May 7, 2007 4:56am CST
Have you ever made something out of nothing?? Well, not exactly out of nothing, but have you made something useful out of something that you could not use?? Well, let me give you an example... Okay, so I really like to be trendy, but I'm usually too broke to get the latest and best, so I usually take what I have and I don't use and try to do these projects with me as the guinea pig. I don't wear skirts but for some reason I keep buying them. And a few years ago, I really wanted one of those hats, the kind that Britney and Christina Aguilera used to wear, the type of Beret thing, but with the brim, anyway, so I took this denim skirt that I never wore and cut it up, and made 8 section and sewed them all together, yes, that's right, I do use my hands for things other than gaming.., and I cut of the brim of an old baseball cap, and I made myself a good looking hat. And actually it turned out really good. I used to wear it all the time, until I got over hats, I got bored of it when everyone started wearing hats. It's still my favorite hat although I did increase my collection since then. My first bag was also my own creation, and just recently, my latest project was making a pair of skinny jeans, the kind that are in today, from a pair that I haven't worn for a long time... It feels good when something like that works, and you know you didn't spend any money at all... So have you made something out of nothing, ever?? Do you ever take up self-made projects like that??
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21 May 07
That sounds wonderful and I do remember the 'newsie' hats, which are still kind of popular here. The style hat is referred to around this area as newsie, or newsboy, as it is reminiscent of the hats worn by those news boys from the old days. So I suppose it is a fashion trend that came back only this time for girls instead of boys. When we make something from nothing it not usually with clothes, I had this really great sturdy table, but some how in the move the legs got broken, I didn't get rid of the table top and for a while I would put it on a box when my niece was on the floor coloring for a table for her. But I used it to make a table for the computer monitor, and it has worked out well. I had taken old milk crates and made shelves for videos out of them. When I was younger the 2 liter soda bottle had the rounded bottom, and it had this black plastic cover over it. My Grandmother taught me out to make decorations out of them, you pull the black part off, cut near where the top of the bottle rounds out, and tapers off in a straight line, use a square of styrofoam, green preferably, and you can use anything you have around the house, to attach could be old figurine or plastic / silk flowers, attach to styrofoam glue, the styrofoam to the bottom of the black section from the soda bottle, and then turn the now washed out soda bottle that you cut upside down, it is kind like a giant snow globe with out the water and snow part. It was a cheap way for my grandmother to give us something to do, and get rid of old nick nacks gathering dust around the house or even old dolls that were small enough. I had a set of sheets that I never really used, I didn't like the way they felt, I cut off a strip then cut the large piece in half, made a hem around the edges of the sheet so it would all be in a neat line, and then with the strip I made blocks that would loop and sewed them spaced apart to sections of the two panels I had, they made nice Block style curtains, and since I didn't like the feel of the sheets and wasn't going to use them seemed a good way to get a nice set of curtains I liked how it came out and the small bedroom only had one window so it worked out well. Since I did like how it came out I cut off the elastic edging of the matching fitted sheet and then made smaller version of the curtains for the bathroom window. Since the sheets were a kind of aqua blue the bedroom was painted a very pale blue and the shower curtain and towels in bathroom were blue it worked out well.
26 May 07
Wow!! You sure made a lot of stuff, and good stuff too. It's so satisfying isn't it? So, it's called a newsie hat, eh? I didn't know that, but I'm glad you understood what I was talking about, as my explanation wasn't the best... I'm really becoming a huge fan of this grandmother of yours, she's really something....
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28 May 07
yes I understood what type of hat you were talking about, and even looked up pics to verify it. Well we were taught to use things around us, not waste etc. Funny thing is some of the things I see as the "new" inventions for cleaning etc, were things we had been doing for years only we just made it from stuff in the house. This grandmother was a piece of work, very independent, and determined to take care of herself. When she had a stroke she left the hospital because she told the doctor she had to finish her laundry. She recycled way before it was fashionable. And not by putting things in recycle bin but by actually using the things that the rest of us might discard and could turn it into something useful. As a result I tend to hold on to things I should likely throw out, but then they can usually be turned into something else. If you take an old wire hanger, and bend it into the right shape, and scraps of discared yarn, that may be the pieces left over from things you have made, they can be woven and rolled in a way then attached to the wire, to create a cute toy dog, Mom made a bunch of them for the new babies in the family.
29 May 07
You know, you're real lucky to have the influence of a strong woman like that in your life. She had to leave the hospital to do her laundry... Now that's a woman who knows what she wants and takes charge. I like to hang on to things myself, especially clothes, and then I can alter them according to the latest trend without having to spend loads of money on the new and "in" stuff, which I hate doing. I would rather get me some great games with that dough, especially since I can work with my old stuff. Plus not only does it save money to get creative, but it also makes a good story as well..
21 May 07
I made a dolls house for my daughter when she was little. I used old scraps of carpets and clothes for the curtains and it had a big cardboard roof. I had made it in the garage then when we came to bring it in it would not fit through the door! We had to bring it in via the french windows. She had hours of play with it. In fact as I remember our son joined in too sometimes probably with his cars or soldiers though.
8 May 07
You seem to be a clever girl :) .. and yes I'm creative too:) I do things out of nothing all of the time, for fun and to make them happy; I make children toys from peaces of wood, I make copper and plastic jewelry for little girls so I'm very popular in the family :) I like fixing things and crafts, etc improvising and matching spare parts for all kinds of appliances, fixing electricity, plumping, etc