For me, I'm just as pleased when I find something useful, practical or something that's on my shopping list, and I can manage to save it from ending up in landfill.
Last weekend I went on another brilliant School of Craft workshop. This time we were learning to make bunting. Although we were taught how to make our own bias binding, well frankly if I can save the hassle and buy it, then I will!
I was stupid happy to find a stash of vintage binding in the first charity shop I went in. They cost me 10p and 20p each - my haberdashery shop sells binding for 45p per metre so I didn't save a fortune, but at least these old school Wollies purchases will finally get used.
At the class, Jo showed us how to make super-cute tiny-tiny bunting from men's shirts. I loved how something so masculine could be turned into something so pretty.
So far, I've resisted the urge to take a pair of scissors to the old man's work shirts and cut tiny triangles from them, but I have retrieved a couple of his old ones out of the charity bag!
I was on the look out for more to add to my stash, and managed to find 3 lovely ones on the sale rail in the Salvation Army shop - oh yes my friends, I'm not to proud to go through the reduced rails in charity shops!
Do I feel bad about hacking up Savile Row shirts? I do not. They have already had a life with their first owner. Then, they've been sitting on the rail in the charity shop for a fortnight waiting for someone with the neck size of a heavy-weight boxer to come along and buy them. Finally, they were left languishing, forlornly on the pound rail, until I rescued them!
I picked up a woolly pully for £2 which I've already boiled the hell out of in the washing machine ready to turn into some Christmas Stockings using Red Ted's tutorial. It's only Florence & Fred, but its such a pretty colour and has a pleasingly Christmassy sparkle to it. It didn't shrink hugely (perhaps because it was only 80% pure wool), but it does have that nice, thick felted feel to it now. Hopefully I'll be showing you my stockings in a future blog post (wink wink).
I also managed to grab a bundle of crocheted granny blankets for £3 each. I have crafty plans for these too...
A rummage through the odds n' sods box looking for more bias binding, brought up these beauties which will go in my Christmas craft stash. Some silver metallic thread - maybe I can get it to take on my machine and run up a Kirstie Allsop-esque stitched paper Christmas card?
There was also a huge roll of this red and white, sold by the metre for 50p. First of all I thought it would be great for Christmas wrapping - like baker's twine, but on closer inspection I realised it was actually elastic! I'm not entirely sure what I'll use it for, but I'm sure something will come up. I resisted the urge to ask 'how much for the whole lot?' - least til I figure out what I can use it for!
And finally, something for myself and Ruby to do together. Two packs of air drying clay for £2 each and a dinky little vintage wooden rolling pin for a quid. Once I find my Angel Gabriel cookie cutter, the Christmas tree will be decorated in no time!
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