I definitely think that crafting can sometimes get a bad rap. There are so many supplies to buy, and a lot of people don't see the products as useful - ie how many pieces of art work do you keep from you kids? And what do you do with the pieces that you don't want to keep? However, there is an entire world of useful crafting out there, and I am hoping to show you some ideas to take it a bit further.
Anyone who comes here often knows that I have a love of knitting...and yarn...oh glorious yarn. Of course, this can become quite the trap if you are trying to "green" your life. Going out to the yarn shop and purchasing whatever you can find isn't necessarily a good idea. Here are some ideas (that I need to follow) in order to green up your knitting.
First, use up your stash! Too often, when I go to the yarn shop, I see a beautiful color yarn, or Emma pulls three balls off the rack that I was not aware of, and we end up with yarn that has no purpose, it is just pretty. Recently, I have been trying to use up what I have before going out to buy anything new. Of course, when you are making something - like a sweater - and don't have enough yarn, you will need to go get some more. Or, if you have an old sweater you have made (or gotten from good will), unravel and use the yarn in a new project.
Here are some ideas for using up small bits of yarn, and fabric as well, that would go unused otherwise.
Make dish rags
Make a patchwork quilt
Make baby socks to give away
Make a coffee cozy
Donate unused balls of yarn or fabric to good will
Make a bag for the bulk bins at the co-op or grocery store
Make a patchwork skirt (i love this one!)
Make doll clothes and donate, or keep for your little ones
Now what about all the paper in your life? Well, if you have kids, there is definitely a lot of it. I think that we could probably go through an entire ream of printer paper in a week if my kids had their way. They are still young, so their art isn't quite top quality, but it is fun to watch Emma write her name over and over and then draw our little family as stick people. And Jack drawing a lot of squiggles and then saying "tada" is just plain cute. But what do you do with all that paper?
First, I would say to make sure you use both sides. Often times, my kids will *need* fresh paper, instead of turning over their masterpiece and using the other side. So we now have a rule that both sides need to be covered before they can move onto a new sheet. If you are making an actual craft, like my friend does so well with her babes, this probably won't work, but for normal drawing absolutely. Another idea is to use your old crafts to incorporate into new crafts. You could do this by cutting up an old craft and making a puzzle of it, or even using pieces as decorations for a new craft.
The other paper in my life? Books, a lot of them. Now, I absolutely love books. I tend to buy books for no reason other than I haven't read them yet. Definitely not good on the wallet. And not entirely necessary. Most people have access to the library, and we need to use that resource. I got a nook color last year, and I love it. I have realized that reading on it is a lot easier, especially while nursing a babe. And, having my fiction on that is great, it holds way more books than could ever fit on my book shelves. I still like to have resource, and non-fiction, in my hands.
How do you make your crafting green?
I am linking up today with Ginny and her yarn along, so if you are visiting and wondering where Emma's sweater is,
I am linking up at Your Green Resource and the Barn Hop too!