Category Archives: Repurposing

New Life – Small Scale

Our woodworking challenge for November was to work on a small scale.  I decided this would be the perfect time for a refinishing project that I have had on my list.

My find after general and basic repairs to drawer fronts.
My find after cleaning and basic repairs to drawer fronts.

The Original Find

This was one of my ‘street finds’ that someone had thrown in the garbage.  When I found it, there was no top and the drawers were stacked beside the carcass.  Continue reading New Life – Small Scale

Sustainable Art

I have been thinking a lot about sustainability and responsibility in making art.   Since this is Earth Day weekend, it is a perfect time to reflect and write about these issues.  Being responsible in material purchase and use is important to both me and Stephen so we frequently discuss ways that we can better reduce, reuse, recycle, or repurpose.  That applies in our processes as well as our products.

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Work in Progress: Quilting with Denim

This post was written by Mary Elizabeth O’Toole

This week, I am finishing up a lap quilt made with mainly reclaimed materials.  I have been saving discarded jeans and other clothes for some time specifically for a project like this one.  It is a perfect opportunity to use up some previously ‘well loved’ items that are really too worn for donation.

Stack of jeans, flannel pjs and flannel scraps - partially cut.
Stack of jeans, flannel pjs and flannel scraps – partially cut.

I had washed all the clothes before putting them in my material stash but I hadn’t cut them because Continue reading Work in Progress: Quilting with Denim

Memory Quilts

My to quilt list includes several new designs for memory quilts.  I  have some collected materials that I have to prepare for those projects, including a pile of men’s shirts and a bag of ties.   I had a few clothing items of Dad’s, some gathered from thrift shops, and some given me by a friend who thought that I could put them to good use. Continue reading Memory Quilts

Blog revisited

I started this blog with big intentions to post everyday and then read some advice that might be unrealistic and I should start more slowly and ramp-up to daily over time, if at all.  I fell into the mire of over-thinking and over planning and, after falling behind in posting, over-analysing how to get back on track.   Should I scrap this blog and start fresh with a new, clean slate?  Give up on the project and move to other things?  Go backwards and try to create additional posts to fill up for lost gaps? Set a schedule of regular posts to move forward with great leaps? Continue reading Blog revisited