I grew up around people who almost always tried to make do. Although I was born in California, I spent some of my formative years in a small town in West Virginia. Our family home had an outhouse, apple trees and patches of strawberries along the walkway. My grandfather hauled the trash to the dump and my grandmother cooked on an iron wood burning stove. It was a simple and peaceful life and it influenced me a lot even when I moved back west during elementary school.
During school, I loved art class although I was known for being studious. And I yearned to learn arts and crafts. When I started to work at 16 years old, I was finally able to buy supplies! I started with calligraphy I believe. I tried cross stich and a little painting over the years. And then I fell in love with jewelry making. Throughout my craft journey I bought the needed supplies but always asked if I could reuse something else before making a purchase. This was a result of my childhood influences, I’m sure.
I used to be a little embarrassed to admit that I hated to throw things away. I would be made fun of. I have learned to get past that. In high school, I bought some upholstery fabric samples from a furniture store that was closing and just knew there was something I could do with them. I eventually started including fabric in my jewelry because I didn’t want some fabric sample to go to waste. Abundantly making do.
My desire to be greener wasn’t only for my craft life. For as long as I remember, I have made daily choices that either demonstrate making do, such as reusing and repurposing, conserving energy resources or a commitment to the environment. There’s a natural overlap of making do and being green.
I’m sharing some tips on being greener when you sign up for my newsletter. Please take a moment to provide your email in the boxes to the left.
- Non efficient use of time on some days
- DWhitecreations sales goal
- Dawncwhite sales goal
- Mulch front yard
- Fall Garden
- Establish exercise routine
- 2015 Life Book