I may or may not have caught myself checking out people’s sweaters and debating what it is made out of…
what color temperature it best represented…
how fast, based on the complexity of stitch pattern, I could take it apart…
I may or may not have unraveled while binge watching episodes of The Crown and The Ranch…
stuffed a sweater arm into my bag to unravel on a date…
easily convinced a few little girls in the back seat to unravel another sleeve for me…
I may or may not have held my breath that we wouldn’t have another 40 degree day…
cheered when we hit a below average December…
10 formally in style sweaters unraveled
1 color per 10 degrees on the thermometer
1 row knitted every day based on the weather
hours and hours of weaving ends back
Cheers to friends who dish out challenges; surround yourself with go-getters.
Cheers to the changing colors of life; control what you can control and work with what you can not.
Cheers to always finding a moment to stop and make every day.
Cheers to 2017.
We are in the heart of birthday season!
very possibly my favorite time of year…
nephews, sisters, Pops and friends all turning a year older…
me trying to keep surprise secrets…
Cheers to the little black star blanket and bow that has wrapped our surprises for a decade
Cheers to keeping a ton of plastic coated paper out of the landfill
Cheers to celebrating the days and years we get to share together
Replacing paper towels with rags just put us a step closer to being a trash free classroom! I did a happy dance when the school recently bought a washer and dryer. Every Friday I do a load. I put the clean rags in a bucket on the left side of the sink and a bucket on the right side to catch the used ones.
Cheers to hopefully planting a seed in little brains.
Cheers to maybe saving the school a little money.
Cheers to trying to fix a problem one little step at a time.
The paper trash.
I had no idea how much paper was generated in a typical classroom.
Book order forms…
All useful in the moment, but a burden when you do not own a trash can.
Some of the paper helps me out in the compost bins, where I need to have an equal ratio of “green” waste (food scraps) and “brown” waste (paper) to make the magic of composting work. The paper coming home from school quickly throws our balance off.
So I learned how to make handmade, recycled paper with the overflow.
I made Trashy Valentines…I love saying that.
I made gift tags.
I made Mother’s Day Flower Bombs.
I made ornaments.
I made business cards.
I made gift cards.
I made notes for lunch boxes.
I made invitations.
I made birthday decorations.
I made thank you cards.
There are tutorials online but I had to find what works for me. The video will hopefully make it easier to understand my process.
I am using an old, very sturdy screen that was previously used in a crawl space. The blender, rolling pin and pieces of felt were easy second-hand finds.
This is not the solution to lowering the waste in our classroom; it is just my creative solution to reuse what keeps coming home until I find a better one.
It keeps me on my toes.
It keeps me thinking.
It keeps me making.
Cheers to creating with what you have around you.
Cheers to finding a problem and taking on the challenge to see if it can be fixed.
Cheers to teachers brainstorming right along side you.
1 plastic cap to a cinnamon container; because it is FALL and I couldn’t wait to go to the bulk food store next month.
2 seals from yogurt; I have got the BEST idea EVER for the yogurt containers I have been saving. Ekk! I am biting my tongue trying not to tell my secret! It’s going to be EPIC.
1 seal from parmesan cheese; I am made a new pesto recipe. If it proves to be a winner, I’ll look into a trash free option.
4 seals to peanut butter, coconut oil, mouthwash and allergy medicine,
1 plastic package seal to allergy medicine; I am trying to be proactive towards the fall allergies we both share.
Packaging from something I ordered online
Packaging to insoles for my shoes; the doctor suggested I use them for awhile to help my foot heal.
Trim of insoles; so they would fit my shoes
1 trillion twisty ties to spinach, cilantro and kale
1 busted bobby Pin
2 razor blades
1 seal to night cream
Goodwill Tags from a few sweaters I bought this month
1 clothing tag that I cut out of a sweater I bought from Goodwill
1 wrist band from an Antique Tractor Show we attended. Don’t laugh, it was awesome. But, why can’t the wrist bands be made from just paper? Or better yet, just stamp my hand… a cute little tractor stamp…or tire treads. I bet it would save the organization some money.
