Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday Display Chain

The theme of today's "Tuesday Display Chain" hosted by Misi of Gable House Musings, is "Make-Do."

There is a saying: "Use it up....wear it it out...make it do or do without."

In modern times we often have the advantage of buying something we need to accomplish a specific task.

In times past people didn't have a store around the corner or perhaps the money to buy new things.
People would re-use, repurpose and mend the things they had.

My first two pictures are of a true make-do.

An apple butter paddle repurposed as a scrubber to clean the kettle.

I made this seed bag in true make-do fashion. Repurposed from a timeworn quilt, it is made from antique calico.

The patch was copied from an old feedbag and the drawstring is a piece of cotton cording.

I found this box at my favorite antique mall. I didn't have a specific idea what I would use it for but I had never seen one like it before!

 I finally decided that it would make a fine towel holder in my kitchen.

Next, we have a wonderful make-do pincushion made by my dear friend Teresa of
 Aunt Polly's Attic.

The make-do is attached to a wooden base and stuffed with scraps. I added my collection of antique picture pins.

The last two pictures are make-do quilt racks that I made using apple butter paddles and old wooden tools.

I wanted something unique to hold my quilts and coverlets. The instant I saw the wooden tools, I knew I had found my brackets!

I hope you enjoyed today's theme!  Check out all the fantastic displays at:
 Gable House Musings.


  1. Great job! I love your pictures.

  2. OH, Beautiful "make do's!
    My fav is the towel holder, how cute, how creative,love it!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice Tuesday,

  3. What beautiful makedos! I love them all!

  4. Beautiful things-----I have gotten some great ideas!

  5. Wonderful!!
    Great post.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. oh I love these unique makedo's..makes them so wonderfully prim;)

  7. Hey Cat!!

    Glad you are doing this display chain so everyone gets to see all of your many many talents!!

    I love all of your make-dos.....wall box and the quilt hanger is awesome!


  8. OMG! I love them all.. the box on the wall with all the textiles, to die for!!! OLM

  9. Great Make-do's! That kettle scrubber is awesome!..love what you do with your textiles..such great inspiration found here!
    Thanks so much for joining in the chain again.

  10. Cat, It's so good to see you showing your beautiful home to the online world. As I've said a million times...YOU, my friend, have the ability to make something from absolutely nothing. It's that old Cat magic. :)

  11. Oh I love the box. Looks great for the towels.

  12. I think our towel holder may have originally been a brick mold... not sure if it's the right size or not, but I've had a few and I love them too!


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