The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

List it Tuesday - things used for unintended purposes

Todays List it Tuesday is all about: Things used for an intended purpose.

I have to laugh. That's how I use everything! I rarely use things for what they are supposed to be used for. Now, let's not be silly. Of course things like pots and pans get used normally, in the kitchen anyway...and until they're no longer useable for food...but most everything else is fair game.

So to prove it's true, here's a short list:

tupperware container for pie slices   used as paint bottle holder

prescription bottles for water jars

ironing board for painting & stamping surface 

water and pop (soda) bottles for dye bottles

scraps for garbage become quilts

kitchen utensils for batiking 

dining room as art/painting room

living room as sewing room

treadmill as closet

bedroom drapes as design wall

bed for an office - gotta love a laptop

car as storage for fabric & art supplies

* There's a lot more listy stuff to see @


  1. Treadmill closet I started doing that it's how I knew it was time to sell it.

    1. Oh I'll use it again....when it gets emptied off :)

  2. you can never have enough containers around the house for art projects! {:-Deb

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    1. I swear we are two nuts from the same tree!

  4. I'm definitely a drapery design-wall supporter.

    1. it's frightening, but even my husband is ok with it..

  5. I love how any surface, container or room can become an outlet for creativity! That looks like a well-served ironing board:)

    1. That poor ironing board is scarey isn't it! But perfect for it repurpose :)

  6. Oh I laughed in recognition at treadmill as closet!

    Love the pie container idea. That one has me thinking ... and I love the idea of the ironing board as it's so easy to stick in a corner when done!

    1. It's actually one of those little table top ironing boards and works great!