Saturday, February 2, 2013
Since January 1st, I have been doing my usual 'new year cleaning' and had rounded up a number of CD's that are too scratched to play or have been written over so many times they're useless. I had thought about reusing them for some crafty project (oh no! not another one!), but thankfully soon lost interest in THAT idea...
So what to do? Recycle them of course! A quick Google search of 'cd recycling' brought up a few options - I chose The CD Recycling Center of America because a) it is close to home, and b) it's FREE (other sites charge a fee).
This is what they have to say:
"Each year, billions of CDs and DVDs are manufactured, while millions of these discs end up in landfills and incinerators. If you use, sell, promote, distribute, or manufacture compact discs, it is your responsibility to promote how to recycle them. Compacts Discs, when recycled properly, will stop unnecessary pollution, conserve natural resources, and help slow global warming. Spread the word to help us save the world we all live in."
They also recycle floppy disc's, VHS tapes, cell phones and inkjet cartridges. Yeah!
And they have this great little video about the whole process - from how to sort your media and packaging, to how the plastic is processed for resale and reuse. It really is a fascinating process!!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Eventually, I had a good pile going and needed to move them from point A (lawn) to point B (garden) with the most bang for my buck (as in: one fell swoop). That's when I spied the kiddie pool... Why not? I had yet to use it for its intended purpose (fill with water, splash around), although it did get used as a giant wash tub this summer (more about that here)... Let's see if it could pull its weight (heehee) during the fall season!
Wow! That thing holds a lot of leaves! At first I tried to pick it up and carry it (dumb), and then push it with the rake (somewhat smarter), and finally I drilled a hole in the rim and threaded a piece of rope through it so I could drag it (brilliant!). It worked great, and 2 more trips to the garden with leaves and that project was complete.
However, there was no way I was going back indoors on a day that was more like a flashback of late August, so I needed to find more leaves to transport... And I found them in great quantity on the vast expanse of nothingness that is my leach field! It abuts the edge of the woods and was covered in a thick layer of leaves and pine needles. Wet, heavy leaves and pine needles. Directly downhill from their uphill destination... And that's when I spied it... my seldom used gas lawn mower... Why not?
So with visions of finely shredded leaf mulch being (effortlessly) spewed uphill and ever closer to their final resting place (my compost corral), and my father's voice in my head saying "You really shouldn't mow when it's wet", I (inserted ear plugs) and then cranked that sucker up!!!
OK, so it wasn't entirely effortless... but the results were spectacular:
And as soon as Frankenstorm has passed,
I will go to the beach and collect seaweed to top the pile off with!
Piper the Safety Orange Dog stands guard over our pile 'o garden gold!Pin It
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Baz Ratner /Reuters /Landov
I don't know which is more amazing: a) this bicycle will retail for around $20, or, b) it is made entirely from recycled cardboard!
To read the full NPR blog post by Mark Memmott click here. The post also includes a fascinating (and beautifully shot) video of the mastermind/inventor/genius behind this bicycle, Izhar Gafni. You'll get a look at the Israeli inventor in the process of creating the bike and also see the finished product in action.
Enjoy! Pin It
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
While a clothesline full of freshly washed jeans, t-shirts, and undies drying in the breeze is a sight to behold, for me, a line full of just-scrubbed feed bags is equally satisfying!
Cat food bags (above) and rabbit feed bags (below) washed and ready to be made into tote bags!
A kiddie pool is the perfect sized 'wash-tub'! I fill it with solar-heated water from my garden hose (it gets REALLY hot!) and scrubba-dubb-dubb...Pin It
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Up here in God's country (aka: Maine), we've been blessed with weeks and weeks of picture perfect summer weather which, as luck would have it, has just happened to coincide with my outdoor shows!
Seal Harbor Library Fair. Seal Harbor, Maine
Camden Harbor Arts. Camden, Maine
It was a tough gig, but I managed to muddle through...Pin It
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I rarely purchase anything that doesn't have a 'purpose' - i.e. something to wear, eat, sit on, listen to, read - you get the picture. But I was totally smitten with this tiny toy the moment I saw it listed in the Etsy shop, 30one. Who cares if its only purpose is to sit on my desk and look *utterly* adorable? I had to have it! Frivolous purchase completed, I sat back and awaited its arrival...
Much to my surprise and delight, the packaging was just as charming as the item that accompanied it! Check out that sweet little 'thank you' note (above)...
and the personalized ('J' for Julia!) tag secured to the bag with a twist of candy-striped string! Nicely done...Pin It