In my grandmother's day, when folks had a need, they'd look around to see how they might "make-do" with what they had. It was a common practice for people to pass down or patch clothing, fashion a needed tool, or share what they had with a neighbor.
I can't count the number of times I heard Gram recite the old saying, "Use it up, wear it it out, make it do, or do without."
As I was looking around our home, I realized that we "make-do" with a lot. Almost everything, has had a previous owner...or two. Rather than running around photographing every stick of furniture in the house, I thought I'd share a few favorites.
A litter of goofy sock cats, stuffed with rags.
We've all made at least a couple of these pincushions, haven't we? Both of these started with candlestick bases.
This old blue bench serves as a coffee table in front of our
A make-do apothecary, made from old crates and cheese boxes.
And speaking of my gram...she made literally hundreds of teddy bears over the years. These from my childhood, are my favorite "make-dos" ever. Their "fur" is made from cast off winter coats. I can remember Gram allowing me to cut the cardboard that lined their footpads. The large bear, was Papa of "The Three Bears"...Baby Bear is wearing his second skin-because I wore the hair off his first. Momma Bear now lives with my cousin.
I still have Gram's original pattern...she made bears in three sizes.
I wonder how many of her bears have survived?
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