ScrapHappy August 2021

Time for something completely useless…

On a recent scavenge through the garage on the search for an 18cm beige metal zip, I came across this little plywood bird at the bottom of one of many boxes. Presumably I’d bought it years ago when I had mosaic on the brain but at some point had decorated one side with pale blue and floral fabric. Glued on. A bit of gold paint. A dot for an eye. Other side blank. No idea what the plan was. Most likely no plan. Still no plan, but I decided to quickly do something with the blank side so I could use it for this month’s ScrapHappy.

Clearly Bird was calling out for some Jekyll and Hyde treatment. I stuck on a scrap of metallic black fabric, some sequins that were in a box donated by a friend (getting rid of her unwanted craft supplies), and 3 snippets of narrow silver ribbon. I strung some beads on a bit of transparent sewing thread and Bird now hangs on a cuphook above my desk as a permanent reminder Not To Buy Anything Unless I Have A Clear Purpose In Mind.

And that, my friends, is my contribution for this month.

* ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of scraps is eligible. It is hosted by Kate and Gun. Email Kate at Tall Tales from Chiconia at the address on her Contact Me page, or leave a comment on her ScrapHappy Post. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join.

PS. I found 172 zips, none of them the right colour or length.

25 thoughts on “ScrapHappy August 2021

    1. nanacathy2

      Why can’t I find useful things like zips in our garage, so much better than rusty tools and wood. Love your Bird.My problem is buying things for projects then forgetting what they were.

      1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

        Rusty tools and wood? I thought those were essentials for any garage? I have loads, some of the tools dating from Philip’s twenties (i.e. before I was born!) *absurd laughter*
        I went through a “good” phase earlier this year, managing to pack up and give away various things that (a) I knew without doubt I would never use, even if I live to 180, or (b) had me thinking, “What even IS this?” I’ve also packed up more boxes of books for the charity shop than I can lift. But then something changes. The ruthless purge makes way for thoughts like, “Gosh, I have so much space now….” or “I’m shattered, I deserve a 12-month rest period” or “Ingrid says she has fabric offcuts for me, it would be stupid to not even look at them…” and BINGO, it’s a massive mess all over again.
        I’m very good at giving other people advice on how to sort their lives out or finish writing their book or organise the mess in their own double garage. Seems I’m only listening from the sidelines and then with cloth ears.

  1. Going Batty in Wales

    That sounds a great quick project! I love the idea of a little bird which is ornamental and has a message which only you will understand – except now you have told all of us so we know what he is saying! ;)

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      So funny you have just commented – I’ve just read your own ScrapHappy post! Very impressive zip insertion indeed! Never one of my favourite things, but you gotta do what you gotta do. I won’t replace a zip, however, and recently took a pair of jeans in to someone down the road who does alterations. Would rather pay hard cash than struggle and swear and suffer…..

  2. insearchofitall

    And the purge goes on. I don’t even have time to make something scrappy out of my over the top collection of things that say “what were you thinking?” My living room is lined with boxes of things to move on. If I had the money I’ve spent on the stuff I gave away, I’d probably have had enough money for a visit to all my blogging friends. The bird is cute anyway you look at it. Even with an eye roll. ;) Well done on the scrappy part. I only have a small stash of zippers I’ve gotten free and I used ‘ONE’ to remind me how to put them in. It had been a long time. Great job there.


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