Creative Use and Reuse

Greetings Friends!

Last week I did my taxes. To my surprise I spent $4,500 on art supplies last year. Holy cow! That’s a lot of canvas, paper and paint. But before you judge me too harshly, let me just say in my defense that a big chunk of it was tote bags that I ordered for my shows. They’re expensive to have custom made.

To reduce expenses, I’m challenging myself to first use up the supplies that I already have before buying more stuff.

I have plenty of paint and quite a few blank canvases. Maybe not the exact sizes that I’d like, but it gives me an opportunity to try using other sizes and see how they look. I have many paintings that didn’t work out for one reason or another. I can rework them or sand them down and paint over them.

And I also have a lot of yarn, which has inspired me to get back into weaving. I like making scarves on my 8″ rigid heddle loom because it’s portable, easy to use on my lap, and I can take it to my Handicraft Group meetings and have something to work on while we chat.

Cassandra Tondro Handwoven Scarves

I’ve completed two cozy, warm, and soft handwoven scarves so far. The thing I like about weaving is working with unusual color combinations and fabulously textured yarns. Click on the image below to see these beautiful scarves on my website.

Cassandra Tondro Handwoven Scarf

How are you using and re-using materials in your life? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for contributing to my birthday fundraising campaign for feral cats. The total donated comes to $490, which is way more than I was expecting. Wow! Your kind generosity is overwhelming and greatly appreciated.

And yes, I had a fabulous birthday celebration! Actually several celebrations with family and friends. Here’s a picture taken by my friend Toby at my favorite restaurant, Veggie Grill. She brought candles for my polenta.

Artist Cassandra Tondro birthday

May your days be filled with love, laughter and light. You so deserve it!

Much love and appreciation,



  1. So glad to hear that you had a great birthday! That was a wonderful idea to have donations in place of gifts. Love the scarf! Don’t even want to think about taxes – – – they hopefully will be better than last year. Paying off the house was probably not the smartest thing to do, but Mom and Dad rubbed off on me – go figure. Love your newsletter! Shannon

    1. Yes, the birthday fundraiser worked out surprisingly well, and what a great use of Facebook! Thank you again for your generous donation, Shannon. I so appreciate it.

      I also like having a paid-off house, but you’re right — not the best decision tax-wise! It gives me a feeling of security, though.

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