I have to convince my little cub that the feelings on Monday morning are normal. It’s just a “Case of the Mondays” and usually clears up by noon. What is a “Case of the Mondays”? Well…
…when you can’t open your eyes and are convinced that in the next 9 minutes the universe will magically shuffle back 24 hours.
…when she owns 3 purple sweaters and none of them can be found.
…when you have to stop the car and double check that everyone is wearing panties.
…when your nighttime cold medicine hasn’t worn off.
…when you should have dumped the composting toilet the day before.
…when lunch spills all over the cafeteria floor.
…when you show up to a staff meeting unprepared.
…when the car magically turns into the local grocery store parking lot and two donuts just happen to jump into your reusable produce bag.
Cheers to the good moments of today too.
Cheers to a double Case of the Mondays!
Slowly, very slowly I am replacing everything I own with something that I have created. Eventually, I will be living in and around all of my art.
Please tell me this idea makes your heart jump for joy too?
My lunch bag is one of my favorite handmades, probably because I am always ready for what is inside. Made from the end of my denim pant leg, after cutting them off for shorts last summer, this bag can perfectly hold two pint size glass jars. The jars have replaced plastic baggies in our home and can easily shift from refrigerator, to lunch bag, to microwave if needed. They stack uniformly in the refrigerator and of course a sink full of dirty glass jars is more beautiful than a sink of dirty odd sized and colored plastic containers.
Best part, I can easily throw the bag in the wash. Being made out of durable denim, means it will be at least half a lifetime, if ever, before it wears out and I have to replace it.
I also decided to use the scrap denim because the manufacturing of one pair of denim jeans uses a ridiculously large amount of water…like liters and liters and liters of water…making reusing denim a more environmentally healthy alternative to using brand-new fabric. Denim also includes synthetic, petroleum base fibers to provide durability but in doing so, creates a product that can not be composted. The dyes used to create just the right color blue, are toxic; not to mention the working wages and conditions of the people creating them are unimaginable. So reusing denim in every way possible, saves resources, lengthens its lifespan and holds off its burial in an over crowded landfill. That is the ugly.
But let’s talk about how beautiful it is too. It takes a lot of wear to push denim past its limits. It ages with character and never goes out of style. Add a piece of lace and you have a simply gorgeous lunch bag.
Cheers to reusing to create.
Cheers to the useful, the practical and the washable.
Cheers to living completely surrounded by my art.
I was dragging today *big time*
I. mean. BIG. time.
So I tried something new. I stopped at the cute little gas station by the school and picked up a fountain drink in my glass jar. I walked up to the counter, acting like I do this daily and the lady smiled and would not take my money. I tried to explain that I would pay full price I just do not want the styrofoam. She said, “No, really…It is on us. Have a good day.”
Now, it might have been the caffeine but I really think it was the kindness that put a little more kick into my day and helped me plow through a large project this afternoon.
Damn, sometimes I feel so lucky to live in this world!
Every year on our way to the berry farm, my little one wants me to tell her the story of the first blueberry picking adventure. “You know Mom, the time you found a blueberry in my diaper. I must have been saving it for later!”
We pick our berries.
We weigh our buckets.
We carry them home in bowls.
We freeze them in old glass peanut butter jars in the freezer.
we have blueberries in oatmeal, yogurt and pancakes all winter long.
Cheers to family traditions!
Cheers to the sweetness of living trash free!
Photo credit: Pops! He takes the two of us every year.