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The Wonderful World of Repurposing

Since I've started reading blogs, I have learned so much about so much. And there are LISTS of things in my head that I want to try, from cooking to sewing to painting, decor to clothes, and on and on. But, I can only do so much at once, so I have to really say, "I can't start that now, but I will keep it in mind." The first thing I had to do was redo the kids rooms. So, I learned this:  


You really can redo old furniture with paint. Instead of spending tons of money on new stuff, you can paint the old stuff for little to nothing. And since you are using old furniture you probably don't care about reuining anyway, if you don't like the paint, you can paint it again.
And again. Until it becomes something that you like. Jordan's room is a prime example: I am not in LOVE with the furniture, but I am not done with it yet. Guess what? I NEVER have to be done with it. I love that since all of that stuff was pretty much just junk, I can change it as many times as I want and it doesn't matter! I see old furniture in my house that I do not like and think, I can TOTALLY make that look cool again!


The second thing I am really getting into is repurposing. The thing about repurposing is that the options are ENDLESS of what you can use and what you can create. I have told you all we are broke and can't really afford to replace each and every thing in my apartment. But we seem to have alot of junk that just sits around, from clothes to pillows to broken furniture. SO I look at my whole apartment as a STORE now! It is actually pretty cool because I want to see all of the cool stuff I can make and do, now that I am learning how.


I would really like to repurpose some of my old clothes. I cannot tell you how many shirts and pants and skirts I have in my closet that I don't wear, for one reason or another. I don't know how to sew, but I asked my mom yesterday if she would teach me. In the meantime, I think there are some things I can do with stitch witch and safety pins. I want to see if I can transform the stuff I have into stuff I like and can wear without spending too much money. I got this great idea from this site Freckles in April.




She used an old sweater and made it into a cardigan. I have so many things that are too big because of weight I've gained from being pregnant (or that I wore while pregnant) that don't fit anymore and I think I can do this project without sewing. And like she says, if you are already NOT wearing and it gets ruined, who cares?


Another site I like is la vie petite. She has had to learn to make clothes fit her because she is so tiny, so she sews great pieces. I think I can learn alot from her. She takes alot of neat chances with her wardrobe and always seems to look so PUT TOGETHER. I want to look put together again.








I love the world blogging has opened up for me. I am starting to really have a home I love to live in, and now, maybe I can start to have one of a kind fashion pieces that can make my wardrobe one I love to live in, too!

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*Ross and Katy* said…
I LOVE finding all of the craft/cooking ideas...I actually print them out and have them in a folder on my desk at home. That way when I have free time (because everybody has TONS, right? HA!) I can go through and pull out a project that I'd really like to do :)

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