Monthly Archives: January 2015

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 7, Issue 10 – January 18, 2015

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I realize that many of us have had a LOT of activity since I last checked in with you all. I hope that each of you had a very merry Christmas and New Years. It also seems that 2015 is starting to fly by – here we are, 18 days into the New Year already!

With the beginning of the New Year, I am sure that many of you are trying to diligently work on your resolutions. If cleaning clutter is on that list, boy do I have some great ideas for YOU! Are you wanting to be more creative with your 2015? How about better meal options? Today’s newsletter is going to be full of fun, creative ways to kick of 2015! Maybe you are already in the middle of a massive project. That’s great! You can save some of these ideas for later!

Have you run across a collection of sweaters that you don’t wear? One suggestion can be donating sweaters to places that give them to those in need. Winter is far from over in my region, and there are going to be many bitterly cold nights ahead of us. By donating sweaters to local service shelters, you might be saving someone’s life.

Possibly, you have sweaters that have stains or holes. Time to upcylce!   Visit this site for 7 ways to reuse sweaters! http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-craft-projects-to-repurpose-old-sweaters.html/1 Ideas like these really make me wish I wasn’t such a sewing dummy, but even this list has projects that I could do with minimal self harm! (Envision me with a needle in hand… it’s just not pretty, folks)

I know several of you who have talked about t-shirt crafts. Maybe 2015 is THE year to do some of those long dreamed about crafts! In the article that I am sharing, my favorite piece of advice is if you have not worked with jersey fabric the best way is to practice with it! And, there are some no-sew options for the sewing impaired, such as myself (again, revision me with a sewing needle in one hand and the other hand covered in thimbles… ) http://www.care2.com/greenliving/25-ways-to-upcycle-old-t-shirts.html

Are you a coffee connoisseur but feel guilty about the waste? Think coffee crafts! This site has 10 crafts that utilizes stirrers, cups and sleeves. http://www.earth911.com/home-garden/reuse-ideas-for-coffee-cups-sleeves-and-stirrers/

Maybe you prefer to brew your own hot coffee and teas at home? I know that with recent amounts of tea being brewed in our home, I am very eager to get my outdoor compost bin up and running again. It just seems like a sad waste of potential garden gold, but when your compost bin lid freezes shut, it is out of commission for the season. Maybe with these 10 ideas of how to reuse brewed tea and coffee grounds, I might be able to salvage some of the goodness still left in these castings! http://www.earth911.com/food/reuse-coffee-grounds-and-tea-bags/#

Wow! With all of these upcoming potential projects, I am sure that you are going to get hungry! Why not try these lovely one-pot meals – this web site has broken the recipes down by regions across the country to help each of us find seasonal winter produce recipes. Or just find a great recipe and cook up a new dish tonight! (easy, small amount of planning, and no sewing thimbles required!) http://www.earth911.com/food/one-pot-winter-suppers/

And there you have it, my Thrifty Sisters! Cooking, crafting, repurposing… it’s all here this week. May each of you have a wonderful week and remember to keep sharing your thriftiness with each other! Keep on keeping it thrifty and fun!