Can the Recession Make Someone Crafty?

Yes it can!
This is my favorite bag. I got it during a very important period of my life, so I want to keep it forever and use it as much as possible. I love that I can wear it as a shoulder bag and as a backpack too.
So I was devastated when the back straps broke ;( I took it to a leather repair shop (doesn't it seem like all my stuff is braking lately? Hm...) Anyway, they said that repairing it would cost me $50. Fifty bucks for two buckles!
I walked home thinking about how to solve the issue myself. It was kind of chilly out, so I was wearing a fun scar I got from the warmest of librarians, who I met during my trip to Albany.
I got home and used my non-existing knot-tying experience to create this.
I tested it and was pleased with how comfortable it felt.
I looked at myself in the mirror and went "Mmmm, nice!"
Then I smiled my BIGGEST smile. I thought about the $50 I saved and how much fun I had doing it. Not only that, but I have a bag as colorful and Eclectic as my witchy self. I'm loving it!
I'm convinced, the recession did indeed make me a big crafty, but my craftiness doesn't work on blogger because I still suck at loading pictures.


Have you made due with what you have because you refuse to spend unnecessary money?

32 comments:

  1. A bit silly too, I know, but I'm so proud of myself that it's easy to ignore it lol. Hope you have the best of weekends Judy!

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  2. What a great fix! I adore your bag too... I had no idea it was SO big until I got to the photo of you wearing it.

    I've definitely fixed things before shelling out cash on new stuff. I most have glued my old sneakers back together more than a dozen times, because a) I loved them and b) the glue that connects the rubber sole to the shoe wore out. Aside from that they were great shoes. I finally tossed them out when they were good and broken. :)

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  3. Oh yes, it is nice and big! I use to carry my books and it has the coolest pouches for my laptop, um... when it gets fixed lol and for my water flask. The leather is super strong and like I said it was a very special hand-made gift, so I'll keep it even after it is "good and broking" lol

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  4. You did such a great job!! I wrote an article a few years ago about how we get more crafty during a recession. Any excuse to be crafty will do. hehe

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  5. I honestly think that it looks better after the fix!! I have done the same type of thing but it was probably due more to the fact that I'm fairly frugal and adore trying out different arts 'n craft type things. I look at so many things for sale and start thinking "That doesn't look so complicated! I bet I could make one by..."

    I have (had!) a dress for years that I just love! It's very plain, black, comfy, kind of loose and airy but at the same time it looks very nice, it's very figure flattering. I wore it so much it started getting holes. I finally had to call it quits when the hole in the back was so huge you could see my ENTIRE butt! lol Uh not that I wore it in public while this hole was developing but when no one else is around just for lounging around the house...well you know!! lol

    I don't know the first thing about sewing but I'd always wanted to learn & have an old machine. I wanted my dress back so bad I found a comparable fabric, carefully cut my dear old dress apart at each seam, made a copy of the pieces, and now if I can only convince this contrary sewing machine to do what I want I'll have a new old comfy dress!!!

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  6. Don't get me started on recycling LOL... just yesterday hubby finished a table for our terrace herb garden made of salvaged paillet wood (you can see it on the blog) and today I've been making wicks for a candle wax leftovers recycling...

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  7. My main repair is a pair of moose hide moccasins. I've duct taped the soles several times because they are so comfortable; plus I paid a fortune for them and the tops are still good. Can't pitch them when they are still good!!

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  8. I think I was crafty even before the recession. On the other hand, there are times when I say "I would really love to buy one of those, but I think it'll be cheaper to make it." So, on second thought, maybe the recession has made me craftier. :)

    I love what you did with your bag, by the way.

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  9. Geez, 50 bucks?! I just had my horse's leather halter repaired--over half of it needed to be completely replaced including brass pieces (some stupid knucklehead borrowed it to use on a lesson horse that flipped out and broke it in four places--never mind the fact that my horse is the biggest one out there so his halter doesn't fit anyone else). Anyway, our local miracle worker only charged 20 bucks for the whole affair.

    It looks good with the scarf, though! (As do you, of course.) ;)

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  10. $20 is really good, the shoe guy wanted $50 to put a new sole on my moccasins. Horse people are usually a bit more skilled and reasonable though. HHmm?? Maybe I'll try that for the moccasins

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  11. Judy, it WAS a shoe repair guy. He's been in business for 80 years, taking over after his father. He's excellent. I've taken boots there, purses, halters, riding equipment, and no matter the repair I don't think I've spent over 30 on anything done.

    But I certainly won't argue with your logic. ;)

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  12. Great bag.
    Great scarf.
    Great save.

    But most of all - how freaking gorgeous are you???!!!

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  13. OMG like all the time.
    Well does learning how to hack and illegally down load count as being crafty so long as I didn'y pay for it?
    ;p

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  14. I'm a tea (hot) drinking anglophile whose only wish is a new tea cozy for my favorite tea pot. The one I'm using now is such terrible shape that there's no way to even sew it together anymore. I went on E-Bay and saw these lovely little cozies but they want way to much for them what with shipping and all...so, I took out two of my crocheted dish clothes, matching yarn and sewed them together and made a really neat tea cozy of m own...and saved 25 bucks in the doing! Yes, the recession is teaching us things our grandmothers (and your great grandmother you young thing you)knew all along!
    Sandi

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  15. 1. You're beautiful!
    2. That bag is very cool...love it!
    3. Your creativity is rockin'!
    4. I've been making due without A LOT lately. I think most folks are.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    )O(
    boo

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  16. Lisa, thanks. I'm going to your blog to look for that article.

