Over the past few years, I’ve tried to re-purpose stuff as much as I can. When I think that I “need” something, I try to think of a way to meet that need with something I already have – or something that I can make out of what I already have. Sometimes I come up with something, other times the ideas I come up with are so far out there that Ian reigns me in and helps me find a reasonable solution.
I do love that we’re not continually bringing more “stuff” into our home, and that we’re not constantly spending money on new things. But there’s a reason that new stuff appeals to me – it’s pretty. My friend Morgan blogged about the tension between wanting to have cutesy things and limiting materialism, and I totally relate (she also included an awesome idea for DIY plant markers!). So when I re-use or re-purpose something, I try to make it pretty – because I know I’ll love it and use it more if it’s pretty!
Enter this little boy, who is now eating solids:
Okay, usually he’s a lot happier about eating, this just happened to be his first encounter with sweet potatoes, and he wasn’t so sure.
Anyways, I realized a couple weeks ago that I needed more washcloths to clean up little man after his meals. I knew that it was time to tackle some of the many old or discarded t-shirts that I squirreled away to make cleaning rags someday.
To endear these washcloths to me – so I don’t feel like I’m wiping Luke’s face with a t-shirt every day – I decided to make them pretty. I did this in two ways. First, I took enough time to cut, pin and sew them decently – since I’ll be using them every day, I won’t really want to see some lame sewing job all the time. They are far from perfect, but they look tidy enough. Second, I embellished them with a little fun – some quick embroidery. Okay, so I’ve only done one so far, but it’s a fun project to have on hand if I just want a half hour of relaxation.
(Uh, in case you can’t tell, that’s a sandwich embroidered on there…)
I’m pleased with how they turned out, and they work great for the times that we actually feed Luke real food instead of the furniture…
What are some re-purposed things that you’ve made useful and pretty?