Welcome to New Life, New Purpose! This blog is largely to chronicle my projects in recycling with an occasional nod to creative re-purposing. Like many other people, I have re-purposed butter tubs and shoe boxes, but have not done much in the way of genuine recycling; creating something new and useful out of the old. My journey into recycling began with the need to find an inexpensive material for a gift I was making for one of my nieces. I found a crochet book which mentioned that it is possible to crochet plastic shopping bags and decided that that material would work well for the Moses basket I wanted to make for her new doll. I guess you could say I was “hooked”! Everyone who saw the basket exclaimed over it, and I tried new projects with the plastic bags to see what sorts of items could be rendered in this medium. Purses, doormats, and bowls took shape under my fingers. I started to wonder what other kinds of crafting materials I threw away every day, and I began to experiment with other types of crafting. I discovered that I enjoyed transforming packaging and old clothing that would normally go to the landfill into something new and different with a fresh purpose. My favorite projects are those which so alter the recycled material that it is difficult to recognize it in its new form. While my recycling efforts have been a fun hobby for me and would be fulfilling in and of themselves, I have been encouraged by friends and family to post my efforts on a blog for others to take inspiration from. It is my hope that the following posts will be helpful to other recyclers and crafters who are looking for a new idea; also, it may be helpful to teachers and leaders of school or scouting groups in need of crafts with cheap (or in many cases, free) materials. Please feel free to leave comments and questions. May your journey be as rewarding as mine!

11 Responses to Welcome

  1. Heather says:

    I found your blog through your article in the Molly Green Magazine, and what an awesome blog it is! You are incredibly resourceful! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing all this, I am so glad for all these ideas that will help me through a sad time in my life! God bless you.

  3. makesomething says:

    I feel I have found a kindred spirit. My best friend and I use the phrase “you ought to be able to make something out of it” all the time.

  4. Teresa Oduor says:

    Thank you for this blog-witness tool. I have just graduated with a bachelors in Family Consumer Sciences and had several classes concerning recycling. This is a great site I found this morning and have already shared it with one of my instructors! More importantly, I too have Jesus Christ in my life and my desire is to please Him with what ever I do, say, and think about! God bless your efforts and I will be sharing again.

  5. Ginny says:

    I too found your blog by chance while googling for a Wonderbag for cooking. As a blogger and believer I am always so excited to find other believers who not only love Christ, but also steward well that which He has blessed us with. Also love how your relate your articles to lessons in life with Christ. Well done and Thanks, All the way from South Africa, Ginny

  6. Robin peoples says:


    • Hi Aunt Robin,
      It is good to hear from you. Thank you for your compliments. I have not had much time to continue posting, but I am still crafting so maybe I will be able to post again soon. Love to you and yours.

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