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January 19, 2014

a recent tale of repurposing

For those of you who may not know this, Seth and I have 8 nieces and nephews (and one more on the way in June).  Being an aunt is one of my favorite things in the world.  It's pretty remarkable to see your siblings make new people and see them parent these little people.  And as an aunt I get to spoil them and join in on watching them grow up.

Seth and I haven't made any hard and fast rules about this, but our Christmas gifts to these 8 kids are pretty minimal, for budgetary reasons.  The holidays always seem to stretch wallets thin and in years past, we often pick up something small at Dollar General or the dollar bins at Target for the kids.  This year was a little different.

We packed up our NC house in mid-December, and while going through the classic "junk drawer" in the kitchen, I came across FIVE old cell phones- Seth's brother, who has four of the eight, told me to keep those for the kids.  Great idea- just in time for Christmas! So, I brought them back up north, wrapped them in newspaper, and put them under the tree for the kids.

Admittedly, I wasn't sure on the response of these gifts, BUT, come time to open the gifts, 3 of the 5 phones still turned on!! The kids were able to take pictures and look through pictures of my dogs that were left on the phone.  
Obviously the batteries won't last long and those phones will still need to be disposed of, but at least they made fun gifts and were able to be something that we could give that wasn't creating more waste.
  (Don't worry, the youngest 3 got something special too!)

**have a wonderful start to your week**


  1. Cute! Yes being an aunt is super fun! This year I knitted Dorothy a stuffed animal and I'd love to make it a tradition to make something for the kiddos every year.

    1. You are so creative and to knit a stuffed animal!? I just finished my very simple scarf- I can only imagine the complexity of a pattern! I do miss you friend! :)