When I first started seeing bath mats made out of fabric and towels floating around the blogosphere last summer, I thought, "I should make one of those for a drying mat to go next to my kitchen sink!"
I certainly wasn't the only one who had that idea. I just saw one over on Seams of Life made from thrifted towels and pillowcases - adorable!
In a true departure from my normal crafting M.O., I recently bought some new fabric. You might not know this about me, but I don't typically buy new fabric. I work with thrifted, hand-me-down or repurposed fabric almost exclusively. But when I saw this print, I couldn't resist buying a fat quarter.
I think it makes the perfect drying mat. I used a slightly stained white towel from our linen closet and made the mat exactly the dimensions of the fat quarter. It's a perfect fit. I'd say it was $2.50 and one hour of my time well spent.
I love my drying mat so much, I decided to go ahead and make a bath mat too.
Using thrifted fabrics, another slightly stained towel, and some crochet thread, I whipped up our first ever bath mat this morning. My kids think I'm pretty clever, but of course, I was inspired by the wonderful world of bloggers, yet again.
Curious about the eggshells drying in the sink? I almost always have eggshells drying in or around my sink these days. Over the summer, I washed, dried and crushed the eggshells to add to my garden. But after a little discussion with some flickr friends about shell-less eggs, I'm now crushing them and mixing them in with our chicken feed. Seems that our girls need a little more calcium in their diet. It's just amazing that they can grow their own food, in a roundabout way.