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Reduce, Recycle, Reuse

We have all heard the catch phrase: “Reduce, Recycle, Reuse.” And we know about doing that with bottles, cans, jars, newspapers… we separate our garbage into organic and non- organic, and try to use water judiciously. But today I found a way to get new jewelry by recycling!

Like me, I’m sure many of you have an old cookie tin or other such container, that is full of necklaces with broken clasps, earrings whose mates have seemingly taken off with “la otra”, as well as pieces that, well… we just don’t like very much. I was looking at all my junky beads and I thought, “Maybe I could make something out of all this?” I took the cookie container of bits and pieces to my friend Patricia and she made me 4 necklace and earrings that match.  WOW! They came out so well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Inspired I looked at the linen drawer, and decided I didn’t need to get rid of my many sets of 7 or 5 napkins because I now like to set different colors all mixed up.

My husband found an innovative use for a whole bunch of little clay dolls that he bought from a gaggle of girls in Chiapas. Don’t they look beautiful displayed in a rustic bowl?

A lot of mismatched and left over tile? We made this shelf along what was an empty wall, It comes in very handy for all sorts of stuff..

And a broken cooking pot makes a wonderful place to grow orchids.

It’s gratifying to me, to see how new treasures can come from resurrecting the old. I think that I’ll let stuff pile up again for now… and just before the Yuletide season, I’ll go through my closets again… I wonder what kind of neat gifts I can fashion from the my recyclable world.

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