i'm an environmentalist but i'm also a creator. i make things. and i know the world doesn't need more things. so there is a dilemma. in order to justify what i do, as much as possible, i use recycled materials. my hooked mats are made with used t-shirts that i purchase in bulk at thrift stores (or get from friends). my sewn baby clothes are made from old chenille bedspreads and vintage cotton. i find wonderful old buttons . i feel i'm giving new life to old materials. when i paint,for the most part i paint wooden objects that can be used - mailboxes, birdhouses, boxes, bowls - objects than serve to beautify or enhanse a space as well as serve a function. i can't stop "making" but my conscience sits a little easier.