Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy Moo Year!

The next year is just a few days away, and CPLG is going to be giving away a surprise each month. I've been thinking about the new year with Rose Colored Glasses if you'll excuse the mixed metaphor, so let's go with the grass is always greener on the other side! Now greener can have all kinds of meanings, and one that I certainly hope applies will be the reusing of wonderful items. I call it upcycling(now) when the idea was new to me it was called recycling, and in the olde days, there was a saying "Use it up, Use it Out or Do without". So while the words change and the ideas transform, a good trait(thrifty ~ use/reuse of things with value) endures.

To kick off our year of giving, I'm offering a cow which I hope will bring you a year of prosperity. It is made from a "cutter quilt" in the pattern known as Grandmother's Flower Garden. This one seems unusual to me in the use of the brown fabrics. It immediately suggested cows to me. How now brown cow, and all that jazz...

To win this cow is simple. Leave a positive comment about one of the two following topics.

  1. upcycling
  2. coming new year

How easy is that? Well, honestly, if you are not a member of cplg it gets even more probable!!!
I'll draw from available names, with a preference for non group members. If none exist, then ladies in the group will be most likely to win! I'll need to ship this item to the winner, so if you are interested, please keep reading the blog for an announcement. Winner to be chosen on January 15th, the last day of our Valentine Launch. Y'all make a comment and come on back now!


The crafty granny said...

love the cow and the article you wrote Jo lets see I reuse plastic bags for EVERYTHING.
Is that recycle or upcycle? plus I use lots and lots and lots of vintage(or old) fabrics to work with and I use lots and lots and lots of "older" linens for table cloths and table runners and well just to decorate my home with.

primitivebettys said...

You are very generous with your giveaway Cow... & it is so cute! :) I use old sheets & things as pillow and doll stuffing. A pillow I made once was large enough for a full size bedskirt! I simply ripped it into 1" strips to fill the pillow. It was washed & cleaned before I did it, of course. The bedskirt already had several rips... so it was a nice way to reuse it.

Happy New Year!



Becky said...

I'm so excited to see what the New Year brings! I have been so blessed by my family and friends. I want to live a simple life because for ME that is when I feel the most fulfilled.

My contribution to Mother Earth is giving at least one more use for all the boxes and wrapping bubbles/air pockets that my friends and corporate office would otherwise throw in the trash. It helps me save money on packaging supplies, but in a teeny minute way it also keeps one more item out of the landfills.

zachandnoahsmom said...

I love the tern upcycling!! I may just have to borrow that :-)

I also try to recyclye everything possible in this house, my husband is always rolling his eyes. But I actually think I just about have the family trained.

I agree with the others, you are very generous to be giving away your adorable cow.

Wishing everyone and smile and sun filled New Year.

TeresaM said...

I love creating with old materials..... some of my favorite "treasures" have come to life with worn and tattered pieces!

Looking forward to a New Year of crafting and my new found pasttime...blogging!


Niki :-) said...

Super cute! Well for the coming new year I am hoping to land my dream job. A job I can stay with FOREVER. I'm thinking positively and trying to have a better attitude about life in general. Thansk for letting me enter. HUGS!
p.s. Remember me?? I used to be in CPLG a long time ago. hugs.

Sassy Soaps N Such N Always Crafty 2 said...

Cute really cute! Let's see... I create using old material that i get at anique stores. sometimes it is fabric and sometimes it is clothes I use. For the new year I am going healthy and changing to a gluten free diet. Love your blog!

~*~Leanne~*~ said...

Jo, I love your cow! I just love things made from old quilts.

I love using old, used, vintage fabric and trinkets in my craft projets. I save every scrap of fabric...if it's too small it's perfect to use in stuffing a project.
Wishing you and your family a Happy, Healthy New Year! Leanne

Cotton Eyed Jo said...

We're off to a great start! Hope we get 100's of comments. :) Niki, of course we remember you. If you'd like to come on back, send me an email through ebay! Jo

Sharon/primthyme said...

Hi,what a wonderful giveaway.I use old pieces of quilts,fabric scraps,to make my treasures.I also reuse all packing materials,to ship my items.In the past I have used old pieces of rags to stuff scare crows.I also look for treasures in spring cleanup to use in my home:I have found tables,antique dresses,old baby shoes,baskes,ornaments,rockers,chairs,the list goes on forever !!!
Also how do you join your group ?
Prim Hugs & Blessings,

Liz said...

How lovely a wonderful contest.I like to recyle my newspaper by shedding and using it to ship my products

1Redhead02 said...

Hope I'm not too late for the drawing. Love the blogs and am so glad I have just caught on to these blogs since the coming of the new year! I am not a creator of prims - just a lover of them - Lisa.

Cotton Eyed Jo said...

I will draw a winner from the comments left through midnight central time on January 15th. Hope you'll check out our Valentine's Day auctions on ebay by the link on the left, and our individual etsy shops too! Jo

yorkie's primitives said...

Thanks for offering such a neat prize. I don' throw away anything that I might use. I go to my wood store and dig through their scraps to get wood that I can use for free while helping not to clutter up the landfills. I also save all fabric scraps for stuffing dolls. And I recyle all my boxes for mailing out packages. I am now learning how to make baskets out of paper grocery bags. I strongly believe in recycling! Hope everyone has a Great New Year and thanks again for the great gift, Valerie

Jaja said...

Hey Jo, Love the Moo Cow! Well you know me and my works. Most everything I sew is with upcycled and recycled fabric. Love my cutter quilts and now my new love is wool. Isn't it crazy how when you meet a new love you just can't get enough. I had trouble before storing all my quilts. Now I'm on to a new world looking for wool storage. That's me, always looking. Thanks for the giveaway chance. Good 2009 to you all. Jaja

Stacey said...

Oh how adorable - I LOVE the cow! I grew up on a dairy farm as well, so it would be perfect! Crossing my fingers that my name is drawn :)

I reuse jars - I find it hard to toss any into the recycling bin, as there are so many things I love doing with them to alter and reuse as decorative containers. I also use nearly every little scrap of scrapbooking papers. LOL :)