From the archives: 14 repurposing crafts to inspire you this Earth Day

14 Repurposing projects from the SimpleHomemade.net archives

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Over the last few years, we’ve had some amazing contributors on board, in addition to our editorial team, who have come up with creative ways to repurpose things into new creations, rather than simply tossing them in the trash.

Today as we celebrate the good planet we call home and take a minute to think about taking care of it, let’s revisit some of the great crafty posts we’ve had over the years here on Simple Homemade that repurpose materials into new things or use otherwise eco-friendly supplies.

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How to Color Eggs With Natural Dyes

Editor”s note: Written by Katie Fox and originally published on March 22, 2010, I thought this would be a timely post to bring back as we approach Easter in just over a week. 

Many cultures and traditions include the egg as a symbol in their celebrations, usually signifying rebirth and new beginnings. Kids and adults everywhere love to dye and decorate eggs each spring, so today we”ll look at some natural techniques for dyeing your eggs. Using plant-based materials ensures safe and healthy egg-dyeing fun.

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A day in the life

Just a regular ol’ day, here in the Bennett house, as photographed (almost) on the hour...

Today (yesterday) is the first day of the current session of the Hello Mornings challenge. I successfully make it out of bed and get twenty minutes to myself before the kids wake up: score! Tea is quieter than coffee, so that’s how I choose my poison today.

The little ones join me at the table as I get my day started, while David starts cookin’ up some eggs.

I squeeze in a little last-minute blogging while I still have help from Daddy. He takes off for work shortly thereafter.

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Quiet

I had a post to share with you today, but today isn’t the day. Like you, the events in Sandy Hook have left me heartbroken. No words, no gifts, no acts of service will ever take away the pain, but we want those affected—the parents like us in particular—to know we’re praying for you.

To honor the memory of so many who needlessly lost their lives on Friday, we are choosing to be quiet today. We’ll be back tomorrow.

We’d love it if today you visited Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool. She lives in Newtown.

Thank you for stopping by today, and we hope you’ll join us in remembering and praying.

Pure Charity

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

As you may have seen earlier this week on Simple Mom, Simple Living Media is partnering with Compassion to sponsor a Child Survival Program in Ethiopia. Us SLM editors are just thrilled about this and I love how Tsh put it– all of us as a community, passionate about living simply, helping mamas in Africa so they can simply live — you guys, what a beautiful picture this is of why we really bother writing blogs.

Tsh explained that this CSP needs $25,000 per year to operate. Since as a blog network, we get well over one million unique visitors monthly, we could easily fund this program if every reader just donated one dollar.

But first, how about I tell you about how I got to do a little shopping and make a difference in the lives of these mamas and babies in Africa, too…

Does this sound too be good to be true to anyone else? Amazingly, it”s not. There”s a new website in town– it”s called Pure Charity and it”s making this all easy and possible.

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