For every house is built by someone,

but the builder of all things is God.

Hebrews 3:4

Friday, April 16, 2010

Recycle and Organize, My Dears!

Last year, I started saving these organic
spinach containers for the purpose of starting
vegetables seeds.

I collected way more than I needed.

They just kept stacking up in my pantry
until one day...
 a friend dropped off 3 black trash bags full
of yummy, delicious, unwanted fabric!

"I have no use for these, could you use them?"
 Questioned my friend.

"Could I use them?"
"You bet my dear!"
I replied with excitement.

As I unpacked the fabrics, some were small pieces,
some were many yards of the same fabric, some were 
beautiful and some not so beautiful.

The "uglies" I put back in the bags and sent them
off to a land far far away.

The "keepers" were sorted and organized.

This is when my recycled containers came in handy.

I reached for those spinach containers and...

brushed up on my kindergarten skills of
sorting and organizing.

Look at those tasty reds... 


and these soothing blues...

and these sunshiny yellows...
(oops, it's either time for a new camera or
time for some photography lessons.  Some of
my yellows turned pink during the photographing

and pretty pinks...

and perky purples...

I won't show you my greens...
you know, the camera didn't cooperate again.

Don't they look kind of spiffy now?

Now they're ready to stack and place in the
pantry, oops, I mean the sewing room, waiting
to be sewn into a gorgeous quilt.

My larger pieces were sorted and organized into
my larger bins.  Perhaps I can show you some of
those next time.

Until then,
Have a blessed weekend my friends,



Anonymous said...

What a great idea. I don't sew, but I do crochet. And I have all this little balls of left over yarn. I could see doing that with containers like these.

Thanks for sharing.


Lady Farmer said...

What a great friend! I can see some lovely quilts in your future sewing endeavers!
I love how fabric looks all stacked in neat little color ways! I think having them all organized like that helps the ideas to flow!
I am excited to see what you come up with.
Have a wonderful, creative weekend!

Nadine said...

What a blessing from you friend!
I love the organzing idea!


Camille said...

What gorgeous fabrics Christa! You must be so thrilled!! AND what a great use for those spinach containers!! They do look "yummy" ~ and you sound like you're back to feeling better! How wonderful! Enjoy your weekend my friend!

With Love,

Hearts At Home said...

What a pretty idea! It gets my creative energy flowing!

Melanie said...

You made great use of your containers.
How nice of your friend to give you such nice fabric.
Have a great weekend. :)

Teresa said...

What a nice gift, Christa! I think with your creativity you will put them to good use. I like Cassaundra's skirt in your previous post as well. She did a good job on it!

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Christa, I love how you reused these containers and they look fabulous! I've saved raspberry containers... wonder what I could use them for. Now I'll be saving these, too!

Your blog is beautiful and I can't wait to spend more time here. Thanks for adding Homestead Revival to your blog roll!

Barb said...

Wow, you are brilliant! I love to recycle, and that is such a good idea, I will pass it on to my quilter friends. I will have to start saving those little containers, they would come in handy for all kinds of things. Thanks for the tip!


Sharon said...

What a wonderful idea Christa! They look beautiful! I can totally see using this as Sandy said for leftover yarn too.

Have a beautiful day in the Lord!

Linda said...

Beautiful fabrics!! I do not sew but cross stitch and those containers would certainly be greta for my threads and fabrics.
Have a great day!

Tam said...

Fantastic organizing idea and they look so pretty too. Awesome fabric from your friend, good for you!
Happy Stitching!

American Home said...

I love this idea! We save fabric as well and this is perfect for storage.
Have a great week.

Cheyenne said...

I love seeing a woman's 'stash.'

I LOVE your blog! :)