Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What Once Was — by Guest Mom Stacy

Seven Smooches was founded on pieces made from repurpose fabrics. This was not our sole purpose. It just sort of happened. We felted sweaters, cut them up, made tiny new sweaters & hats. Then we brought in vintage buttons — so much prettier & more interesting than the standard new ones. We were being green without really trying. How au currant! Unintentional, but a great side effect.

I didn’t really realize that I have often been drawn to repurposed things, not solely for their environmental friendliness, but for their beauty. Pure & simple.

My husband is from south Africa and we have had the privilege of traveling there a couple of times. So many amazing things to see — and take home! One of my favorite finds had a previous life. The plastic bag animals really came into being after plastic bags were banned in cape town. The bags were a litter nightmare, blowing all over & into the ocean. But with some wire & a crafty hand, they became these amazing little creatures we had to bring home! I still recall stopping on the side of a very slanty road, bartering with a man until we ended up acquiring nearly all of his animals for sale. They were the exact treats I wanted to bring back to my family and friends at home, not to mention keep in my house forever.

The chickens are
available online here.

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Blogger Lindsey said...

Oh my gosh, those are amazing! My mom has always said every kitchen needs a chicken in it, this may have to be mine!

Thanks for sharing,

{ Lindsey }

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 2:29:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Wow! Those are beee-oo-ti-ful!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 2:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Erica said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if America banned plastic bags?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 2:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger h o b u r g e r said...

haha what a great find!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 3:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Design Mom,
I just found your blog via Birmingham Bargain Mom and I have fallen in love! Your blog is awesome!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 4:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger missrantsypants said...

Those are just darling.
Its amazing what you can do with plastic bags!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 5:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ashley said...

So cute! I LOVE repurposing....

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 5:37:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Liz from Cool Mom Picks said...

Love love love seven smooches! Everything they make is just spectacular. Loved hearing more of your backstory here Stacy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 5:55:00 PM EDT  
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 6:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger ruthandnancy said...

great story, great find, thank you:)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 6:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Project Junky said...

Loving it!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 6:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Gandhali said...

those chickens are amazing!! i wish i knew how to make one!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 6:44:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Aurora said...

Oh, those are so cute!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 11:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Artfulife said...

Those are adorable!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 2:09:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Christina Lee said...

very sweet! saw your interview on tip junkie- thought I'd stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 7:15:00 AM EDT  

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