My Mind’s In the Gutter

I guess that should come as no real surprise following last week’s post, but this time I actually have gutters on my mind, not deformed produce. Ever since we built the coop, we’ve been planning to install gutters on it in order to harvest rainwater for the vegetable garden (which lies directly behind it), but with aRead more

Homemade Lip Balm

This morning, my daughter and I have been experimenting with making homemade lip balm. She had to come up with a chemistry-based project for an upcoming science fair, so she decided to study emulsifiers and how they stabilize liquids. Since I have some experience with whipping up my own concoctions, I was enlisted to oversee the project.   Read more

Cute Find of the Week

I was driving through the alley behind my mom’s house yesterday and spotted this adorable little side table sitting out waiting for garbage pick-up (gasp!). Of course, I screeched to an immediate halt and threw it in the trunk.  It could use a little sprucing up (who couldn’t?), but I think it has very goodRead more

Refurbished Freebies and Integration Questions

I was in the city last week delivering eggs to a friend, when I spotted some weathered but otherwise decent  wicker chairs sitting out by the dumpster. I’ve been looking for something like this to put on our bedroom deck, so I nabbed them. In need of a little TLC. I bought a couple ofRead more

Faux Flagstones

It’s a little embarassing to admit that we’ve been living here for almost two years and still have a mostly gravel front yard. We have grass growing over most of the back yard and the septic field, but the front is what suffered the most during constrution, and we’ve never really had a clear idea ofRead more

This Is Ridiculous

Okay, I realize we’ve got a million other projects on the go (the chicken coop being priority number one at the moment), but I don’t know how much longer I can go on like this: We seriously need to hurry up and build a laundry line. I really miss my clothes line!!

Restoration

I’ve been living for the past year and a half with a dresser that only has two functioning drawers. The gliders for the other four have lost all of the little ball bearings that are supposed to make them slide smoothly in and out, and they’ve seized into a permanent state of not-quite-open/not-quite-closed. If I’mRead more

A Slow News Day

Things are still cruising along at a pretty slow pace around here, but I just had to share my big splurge! I’m not a woman with the stereotypical shoe fetish – I’m pretty monogamous when it comes to footwear. I have one favorite pair of boots which were a gift from my brother and sister-in-lawRead more

The Low Impact Period

I’ve talked here quite a bit about the things we’ve done as a family to reduce our impact on the environment, but one thing that I haven’t touched on yet is the one thing I’ve been doing the longest, and the one thing that I think is as important for frugal reasons as environmental ones.Read more

Things I Love – Freecycle

I know, I know – I may have mentioned how much I love Freecycle a time or two since starting this blog, but I’ve never actually dedicated an entire post to it. Just in case there are some of you out there who haven’t yet taken part in your local chapter of this wonderful onlineRead more