Thrift shops, estate sales & garage sales are just like art stores for artists. One estate sale had a torn & worn pillow made of 1950s vintage fabric yo-yos for just $2. A thrift shop had a clump of old crocheted flower doilies for $1. I buy these treasures and take them home never knowing what I may be inspired to do with these acquisitions. All I know is they hold some sort of possibility for an art project, which I just can’t pass up.
What to do with a box of yo-yo fabric circles & flower doilies? I think that sometimes re-purposing something is better than the item being discarded. First, I (gasp) cut them all apart & I put them in a fancy Chinese silk box while I wait for these to speak to me & inspire me.
Suddenly I know what I will do. I will make myself some fancy paper clips, which I will use in my art journals as a bookmark to tell me what page I’m up to in photographing my art journal. I painstakingly hand-stitch each yo-yo and doily flower to pastel metallic-colored paper clips. I also stitch tiny seed beads to some of the yo-yo’s. I want to give some of these as a gift to an artist friend so I decide to “plant” my paper clip flowers in a basket.
I paint watercolor baskets, cut slits in the paper & insert the paper clips.
& Voila a basket of flowers! Almost too pretty to take apart & use them, but thankfully I made enough that I can give some baskets away & still have lots for myself.