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June 2014 Board Meeting

June 10, 2014 at 7pm
Directors Present: Cindy, Leslie, Angela, Rebecca, Carole, Katy
Visitors Present: Michele Dames

Tesla Project Creation Station

We’re really excited to participate in The Tesla Project this year. We’ll be hosting a creation station where attendees will get to create robots and anything else their hearts desire with random reuse materials.

Thank you Little Helping Hands!

Many thanks to Little Helping Hands for hosting a volunteer event in support of Austin Creative Reuse. We continue to be appreciative of the volunteers who participate!

Thank you Austin Fabric Co-op!

We’d also like to thank Austin Fabric Co-op for their support and for allowing us to host a fabric sale in their space!

Craft Night At Half Price Books

Please join Austin Creative Reuse this Thursday, May 22 at Half Price Books (5555 N. Lamar) at 6:30pm. We will be making Book Safes (otherwise known as stash boxes). We will have a nice variety of books to choose for your project. Meet at the front of the store and bring your own exact knife if you’ve got one. Otherwise, we will supply everything! This is a free event and we would love to see all our Austin Creative Reuse friends and followers there!IMG_6078

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Did you miss April Craft Night?

For those of you who weren’t able to make it to our fantastic craft night at Whole Foods in the Domain, this is what you missed!  About 20 folks of all shapes and sizes turned out to make someone feel special with their own personalized fabric banner made from upholstery samples.  These samples from discontinued fabric had been on their way to the dump when a thoughtful and creative employee  had a creative thought and contacted us!  We were more than happy to pick them up and come up with something fun.  They are simply perfect for crafting and the best part is we have lots more!  Look for more fun at our May Craft night which will be Thursday, May 22 at 1/2 Price Books 5555 N. Lamar at 6:30pm.

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What can I do with… wipes containers

Wipes, Wipes, Wipes!

Chalk Box

Chalk Box

Ok moms and dads, we’ve all been there. The point when you realize how much time and money you’ve spent buying wipes for your baby. All of those late night runs to the store can really add up and then you’re stuck with all those wipes containers!

I had my own epiphany a few months back when I saw 4 or 5 wipes containers stacked together in my son’s closet. With as much money as I spend on wipes, I had to find a way to get my money’s worth and reuse these boxes. Here are a couple of ideas for how I’m reusing baby wipes containers:

Chalk Box

My son loves the outdoors and he especially loves to draw, so we have tons of outdoor chalk. Wipes containers are perfect for chalk! They can hold a bunch of chalk and can survive whatever Texas weather throws at us from snow and rain to 100 degree temps!

Alphabet Box

Alphabet box

Alphabet Box

My son is 27 months so we are doing a lot of preschool type activities such as colors, numbers and alphabets. Because I have my own sewing business, I have TONS of scrap fabric sitting around the house. I put two and two together and voila! The alphabet box was born.

Each fabric square is a different color and pattern and contains one iron on letter. My son pulls each fabric square out of the box and says the letter and color. It’s the perfect learning tool and keeps him busy for a while.

Cars (and Small Toys) Box

Car box

Cars (and Small Toys) Box

Boys love their toys…and cars too! My son has cars everywhere and they range in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Wipes containers are perfect for holding his cars or any other small toys that could cause serious pain when trying to walk around his room at 2am in the dark.

First Aid Kit

First aid box

First Aid Box

Wipes containers are the perfect size for a first aid kit. My husband and I each have one in our cars as a “just in case” emergency kit. We would rather be safe than sorry. Contents can include band aids, gauze, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic ointment, sunscreen, lip balm, etc. The possibilities are endless!

There are lots of ways you can creatively reuse wipes boxes to fit your family’s needs. These are just a few ideas and I’m always finding new ways to reuse those containers.

How do you reuse your wipes containers?

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April 2014 Board Meeting

April 8, 2014 at 7pm
Directors Present: Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Rebecca, Angela, Carole
Visitors Present: Simone Barnes

20k to Open

What do we need to finally open a reuse center in Austin? What’s standing in our way? $20,000. After much discussion, deliberation, business plan reviews, real estate evaluations, and thoughtful assetments about our first space needs, we’ve determined we need to raise $20,000 to open our doors. Over the next few months, we’ll be doing some serious fundraising to get there and we will need your help as supporters, volunteers, and donors to make it happen.

Here are the kinds of volunteer opportunities we will need:

  • Fundraisers
  • Sponsorship coordinators
  • Event coordinators
  • News spreaders
  • Event volunteers
  • Builders (to build shelving, etc.)
  • Movers
  • And more

Stay tuned!

