Monday, January 17, 2011

" . . . Use it up! Or do without!"

Ok, Let's talk about a word that we all avoid . . . "Broke!"

What do you do creatively when your broke . . . . busted . . . . no money!??? Can't go to the local supply store and get supplies!

No problem, we're all into recycling and upcycling, aren't we?  First things first--instead of taking your lunch at the kitchen table and wallowing in pity, pack it up and head out to the river bank to eat it!  That's what I do.  Nothing inspires and rejuvenates me more than a look at the water and wildlife.  No river?  Well, how about a park, or the local garden on their free day?  Anyway, back home I begin looking through my unfinished projects, my stash, and my library.  If that doesn't work to spark creativity, I then take a look at what hasn't sold and see if I can "recycle" it!  Kinda like us girls who occasionally want a 're-do' or an 'up-do' for our own good looks, so maybe a few of our products could use a re-do too! 

If you're stuck creatively, try one of these little tips and see what you can come up with that's NEW!  

Here's my new project.  I didn't sell these pillow covers, although they're really cute, so I will be using the tops for squares of a quilt about air balloons! I have the basis of the quilt and can use my fabric stash for the rest! How fun is that?  

7 comments:

storybeader said...

good for you, know the feeling!

Splendid Little Stars said...

That is fun and a good use of something that is intrinsically pretty.

Ani said...

You said it, Linda!

Funny, I was thinking about just that sort of thing a day or two ago, remembering when I just Had to make something, years ago. No money. No materials. Didn't drive anyway, and lived 60miles from town. I did a couple of 'mosaics', using small log slices from the wood pile, and a variety of dried beans. They turned out great!

There's always a way to be creative, just as you've encouraged us to be here

Linda Pruitt said...

Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!

Ani--I would love to have seen your creation!

Walk in the Woods said...

Yes … time in Nature is a grand inspiration! And the balloon quilt is a great theme ~ merry creating!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Other than maybe adhesive...I think I have enough supplies to last me til next year without buying anything new!
I've started making some notebooks from leftover scraps this week :)

TiLT said...

Very good idea!!! I have been toying with the same sort of thing myself.
Looking forward to seeing what it becomes :)