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!
Categories: “New Life” posts reflect up-cycled projects while “New Purpose” lables are for re-purposed projects.