1 ink pen; I am going to ask for a refillable fountain pen for Christmas
One battery cap; we had to replace the fire alarm battery
1 lens to a pair of sunglasses, I have no idea where the other one is. We kept the frames for dress up clothes.
1 invitation to a birthday party!
1 piece of junk mail
11 DAMN PLASTIC ENVELOPE WINDOWS
Recently we traveled back to my hometown. Our dear friends are living there again and they have generously opened their home to us to visit when we can. It is a delight to be in their company and a joy to revisit favorite childhood spots.
I do not want to carry more than I need. I want to send every free moment feeling present and alive, not checking, organizing and worrying about my stuff.
Slowly, I am perfecting my needs and smoothing out my travel.
Slowly, I am letting go of what I “might need”.
4 outfits (plan do a load of laundry mid week or wear everything twice)
Swimsuit and sunglasses
Wallet (only the cards I need)
Phone and charger
Water bottle and snacks
(seriously, I am a Ross and my daughter is 1/2 Ross…we do not go anywhere without food)
The best part is our bags fit under the plane seat in front of us.
I read books she owns.
If we forget something, she probably can help us out.
For example, we needed a toenail clipper and a bandaid after the pavement jumped up and bit Cubby’s toe.
My friend came to the rescue.
I experimented with converting a purse to a bathroom bag this trip. Then when we made it to our destination, we unpacked and it became our beach bag.
This worked out perfectly!
I use to believe I needed to bring something home from every trip in order to remember.
I use to bring sea shells home.
I use to bring patches home to sew onto my backpack.
I hold my memories in my mind and heart.
That is all I need.
By daughter brings one item home, and that is totally okay with me. She feels she needs it to remember.
Cheers to opening up space for making memories.
Cheers to almost having my packing list perfected.
Did you know a baseball is full of wool yarn ranging in different plys and delicious colors of blues and grays?
What did I do with this new found treasure?
Well, I make a hat, of course.
I call it my baseball hat.
a pair of baseball socks,
a baseball jacket,
Oh goodness this is going to be fun.
Cheers to packing away winter and saying hello to spring.
I am not a shopper.
Never have been and chances are, never will be.
So how did I end up at on The Magnificent Mile, in Chicago?
Well, first I needed to experience riding on the Amtrak. The year 2016 is all about pushing myself outside my comfort zone, so I am planning something every month that makes me nervous! I realized I had never ridden on the train despite it running through the town where I presently live. If given enough time the train could take me to a zillion cities in the country but I choose Chicago for my February adventure because it is close enough to ride up and return in one day…one very long day. So that is why I bought a ticket and jumped aboard.
Secondly, my 1000 Places to See Before You Die book told me this was going to be worth my time. I have been highlighting every place I have traveled to for years and making note of the date and who went with me.
This is how I was able to stubble across 3 stores selling goodies in bulk!
So cheers to adventures,
cheers to stumbling across some trash-free gems,
and cheers to purposely pushing myself into a state of joyous nervousness.
Oh what a lovely year this is going to shape out to be!
I have this little game I like to play…I realize I start a lot of stories this way…but this is my world and I love it. So, here is how the game goes…
Every time I receive an item in the mail it…obviously…comes in a box or large envelop. This transporting material could be considered trash.
Most people use it once and toss it.
But here is where I insert the fun.
For every package I receive I must then turn around and fill it with an unexpected surprise for someone else! I do not have a “rule” as to what the surprise needs to be other than it can not be frugal, liquid or potentially hazardous, contain lithium batteries or perfume. Most of the time it is something I made or something silly I found that reminds me of the friend. I always slip a note in saying they absolutely do not need to keep this item and to feel free to pass it along when the time comes.
No object guilt will come from me.
This month I received two packages, both things I needed…but this means I have two surprises to plan!
Just the thought of planning a surprise makes me giddy!
Cheers to mailbox surprises.
Cheers to reusing my trash.
Cheers to the silly games I find myself playing!