Monthly Archives: September 2014

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 7, Issue 5 – September 15, 2014

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 7, Issue 5 – September 15, 2014

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I don’t know about you, but I am starting to wonder where September is slipping away too! I hope that you are all enjoying your days and taking some time to enjoy life, nature and family around you.

Even though I am not ready to say good-bye to summer, I do need to realize that I still need to prep my home and garden for the upcoming seasonal change. Fall seems like an appropriate time for me to work in my garage. By this time of year, my workbench is full of tools, plant tags, and little projects that were placed there for “later”. And now, I need spaces for planters and yard things that need to come in until next spring. This link will take you to a smart article about how to approach cleaning your garage along with recycling options in your area. Even though this article is directed at Spring-cleaning, I can still use all of these approaches in my fall clean up. http://www.earth911.com/home-garden/spring-cleaning-your-garage/

Oh boy – aren’t you excited to clean your garage now, too? If garage cleaning is not on your list of things to accomplish at this time of year, possibly this article might inspire you to learn a new skill. This short article really does put things into perspective about our culture, and frankly it might be fun to start thinking about reviving some of these skills. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/16/grandparent-skills_n_5454383.html

Speaking of thrifty cleverness, I am sure that many of you have read about how I like to wash and re-use plastic baggies. I even made my own baggie dryer! Here is a list of 15 uses for baggies (taken from this article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/15-re-uses-for-plastic-zipper-baggies.html?page=1 )

  1. Wash ‘em. I hope this goes without saying, and I hope it’s the first thing you do with all of your bags. They can be rinsed and reused again and again. The rest of these suggestions, 2-15, are meant for bags that have already served their purpose through many rounds of kitchen washings, have begun to degrade, and are no longer appropriate for food storage.
  2. Home storage. Use them around the house to hold all manner of flotsam and jetsam. Think marbles, batteries, and little plumber supplies like washers, coupons, etc.
  3. Board game storage. Know what’s a bummer? When you’re excited to play your favorite game, and you pull it out, only to find that it’s missing some essential piece, or you only have one die when you need two, etc. Prevent this scenario by bagging each and every play piece for each and every board game in your collection, right now.
  4. Travel storage. Now that TSA has loosened up their regulations, we’re all back to flying with full toiletries – toothpaste, lotion, etc. If you want to make sure your shampoo doesn’t explode all over your shoes, pack it up in a plastic baggie.
  5. Travel storage – on your person. River rafting, hiking, water parks, rainy rainforests – who knows what kind of awesome adventure you’re going to have this summer. But if you think you might get wet, why not stash your ID, passport, cash, etc, in a plastic baggie. Better safe than soggy, right?
  6. Speaking of hot summer trips… Got kids? Ever try to bring crayons along on a hot summer day? Well then, you may be familiar with the hot melty mess that can result from crayons on a car ride. Next time, pack them up in a plastic baggie, just in case.
  7. Speaking of kids…You can use the bigger baggies for super cool art projects – like mess-free finger painting.
  8. Diapers. If your kids are still little, throw a few baggies in your diaper bag. They make perfect little receptacles for dirty dipes or soiled clothes.
  9. Moist towelettes. Instead of spending money on fancy products, you can make your own travel towelettes by wetting some paper towels (add a little lavender essential oil if you’d like) and bagging them up yourself. They’ll stay super moist and if you stash them in your purse, you’ll always be prepared.
  10. Ice pack. Baggies make awesome impromptu ice packs. Just fill them with water and freeze!
  11. Clean up after Fido. Poo patrol. Easy peasy. ‘Nuff said.
  12. Emergency gloves. I don’t know about you, but I usually get the urge to dye my hair right about midnight. When I don’t have any gloves on hand, these baggies stand in perfectly. Also great for food prep “gloves.”
  13. Inventive seedling pots. Instead of buying a bunch of starter pots, just poke a few holes in the bottom of your baggies, fill them with soil, and voila! They’re super easy to transplant, too.
  14. Protect your electronics. Are you going to someplace like Miami; electrical gadgets coming with you to the beach? Keep your cell phone, iPod, etc. safe from water at the beach or pool. Bag them up and party down.
  15. Organize your drawers and shelves. Lots of folks keep their favorite recipes on index cards. You can then use baggies to organize the cards by type, and you can write right onto the baggies with a sharpie, for quick reference. Jamie from C.R.A.F.T. organized her bathing suit drawer with plastic zipper bags – so simple but so effective.

