Sunday, May 30, 2010


When I was little my mum always called me 'Untidy Idy' - things haven't changed much.  This is my kitchen table - I just throw scraps on the floor.  I cut fabric on this table too and do the same with any fabric scraps - I just sweep 'em up afterwards. 

The room that I sew in has a (very old) carpet on the floor - how rubbish is that for sewing?  All the bits of thread stick to it like nobody's business.  I've been making gift labels with my Die Cut machine. 

I never buy card, I hoard cardboard from packaging and recycle that.  I'm not saying that I never intend to buy any card but I really like the idea of getting something for nothing so I save any packaging that could be made into labels.  You'd be surprised what you find - you really look at packaging in a new way.

Yorkshire Tea packaging.

Strawberry Crisp Breakfast Cereal.

The packaging from the Birthday Cake my Dad bought for me in February.

Various food and (chocolate) packaging.  The grand plan is that if (and when) I make some biscuits as a present, I can add a biscuit label!


Sew Create It - Jane said...

Love those tags. They look fabulous and even better that they are coming from old packaging...very clever.

Clare said...

I knew there was a reason why I hoard the Christmas cards every year LOL!

a good yarn said...

The creative process musn't be interrupted with trifling matters like tidying up. I love your recycled gifts tags - they look terrific! Cheers, Ann :-)

sewkalico said...

Love your tags. So clever! I may have to start looking at packaging in a new way too!!!

Meggie said...

That is a good idea for recycling card with pretty pics.

anne bebbington said...

I love those tags Fiona, especially the Yorkshire Tea ones - the one on the left pictures Bolton Abbey where Nigel and I were married - I might just pop a box of Yorkshire teabags into my trolley next time I'm shopping :o)

Elaine Adair said...

I agree about the floor 'pile' -- seems to make more sense to throw or drop it all down, then fool with each piece and thread, moving it to the waste can. Easier to sweep it all up at one time. You go girl!