Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sew What?

School was canceled today due to snow.  (I thought about titling this post "Snow What?")  I can't remember what got me started, but I decided to clean out all the drawers, cabinets and the linen closet in our master bath.

It took me three hours.

I found a lot of expired products.  I found a lot of duplicates stored in different spots.  I swear, we aren't hoarders (really almost the opposite), but I found more little tubes of lotion from department stores, student gifts, and the dermatologist than I know what to do with.  Check back in a few weeks when I have THE most supple of skin...

Operation Christmas Child has really been on my mind lately, and as I was organizing our bathroom, I came across something so random but a great use came to mind.  What is it?  Thread!  For some reason, during his single days, Brad bought three little sewing kits like this one (sorry for the blur):
He also bought (only) one package of needles:
 Most have gone untouched.

I've been hanging onto some Rx bottles for a while, and today I decided to use them to make mini-sewing kits for my age 10-14 girl boxes!  Each bottle holds two (or more) mini-spools of thread, a piece of felt to house the needles, and three bottles even scored a needle threader.



Because boys get fewer boxes, the majority of my 2013 boxes will be for boys.  However, I will put together some girl boxes, and any of these mini-kits I don't use will go into friends' boxes.  I still have leftover thread and needles, so over the next few months I'll put more of these together.  Add to my shopping list: scissors and small portions of fabric. 

I love how Operation Christmas Child allows me to reuse something I have an abundance of!

10 comments:

  1. That's a great idea! I'll have to see if I have some sewing stuff laying around.

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    1. I checked with my OCC guru, and she said we're encouraged to send sewing supplies! Yay!

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  2. Great idea for the kits. All those little tubes of stuff in the bathroom can go to homeless shelters. They like to put together kits that are easy to hand out.

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    1. My sister is homeless, so I do often donate such things. However this time, I think I'll use the products before I buy more. Many of them are Brad's and he's supposed to be using them!

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  3. What a cute idea!

    I swear, I feel so cluttered right now. This is the longest I've lived in one place since I moved out of my parents when I got married. I need to do a HUGE purge because a move hasn't forced me to do so in five years!

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    1. Moving is a great reason to shed ourselves of things we don't need/use. We've been here for six years, and I just didn't realize all we had squirreled away! It felt good to see the recycling truck come through this morning and cart it all to be recycled...

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  4. That's a great idea. Not only is it fun, but it is so useful. I hope you have a sample of CeraVe. My Derm recently gave me a sample and my whole family LOVES it.

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  5. Excellent, wonderful, brilliant!

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