I save lots of things, and when I say “lots of things”, I mean everything: old greeting cards, the red mesh sacks my onions come in, the ribbons off of someone else’s birthday present, the paper doily that attractively displays a crisp cannoli. In fact, just the other day, a friend gave me the cheap felt case his new pen came in, and I accepted it without hesitation. I live by the creed “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and view discarded accoutrements as unpolished gems simply awaiting transformation.
Part of me feels inhumane throwing things away. Like, that little piece of string KNOWS it can be useful in the future. While another part of me feels guilty, thinking of my Grandmother saying, “Don’t be wasteful,” as she wrapped up the leftover bacon sitting on my plate at the Kmart Diner.
Let’s face it, it’s also very “in” to be green these days, and there are lots of ways in which we can take the useless and make it useful. It is my hope through this blog to share all sorts of recipes, home improvements, fashion statements and crafts that will be the creative and resourceful riposte to the little voice in my head that asks, “What can I make with this?”
So the next time you are about to throw away the packaging from your box of Chinese Mooncakes or walk by an abandoned button on the sidewalk, refrain... and check back here for further instruction.