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"A society built on green design, sustainable energy and closed loop systems, a civilization afloat on a cloud of efficient, non-toxic, recyclable technology." ~~Alex Nikolai Steffan


Making a new thing out of an old thing isn't new.  Lots of people are rediscovering how to reuse something creatively.  Contribute your own in the comments!

Remember when you said you wished you knew how to solder?  

If you live in the Tallahassee area, there is a new Maker Space called Making Awesome where you can create, repurpose, and repair virtually anything.  Right now, Open House is every Wednesday evening.  Here's the announcement:

  • Making Awesome is open to all. The doors open at 5:30 PM. Wednesday evenings.
    Recently, the OctoPiRates from SAIL High School showed off their last robot project (it shoots basketballs) and their current build, a robot that throws frisbees. There were robots to drive and, always some smart and interesting people to chat with.
    Please bring a project to work on; either something you're building or something you want to fix.
    Here's what people are working on right now....
    • RFID Access Control System (Dick)
    • Building work benches (Dick)
    • Fireworks control panel (Brad)
    • Building a 3D printer (David)
    • ...and much more!
    The space is at 119 Century Park Drive. That's north off Pensacola, behind TCC. The building across the street from Graybar Supply. There's currently no sign out front (another project) but the place is easy to find. Right now, we're using the side door for access. More info:

If you can't hide the cords, why not make them into art?

A dress out of books?


Make your own gift bag: 

DIY Solar Lamps - Repurpose some solar powered lawn lights and paper with images, for example, from an old encyclopedia.   


**check out Make Magazine for ideas and inspiration.

90 Life Hacks to make your life easier:  Guaranteed that you'll find at least two that you'll use right now! 

List and photos are here. From How To Geek  

Make a firepit out of an old washing machine drum:

DIY One Hour Upcycled Firepit

A reuseable calendar made from an old frame and glass with post-ittm notes

Write on, wipe off

Convert your gas lawnmower to solar (or just get a push mower for free exercise):

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"How to" descriptions and links to other examples from Lee's Gas to Electric Build it Solar Lawn Mower Conversion here.

What you need: 

  • Lawnmower (It doesn’t even need to be working, so you can scour junk shops for a cheap one.)
  • Electric motor 
  • 12 volt battery
  • Solar panel
  • Power switch
  • Battery level gauge (optional)
  • Electrical wire
  • Nuts, bolts and other hardware
  • Make sure all the fuel is drained from the mower
Mason jar chandelier made with mason jars, a canning rack and christmas lights.  What could be more simple?

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