Joy in Service – Day 5 upcycle something

December 5, 2011
Yesterday you did so many lovely things. Knitted prayer shawls and caps for soldiers, gave compliments, coffee cozies and desert choices to both strangers and loved ones. I offered a ride to a friend and fed a couple of hungry young missionaries who were far from home. I sat next to someone looking alone. 
Gene Black is making and collecting lap quilts for a youth center. Do you have one you can ship off?
Today I’m officially joining Melanie Testa in her Rockstar Boro project.
Look here to learn more about this beautiful japanese upcycling art form.
I’ve had this stack of old linen shirts – cut up and laying over the back of my studio chair for months. I’ll start there and work out a skirt. I know it’s not exactly following the Boro esthetic of appliquéing onto existing garments…. but I’ll get there.
First this had to come off Brunhilda, my duct-tpe-double. I’ve enjoyed remembering my fabulous sisters every time I glanced over to it’s colorful corner. (really, you’ve got to go check us out…you’ll smile!)
This is the progress so far in the first quick hour.
After I get back from lunch and center time at kidlet5’s school I’ll sew a few more bits together. I think I’ll take something (who knows what) as a little surprise giftie for the front office secretary.
Tell me what you did today!
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    December 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I sent Gene a quilt today thanks to this post. I've had this quilt for almost 2 years waiting for the right home for it.

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    December 6, 2011 at 3:03 am

    The mad hatter sisters are probably my favorite photo essay. You do have fun together! I love the skirt you are stitching in Melly's rockstar boro. I ran into my physical therapist today. It has been years since I have seen her. She is an overworked single mom who helps so many deal with pain and aging bodies. I took her to dinner and had the best time. Totally unplanned, relaxed, and so long overdue.

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    December 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    some of the ladies who served at the event I went to on Saturday seemed stressed. After all, they were giving us a chance to recharge before the full brunt of the holidays. Today I sent off a note to say thanks and that I was praying they would get a moment of recharging, too.
    Sandy in the UK

    I am going to highlight this idea on a few other lists!

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