Monday, April 18, 2011

Why do Easter Bunnies deliver eggs for Easter?

While Easter is celebrated by Christians as Christ's resurrection, it is also associated with the arrival of Spring time. With Spring comes the celebration of rebirth, renewal and fertility.

Our ancestors celebrated this time by having their own spring festivals. The name Easter is derived from the Goddess of Fertility, Eostre. This association is where we get the bunny and eggs used in conjunction with Easter. As everyone knows, bunnies are very prolific and have long been considered the symbol for fertility. Since eggs are also a sign of fertility, it is the reason that the Easter bunny brings all good children candy or dyed eggs on Easter morning.

The Germans were the first to make the chocolate Easter bunny and candy eggs in the early 1800s.
When Germans immigrated to the States, they brought their tradition of hiding Easter eggs in children's shoes.
Eventually the shoes were replaced with baskets so more
eggs and chocolate bunnies could be delivered to
"good children."

Just remember that biting the ears off your child's chocolate bunnies probably started in Germany too!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What is repurposing?

Repurposing — you hear it all the time. But what does it really mean?

It means that something with little purpose has been creatively changed into something of use or value.

OK, have we confused you even more? Let us give you some examples!

Here's a headboard turned into a coat rack (left), and a coffee tin turned into a robot and coffee pot parts into a stork (right):

Take a look at this old metal headboard that has been turned into a garden bench (left), and this basket turned into a lamp (right):

All of this repurposing is one way to "go green." Instead of buying something brand new, you paint, take apart and reassemble or just hang upside down and electrify something. By doing this, you're bringing life to what could have been something ready for the trash.

If you have repurposed something and kept it out of the landfill, giving it new life and a new purpose, we would love to hear from you! Send photos — everyone is always looking for creative ideas —