Monday, October 11, 2010

Let's Repurpose!

We know about reuse, recycle, and upcycle, but the most difficult for me is to repurpose. To have an item that is in good condition and that I love, but it's intended use is no longer necessary (or logical). I don't want to rework these pieces or alter them if I don't have to.

To repurpose an object requires we "think outside the box", and I find this extremely difficult sometimes. I will stand and stare at the item trying to picture other uses in my mind. There are some people on this blog who are very good at this, I'm not one of them.

An example is this linen piece which was created to hold the knives from a silverware set. I have absolutely no use for it for my knives. However, it is in mint condition with hand embroidery done lovingly by someone many years ago. The thought of altering this in any way wasn't an option for me. After spending literally months thinking about it, I realized it would make excellent storage for my crochet hooks, and could accommodate a large quantity and variety of sizes. Perfect! I'm thrilled with its new use.

What objects do you have that you can't part with, but are at this moment wrapped and stored in a box somewhere? It's time to get them out where you can see them, think about them, and find a current way of enjoying these pieces. In the post by goodgosh, Peggy last week, she painted a  figurine in blackboard paint, and now messages can be written on it, and it's adorable as well as fun. Repurposing adds new life to old objects and make great conversation pieces.

Collecters, crafters, and artists are the original recylers. We've been doing it all our lives.



VintageEmbellishment said...

Clever use of the linen knife holder :)

I must have some linens around here somewhere, and of course, I am still looking for something to paint with chalk board paint!

jj said...

I can see why you didn't want to part with this or alter it. It is just perfect for your crochet hooks.
Hmm, something I don't want to part with....oh dear too many to list ....LOL!

goodgosh said...

I say you're very creative. :)
Believe it or not I don't have much stored away for myself personally. If I love it I find a place for it where I can enjoy it.

Doodle said...

Pepper, maybe I should send you all my "need a new home" linens to find a new purpose in their lives. hahaha

I love it! So many things find new purposes if we're willing to just take a second look. Nice job.