It is certainly not revolutionary or exclusive, and fortunately it will not send me to the stake. Repurposing certainly keeps me busy with projects, inventing and experimenting with new ideas, saves me money, and makes me happy. I suppose I have been interested in repurposing old materials for quite sometime, but only recently realized that it may just be my passion, my form of expression, my medium.
Whether it was Molly Ringwald's repurposed prom dress in Pretty in Pink, or Punky Brewster's skirt made from neck ties, creating something new with something old has been my mission since I was a tween. I wasn't always successful, and many of my ideas didn't work or never came to fruition (like the full length, strapless black ball gown I was convinced would look better as a mini dress that I ended up throwing away when I moved out of my parent's house), but the last few years I have had more success. To kick off this week of passion, here are links to the repurposed projects I have already posted on my blog:
Stars in a Jar
Baby Overalls turned Clothespin Holder
Ziploc Bag Dryer
Mittens made from Repurposed Wool
Well, there are a few of my more successful attempts at repurposing. I don't think I have ever dug through my archives so deep. As you may have realized, I am terrible at labeling posts (which is terrible for archiving). Perhaps I just have an aversion to labeling, but I will start a new label for repurposing. I will be posting several more projects this week, and hopefully more projects in the future as they come to me. If you too are a repurposer, I would love to hear about your projects (because, like you, I need more).
And by the way, I had a beautiful weekend. The headache finally went away, the sky was clear, the kids were happy (especially when Grandma and Grandpa came bearing gifts), and I realized I have a wonderful "network" of friends. Thank you all for your kind comments, wise words and well wishes.