Monday, April 21, 2008

Word to Your Mother

Remember in the 80's when the whole recycling movement began gaining momentum? It really was small potatoes back then and the bandwagon had plenty of room for people to sit. I happened to be one of the ones waving a flag and wearing the pins. My friends called me the "Recycle Queen" back in the day and I loved it. Recently I ran across this relic while rummaging through an old jewelry box and promptly fastened it to my knitting bag.


Recycling Couture. Vintage, even!

In honor of Earth Day, I am having a sale in my buttercupbloom etsy shop. You see, many of my sewn creations are made from upcycled materials such as felted wool sweaters, gently worn denim & corduroy jeans, thrifted buttons and remnants from former projects. Take this plush owl for example:


With the exception of the non allergenic poly fiber fill - 100% upcycled materials. My wild carrots were inspired by the most perfect orange corduroy pants and the peaches were sewn from a velour hoodie...both garments were waiting for a new life when I discovered them at a local charity shop*.

Here is the hoodie:


Here are the Golden Peaches:


Earth Day feels like a good opportunity to hold my very first etsy sale, so everything in the shop is discounted! Click here if you'd like to check it out.



*In case you were wondering, I wash every fabric that I use several times in hot water before I sew a single stitch.

15 comments:

walternatives said...

I love the peaches all the more after seeing where they came from.

Lisa M. said...

I was just at my local thrift shop and they had the coolest fabric section. The best part was they were the funkiest, brightest patterns. I am going to check in there more often for fabric.

Mamacita said...

I love that about you and your stuff! I agree with Walternatives. I need to find a pattern for a little girl's swingy skirt and then go to the thrifty store and then go to town. (And by that I mean, break out the sewing machine, dust it off and get crackin'!) She loves anything that twirls!

Shannon said...

My lil' Ellen peach is the best!! Perfection!

Joannah said...

That is a fantastic way to reuse old clothes!

kris said...

Loving your catchy phrase that titles this post- and you know how I feel about your talent, girl! That owl had me at hoot.

jk said...

Yay Mother Earth! I had to forward this post to my cousin so she can see where Daniel the Peach came from! Have a happy Earth Day girlfriend!

Jessi said...

God, how I love that owl.

Carolyn said...

Most excellent! Love it all! (& the new hair, too!)

Headmeister said...

BTW... I just bought Simon from you.... it took me all of 15 seconds to click on your etsy link and snatch him up. I heart him HUGE... :)

OH MY #6 said...

OH how I love that owl!

Lea

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

I was the same... back in the 80's it was Greenpeace/Recycle... I remember back in the late 70's I had entered a colouring contest well, drawing and it was for the city council and you had to do a drawing about 'Do The Right Thing'... Throw your garbage in the bin (TRANSLATION FOR AMERICANS - throw trash in the trash can)... Well, I drew a picture of the trash can with the garbage in it but also drew a picture of a Factory with pollution coming out and a bomb about to hit the factory and put that big red circle with the cross through it on top of the smog coming out of the factory, one over the bomb hitting the factory and one on the garbage on the ground... umm... seems I was a bit ahead of myself... hehehe... wish I still had that picture... suffice to say I won...

Kayce said...

LOVING those peaches!! CUTE!

PS - Could you email me your mailing address so I can send you something for your buttercup. Thanks!

Shannon said...

P.S. Wanna play tag and tell us three random facts about yourself? Check out the meme Krista blessed me with! =)

happily imperfect said...

I just wanted to take a few moments to say thanks for the comments you've left on my blog. I love finding new reads, and plan to come back to read some previous posts, and read your future ones, too.

I was wondering if you would mind if I link your blog in my newest blog?

Chantele