January's Creative Reuseletter has info about our newest sale, last night's Scrappy New Year festivities, and more!
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Organize Your Life Sale!
January 2 - January 31
Making a resolution to tidy up your items and organize your stuff? All containers, baskets, boxes, and other specially marked items used for ORGANIZATION are buy one get one free!

Bar Crafts is on a short hiatus!
Our monthly adults-only crafting night is cancelled for today, but we'll be back next month! Come down to the Allegheny Wine Mixer in Upper Lawrenceville on Feburay 7th from 6-9 PM for a night of fun! $5 gets you a project kit and all the tools and encouragement you need to leave with a finished, awesome project.

Upcoming Shop Closures
We will be closed on Monday, January 18th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

upcoming programs

Here's what our Creative Education Team is up to this month!
  • We’re hosting a Creative Education Volunteer Info Session/Orientation on Sunday, January 17th, 4:30-6:00. If you’re interested in attending please fill out this form!
  • Our Creative Education Team’s 2016 will begin with a field trip visit from the Homewood Girl Scouts, followed by a Jewelry Remix Program with the same group the next week!
  • We’ll be visited by a local Odyssey of the Mind group, who will be gearing up for competition and getting extra creative with our shop's assortment of reclaimed materials.
  • We’ll be connecting with many awesome educators at the Everything Afterschool Enrichment Fair.
And here's what we did last month!
  • We hosted a group of students from Holy Family Academy, who created beautiful upcycled items from things like VHS tapes and old picture frames. Check out the photos here.

  • Fun and festive holiday door decorations were created by the families who attended Providence Family Connections Annual Santa Brunch. Click here to see the photos.

  • We were visited by three groups of students from the Environmental Charter School. They received tours of our facility and then went shopping for items to use in their sculpture projects!

  • We returned to Carnegie Library of Homestead, where participants made awesome jewelry from broken jewelry parts and other reclaimed materials. Check out the photo album here.

  • We had a great time at First Night Pittsburgh! Event attendees visited our Scrappy New Year activity and made all kinds of amazing things from fabric scraps. We can’t think of a better, warmer, fuzzier way to have spent New Year’s Eve! Click bb for some awesome photos.

announcing our very first Artist in Residence: Juliet Pusateri

Juliet was selected from scores of wonderful applicants to be our very first artist in residence from now until March 2016. Juliet will be using reclaimed materials from Creative Reuse to create a new body of work that will be featured in our NEW GALLERY SPACE! Check below for a timeline of events, and click here for more details, including Juliet's bio, work samples, and more.
February 7, 12-4pm -- Demonstration Day in the Creative Reuse Shop.
March 24, 6-9pm -- Opening Reception in the new Creative Reuse Gallery
April 20, 6:30-8:30pm -- Workshop after hours in the Creative Reuse space.

From the artist: "Artworks have the ability  to connect us to ancient histories and recent histories, through techniques, traditions, and art-historical references over time. By transforming reclaimed materials by making them into artworks, I will recontextualize the objects, drawing attention to the original object. For the viewer, this will inspire wonder and new ways of thinking about objects not only at [Creative Reuse], but also in their everyday life.”


other Creative Reuse art news

Artist in residence at Bunker ProjectsKija Lucas, invites Creative Reuse visitors to participate in her project, Objects to Remember You By: An Index of Sentiment. She will be photographing images of sentimental objects in the shop on January 22-2412:30-4:30pm each day. Stop by and bring a special item to be photographed!

From the artist: "Objects to Remember You by: An Index of Sentiment" is a growing collection of images of sentimental objects. We carry objects through our lives, attaching memories and meanings to them that surpass their initial usefulness. Something held by a loved one allows us to feel close to that person, even without their presence. While these objects can offer a sense of safety or closeness, they can also be heavy and difficult. When creating a place to live, we commonly introduce these objects to make our spaces our own and to remind us of what matters from our past. For this project, I ask members of a community to bring in object[s] of sentimental value to be photographed. Each item and the information of that object are added to the index." 

business thank-yous

Many thanks to the following businesses who chose to reuse last month by donating their discards to Creative Reuse!

We want to give a special thanks to Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center, the Tech Shop, and Howard & Kathy Eisner at the X-Factory for helping us over the last few months with our special project. It's been great working with you!
If your business would like to discuss how to donate their discards to Creative Reuse, please contact Barbara Moore at

project sponsorships

We were so pleased to be able to support Emmanuel Church's Angel Art program this month. Find out more about our sponsorship program HERE.

item of the month

Golf balls! These versatile roundies are great for all kinds of reuse projects. Transform them into animals and creatures with paint and googley eyes; stack 'em three high and add tiny hats to make snow-people; sew 'em into the corners of an outdoor table cloth as wind weights ... the list goes on and on (do a search in Pinterest for more ideas). Find 'em in the Bulk Section for 25 cents each or fill-a-bag.

cigar boxes
Maybe one of your resolutions for 2016 is to be more organized? If so, we've got you covered with all kinds of boxes and bins. Cigar boxes are about $4 each.
glass jars
Small glass jars without lids are great for making terrariums (or terraria), holding tiny supplies or use as bud vases. And they're just 50 cents each!
fabric paint
An explosion of a rainbow of colorful colors! Most fabric paints are 50 cents each. 
Cut it out! No, literally, cut it or anything out of paper with these handy scissors. Pairs are 50 cents or as marked.
Was 2015 the best year ever? Then make a trophy to commemorate everyone who helped make it so.
framed art
Dress up some bare or drab walls with all kind of interesting, unique, affordable, and already framed art.
bingo balls
Bingo balls don't bounce, but boy are they beautiful and bountiful.
containers with lids
Awesome is right! Store small supplies and treasures; display tiny drawings or photos; or make necklace charms out of these small plastic vials with screw-on lids.
Buckle up! Or buckle down! Or buckle under! Or buckle left and buckle right!
We have a lot of fun on social media. We know you do, too! Pick your poison:
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse is open every day, to everyone, from 11AM to 6 PM.

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