Sunday, July 1, 2012

The gloves are off, the masquerade is over. I'm out of the crafty closet!

Ok so I'm coming clean. Can I just say the three most hush hush words in the scrapping/crafting/art world? Reduce, reuse, recycle. Yep.. that's what I've been doing for over 30 plus yrs. Since I was programmer at a public library, sending home notes with pre and school aged children, begging buttons, bits of ribbon and lace, toilet rolls, news paper, baby food jars, popsicle sticks - all manner of "craft supplies". The response was enormous. I then led the way for our library programs to make a submission to the then Canada wide "Habitat for Humanity" program sponsored by the Canadian Wildlife Service. Together, teachers, farmers, parents and their children and extended families came together to take back a 70 acre plot of land already earmarked for housing development. I lobbied for a "nature preserve/recreation area" for the town and lo and behold, I was heard. Hey, we won a ribbon too! Today there stands a 70 acre parcel in the middle of that town, with winding paths, bird feeders, recreation areas for children. It is a largely treed-by-aspen sliver of land, in the middle of prairie grassland. A treasure.

But I do digress. You get the picture. I have been actively involved in habitat preservation, and restoration for as long as I can recall. This naturally extrapolates to recycling, reusing and reducing my personal footprint.

So, in the coming weeks and months I will be showing you the dark underbelly of my crafting and art. I want you to see the materials I "really" use to create my art and crafts. Maybe some more of you closet recyclers will rise to the surface like the cream of the crop, and show us what you do in the secret silent recesses of your own personal studios, craft rooms, and reclaimed corners of your homes. Your hidden secrets revealed!

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