Repurposing

I have been addicted to Etsy.com ever since I found a gift for my sister on it and only had to pay 2 dollars for shipping. It’s a place to sell handmade or vintage items and supplies, and it gives each seller their own shop. This website is insane! There’s so much stuff on it!

It seems every woman on it selling stuff is an artist. There are some gorgeous bags, necklaces, crocheted flowers, etc., and a lot of it is made from other stuff. A popular trend is to redecorate Scrabble pieces and make them into pendants. The project may be simple enough for most, but one person thought of it–and that’s how art works.

I wanted to buy 500 things from that website but I don’t have an income. Instead, I got inspired to make my own stuff. I used to do it all the time when I was 11 and 12 and I guess that drive is back now.

For some reason it never occurred to me that the stuff I already have can be repurposed. That stuff sitting at Goodwill for 50 cents can be repurposed, too. Stacy and Kelly encourage people in What Not to Wear to buy the clothes they like and alter them if there are minor fit issues. We’re in such a mindset that what we buy has to be complete, ready, and perfectly suited for us at that moment. And the moment it’s not anymore, time to throw it away.  Corduroy pants can become a handle for a home-made tote bag.  Newspaper can be made into beads.  My elementary school art teacher had bins and bins of scraps, and it was a nightmare to the janitorial staff and the principal, most likely. But that stuff got used. Mrs. McKenzie was right!!!!

In Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut, machines have taken over most jobs, even folding laundry. All that’s left to do for the people is to watch TV. Without any purpose, the characters not only suffer with issues of self-worth, but they clearly miss having things to do with their hands.  What a luxury it is, that I could be doing nothing all day, but I have the resources to express myself.

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