Our Earth is Awesome & My Recent Upcycling Adventure

You may know I am a nerd. But what you didn't know, is I'm a bit of a science nerd. I had a rock collection growing up that I still own to this day. I grew crystals. My childhood pet was a California Albino King snake named Spaghetti. So I have always enjoyed learning about our world! I marvel at it's harmony. It's pretty awesome that all living things grow together in a symbiotic way. Naturally, I want to pass this love to my children. As a family we hike and walk often. We talk about the creatures and the Earth around us. I teach them to observe nature and weather.  
Yesterday we walked around our home on a color hunt and the pictures above are what we found. Yes, ALL the pictures above we found just in our backyard. We called it our colorhunt. Thankfully it's spring so there's lots of flowers to choose from. The boys especially enjoyed watching the bees at work. You can see a bee in the yellow picture slice above. We even ended up having a discussion about what the bees were doing. Then followed the discussion of why we don't throw sticks as bees. Haha. Needless to say, we had a pretty awesome time enjoying the world around us. 

So today is Earth Day! In case you're looking for some Earth Day fun here's some of last weeks posts-

Inspiring Mum: Rachel Whipple An interview with an awesome activist
What's It All For Why to teach your children about conservation
How To Start a Garden Basics of starting a vegetable garden
Paper Eating Monster Fun craft to encourage children to recycle

And to finish us off on on Earth Day extravaganza I'll share a little bit of my upcycling adventure. I love the concept of upcycling. I thought this explained it pretty nicely-

"Recycling takes consumer materials — mostly plastic, paper, metal and glass — and breaks them down so their base materials can be remade into a new consumer product, often of lesser quality.
 When you upcycle an item, you aren’t breaking down the materials. You may be refashioning it — like cutting a t-shirt into strips of yarn — but it’s still made of the same materials as when you started. Also, the upcycled item is typically better or the same quality as the original."(1)

Here's how I upcycled some old items given to me from various family members. These items were either broken, missing parts, or outdated.

For the ring, button earrings, and stacking doll necklace I used hardware that you can find in any jewelry making section of a craft store. So if you'd like to try one of these crafts I would highly suggest making a trip to your local craft store. I had an old pendant and glued it to a blank metal ring. I simply glued the blank earrings to the back of some buttons. The vintage pins were fun to hot glue to some dollar store headbands. Then I placed a small piece of felt on the back of the pin. The pearl neckalce was missing hardware and was too short. So I twisted some ribbon with wire in it and attached it to the ends. Voila!   

I am so excited to have given these pieces new life. Plus I am such a big fan of character. The stacking doll is probably my favorite! I hope to spend today in the sun admiring the amazing world around me. Maybe we will go on a second color hunt. I think I'll add #colorhunt when I upload pics to Instagram if you wanna see what we find. I hope you too can find a way to appreciate the Earth we live in.  


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