talent.Blessings!

Carmichael Family said...

I love the way you shop and are so creative and able to make things out of stuff like that! If only I could do that...

Anonymous said...

It is very beautiful! You are so creative and crafty!
In an earlier post you mentioned wanted to get more creative with photography...here is a link to my favorite website...the photographer is amazing and very imaginative. Let me know what you think! Oh and we have been going through a LOT of things lately and I know I owe you a letter....I still have your christmas card too, I am ashamed to say! Are you still planning to move soon? If your address changes soon let me know!
here is that website...

Abigail said...

It's not at all foolish to think like that! At least, I hope it's not, because I, too, usually view sheets/blankets/curtains/etc as a source for material before I think of them as the item they really are! :)