I have put energy into eco-friendly and fair-trade ingredients, going paperless for as much business as possible, I have printed business cards on recycled and recyclable paper, and of course supporting conservation around the world. However, I have always felt a little defeated when it come to displays and cake stands. I really just don't want to buy them new and with so much packaging. And the solution came so unexpectedly, I was shocked I hadn't thought of it sooner!
My mom and I were down in Steveston village checking out this year's Farmer's Market when we passed the old Steveston United Church building. This is such a quaint space that still looks like an old church from the outside. We thought why not check it out inside to see what had been changed and just look around at the old architecture of the place. When we approached the building we noticed that a thrift shop had taken up residency inside. So we walked around and check out the stuff inside as well as the features of the church that still remained. As we turned the corner we came to a display of old glass. There was all kinds of stuff on this display from stemware to tea cups, to plates, to vases! It was a cool thing to behold. Mom just made a passing comment to me, "It a shame you couldn't do something with all this" and that's when the idea sparked! Freecycling!!! I have been watching the Discovery channel show "Junk Raiders" for 2 seasons now! (This show is about building a brand new high-end architectural design with a budget of $5000 and as much freecycled materials as possible. They turn old bike rims into furniture. Barn board into desks and tables. And much more) I realized all I would need is some imagination and glass glue to make my own displays and cake stands out of reusable materials!
So that's exactly what I did! I took some old champagne glasses - the style before the tall flutes - and turned them on each other with a large glass serving platter for the top. I also found through my rummaging some silver champagne glasses and some old silver china and so much more. Mom and I found so much that my dad had to come out to help us get it all home. Since then I have been having so much fun in my own creative world making displays and stands out of old materials! Here are two of my ideas and I'll have more pictures as soon as the glue cures on my new desi