Sunday, July 6, 2008

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Sometimes I have the hardest time letting go. I simply hang on to things way too long. Longer than I need or use them and definitely longer than I have room for them. The bumper pad below is the perfect example of this. My mother in law and I made it when I was expecting my first baby, 9 years ago (unreal to think it was THAT long ago). It was used as part of a little Americana crib set, and has served no purpose since. Yet it still has been taking up space in a basement closet and perhaps space in my heart, or wherever that place is within us where happy memories and feelings reside. However, all nostalgia aside, WHY, when we still have the matching crib quilt to look at when I want to remember those tender moments of being a new mom, is this cumbersome thing still hanging around? The answer is, I dunno. Guess I am just your classic pack-rat. Well I finally decided to become liberated from the bulkiness of the past (or at least a fragment of it).

BEFORE:

AFTER:


My daughter loved her new bumper pad skirt – she looked quite festive for our 4th of July celebrations. Plus, it was such a cinch to make (no pattern necessary, and I don’t even sew clothes). Soon she will be sporting around all sorts of unused linen from around the house. Think of all that free closet space. :)

11 comments:

heidivee said...

And you don't even sew clothes? Whatever. LOVE this skirt, and it's even better because it has memories already attached. So cute, Natalie. Way to go, you crafty mama!

mindy said...

Good grief. Not only are you oozing creativity, you actually follow through and FINISH your projects. wow. Pretty jealous.

The Land Far Far Away said...

Way to cute. Olivia you look spectacular in your festive outfit. Happy, happy July. :)

Cherie said...

Natalie, You are so creative. I don't think I would have thought about making a skirt, but way cute. I love it. Olivia you look great. It fit perfectly!!

3docs&adiva said...

Her skirt turned out way cute and it looks so comfortable and cool for Livie to wear on a hot day. Sam's nursery was darling and you were smart to find another great use for the bumper pad. I wish I could say 'like mom like daughter', but my closets are still full of items that need to find another life.

Tiffany said...

Natalie, you never cease to amaze me. You are so cool. Love the skirt!

Stephanie said...

Natalie you ROCK!! What a great idea! You are just so creative! great job!

Rachel said...

so I'm thinking we ought to get together sometime. You are an overflowing faucet of ideas and I NEED some!

Kelli said...

So cute! What a great idea!

The Masked Mommy said...

Wow! I love to see creative thining like this! Nice!

Amy Jo said...

I love that skirt! Do you know Dana from Made at http://dana-made-it.blogspot.com/ ?

She just made a little girls skirt out of an old valance. She slipped some elastic into the sleeve where the rod would have gone. Brilliant. I also hang onto all kinds of stuff. I'm not sure I have any bumpers I can pull apart, but I know I've got plenty of old valences!