Sunday, October 05, 2008

Repurposing

This weekend M & I have been working on our coat cubby inside the front door. We had had a little rack with hooks on it which fell out of the wall, ironically, from the weight of everyone's coats at our luau party earlier this year. Now we're putting in a full wood wall, with bench, shelf, and hooks. I think it's going to be ab fab after we finish it. Will post before-and-after extravaganza when we're done.

Other than that, had a lovely weekend sleeping in, breakfast in bed, listening to Everyday Italian on podcast to prepare for upcoming trip!

You know what drives me crazy? On design shows, you hear the hosts all the time talking about "repurposing", and they obviously have no idea what it means. It usually goes something like this, "We repurposed your coffee table by putting a mosaic on top, and now it's a much cooler coffeetable!" That, of course, is merely purposing. Repurposing, as everyone knows, is when you take something intended for one use, and use it for another. For example, I didn't have an ipod cover, so I cut the foot off a sock, sewed a button on, and then sewed a little ribbon loop on the other side: ta da! Repurposed sock! If I had it to make over again, I suppose I wouldn't use a button, but maybe little piece of velcro. Actually, I inevitably will need to make a new one soon, because I lose it all the time. Luckily there's also no shortage of single socks... Ciao!

5 comments:

kbmulder said...

So cute!!! Yet another crafty idea from Special K. That would fit my Ipod touch very well. BTW, I have cut up my quilt that I showed you, and I am going to frame some squares, and maybe make a tote bag, or pillows from the others. Would you like some of the squares to play with?

Special K said...

Sure, I'd love one, if you have extra. That's a good idea to frame them - they'll look beautiful.

Welsh Girl said...

Your ipod case would also make a very comfortable sleeping bag for a small mouse, though they may also argue against the button!

mom said...

A tote bag and pillow from a quilt is a good repurpose,as is a mouse sleeping bag from a sock. Once you and Mike have finished your entryway we'll all be anxious to see.

Special K said...

Yeah, about that, mom... I was hoping you could come and help us paper the entry way... (: