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Two Toys and Zero Trash
One of my favorite 3 foot friends came knocking on my door early in January, with a detailed description of a dinosaur he needed as a nighttime snuggly toy. I know, how cute?!
How lucky am I?!
I quickly realized my knowledge of all things dinosaurs needed a refresher.
Thank you Internet!
I had him draw his idea out on paper while I set up the sewing machine and dug into a tub of fabric that was donated to me from a friend down the road.
We then set out to make the perfect little dinosaur, one limb at a time. Adjustments to the design were made.
…and actually, I was informed, a whole new dinosaur was created. Thankfully, he was okay with the new guy and erased parts of his drawing and redrew what I had made.
But then I was left with my first piece of trash for 2016; the plastic spool that held yards of thread.
It sat on the counter for a couple of days staring at me.
I stared back.
Then it hit me.
You see, I work at two elementary schools so I have access to a lot of trash cans.
A lot of trash cans with really cool stuff being thrown away.
I found this wooden thingy and brought it home. I set it on top of the plastic spool and before you know it a little person was formed. The hair is made from the wool strings found in the inside of a baseball that was going to be thrown away. The scarf and bow was created from an old tshirt that was found in my tub of scrap fabric.
I know I can find wooden spools of thread with cotton instead of a petroleum based materials, but I have not found them yet.
I know they are out there.
Until then, I am using up my stash of thread. This year my goal is to let my trash guide my art making. I could not be more excited for this fresh new year!
Cheers to toy making.
Cheers to zero trash.
Cheers to little kids and the joy they bring to life.