Heather Lawson was admiring the gorgeous floral arrangements on a reality-TV show about weddings when it hit her: After the big event, the flowers would be going into the trash.
This week's episode of "The Cheap Life" is full of ideas on how to "upcycle" or reuse some items around your house like redecorating a brick with pottery or glass pieces or how to spruce up a table lamp.
A thought-provoking little story has been circulating on the Internet recently about an elderly woman who is chastised by a young cashier at the grocery store for not bringing her own reusable grocery bags. The cashier scolds the woman - and people of her generation - for not caring as much as younger people do about the environment and the impact their actions have on the Earth.
As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, I spend a lot of time in the evenings hunkered down next to the wood stove, reading or tinkering with various craft projects. Of course, I particularly love any craft that lets me recycle something that would otherwise end up in the trash. I call it "creative repurposing."
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