How I cultivate my image:
1. Take what's offered, even if I don't think I personally will use it.
2. Check to see if the giver wants it back if I can't use it. If the giver doesn't want it back and I decide not to keep it, then I donate it to a thrift store or check with other people I know who love freebies. (We've got a hotline and a password - shhhh, don't tell)
3. Make sure the giver knows how grateful I am for the stuff.
1. Useful stuff! That I don't have to track down in some shopping edifice! I think most of my fabric stash is pass-ons from other people. If you are one of those people and you are reading this post, thank you, again! You rock.
2. One person's trash is another person's treasure, right? I am so pleased when something marked for the trash turns out to be useful to someone.
3. The warm community feeling. Makes me feel like sharing my stuff too.
4. Creatively, life is more interesting. I sometimes confine myself to the things people give me because it's an exercise in thinking outside the box and finding solutions.
And yes, these curtains. My mother-in-law did not need these curtains which came with their house 2 years ago. She offered them to me. Perfectly serendipitous, as I was wanting plain curtains in our bedroom.
But I like to have light sometimes, so the curtains needed tiebacks.
I pulled a delightful assortment of fabrics out of my scrap bag - some from this pillowcase, the cuffs from my bathing chemise, and some leftover stripes from the brick wall comforter (which is on the bed). Bias-tape loops. $21 for three curtain rods. High-up hooks so the light can still get in when the curtains are pulled back.
I'm very, very pleased with the functionality and the way the curtains fit right in.