Almost 15 years of working at Walmart, most of it in the fabrics and crafts department, left me with a lot of sewing and craft supplies. Every time items were on clearance, my co-workers would tell me how crafty I am and suggest I could use them. So, I purchased way more than I will ever use.
Now, I’m trying to use craft and sewing items I already have and focusing on thinking up ways to use more of all this “stuff”.
The photo above is the hearth on my fireplace. Last night I put together this basket of flowers using a basket my oldest sister decorated with silk flowers that were painted with some medium to make them look like porcelain. This was some craft thing decades ago. I have several bunches of Walmart clearance flowers, so I used wire cutters and cut them into stems and stuck them into styrofoam.
Since I don’t know much about flower arranging, I just winged it.
This is 16-count plastic canvas stitched with 6 strands of DMC floss – all continental (tent stitch). Can’t remember where the pattern is from, because I stitched this about 20 years ago and stuck it in a plastic box. Floss tube videos on YouTube are inspiring me to finish my stitching projects and display them, instead of sticking them in a box.
Here’s a cheap little project for girls, who often like frills and ribbons, diaries and notebooks.. I saw some variation of this in a magazine years ago. I made two of these for my 10 year-old granddaughters in a half hour yesterday.
I took a small $1 spiral-bound notebook from the dollar store and tied little pieces of ribbon along the spiral binding This can be done in all one color ribbon or a few coordinating colored ribbons, but since I have tons of ribbon, I used a different ribbon on each spiral. As a put-together craft kit gift, you could give the notebook, some ribbon and pens for the girl to do herself.
Tip: I worked at Wal-Mart many years and their holiday stuff is much of the same junk, just different colors and printing on it for each holiday. That includes the $1 ribbon. Wal-mart after-holiday sales are 50% off first and then 75% off. In my store, that ribbon was often still around for the 75% markdown and that’s a great time to stock up on ribbon. The spools contain 3 yards of ribbon, so 25 cents for 3 yds. Those $1 ribbon boxes always contain some solid colored spools of ribbon, not just holiday prints.
Plastic canvas trinket box for Allison
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