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?  


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 :)