I have a shopping bag under my ironing board where I put every single scrap of fabric from my collection. After waiting so long to have it, it is very precious here. Recently, I pulled some of those bits together to make a few small ornaments. A template sketched and cut from an index card, a few scraps of fabrics, some felt and tiny embellishments from the dish on the work table. I stitched parts and glued pieces then snipped some letters (and a few page numbers) from an old book.
Wondering why these very small projects give so much pleasure in the making, I remembered that my first book proposal in 1986 was titled Use It Up, Wear It Out. A little ahead of its time, but very much the words I still live by. Make it do or do without.
Old sheet music, gussied up shipping tags, a little stitching. Red ribbons.
Happy Christmas. xoxo