Monday, January 9, 2012

{recycled repurposed & resplendent in shades of white}

There is something soothing about the color white. It is simple. It is pure. It is stark in it's beauty...

...but bringing together the many different shades of white can be resplendent in itself.

I have always recycled, repurposed my {laundry sheets}...dye catching sheets, fabric softener sheets. I have dyed them, cut them, sew them into projects.


 No matter how many times I have tried, I just can not bring myself to throw them away...
...each time a fresh new load of wash is complete I add another dye catching square to my growing stack of {laundry sheets}...
...the same goes for softener sheets. Fresh out of the dryer they are soft, they are wispy and they hold just a hint of that lovely smell they started with...
...so the other day I had an idea. I would use this beautiful pile, in shades of white, to make a new wreathe. I have been wanting a new one, in shades of white, of course...{take a peek at the end result}...
 ...I already had everything I needed, either in the studio, or in the laundry room...
{ a grapevine wreathe}
 {white fabric}
{my laundry sheets}
{these were already in beautiful varying shades of white thanks to the wash loads themselves}




 ...First I cut my banner pennants from white fabric.
Next I cut my letters { L O V E } from a dye catcher sheet...
 ...Then I began to make my flowers. I cut various strips of the sheets according to what type I flower I wanted to create...
 ...each was more beautiful than the next...
 ...I had no patterns, I just cut...
 ...and then twirled them around and fastened them with masking tape...
 ...I made large and small flowers...
 ...the result was this beautiful wreathe in {shades of white}...
 ...if one {laundry sheet} felt gray or dingy, I didn't let it stop me...
 ...because in the end, when it was cut and twirled, it was just as beautiful as the rest...
 ...there were tinges of the palest pinks and yellows...
 ...and lots of yummy off white and gray...
 ...for a pop of true, crisp white I added a few flowers fashioned from a white coffee filter...
 ...together, they were a gorgeous recycled, repurposed bouquet...
 ...each flower, surprising me more than the next...
 ...I created a few leaves out of some scraps of a utility grade white fabric...
 ...and filled in with the wonderfully, wispy {softener sheet} flowers...
 ...it is so dreamy...
 ...a close up shot of the dye catcher sheet letter sewn onto the banner...
 ...I am in { L O V E } with this wreathe...
 ...and I feel good that I could {recycle & repurpose} something old into...
 ...something simply 
{ R E S P L E N D E N T }.

I am sharing this project here:




enjoy!


6 comments:

Sandi Keene said...

SOOO beautiful and creative. I love this. You continue to amaze me.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh my..these are simply gorgeous and sooooo worthy of a somerset life feature!! sigh...

SweetCakes said...

It's so rad, can't wait to see it in person.

Kathy said...

I agree each shade is lovelier than the next. wonderful pallete to work with esp, since you are so darn talented. Kathy

Evi said...

you should be in love with this stunning wreath. I never gave these mundane things any thought. I am looking at it differently now. Thanks for sharing!

Roben-Marie said...

You create the most amazing things with dryer sheets, dear! This wreath is stunning!! Off to Pin it! :)

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