A dusty, old, crumpled cane purse languished in the “Daggy for $1″ box by the front door of the St. Vincent de Paul store. It had almost no redeemable features. Except for 28 pretty, handpainted wooden beads that were strung across the top. They were worth $1.
Especially when mixed when some orange buttons and a length of my beloved cream crochet cotton – it’s very tough, I yanked and yanked and yanked and couldn’t break it.
A necklace within minutes. At each end, I finished with a button, stitched over and over with the crochet thread. At one end, I then pulled the thread back through five beads/buttons. At the other end, I tied a loop in the thread, with which to pass over the opposite button and fasten the necklace.
Very simple but a sweet addition to summer t-shirts.
It’s good it didn’t take long, ’cause Carolann arrived just as I was finishing, with another project – a library bag for her little niece who’s been visiting for the last fortnight. She’d brought some lovely Dick and Jane fabric, and a circus-pretty red stripe. I added some lolly-orange poplin, a strand of yellow pompoms and some red wool for a bookmark.
I tried something new with the bag – I folded the bottom corners in – so that the points met the ironed fold of the bottom – and stitched around them. This gave it a squared bottom and will make it easier to pack full of books.
We gave it a test run with Abby’s new “get-well” book “The Moon Man” by Tomi Ungerer.
This is a beautiful book – the illustrations are exquisite and the transformation of the Moon Man as he lives through the phases of the Moon is delightful! The story is not just amusing and wistful but thought provoking, leaving the reader thinking about the people that so long to be part of what is good – I instantly thought of the refugees that endure weeks at sea in sinking boats to reach Australia’s shores and its promise of plenty and security, only to be shoved in desert prisons – but are feared and persecuted for their differences. By no means, is this message delivered in a preachy, preachy way – but it sure is clear that the poor old Moon Man is short-changed during his earthly adventure. He has, at least, one spot of the dancing he dreamed of each night as he gazed down at our planet.
The bag is very lovely, and will hopefully see many years of good use. I love a bit of collaborative effort – two imaginations make for such good crafting days!