The egg of my creativity and resourcefulness for reconstructing clothing and creating items from found objects has been an intrinsic part of me as long as I can remember. The children’s clothing aspect of this specifically came about with the birth of my son 10 years ago.
I reuse as much as possible. I comb through the doily racks and fabric tables at local thrift stores, and peruse the occasional yard sale for vintage scores to reconstruct. Occasionally I purchase organic cotton also, when I want to create something from scratch.
I thought it would be a good way for folks to find eco-friendly products, and to be part of a greater environmentally conscious movement.
Often when something has been worn and loved, it develops a unique “personality” that characterizes it. The clothing speaks to me. In my minds eye I envision a new shape, clip and tuck, and add embellishments to make something useful or better fitting again. I guess you could call me “the textile whisperer.”
In my women’s shop, I like the star cape. It was a ridiculously shaped 80’s wide bat-winged sweater that had been accidentally shrunken in the wash to an impractical shape. Now it has many uses, a shrug/cape, a skirt, a giant cowl… plus it is really warm, and playful. I like to be playful.
In my kid’s shop, I like the tiered ruffle skirt because it makes good use of all those button up cotton men’s shirts, who’s collars and cuffs have been stained and worn. I especially like the buttons.
I just bought about a 100 hand-crocheted doilies from thrift stores and a yard sale, and I am reusing a bunch of canvas from an old camper awning plus a few worn out leather belts to make some endearing deconstructed handbags. I am also making a few dresses out of pillowcases and vintage buttons for girls aged 4-6 .
This could be a very long list, but my current favorite green moves are giving away all my plastic food containers and switching to pyrex refrigerator dishes with lids, and some stainless steel containers that I got at our local baby store. This was inspired by the film “Addicted to Plastic”. I have also currently refrained from eating any fish after watching a the very informative movie about over-fishing called “End of the Line“.
I earn about 1/4 of our income at my craft, another bit at selling veggies & plants, but I aspire to earn $3000/per month. That would make me very happy.
I garden, practice classical guitar, and attend soccer games and skate competitions for my son, and occasionally canoe on one of the many beautiful lakes in our area.
I live on an old 73 acre farm with a cute, though slightly rustic, log cabin chicken coop. This year for the first time, I bought 43 chicks which I am raising organically. Well, actually, I only purchased 40, but they always send a couple extras, just in case, and good thing, because one has already gone to the great garden heaven in our back yard. May she rest in peace.
With all the scraps from the garden, and local bugs we have up here in lower BC, including- yes- mosquitoes, I think we will have some tasty grade A local chicken. Living sustainably off of my land and providing for our family as well as others in our area gives me a great sense of security.
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