Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Silk Purse From a Sow's Ear

This year I have a personal goal to use up materials I have stored for too long.
Even the good stuff.
Case in point-- the Swiss Colony bags saved from a gift of food.
There is nothing really special about them--they are just too interesting to throw out.
I almost threw them out three times, but each time, hesitated.
So then I gave myself a mental shake and finally decided now was the time to do something about those silly bags.
I left one unadorned so you could see the dramatic transformation.

The metal sewing machine is some of my good stuff.
I've had it for at least 6 years!
Saving it for something really special.
By the way, I opened up the bag's seam so I could easily stitch the lacy bits down 
with my sewing machine.  Only the buttons were attached by hand.
I might give this pretty bag to my mother-in-law, filled with chocolate, for Valentine's Day.
She loves old stuff --and sewing.
And chocolate!
Now go make something.
And use your good stuff!
I'm off to work on my second sow's ear...

My mother-in-law LOVED the bag.
The sewing machine embellishment really spoke to her.
Made me feel good about partiing with "the good stuff".


Linda said...

Oh my goodness! That is SO beautiful! And your MIL will love it..... what a great Valentine gift for her! I'm trying to use up my stuff as well. Even the good stuff....... but it's more of a plan than an actual event right now. ha! I'm a great "event planner"! hee hee!

~*~Patty S said...

Perfectly wonderful in every way Nathalie...

at first I thought you made a prayer flag...

I think it is important to listen when we have the feeling of attraction to something and using it completes the circle I believe!

what a lovely creation with the best ingredients ... btw I too would have held on to that special bag, I save used tea bags for goodness sake LOL

VioletSky said...

I have a drawerful of 'good stuff' and just 'interesting stuff' that I cannot bear to part with, but don't know what to do with. Now, I have started a stamp collection and am using the duplicates to decorate bookmarks.

Ann said...

so beautiful!!
i love the extra touch of the safety pin!! so perfect !

Holly Shaw said...

Love. Love. Love. Now come to my studio and help me see things in a different way.

Kim Andersen said...

so beautiful!!! I love the stained lace

Anonymous said...

Such a pretty-pretty! Your mil will love you all the more for such a gift.