Upcoming Events

We have a bunch of events coming up and we’d love you to come out and visit us:

Artist Spotlight: Thrifty Threads

When Austin approved the plastic bag ban, I naturally panicked because I didn’t have any reusable bags.  I began to frantically search my closet for something that was durable and reusable.  Suddenly, I stumbled upon a bunch of sheets and pillowcases that I hadn’t used in decades and it hit me, “I can turn these into bags!”  I grabbed my scissors and ran to my sewing machine and thus Thrifty Threads was born!   Ironically, when my hubby got home that evening he asked me where all the sheets and pillowcases were… I kindly replied “They were donated to Thrifty Threads!”

Thrifty Threads makes creative use of pillow cases, sheets, curtains, old t-shirts, fabric remnants, sweaters, and even miss-matched buttons. Items that were destined for the trash and landfills now have new life and serve a useful purpose. Helping you keep your items conveniently located and within easy reach when needed.

As owner and manager, I put life back into used items. Items are sold not only online, but at Toybrary in Austin, East Austin Handmade Market, and Etsy ATX Market. I add creativity into the products and oversee all aspects of the designs and creations. These hand-crafted and creative totes give ways to keep your items in a handy and accessible area.


This is a guest post written by Danielle Ellis, owner of Thrifty Threads.

If you’d like to write a guest post, please email kaci@austincreativereuse.org.

 

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March 2014 Board Meeting

March 11, 2014 at 7pm
Directors Present: Katy, Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Rebecca, Angela
Visitors Present: Simone Barnes and Chris

Amplify Austin

We’re extremely excited to participate in this year’s I Live Here I Give Here Amplify Austin. Last year, we were able to win one of the hourly boosters from 6-7am (an extra $1000!) and we’re hoping to recreate that again!

This year there are some great changes:

  • Schedule your donation! No need to wait until the day of the event to make a donation!
  • Minimum donation of only $10!
  • Become a fundraiser for Austin Creative Reuse! It’s a great way to track the change you personally made! Go to our Amplify Austin fundraising page and click the Create a Fundraising Page to the right.

End of Fiscal Year 2013

We’re coming to the end of our 2013 Fiscal Year. We have lots of plans in the works. We’ll also be meeting as a board in a few weeks to establish our yearly goals. It’s an exciting time for us and we’re glad you’re along for the ride too.

February 2014 Board Meeting

February 11, 2014 at 7pm
Directors Present: Katy, Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Carole, Rebecca
Visitors Present: Simone Barnes and Toni Red

Call for event coordinators
The board is focusing their efforts on opening our retail and community space. Therefore, we need event coordinators for two upcoming events.

Austin Maker Faire is May 3rd and we’d love to participate with an easy reuse craft at a booth. The coordinator will need to organize a craft, recruit volunteers, and be at the event in May.

Earth Day is coming up in April and we always love participating. We need a coordinator to organize a craft, recruit volunteers, and be at the event in April.

If you’re interested, please email info@austincreativereuse.org to get more information.

Did you know we’re on Etsy and Ebay?
We sell reuse materials and supplies on our Etsy and Ebay accounts to help us raise capital for opening our creative reuse center and retail space. Shop online with us!

ReuseConex is coming to Austin!
We’re extremely excited that ReuseConex, the international reuse conference and expo, is coming to Austin in October. There’s currently a call out for speakers. Get more on the ReuseConex website.

 

Introducing Our New Spring Intern!

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We’re really excited to have Toni Red join us as our Spring intern! Welcome, welcome!

Toni Red is an Environmental Science major at the University of Texas at Austin. With a focus in biology, she is interested in plant biodiversity and animals. She is unsure on what she wants to do after graduating but plans on joining the Peace Corps.

January 2014 Board Meeting

January 14, 2013 at 7pm
Directors Present: Katy, Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Carole, Rebecca, Angela

Retail Space & Community Center Conversation
As a board, we had a great conversation about next steps for opening a space. We’ll be meeting on February 8th to walk through some of those steps.

1% of Domain Store Sales to Austin Creative Reuse
On Friday, the Whole Foods Market Domain store will be donating 1% of their store sales to Austin Creative Reuse! It’s a huge opportunity for ACR! We do hope you’ll be able to shop on Friday. You’ll essentially be making a donation to Austin Creative Reuse…

Upcycle Event Coordinator Needed
We have a great event coming up in April and we need a coordinator to wrangle volunteers, materials, and crafts.

Commercial Real Estate Agent Needed
We’re officially aggressively looking for a retail space and we could use the talent of a commercial real estate agent to help us look for the first home of Austin Creative Reuse.

If you’re interested in either the event coordinator or real estate agent volunteer work, please email info@austincreativereuse.org.

 

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