    Clandestiny, "I finally had to call it quits when the hole in the back was so huge you could see my ENTIRE butt!" that is too funny lol. I wish you'd post someting about this dress. I have this little cotton dress my dad bought me to go to a wedding about 15 years ago. It used to go downn to my knees, but somehow I grew like 5 inches in one summer (my thighs only) and now my dress is this cute minidress. Yes, I still have it and wear it. I love telling the story when people ask me where I got it ;)

    Carolina Gonzalez, I'm sooooo go to see the table! But I get sooooo jealous every time I see your garden. I live in a basement--tiny widows and no yard ;( But I can always go to your blog for some green eye candy ;)

    Judy, my favorite snow boots used to be tanned. Now they are undescribable brown. I've done so much to/with those boots that they have their own personality. I won't get rid of them until they fall off my feet; so dear, I get you!

    Sarita, thanks so much! I'm so happy you are crafty and not out of necessity. In my case they say that Witches are very crafty, but that's a HUGE exageration! I'm a very witchy person, but my candles come out crooked and I can sew to save my life, so this recesion and making me a bit more magical lol.

    Emma, thanks for the kind words about my bag and me *grin*. I've noticed that everything is so expensive in NYC. I had bags repaired before and I've paid a few dollars and that's it. Here everything is unbelievable costly.

    Judy & Emman, I love it when people share idea, get to know each other, here in the Eclectic Circle. You guys make me feel like a proud mommie *sniff, sniff*

    Alix, thanks x a million. You have me here smiling like a fool lol

    Cogent Ascending, um... I actually think that's a crime. But send me an email telling me exactly what you did... for research of course *caugh, caugh*

    Sandi McBride, I'm sooo going to your blog to see if I see any of your tea goodies. And you know what? Lately, I've made it a point to save as much as I can. I have noticed that it is VERY rewarding and it is not just about the monetary gain.

    Bridgett, my head is now very HUGE lol. It hardly fits through my bedroom door, so I might have to stay in and write until it goes down a bit lol. Thanks so much, your comments are very inspiring!

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  17. Wow. What a great job you did. Very creative and cool! I love the new look! I saw your comment this morning at The Fifty Factor and you had such a pretty smile I was compelled to come over and say hi! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday with your nifty backpack!

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  18. That's the description of my whole life! Everything gets repaired, not discarded.

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  19. Life with Kaishon, thanks so much for your kind words and or stopping by. I'm glad you, for I went to check out your blog and was inspired to writer today's post ;)

    Ellen Abbott, it took a recession for me to learn the meaning of your words, but darling I'm a very good learner and I don't forget easily. I see a future of "Everything gets repaired, not discarded" in my life lol

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  20. Dearling, your wish is my command! Well I really can't promise that for EVERY wish but this one is so easily do-able how could I refuse? Tomorrow I will write a post all about my booty revealing black dress just for you!

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  21. WoooHooo! On my way to take a look-see!

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  22. Hard to focus on the purse, with all that leg showing. Woot, woot! :)

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  23. I do have great legs, huh? And I'm very modest too ;) Okay M.J., breathe, look away from the legs and check out the bag. It's wicked cute!

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  24. I'm a tea (hot) drinking anglophile whose only wish is a new tea cozy for my favorite tea pot. The one I'm using now is such terrible shape that there's no way to even sew it together anymore. I went on E-Bay and saw these lovely little cozies but they want way to much for them what with shipping and all...so, I took out two of my crocheted dish clothes, matching yarn and sewed them together and made a really neat tea cozy of m own...and saved 25 bucks in the doing! Yes, the recession is teaching us things our grandmothers (and your great grandmother you young thing you)knew all along!
    Sandi

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  25. 1. You're beautiful!
    2. That bag is very cool...love it!
    3. Your creativity is rockin'!
    4. I've been making due without A LOT lately. I think most folks are.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    )O(
    boo

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  26. Great bag.
    Great scarf.
    Great save.

    But most of all - how freaking gorgeous are you???!!!

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  27. OMG like all the time.
    Well does learning how to hack and illegally down load count as being crafty so long as I didn'y pay for it?
    ;p

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  28. $20 is really good, the shoe guy wanted $50 to put a new sole on my moccasins. Horse people are usually a bit more skilled and reasonable though. HHmm?? Maybe I'll try that for the moccasins

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  29. That's the description of my whole life! Everything gets repaired, not discarded.

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  30. Wow. What a great job you did. Very creative and cool! I love the new look! I saw your comment this morning at The Fifty Factor and you had such a pretty smile I was compelled to come over and say hi! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday with your nifty backpack!

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  31. Dennis G10/04/2011

    You're hot!

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