I loooooooove making gifts.
I loooooooove eating homemade sweets.
I loooooooove people who bake goodness.
Slice open a vanilla bean.
Pour vodka over top.
Let sit for 2 months.
Pick up a fancy jar at a thrift shop.
When they use up the vanilla, making all sorts of heavenly goodness, they can refill the jar with vodka and
More vanilla extract!
Cheers to the season of sweets
Cheers to trash free gifts that keep making themselves
Cheers to reminding special people how much they mean to you
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
Plastic Easter Grass=
Need I say more?
This year we shredded a few Spelling lists, Math homework and at least one Scholastic book order form.
💥crunch, crunch, puff💥
Easter grass I can live with.
I 100% guarantee it will be tracked all over the tiny house for the next week but so would that 💩💩💩 plastic stuff too. Eventually all the little pieces will make it to the composter and by Fall will magically turn back into dirt.
Cheers to Easter
Cheers to Resurrection Sunday
Cheers to Passover
Cheers to Spring
Cheers to whatever you want to celebrate this weekend and every weekend!
Using the leftover pine branches of a Christmas tree and the twine used to transport the tree, we constructed this darling, little wreath.
The lace was the trim of a curtain that had seen better days and the door hanger was found at a second hand store a few years ago.
When our wreath has lost it’s holiday magic, we will compost the branches and twine. The lace will be washed and reuse in another project.
Cheers to creating and decorating with someone else’s trash.
Cheers to asymmetrical wreaths, they will become the next coolest thing.
Cheers to little traditions and celebrations.
Made from my little one’s homework,
tied to holiday surprises with the guts of a baseball,
we are passing out our trash to friends and family with lots of cheer!
Cheers to reusing old homework
Cheers to holiday surprises
Cheers to you and me and to all of us!
Three years ago, my dear friend gave Cubby these playing cards for her 4th birthday. These custom-made cards, with their photo on the back, were the *perfect* gift.
*perfect* because we met up with this couple for a card party every month. Their home was deemed the “Party House” due to a little table always arranged with finger foods conveniently within the reach of Cubby. Also, the “Party House” always seemed to be playing her favorite music.
*perfect* because she taught my little one how to play her first card game before Cubby could even recognize and recall the numbers.
*perfect* because she knew we were dramatically downsizing in order to move into the tiny house. Only the objects that are functional and hold true meaning deserved a spot in the house. This deck could replace our old deck that held no sentimental value and would defiantly get used regularly.
The night she gave them to Cubby, in celebration of her birthday, was the last night we saw her.
I remember a few days later one of my sisters saying the cards were even more special, even more *perfect* now.
At the time I wanted to punch those words in the face.
Now, I understand *perfectly*
Cheers to gifting, may we always give from the heart.
Cheers to the holidays, may we remember small acts of kindness can go a long way.
Cheers to friends that live on with us everyday, may we always feel their hugs.
Oh…and cheers to never punching anyone in the face when we do not like their words. It might take 3 years, but chances are, with time, you will understand them.
Made from recycled homework, this handmade paper gift card can be used anywhere; grocery store, restaurant, drive though, vending machine.
Because when a down time hits, food, especially making food, can be the last thing you want and can do.
Cheers to friends; may you never feel alone in this world.
Cheers to the hard times; may you have has few as possible.
This one comes a little late but I thought I would share the reality of our lives around the holidays.
Our Halloween is not free of trash but we do try to retain a balance and not have a ridiculous abundance of candy and waste in our home.
We do dress up; we make our outfits.
We do trick or treat; I am still waiting for someone to pick the trick option.
We come home and gorge on candy for a day; we are human.
Usually a day or two after all the Halloween festivities, she sits down and sorts through her loot. With the option to try one or two new pieces during the process, she prioritize her wants and fills one quart size jar with her favorites. We do this after every candy holiday or summer parade, making it so routine that she surprisingly doesn’t even question it. She knows that she can have one piece everyday from the jar until it is gone. The wierd thing is…just like Mary Poppin’s carpet bag…it never seems to empty.
This year she filled a second jar of Reese Cups, Snickers and Toosie Rolls to surprise her grandparents. The rest we are “selling back” to a local dentist office who pays $1 per pound. In other years, we have donated the extras to someone else. It seems like we never get turned down with this offer.
Our Halloween is not trash free but we try to keep ourselves balanced in our overly abundant world of trash and treats.
Cheers to a holiday of make believe.
Cheers to trying to live the change we wish to see.
Cheers to finding balance in a world of extremes.