Thursday, July 5, 2012

Creativity is Where Needs and Interests Collide

Today began as usual -- a blessed morning filled with possibilities.  While cleaning up breakfast -- my prince's yummy blend of fresh eggs from the backyard, potato, peppers, green onion, garlic and cheese -- I noticed that our spice cabinet looked like it needed some attention. The lazy Susan's were jumbled and be-specked, and upon investigation, I found that a few jars of  herbs were  past their "use by" date.  I have fresh herbs growing in the garden, so I decided to recycle them.
Not so long ago, I would have sent these expired items into the trash without another thought.

 THAT WAS BEFORE...  

...before eight chickens, compost bins and recycle bins offered better options for kitchen scraps and trash. So, this morning, the old dill and black pepper went into the kitchen compost catcher under the sink. The oregano and sage added their aromas to the nest box with Miss Piggy, the broody Orpington hen.  As I prepared to put the plastic containers into our recycle bin... I had an idea: why not make them into plant starters?  Their shaker tops would make great little "frogs" to hold cuttings for the new herb plants I've been wanting to start.    

I got to work removing the labels clothing from their old life.

Three jars found a new home in our garden window, filled with basil, mint and lemon balm stems.





Aren't they great?

This one had a flip top that I snapped off, leaving me with a pretty blue screw-on lid. 


Another one spent the day in the kitchen with my lemon water.

Isn't it amazing how many ordinary days, or old things can become extra-ordinary when we begin to think about other ways they can be useful? An old thing, myself, it makes me happy to think of new uses for things; it gives me hope that I may continue to be useful in new ways too. May your life grow new shoots today as you consider your options.

To read more stories like this, head on over to Deborah Jean's Dandelion House: http://deborahjeansdandelionhouse.blogspot.com/2011/03/farmgirl-friday-blog-hop.html
And also to Blessed Beyond a doubt:
http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/weekend-blog-hop-july-6/
~Blessings~
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4 comments:

  1. Great idea! I love finding ways to "upcycle" things.
    I'm Anne, here by way of the Farm Friday hop. Nice to "meet" you!

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  2. Oh Becky, that's so clever, and CUTE! I love your bright and happy blogs!

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  3. I am here from the Weekend Blog Hop. Unfortunately, I kill all green things! But, you make it look so easy....and pretty!

    Jennifer
    http://teachingboys.net/

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  4. First time stopping in and have really enjoyed! Can't wait to read more! Stop by and follow at:
    http://theredeemedgardener.blogspot.com

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