Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Versatility Tuesday Delayed Because of Storm!

Well, the wind blew in yesterday morning...and blew, and blew and BLEW! The power flickered on and off all day, so I finally gave up on two things: Trying to make my Tuesday post and Resetting the darn clocks!
So, besides posting about one of my favorite versatility things, I'll give a little catch-up post here! And maybe throw in a video for Wednesday!
First...when the cashier says "Paper of Plastic", I am more likely to say "Paper!". I get weird looks for it (especially from my fell, lol!), but there is a reason I want paper bags.
Plastic bags aren't that versatile. Sure, you can use them for trash bags in little trash cans, and the more crafty can cut them into strips and crochet them into door mats. Some people use them to stuff into those balloon curtain toppers to make them more *poofy*. I have no balloon-y type toppers, so that's out for me.
Ahhhh...paper bags, I love 'em!
The dull, everyday brown paper bag is a joy to most of us that sew. I quilt and the brown paper is awesome for making quilt templates and patterns. When I get a new sewing pattern, I usually do not cut it, I trace it down onto brown paper bags (that I have taped together) and make a sturdy, brown paper bag pattern. It lasts soooo much longer than tissue paper patterns. A little bulkier, but much sturdier.

For crafters, brown paper bags can be used in dozens of projects.
If you can and give canned items as gifts, brown paper looks charming as a label.
My kids (when little) made Halloween masks and other projects from brown paper bags.
At Christmas, I would make decorations from brown paper, using a small hole punch and yarn. Cut your brown paper into stockings, stars or other shapes. Place two stockings together, hole punch around the edges, sew together with brightly colored yarn. You can either stuff and sew closed for a puffy look, or leave the top open and fill with candy of small gft items.

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

Up Jack got, and home did trot,
As fast as he could caper,
To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob
With vinegar and brown paper.
Yes, I have used vinegar soaked brown paper for headaches and once in a while for aches, pains, mild sprains. Soak the brown paper in vinegar, place on forehead or affected area and cover with dry brown paper.
Why does it work? I don't know! I know it does, though--at least it has for me! I have also used it on others when no other medical item was available...and it usually worked then, too! Just don't use it on open wounds...OWIE!!! Vinegar stings!
So, the next time you see a lowly brown paper bag...don't dismiss it and immediately grab it's shiny plastic cousin. Think of all the versatile ways you can use that brown paper bag!
Mama Champagne and new baby are doing well! The new baby has been named by the fella...Cloris, after Cloris Leachman. Just. Don't. Ask. LOL!
The storm here was a wind storm with loads of sand whipping was a mess! 
The wind was so powerful, it even blew out one of windows!
So, right now, we have a piece of plywood serving for a window. Thank goodness we have oodles of spare plywood and lumber.
Video for today (Video Wednesday)

1 comment:

  1. I'm with you on the "Paper" answer when it comes to the question of which type of bag you want your groceries in. I'm just glad that the little store I go to still gives you a choice.

    Tons of uses for paper I see a blog post on the many uses of paper bags coming up? Got me a post for tomorrow!!!


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