Now this year is over and a new one begins. I have ideas in my head of new things to make and sell. Just recently I made a purse from an old sweater which I couldn't throw out. Of course it had a bear on it. This one a polar bear and is great for the winter months. I have another sweater with a silhouette squirrel design which will also be made into a purse. That one will be used in the summer months ahead. You can find a tutorial on purse making here.
I also want to show you some of the handmade presents I received from my kids this year. My adult daughter made me veggie garden stakes. These stakes are large enough to not get lost during the height of the season. She also made me a beautiful mug at a creative craft shop. It is hand painted then fired with silhouette of ravens on a wire. My son made me a place to store spools of thread. I have it hung up on the wall in front of my sewing machine. My thread keeper is filled with vintage spools of thread which I pick up at thrift stores. This thread is as good as it was the day it was made. I make use of the thread in my sewing projects.
I hope 2011 was a good one for you and lets make 2012 even better. Lets make the world a little less messier by reusing and remaking items like they did before "disposable" became a word. Every item has at least a 2nd life and all you need to do is to remake or sell or donate that item to a place where it can become "loved" yet again.