Friday, October 16, 2009

#23 Jump Start

Forget not that the earth delights to
feel your bare feet and the winds
long to play with your hair.
-Khalil Gibran

Let's get a jump start on the holidays by making one of our Christmas gifts this week.

#22 Old to New

Until recently I stored all my craft and sewing supplies in a couple of plastic storage containers. My 1 1/2 year old son soon discovered how to open these and find all sorts or fun treasures to play with (scissors, pins, razor blades, small objects just the size for chocking). I needed a way to lock my supplies.

I looked around the house and found an un-used filing cabinet with locking drawers. I then went to thrift stores and purchased all sorts of containers to hold my supplies inside of the cabinet drawers.

The locking filing cabinet

An old suitcase and picnic basket for pattern storage

All sorts of kitchen tins and baskets to organize my supplies

My favorite is the copper cake mold for buttons, this one my son gets to play with and loves.

One helpful tip: remember to write down the measurements of the drawers you are trying to organize and bring your tape measure to the thrift store. I measured out a mock drawer in the store and set the items I was thinking of buying in that space to make sure it worked.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Challenge #22 - Seeing Old Things in a New Light

Each day presents the possibility of a miracle. Be realistic. Plan for one.

We often look at objects and only see one possible utility - the one we've always known. The following web pages show hundreds of innovative ways we can use (and re-use) objects we have around us: New Uses for Old Things and the 50 All-Time Favorite New Uses

(for example, use a traveling soap dish as a camera case)

This week look around for new ways you can use old things you have. Post a couple of your favorite innovations along with photos by next Monday.

Sharing the Love in SLC

I didn't make anything for a specific charity, but I did try sharing the love with others. One way was to give lots of loaves of zucchini bread this past week to people who I thought needed a lift.

I also ran the last few miles of my sister's marathon with her this past Saturday so she'd know that I loved her and supported her. It was awesome to see her cross the finish line within her desired timeframe!