Sunday, February 27, 2011

A new life to an old sweater.

I was given this maroon argyle wool sweater last week. The sweater looked as if it had seen better days. It was stretched out a bit, and a little fuzzy. I like to think that this sweater was someone's favorite, that they wore it dozens of times over many years. Then one day the owner found that the sweater just didn't fit like it used to. So it was given to the second hand shop. That is when the sweater was given to me! I felted the sweater and looked at it a couple of times over the next few days. I was waiting to be inspired! I finally sat down at my sewing machine this weekend to give the sweater a make over.

Friday, February 25, 2011

A little about me....

My name is Crystal and I live on the Jersey shore. I graduated from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, with a degree in Environmental Science. I work now as an Environmental Scientist, but have always had a talent and love for making things.

I started sewing when I was young, like most I took a home economics class in middle school. Soon after, my mother bought me my first sewing machine and over time using a bit of creativity, I made some pretty neat creations.

I began 'up-cycling' old items into one one of a kind functional pieces just trying to be more eco-friendly. I love to take a piece of "unwanted" clothing and make it new again and into something useful. My goal is to use as much of the clothing items as possible so as to give a second life to something used, and contribute as little as possible to the waste stream.

Along with sewing I also crotchet and throw pottery.

On the weekends me and my fiance spend time with our two wonderful dogs outside. We love to hike, explore, and garden.