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you have a fantastic week cleaning out your garage (or other storage area that may need a little attention), learning and revisiting skills from days gone by, and having fun with your baggie collection! Keep on keepin’ it thrifty!

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Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 7, Issue 4 – September 7, 2014

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 7, Issue 4 – September 7, 2014

My goodness, where has the summer flown off too? I can hardly believe that the last newsletter was written in July! I have heard many individuals express how fast summer has flown by! I hope that all of you Thrifty Sisters have been having a wonderful summer, full of summer goodness and time with family and friends and making some colossal memories!

For some of us, the weather is telling us it is time to think about swapping those tank tops for sweatshirts. With the change is weather, now is a great opportunity to revisit what has been hanging in our closets and packed away in our dressers. Did you do the hanger trick at the beginning of summer? Do you see that there are a few items where the hanger is still hanging backwards? Sounds like a donation item to me! Did you forget to hang your hangers backwards so you can see what you wore and what you didn’t? Have no fear! It is never too late! Let today be your chance to see what you wear and what you don’t.

Just this week and I had to let a very loved and well worn t-shirt head to the trash bin. This t-shirt is older than my son, and is riddled with holes (the ink is probably the only thing holding the fabric together). There was just very little salvaging my Jane’s Addiction t-shirt. It is a complete miracle that it has just not disintegrated right off my torso. Ah, but the memories! The places this t-shirt has gone. If that t-shirt could talk… well, maybe it is best that this shirt can’t talk! Oh, but, the fun that we had together! I literally felt remorse putting this shirt in the garbage bin. The fabric on this shirt was so thin it really would not have been beneficial in the garden acting as a weed barrier. I really gave thought on how I could re-purpose it, though.

Sometimes one needs to just let go of material objects (no pun intended!). But what about those stacks and stacks of t-shirts that can still be transformed into something wonderful? Check out these ideas for future projects, and feel good about cleaning out that drawer so you can add new memories.

T-shirt quilts or blankets:
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Quilt-from-Tee-Shirts
I love this idea. Even for those of us who are not quilters (or sewers!), this tutorial will help one create perfect shirt squares that can be sewn together and consider adding a fleece backing – no quilting required.

Maybe you have t shirts that don’t have rad designs but the faberic is still useful. This link shows us how to make a braided rug! This is one project that is on my to do list!
http://www.earth911.com/home-garden/braided-t-shirt-rug/

Tank tops, anyone? Kim posted this on her facebook page, but it is such a great idea that it needed to be re shared.
http://www.crafterhoursblog.com/2011/08/tee-to-tank-tutorial-by-jen-from.html

Are you ready for the mother load of t-shirt ideas? Try Pintrest:

Now that your head is swimming with the possibilities of t-shirt projects, and the new fire has been set to clean out the wardrobe, I am sure that you are going to work up an appetite. If you are looking for some new kale recipes try out this link that sports 14 kale inspired recipes. Included is the ever favorite kale chips recipe (oh, yummy! I find kale chips dangerous. I just can’t stop eating them!). In this link you will find fresh kale and cooked kale recipes – some of these recipes may help us transition into that autumn cooking, including soups and hot dishes.

14 kale recipes: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/14-unbeatable-kale-recipes.html?page=1

And with that my Thrifty Sisters, may you have a wonderful week! Enjoy new t shirt recreations, enjoy the opportunity to clear out space in your drawers and closets, enjoy the kale, and enjoy each and every day!