"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." (Native American proverb)
I'm a little behind for Blogger Action Day (it was Monday). The idea was for all bloggers to get behind one issue: the environment. Ed and I have tried to do a few things: change our lightbulbs, do lots more recycling, and live more simply. But the biggest environmental thing we did was live without a car for five years. We have a car now ($700 of repairs this week! Timing belt, water pump, and brakes). We hope to avoid being a two-car family, though it will depend--as it does for most people--on our jobs.
But the other big thing has been my shift--thanks to blog reading--to thrift shopping. I used to regularly go to Target and buy clothing, stuff for the house, etc. Now I buy things secondhand, in part to save money, but also in part because it feels right to reuse something rather than always buy new.
I also spend a lot less on craft supplies, now that I shop secondhand. While I'm not lucky enough to find yarn very often, I have become the queen of wool felt from recycled sweaters. I still make my purses (three of the latest ones pictured above) and found out today that a few have sold at an art galley in Indiana that has carried them since summer. Yea! They also were recently mentioned at this site.
I also applied for my first real craft show: the St. Nick's bazaar at my parish, St. Gertrude's in Chicago, in early December. More details if I get accepted, but meanwhile I'm working toward a goal of at least 50 purse for inventory by then. (I have about 20 now). I also would like to have something small,too--maybe an ornament.
And I'm still selling my felt scraps in my etsy shop, and recently started offering a smaller bag of smaller pieces for $3.99. (Those photos are of bags for sale in my shop now.) It's nice to help other crafters with their supplies, add a little cash to the adoption fund, and save some old, wool sweaters from a landfill.