1. How did you first get into up-cycled crafting? What is the first upcycled craft/artwork you ever made?
This started at a very young age before we had the up-cycled label to put on it. I was always tinkering with the little pieces of this and that in the garage and my grandfathers barn. I would create little pieces of art from all sorts of stuff. One of the first things I remember making was a small shelf from scrap wood my grandfather had trashed from a much larger project. For years I used it to hold little trinkets and figurines. 3. What mediums do you typically work with?
I turn plastic bottle caps into pincushions and beer bottle caps are worked into different wood projects. I create mosaic’d frames filled with wine corks used as trivets and coasters. I also make stamps and wine glass charms from cork. 4. Why do you believe the recycled art/craft movement is so important? Recycled arts and crafts are helping people become aware of their trash. More and more people are wanting to take responsibility for what they’re leaving behind in the form of trash. We’re all using our imaginations a little more and taking it upon ourselves to find creative new uses for things.
to reduce the damaging environmental impact of non-recycled plastic waste products and to promote self-sufficiency and economic security.
"Putting aside the sheer absurdity that humans believe we can just pollute the planet until it dies, these garbage patches provide a huge danger to animals, both water based and air based. Plastics entangle birds while fish unwittingly mistake small bits of plastic for plankton and other edible treats. Countless stories exist of fish being caught and their bellies being full of plastic debris." Joshua S Hill
This is my first year experiencing the benefits a CSA has to offer. Each week we are treated to such wonderful organic produce. Some of which we get to pick ourselves which makes the experience of bringing the food home and eating it so much funner and tastier.
These farms are all over so chances are there's one closer than you realize. So please if you're thinking about joining give it a try. Support your local farmer and eat some of the best eats you could be eating. I'm a member of the Common Threads Farm in Madison. I love everything they have to offer. Check out their website if you're curious how it works. The weekly newsletters give you a really good idea of what to expect.
Fresh flowers on the table each week is such a treat!
These are the goodies we came home with last week.