I've chosen One Word for several years now.
My past words were:
I've enjoyed and have benefitted from having one word to focus my thoughts and actions on for a full year. This year my chosen word is PURPOSE. I want to give purpose to every day, to every action, to every item I own and to the way I spend my free time.
So, I started looking around my sewing room to find "stuff" I could use to make my One Word into a small wall-hanging. I found my over-flowing stash of selvages. I've saved them all, knowing someday they'd have a purpose.
Heck, I even saved the clear container the selvages are stored in from being buried in the landfill!
I found it in the housekeeper's trash while in Breckenridge last year. It's an ice bucket for chilling wine and has a tiny chip in it. I looked at that baby and said,
"That has a purpose!" It sure did.
So, I started sewing selvages together. Enough of them to stitch my One Word to. That meant I'd need about 25".
Yes, even my One Word is made out of selvages! I twisted and turned and folded each long strip to form a letter, pinning as I went. I do wish I had picked a different color for the "O". That light green just doesn't show up well. With a blanket stitch, I sewed each letter down.
Next, I chose a few extra long selvages to add a border to the top and bottom.
I had this funky glittery fabric to use as a backing. It was one of those purchases from the clearance row, but have never used. Probably never will either. Ick.
It works for this project though.
Notice I made those nifty corner pockets on the back
for the dowel?
Then came the almighty binding. I even had a package of bright yellow pre-made binding in my stash that needed a purpose, so that was put to use.
Close-up of my corner pocket.
Hand-printed with the date and my initials.
The finishing touch was to use some of my mom's old, old buttons. I cannot remember a time that this button bin didn't exist. She always kept it in the kitchen, above the fridge.
I should've asked her why she kept it there,
but it's too late now.
I sewed a variety of buttons to the letters to look like tacks. So even those dinosaur-age buttons have a purpose now. Mom would be happy!
All in all, I'm very happy with my little project and my
One Word for 2016.
Now that I'm done, I suppose I should tackle a few closets. And a garage. Maybe under the bed. A couple dozen junk drawers. Heck, even my email inbox needs cleaning out.
What is your One Word for 2016?