Before throwing anything out I think that we need to ask ourselves if it can be repurposed or recycled. Repurposing, in my opinion, is better than recycling. So if possible we need to look at it as our first option. Second option: “one (wo)man’s junk is another (wo)man’s treasure.” So, if we can’t repurpose it, maybe someone else can! If not, then recycling, I guess. Last option – rubbish bin!!
Repurposing and Recreating Small Glass Jars!
No long after arriving back in Oman for the 3rd time, I invited a long-time friend to dinner. He bought some desserts in small glass jars. The desserts were really nice, but the best part for me - the glass jars! I immediately thought, “these would be so handy to put my earrings and other stuff in”. As my contract was only two years I wanted to buy as little as possible. He told me that he had loads of them at home because he ate lots of those desserts and had never thrown them out. Here we go, “one man’s junk is another woman’s treasure”!! I knew that I could use some of them.
I put one on my dressing table and put my earrings in it. It looked pretty boring – just plain glass. So, I thought – glass painting! I immediately googled “glass painting”. Then I set about looking for glass paints. And the painting began!! Art supplies are a bit lacking here, as was my knowledge and experience of glass painting, so the first designs were a bit rough and ready. But, it was fun and the jars looked transformed.
“Bring over the rest of the jars”, I said – and the jar-painting adventure began in earnest. I painted Christmas presents for my colleagues – a personalised jar for each of them based on their interests. I think they were pretty chuffed! I painted more for other friends as wee gifts. Inside those I popped a tee-light candle. I had so many jars that I sent some of them to a church bazaar with a tee-light candle in each. To my surprise, they were snapped up very quickly!
As I went on, my designs and painting got better and better. One person even asked for some more so that she had a set of 6! How’s that for an accolade? This time I was pretty chuffed!! These wee painted jars are all over my house holding an assortment of things - keys, earrings, bracelets, safety pins, bag ties, coins, other odds and ends.
Some have candles in them that I burn when I do yoga and meditation, or when I just need some pampering!