Now on to a review of January
January began with a new life for two jewelry boxes. One had a music box in it, and I found another music box mechanism to add to the second jewelry box. I continued to use free paint given to me last summer. I am quickly running out of the white paint so I had to water it down to get a few more items completed with it. Yes, I use every drop, did you expect less of me?
You can read more about this little box here.
Next up adding music to a box.
This jewelry box wasn’t much better, the handles were all broken and weren’t the original, it was so dark it was hard to photograph but this is what I started with.
Again a little watered down white paint and some new knobs I have found a gem.
You can learn more about this jewelry box here.
Trash seems to find me
In one day I found these items sitting inside the dumpster outside my home.
These pants were never worn and just happened to be the exact favorite style worn by my eldest son and his size.
On another day I spotted these sitting outside waiting for garbage pickup.
I have the both in the final stages. Here are a couple sneak peaks. Sorry about the quality of the pictures it’s late and lighting is poor.
I have a just a couple touches to complete on the one, and am currently waiting for a coat of paint to dry on the other. I will be sharing these with you shortly. But for now, know I removed the fabric and after a good soak and wash they came out in decent condition. I have put the fabric away for a future use.
Paint and supplies I had on hand. The upholstery you see was also left over from other projects. The only things I had to buy were one screw which was missing from one chair and a piece of fabric for one seat. Total cost less than $12, which was spent on the chair I am keeping for myself. I’d say that’s a good deal for a new wooden chair.
While I didn’t think, or have time to photograph, one item I also saved a plastic coffee can which is now storing small toys in a child’s bedroom.
Cardboard I now have a box where I save cardboard which I collect from several homes. Everything from shipping boxes to boxes which held packaged foods, and everything in between is being given to me. I even save the end flaps from the food boxes. Here are just a few things you can do with cardboard.
- Children can craft and draw on them
- make gift tags
- use to protect items when shipping
- Templates for quilting or stenciling
- make bookmarks for yourself or for a gift
Now for my trash
It does happen in life that no matter what you do you will still create trash. This happened to me this month, my tiny dorm-size fridge died. I did end up having to toss the door in the trash (boy was that hard for me to do). The shelves and tray from inside were re-purposed and are now cooling racks for baking goods at a friend’s home, the tray is being used by another family for serving foods on.
As for the rest of the fridge I finally found it a home as an outdoor planter box.
While it was unexpected I am saving on electricity at the moment, my front window, draftier than I realized is now storage for a few items that I want cold and a trunk of a car serves as my freezer.
While this month felt slow, looking at what I was able to save makes me believe if everyone took a little time to think about it we could drastically reduce the need to waste so much land just to store our garbage.
This months total was 35 items saved from ending up in a landfill on a month when I didn’t venture further than my own back door, plus the cardboard.