You really do surprise yourself when you make the decision to "re-invent" an old piece of clothing - the ideas keep coming and the fabric never seems to run out!
Today I made my 4th project from the 50c shirt, and it actually piqued the interest of Mr Elefantz! Perhaps you don't know, but Mr E loves me, loves my desire to create, but doesn't necessarily love my style. Shabby Roses, florals, pinks and white? Well, they just aren't him. But he sure does encourage me to keep doing what I love - you can see why I love him, can't you!?
Anyhow - back to today's August Re-Invention Challenge project, and why Mr E loved it.
I have had a big bag of old Australian product labels since before I started sewing in 2005. I saw them in an op shop one day and couldn't leave them there - they spoke to me of my childhood; being raised by grandparents in a 3 room flat, our kitchen dresser filled with these same labels on tins and boxes, I was homesick for my nana as soon as I saw them.
One that stood out today was the 'Billy Tea" label - that orange matched my fabric perfectly, and it was nana and pop's favourite brew!
Now what to make with it? This house is very breezy...and one can never have enough door stoppers, can one?
Mr E *loves* being an Aussie, and he loves things around our home that remind us of who we are and where we come from. :-)
I have so many more labels that I may need to make him an Aussie themed quilt - what do you think?
I'm thrilled he likes the new doorstopper, but I love these...
Next to roses, I love gerberas best. :-)
Because I have such a lot of these vintage labels, I thought I might share some with you.
Leave a comment on this post and I'll pop your name in the draw for a label or two. I'll draw 4 names tomorrow night and the first name will win the other Billy Tea label, and the next 3 names will each win two of the smaller labels each.
PS: Keep sending photos of your August Challenge items! The month is almost over and a new challenge awaits!