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
The lace from an old curtain has been transformed into dreamy, reusable wrapping paper!
Cheers to lace, one of my favorites things.
Cheers to wrapping without tape, one of my least favorite things.
Cheers to trash free packages filled with surprises.
Now excuse me dear, I need a drink with jam and bread.
All along I thought I was quoting my sister but I have come to realize she was quoting the Gilmore Girls 🙄.
This charming pour over coffee pot now lives in our tiny house officially making me addicted to caffeine; while at the same time, helping me catch up with the other females my age and their Gilmore Girl addiction.
disclaimer: The filters are compostable but I am looking for a reuseable option…I am still a work in progress.
“coffee, coffee, coffee”
Cheers to only owning only items with charm.
Cheers to striving to live without plastic.
Cheers to caffeine induced, pre-holiday Mondays.
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.
Tiny House, Trash-Free Food Challenge, Trash-Free Kitchen, Trash-Free Little Ones, Trash-Free Shopping
After many distractions this week, we finally made it to our favorite bulk food store! We stocked up on our staples including lots of chocolate!
We love food!
I think my sidekicks ate more than they picked!
The box we carried our goodies home is compostable. We returned the small plastic containers to be reused.
Cheers to the sweetness of summer!
So I kinda stretched the truth to my little cub when soccer season started. I told her there was a new rule this year and all snacks after soccer matches had to be healthy.
Oreos, pop tarts and fruit snacks did not qualify.
I totally made this rule up.
But I made sure I was the first parent to sign up to bring snacks, thus hopefully…crossing my fingers…setting the standard for snacks to come.
Of course my trash-free style meant I had to think ahead for this occasion.
Our basket, which usually holds all of Cubby’s leggens and shorts, was packed with apples, oranges and bananas as well as a container of homemade peanut butter and oatmeal cookies.
Trash-free drinks are tricky. I let the Cub pick the drinks out as long as it was in a #1 or #2 plastic bottle versus landfill bound, juice pouches. Surprisingly she was completely cool with this stipulation and choose Gatorade. After the match we had a few extra, so she had a “special” drink with dinner the last two nights.
She thinks she is cool.
I know I am.
…well… until the day comes when she realizes I totally make my own rules up.
Cheers to spring.
Cheers to planning ahead.
Cheers to finding solutions to trashy problems.