Monday, July 11, 2011

A new use for those old nasty ties!

I was in an Op Shop quite a while ago that was doing a HUGE cleanout of their stock and had their ties marked at $1.  I went to town!!!!  I think I bought about 10 or so.  Some were really fantastic.  So fantastic that I didn't get to keep all of them for my own upcycling use, because husby stole some!  I then put the word out amongst friends that when they do closet clean outs, to give me all their toss worthy items and I would see if I could use them or not.  Soon after a friend gave me a huge bag of old ties her husband has been meaning to toss for some time!  I was super excited. 

Now, I have been asked to do a demonstration at a womens church activity on how to decorate your home using the things you already have, or on the cheap.  I am pretty excited about doing this and have been whipping up a few extra things to demonstrate.  I will be showing some of these ideas to you over the upcoming week or so! 

First I want to show you what I did with some of my awesome old tie collection!  I was sitting on my craft room floor a few nights ago and spread all my awesome ties out in front of me.  I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I knew that if I stared at them long enough, inspiration would EVENTUALLY strike!!  I was laying some of the co-ordinating ties by each other, thinking over some of the tie creations I had seen in the past - dresses, bags, skirts - and it hit me!!  A TABLE RUNNER!!  I picked my favourite colour combo and got started.  Husby thought I was nuts!  Here is what I ended up with.

Even husby liked it once I had finished it all off!  I am loving it too!  I think it's just fun and different and colourful.  Not to everyone's taste, but that's ok!  I'll be back soon with more fun stuff!