Amanda Jolley

Reflection on pattern and abstraction of the subconscious

The art of repurposing

Grammy's lace

We’ve lived in our home for 11 years next month. My very patient husband requested a curtain be put up on the front window to replace the nasty shade that was there. The shade lasted for about 5 years and was discarded leaving uncovered glass. Tonight the inspiration hit. I had just been cleaning some of my piles in the basement and came across a beautiful bedsheet with hand crocheted lace attached. Scott’s great-grandma crocheted piles and piles of lace. The colors used on this sheet happened to be the colors used in our living room.

Repurposed bedsheet

VoilĂ ! I am so pleased how it matches so well, and I’m sure Scott is glad that I finally got the job done with flare to boot.

This is today’s official Art Every Day Month creation. I call it the art of repurposing. In sewing this simple curtain, I think I fell in love with my sewing machine again. It has been seriously neglected these past few years. Today I remembered all the reasons I loved it so, including that hum it makes when I step on the pedal full speed.

I haven’t been posting much lately, I know. Last week’s shingles got me down for a bit, and this past week we shared Thanksgiving with family. I laughed so hard my eyes squinted shut and hugged so big that I left a part of my heart. And I am so thankful not only for my family, but for my health.

Wishing you all a happy and grateful heart.


4 Comments on “The art of repurposing”

  1. I love this! And, as always I love the woodwork in your house. I wish it was a part of our old farmhouse!

    I wonder what bug is going around that has everyone’s immune system in such a funk? You are the third person I know who has been recently down with the shingles. My sister, my friend from high school…

    Glad you enjoyed Thanksgiving!

  2. It’s beautiful, Amanda. And I love this too about your sewing maching: “that hum it makes when I step on the pedal full speed.” I used to sew a lot but these days not so much. Whenever I get it out, though, I feel the way you do. Hope you are continuing to feel better. I know that shingles can be a real pain (literally and figuratively).

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