Something I love to do is alter things, preferably pre-loved things, and give them a whole new lease on life. The idea of re-cycling and hoping to leave a much lighter environmental footprint appeals to me on a very high level.
Over the last few weeks I've been finding the time to play while working and making some 'Altered Art and Couture'.
The tiny birdhouse above used to be a watch and a block of wood in combined previous lives. :))
It's been prettied up using other re-cycled embellishments such as vintage beads and charms from my most favourite US site for such vintage lovelies, Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies, as well as antique lace, braids and graphics from Digital Collage Sheets.
This little sweetie is sitting in a nest that I've made from re-cycled calico strips, yarn and string. The nest is now living in what was an old wire sieve/colander. Don't you just love the unique-ness that comes with using gorgeous vintage items for something completely out of keeping with their original intended use?!
Hopefully I'll be listing these two on my stores today.
This is me wearing a very prettily romantic apron that used to be........
....this. A very prettily romantic skirt. I'll get two aprons from this.
I've also used a sweet heart doiley, an old blingy brooch and some old lace, all re-cycled of course.
I have already listed this on my stores with a few more pics of it.
This I made for myself. It looks quite good with leggings. It used to be.....
....this. A crumby old longish, stretch t-shirt. I added some antique and vintage lace in a freeform style, along with a tatted lace collar for the shoulder straps and a pocket made from a linen hanky.
I've even added a beautiful little porcelaine brooch that used to be my grandmothers. I don't actually wear the pearls with it, although I have to say it doesn't look too bad in the photo, yes? :))
There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. ~ Winston Churchill