July 8th

I bought these place mats at the Crate and Barrel outlet in Texas when visiting my parents nearly two years ago. The hummingbird place mat in particular has been sitting on top of my sewing supply stash begging for a project. I knew I wanted to it be used just right and I am pleased as punch with how these turned out:

Placemat Rework

Placemat Rework

Placemat Rework

Placemat Rework

Placemat Rework

Placemat Rework

Placemat Rework

Placemat Rework

I needed a simple project that would make me feel like a success; something that didn’t require a pattern or too much thought. I wanted two gifts for a couple girlfriends and voila — without much toil, I was able to whip these up with supplies on hand. Plus, it makes my soul happy to reuse something — to take something destined for one use, marked down to pennies on the dollar and then with a bit of sass, turn it into something else entirely.

Not to get too loquacious about life, but our ability to take a situation and work through the potential “reworks” seems to either make or break us. I know so many who cannot apparently handle a speed bump on the way to work without lamenting about how annoying their days suddenly became. And then there are those who fight cancer quietly, with itchy wigs and bellies that are constantly nauseous, and do so with the best attitude they can muster — making the healthy shamed we haven’t been more grateful for the obvious.  I hope today, whatever life hands you, whether it is exactly what you visualized and planned or something wildly off course, that you’ll find the way to find joy in the rework.


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9 Responses

  1. Excellent work, excellent thoughts!

  2. Nice work!!

    Psychological research tells us resilience (what you are describing) is crucially important and marks a difference between people who make it and those who break. The good news is, it’s a skill that can be learned.

  3. Very nice! Learning to deal has certainly been on my mind lately as Matt & I continue to attempt to survive on not enough rest, and he struggles with challenges at work.

  4. I love the Hummingbird placement one! how creative of you.
    Hope you’re enjoying the summer!

  5. Well-written, Kel. And fabulous crafting as always. 🙂

  6. Debbie July 9, 2010

    You made a couple of very nice gifts! Your thoughts are good reminders to all of us. When life doesn’t go as we plan, we can choose to stand still or to move forward as best we can. A young woman I know was recently was given a devastating diagnosis and I know that she is frightened and worried for her family. But, she has chosen to have a positive attitude as she moves forward with some difficult medical treatment. She doesn’t focus on what might be, but makes herself fully present now, each day, for herself, her family and friends.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts…you help all of us!

  7. I heart bamboo knitting needles — they feel so organic in your hands. And lovely upcycling 🙂

  8. LOVE these! I may have to steal this idea when I get a moment! Been crazy busy with grad school and work this last month, but I did take a few hours to meet with friends who taught me to start knitting (I already crochet, but have wanted to learn to knit for years). And uggg someone had to throw the word resilience out there after all my studying for counseling classes so not what I came here for. 🙂 lol. Hope you are staying cool down there. 🙂

  9. I love the hummingbird one!