|Crafted from repurposed materials|
Home to chard and lettuce!
This is a mistake in more ways than I have fingers to count them on!
With just a little mental re-orientation, we can accomplish many fixes and improvements without a single purchase! Instead, we craft existing materials into solutions at no cost except your time; and if this is time taken away from the time you'd waste watching television, you may think of time spent crafting as itself being recycled from waste!
The crafting projects in which I take the most pride are:
- A replacement lens for our yard's Narnia Lamp
- A cover for our oil tank vent
- Raised flower beds built from materials we salvaged helping our neighbors bust sod (see photo).
Of course, there are limits - there are limits to EVERYTHING - I'm not going to craft anything if its failure would have serious consequences, e.g. brake shoes. But there is a huge number of things that we can craft, limited only by our confidence in our abilities. (Doesn't it sometimes seem that we have a learned helplessness that discourages our craftiness in favor of shopping? I wonder how that could have developed ...)
I got thinking about this by my bloggy friend Reduce Footprints' Change the World Wednesday Challenge:
This week we'd like to hear about your proudest "green" achievement. Perhaps you started a compost for the first time or purchased organic food. Maybe you stopped driving a car or added solar panels to your home. It could be as small as carrying a reusable bag or as large as building an energy efficient home. Whatever your proudest Eco-friendly achievement is ... we want to know about it. Please leave details and tips/ideas so that we can all celebrate with you and perhaps try the activity ourselves.Judging by what I like to take pictures of and blog about, crafting for my house is my proudest accomplishment. You can do it too!
Can persuade you to take up The Way Of Crafting?