I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas (in Ecuador): NEW Ornaments from Recycled Maps and “Trash”

Kathryn M. McCullough

My partner Sara STILL says I’m a hoarder.  She admits it might be a sickness, but she’s been known to call it a curse—

(—even after I abandoned most of my collections when we moved to Ecuador.)

Sara, also, claims that “collection” is a euphemism for the buttons and beads, bottle caps and maps I gather, then store in my studio.

(I, on the other hand, prefer to call my collections “collagables”—potential art.)

In all seriousness, I have a passion for transforming trash into treasure– for repurposing something you might throw away into something that might just blow away your friends and family this holiday season.

Sure, I may have a chronic case of pack-rat-it is.  I may have crossed a line—stepped off the edge separating the safe side of sanity from the abyss that is crazy-ass-recycling.

Still, morphing junk into joy can be tons of fun—and a whole lot less crazy than…

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