Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Repurposing at its finest

Many months ago, I was visiting one of my clients. She owns a great boutique that sells everything from clothes to household goods. Her eclectic store even carries a line of beautiful carpets that can be chosen from a wonderful sample display.

I noticed quite a number of samples propped in the corner and inquired. They were discontinued sample squares that she sells to customers who often used them as plant coasters. As I began thumbing through them I commented on how beautiful they were and that it was a shame that there weren't more uses for them. Bending a piece in my hand, I formed a shape that reminded me of a clutch (handbag). Ah, yes, make a handbag...that's what I do...I didn't know how but I figured I'd give it a try. So, I purchased 3 squares hoping that I'd actually get around to making a little bag out of it.

I often acquire obscure items with plans of up cycling them into objet d'art. More often, said items get buried to never be seen from again. Well, I am happy to say I actually did as I'd hoped and here is the result:I have yet to make the other 2 squares into bags, but hope to soon. In the meantime, this little one of a kind (ooak) number can be purchased in my Etsy shop.

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