Liz from the Blog Me and My Shadow started a great item entitled Magpie Monday which I think is inspiring for three reasons. It gets more people recycling and helping charity shops, it keeps things away from land-fill and hopefully it makes us all upcylce and think more about the longevity of items we buy.
Its all about finding that thing that makes us smile, a bargain, something that we can change or just something that is usefull or beautifull to us. Like the saying goes, one persons trash is another ones treasure!
So last week whilst in town, I remembered about Magpie Monday and whilst coming out the arcade I waved at one of my crafty friends (as in very artistic and not sly or anthing like that!). Well he was volunteering in the YMCA shop which is on a very short lease! So I popped in to say hello and then remembered Magpie Monday. The items I purchased were all priced up may I add so no special favours from knowing someone! However I believe I got some real bargains!
So here is what I bought!
My second item was a pair of Henri Lloyd Jeans which were brand new, now I have to confess I did not buy these as they were jeans (even designer ones at that!) but I bought them as I needed to make a under bust corset for a friend to wear at a fancy dress event. I had looked at buying cotton drill, but at £9.99 /metre I thought the jeans were perfect, the fabric definately had some weight to it and it was ideal. The jeans were also a bargain and were £3.49. Please Note; this item was only for fancy dress, so I was not going to be a purist about it and bone the corset or anything like that, afer all it was only going to be worn for one night. When it came to it, I could not cut them and so instead I used a crepe skirt that was destined to go to the charity shop.
So these are going back to the chairty shop this morning! To be sold again!
When I drafted the pattern for the corset, my pattern drafting software asked me if I was sure about the dimensions! Which did make me laugh, my friend is very petite! and as it was an underbust corset it only needed to be 7 inches long! So that is my first Magpie Monday. I have sorted out a large sack of clothes from my childrens wardrobes so when I go off on my adventures this week, with the jeans then hopefully I can find some more treasures. Good Luck everyone else with Magpie Monday I look forward to seeing what everyone else seeks out!