definition-repurpose 100 clever ways to repurpose mason jars. Yes, that is an actual web site.  The art of taking old things and making them new again is called repurposing.  Our ancestors just called it “making do with what you had.”  Repurpose sounds more intentional, more, well…purposeful.

Here are some photos of how I repurposed what could have been thrown in the dumpster:

The church I attended as a child had an old house next door that served as the parsonage for the preacher and his family. When my dad got word that it was being demolished he remembered my love of all things old, and saved this window for me. It evokes a wealth of memories.

The church I attended as a child had an old house next door that served as the parsonage for the preacher and his family. When my dad got word that it was being demolished he remembered my love of all things old, and saved this window for me. It evokes a wealth of memories.

We bought a very old house near a lake-it had the obligatory "shed/toilet" in the back part of the yard. When we demolished the shed, I kept this beautiful old window frame.

We bought a very old house near a lake-it had the obligatory “shed/toilet” in the back part of the yard. When we demolished the shed, I kept this beautiful old window frame.

The crocheted piece was given to me when I graduated from high school in 1965. It was to go into my "hope chest." I have treasured it since and thought it would be exquisite in my old frame.

The crocheted piece was given to me when I graduated from high school in 1965. It was to go into my “hope chest.” I have treasured it since and thought it would be exquisite in my old frame.

I’m so pleased to have these on my wall-as opposed to the grouping sold on page 47 of a catalogue.  It sure makes a fun way to see my 51 year old crocheted piece-I encourage you to get things out of the attic, out that old trunk and see where you might enjoy them in your home.