If you haven't noticed, being "green" is becoming more and more popular. Whether this means you eat only local and organic foods, wear only organic clothing, or swear off all cleaning products with chemicals that are harmful to the environment, the desire to protect the earth for future generations is defining lifestyle factors for a large portion of society. So what does this have to do with Two Twelve Arts Center? Well, another way to be green is by up-cycling. For those of you who don't know what this means, up-cycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into something new and useful. Take Nancy Miller's class, "Up-Cycling Sweaters to Mittens." In this class, students bring in a shrunken sweater (something useless to them for its intended purpose) and leave with a pair of mittens. With a little sewing on the machine, they line the sweater mittens with fleece and add personality with decorations and embellishments. Nancy had two students this month in her mitten class, and they both enjoyed giving new life to an old sweater by creating a cozy pair of mittens. So just think...You can create an adorable pair of mittens and feel good about it because you are up-cycling.