Mr Green’s amazing reuse idea

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Mr Green sits in the sun

Mr Green sits in the sun

Look closely at this picture and tell me what you see.

No, we’re not focusing on the jeans with the holes in the knees. Or the fact Mr G is sitting in the sunshine when perhaps there are 101 other things he should be doing.

We’re not even looking at the lovely top he bought in the charity shop for £1 the other week.

I’ll give you a clue – it’s in the bottom left of the photo, just beneath his hand.

You see it yet?

It’s a wonderful form of reuse – a real conversation stopper, something to make you gasp in surprise and something to bring a smile to your face.

When I lived alone I used to have all sorts of candlesticks in my home. I hardly ever used the lights in the evenings; it was candlelight for me. I had open fires and that combined with a few pillar candles provided all the light I required.

Fast forward to moving in with Mr Green and his eyes are, how can I put this politely. Well, they’re a bit older than mine. They’re showing signs of wear and they need a little help from lighting in order to be able to see where he is going, what he is reading or indeed if I’m still actually still in the room with him.

Candlelight just doesn’t do it for him. He can’t see what’s on his plate poor love.

So I Freecycled a lot of candlesticks and candles but Mr Green decided to keep one as some ‘object d’art’ in the front garden. I’ve never been quite so sure myself; I like quirky and eccentric, but I figured in time we’d just be left with a pile of rust.

Anyway, this week I walked outside to be confronted with the glorious sight of my lovely man sunning himself. And to his right:

The perfect wine glass holder made from a reused candlestick

The perfect wine glass holder made from a reused candlestick

The perfect wine glass holder!

The pointy bit that holds the candle in place fits snugly into the dimple at the bottom of his crystal wine goblet.

So I have to hand it to him; our quirky, eccentric ‘Object ‘D’Art’ has certainly found its purpose.

What about you – what funny reuse stories do you have to share?h

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Sarah says:


    (I’d rather have a candle in it….)

  2. Attila says:

    I make lavender bags or catnip “sucky cushions” for the cats out of old socks; the straight sections in the foot and leg. When the cats suck the catnip, the socks go yukky green and look disgusting, but we have two very happy cats!
    I like posh soap in cardboard boxes and use the boxes for jewellery, craft bits or toiletries.
    I woulodn’t dare use a candlestick for a wine glass holder, though; our male cat would be investigating that in two seconds flat and I’d lose the wine!

  3. Angie says:

    I’m with you all the way Mr Green !!!! But where is the re-cycled small fridge to chill the white nectar ???

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Sarah: Well yes, so would I, but there you go LOL! 10/10 for creative idea.

    @Attila: Hey Attila, welcome to the site! I bet your cats are in cat heaven. I had three cats – one of whom ignored catnip, one who would take it or leave it, but another who would definitely have been a green sock sucker LOL!
    I like your reuse ideas for the soap containers…

    @Angie: Well Angie, we can tell where you are coming from !! I’ll have to pose that question to him. A plea on Freecycle perhaps.

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