My partner Sara STILL says I’m a hoarder. She admits it might be a sickness, but she’s been known to call it a curse—
(—even after I abandoned most of my collections when we moved to Ecuador.)
Sara, also, claims that “collection” is a euphemism for the buttons and beads, bottle caps and maps I gather, then store in my studio.
(I, on the other hand, prefer to call my collections “collagables”—potential art.)
In all seriousness, I have a passion for transforming trash into treasure– for repurposing something you might throw away into something that might just blow away your friends and family this holiday season.
Sure, I may have a chronic case of pack-rat-it is. I may have crossed a line—stepped off the edge separating the safe side of sanity from the abyss that is crazy-ass-recycling.
Still, morphing junk into joy can be tons of fun—and a whole lot less crazy than some might imagine.
Today, I’ll share photos of my newest trash-to-treasure ornaments and a few images of ones I made last year, as well.
(Note: If you’d like a tutorial on how to make these ornaments, click here.)
The ornament below is made from tea bag wrappers (from Cuenca), recycled fabric, and ribbon. Two inch squares of paper and fabric are “quilted” onto a Styrofoam ball, using more than 200 straight pins.
The next ornament I’ve created since arriving in Ecuador is made from a recycled Cuenca map.
Some of you may recall that last year I also made ornaments from up-cycled cat food cans.
Below are other ornaments that I created last Christmas.
(Remember, I did a tutorial last year on how to make these ornaments. Click here to read.)
So, whether I’m a hoarder or not, I’m dreaming of a green Christmas this year (our first in Cuenca). How about you?
Do you practice any kind of holiday ecology? Do you have an ethic for gift-giving? What kinds of gifts will you give friends and family during the holiday?
NOTE: If you live in Cuenca and you’d like to purchase an ornament, please email me at email@example.com . Quilted ornaments are $25 and cat food can ornaments are $10.