RepurposeAn article by a fellow blogger today took me to my Pinterest site and reminded me about much I love the idea of “Repurposing” or “Upcycling”.

Part of the reason I love the concept of repurposing is I live with a guy who is a “collector” and we have enough “stuff” (also known as junk) to fill another house with repurposed items.  The other reason is, I am a survivor of the 60’s and know about the multiple uses of orange crates and cheese boxes.

In the 60’s repurposing had to do with being a poor student with no money for furniture but now it has to do with being trendy.  (I’m sure the poor student thing could also still fit but IKEA has put orange crates out of business).

The picture on the left is one of the first things I posted on my Repurpose board.  I realized as I made the way to the bottom of the board just how big it is.  It took forever to find my first posts.

It occurs to me now I could actually break the items on the board into categories if I had the energy to do so.  There would certainly be a board for repurposed chairs.  They are what we have the most of in the storage area and while I am repeatedly told, “they can be fixed” I note they have sat there for many years with no hope seeing daylight.

In a time when things are so dispensible but also when life is so expensive I don’t know why more people don’t go down the repurposing road when setting up house.  I suppose it is lack of time and lack of know how that may play the biggest role.  I am pretty handy with a paint brush but not so much with a saw so getting that chair turned into a shelf and towel rack needs a little help (from the guy who doesn’t want to change the original role of any of his stuff because someone might want it some day).

After a recent trip through an antique mall/flea market type place I have decided there is really is no reason for anyone to buy new furnishings for a home and I plan to visit there again if I am asked to attend a wedding shower.  I found some kitchen items I had just purchased in a store for less than the new price and they were in perfect condition.

That leads me to Maddy’s blog about Pyrex, The New Family Heirloom.  Go take a look.  I never knew there were so many options in the oven to table ware department.

*Note: If you don’t know bout Pinterest it is likely time to take a look.  It is basically an  electronic bulletin board or filing cabinet of all great stuff that is of interest to you.  Warning: it can be addictive.  You can start by visiting my Pineterst.  There is a secret option for the boards so not everyone needs to know what you are saving on your board.

About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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2 Responses to Repurposed

  1. Thank you so much for the link Peggy, I am now following your boards on Pinterest and will have a better look when I have more time. You have been a dedicated pinner!

  2. Peggy,
    My son died nine years ago from a sudden asthma attack. I am so sorry you also know the pain and heartache of losing a child. Even now all these years later, I still never know what to say. Sending gending hugs. from one angel mom to another.
    I came here to visit with you. I like what I have seen so far.
    I will also check you out on Pinterest.
    Have a wonderful Friday,

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