Pass-It-On Gift Wrapping

We’ve already had one Christmas with out of state family, and (along with other great gifts), my sister in law gave me a craft book and all the supplies needed to make one of the crafts.  I loved that!  Some of the supplies were in a pretty red gift bag.

Gift Bag

It’s a Wrapsack, and when I opened it I saw this tag:


What a cute idea!  I love how it encourages recycling and also lets you track your bag’s travels.  If you start a bag on its way, you can set a goal for it.  Maybe it wants to hold an engagement ring someday, or make its way from coast to coast.

Now to think of who should have it next … I might need a few more!

The Bite Me Purse

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The Bite Me Purse

I’ve fallen in love with using reclaimed bed linens to create purses.  After years and years of being laundered, they’re incredibly soft, very different from working with crisp, new fabric.  The patterns are sweet and old fashioned, and how wonderful to be reusing fabric for a different purpose!  No more hiding in the closet — as a purse these soft florals can be proud of their eco-friendly, green, repurposed selves!

But as I was creating the very first of my “linen closet purses“, I realized it is so much more feminine and romantic than my usual style.  Maybe it even looked a little “Grandma”.  Then I decided I didn’t care.  Bite me.

The Bite Me Purse

How wonderful to be able to express yourself!  I love crafting. :)

For the Birds


If you’re crafty and frequently have snips of fabric and little pieces of thread left over after a project, find a jar, pretty bowl or even a bag you can hide away and save up those scraps.

Cut up the larger pieces as you go so you have a collection of skinny bits.  Once you have enough, stuff them into a clean suet bird feeder.  Early next spring, hang it in a bird friendly spot.  (Don’t quit saving up your scraps, make another for a friend!)

For the Birds

Hopefully your friendly neighborhood birdies will come upon this jackpot of nest building materials and fill your trees with the most colorful nests you’ve ever seen!

This would be a good lesson for a young child.  While cleaning up after a project, you can talk about how it’s good for the earth (and our personal economies) to get as much use as we possibly can out of everything.  You can also teach them about bird families, and how much Mommy and Daddy birds love their babies and prepare for them just like people do.  This just reinforces what kids already know – they are indeed the center of the universe.

When it gets cold again, your suet feeder can be used to feed the birdie families you helped in spring.  Which puts us right back to the recycling bit again … :)