Thursday, July 8, 2010
I get such a kick out of Tool Time Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday that I thought I would try my own version called Thrifty Thursday. I am going to be talking about inexpensive or free items that can be used for crafting. I'm not sure if all the ideas will be quilt related, but I'll see how things develop.
Today I am featuring Lunchable containers. Most Mom's know what these are, all too convenient little lunches with lots of packaging and little nutritional value. I don't let the kids eat them often, but with trips to the beach, zoo and parks in the summer, it is an easy and quick meal on the go. Most of the little containers have dividers for meat and cheese and could be useful for craft projects like beading or painting. The one I like though, is a little bigger at 5 by 7 by 3 inches and is just the perfect size for holding little quilt squares in various stages of construction. I have one next to the machine holding squares ready to be sewn and another with the sewn squares ready to go to the ironing board. Another holds the ironed blocks ready to be put away or used. They are just the right size to fit in my plastic organizer drawers, so when I collect a few more I might use them to separate squares or scraps by color or value. If you don't have kids or don't let them eat lunchables, look at the packaging on the foods that you do buy, are there any that are a convenient size or shape to work for you? Maybe a strawberry basket, a chip tin or a bakery container? Give it some thought next time you are shopping or browsing your pantry.
So do you have thrifty ideas to share? Send me your thoughts, and if I feature them on a future post, I will find a thrifty little gift to send to you. Maybe a square of recycled fabric or a nifty gadget. Leave me a comment or send me an e-mail. I hope you are all having a thrifty day.