Today is Earth Day and also the day of my birth. I'm so pleased you have joined me for this celebration and my final tribute to recycling.
It was time to give a used spoon a second life,
along with one of those ugly plastic eggs I keep trying to
I actually found this beat up tablespoon in the street near my driveway. Apparently someone threw it out a car window and it landed where I was able to put it to good use.
I covered the egg with scraps of vintage sheet music.
I never throw any sheet music away, no matter how small the scraps.
The spoon's bowl became the nest for the egg.
I keep all my threads I cut when I make fabric art, unless I purposely keep the threads long on an item (like my scrappy journal pages) for effect.
I use those threads in my art, specifically nests that I love to make. The only thing not recycled is the moss I used for the base of the bowl. Everything else in the nest was ready for the trash or recycle bin.
For my final entry, I recycled a spoon I found near my driveway, a plastic egg, along with scraps of vintage sheet music, threads, and trash from my craft room floor or table.
As a final wrap-up, here is my bEARTHday tribute to the month of April leading up to Earth Day. It is everything I repurposed, reworked, recycled, or reused this month. I made this mosaic, as usual, at Big Huge Labs.
Please enlarge to get the full effect.
As you probably remember, if you've been following my art this month, some of these projects turned out OK, some turned out great, and a couple should have gone to the recycle bin. As I said at the beginning of the month, each year the task gets harder because there are limited new things I can come up with to create. So next year, I may be calling on a few of my artistic friends to help me out, like I did Chris this year.
Also, if you recall at the beginning of the month, I promised to share ideas about how to rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle, re-invent, recover, restore, rebuild, revamp, or repurpose something in order to save it from the trash, and ultimately to save our planet. Which of course, leads to respect: respect for our planet, respect for trash as art, and respect for what you as an artist can achieve.
Thank you beyond belief for sticking with me through these 22 days leading up to bEARTHday. BTW, I hope your Earth Day is as glorious as mine. And please be kind to the earth. It's the only one we have.