Reduction of our footprint, sustainable living, buying less, not wasting materials, I could continue with the necessities of our time. At last it seems to become more popular to use materials we already have. This is the topic of another post.
For me it has always been hard to throw things away that seem to be useful one day. My creativity is huge and over the years I collected quite a lot of materials. Sometimes I have an idea or I am inspired by someone. Recently I did some research in YouTube and Instagram and discovered craftschooloz https://www.craftschooloz.com/ . Ruth teaches creative workshops.
I was enthusisatic to create a basket from old jeans and baling twine (the blue cord holding haybales), both materials I have hoarded. The only new item needed, a yarn, is certainly on hand in my supplies. I watched the Youtube tutorial on how to make the beginning of the basket and started frankly. It is quite easy to make this coiled basket, BUT:
IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME!
Is it worth the time? Making a basket which I do not really need just to use up some of my hoarded material? Hmm.
We are not only told to reuse but also that time is money. Could I use my time better? Act in a way that brings me step by step to a brighter future? Only do things that are useful for my personal progress? My inner voice is loud: do not waste your time! I know where it comes from. Education.
But there is another side existing: doing things for satisfaction. To do something for pure joy! Justification enough, isn`t it?
IT BROUGHT ME SO MUCH JOY TO MAKE THIS CROOKED LITTLE BASKET!
Maybe I make another one today…