Archive for the 'frugality&(free)cycling' Category

Wedding dress – part 1

Friday, March 29th, 2013

A dear friend of mine is getting married this May to her partner of many, many years. I am so honored that she asked me to make her wedding dress for her! I feel blessed that I get to use my skills as a means of showing love and support for her. L wants something […]

Orange honeysuckle

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

I made soap again! This one’s the best one yet. Each time I improve on my recipe in small ways: adjusting the beeswax for bar hardness, coconut oil for lather, essential oils for fragrance. Originally I only made soap to find a helpful way to recycle my leftover grease. See my very first soap here […]

More uses for firewood

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Superbowl? What Superbowl? We spent all Sunday over at a friend’s house in his woodworking shop, geeking out on power tools and really clever woodworking jigs. Remember three years back when we cleared our 1/4 acre lot so I could have a little farm-garden, and then spent an epic weekend splitting it all into two […]

Two homemade cleansers with fresh orange vinegar

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The orange vinegar I started putting together at the beginning of January steeped for two weeks in a sunny window. It was time to filter it and start using it! I poured it through a towel-lined funnel into another mason jar, squeezed out the soggy orange peels and composted them, and was left with…. A […]

Organization on the cheap, part deux

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

I decided to tackle another home organization project this past weekend … because just look at this. Shameful, I tell you. This is the cabinet where we store all our warranties and manuals. And other sundry stuff too, but it is the sloppy, sloping slide of papers I really wanted to tackle. I wish I […]

Upcycled diaper storage

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Our bedroom used to be a sanctuary. A cool green, sheer-curtains, blissfully serene, no-kids-toys-allowed kind of sanctuary. Well, then Kid #2 happened and we needed somewhere to put… everything. She’s sleeping in the guest room right now, but the changing table, diaper pail, pack n’ play and all her clothes are stored HERE. See this […]

Four Cents per Load

Friday, January 18th, 2013

I’ve been making my own eco & baby friendly laundry soap on the cheap for quite some time now – you may remember my post back in 2009 (though the pictures are inexplicably broken, sorry). The recipe couldn’t be simpler: 1 bar soap: I use Ivory, but you can also use Fels Naptha or a […]

Oh sheet

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Did you ever have something that you love so much you don’t want to get rid of it, even when the simple thing would be to just buy a new one? Well call me crazy, but my bedsheets are one of those things. They were a wedding gift to us, so they are some crazy-high […]

First Christmas gifts in the making

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The apple scrap vinegar I made using Jonathan apple scraps turned such a gorgeous color of fuschia pink – and smells so good and appley – that I couldn’t just keep it for myself. I have a dear friend that donates her fancy empty bottles, mason jars, and egg cartons to me – I always […]

Crafty cattails

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Our pond this year has been infiltrated by cattails. I’m not sure where they came from -their seeds drift in the wind, I suppose – and I’m not really sure whether or not I should destroy them or let them be. I don’t want them to entirely swallow our teeny little puddle of a pond, […]