Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I hope that each of you had a fantastic last week of January, and are looking forward to the start of February!! If winter is starting to wear on you, just remember that March is only one month away, and according to my Dad spring starts on March 1. After talking to Mom this week, Dad has already made a wish list of seeds that he wants to purchase. I typically purchase my seeds around this time, too. Not because I have grand ideas of starting them at this moment, but they act more like therapy. I hold the packets, I day dream about getting to plant the packets, and most of all, these tiny little promises of life remind me that warmer weather and sun dress and barefoot weather is coming.
It’s all about holding onto hope. And at this time of year, some of us need all the hope they can get! Maybe your winter has been more mild than normal, and spring doesn’t seem like a daunting, distant delusion. But, whatever it is that you find hope in, hold on to it, relish it, and daydream like crazy! They say that dreams do come true, and if a seed packet on your counter is the hope that you need, then I say buy those little seeds and let’s get hopeful!
How many of you had an opportunity to enjoy the foodie newsletter last week? Did it spark creative juices, or help you save time on meal prep? I can’t wait to hear what your favorite recipes were, or little tricks that you discovered!
We all know that food is what nourishes both our body and soul. We have also been inundated in talk about super foods and their overall impact on our physical and mental health. I also find it incredibly interesting that certain vitamins and minerals and foods an play such an important role in our overall wellbeing. If you are interested, read more about how our diet plays into our overall all mental health: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-major-links-between-diet-and-mental-health.html
Are you ready to air out some more dirty laundry? I know that I seem to post about laundry, a lot, but it does seem to be one of those constants in our lives. And the bigger the family, the larger the laundry piles seem to stack! Here is a great collection of web sites, and ideas – all in one easy to find location. They provide some easy tricks, and DIY laundry detergent recipes, ways to clean out the grime in your washer, uses for single socks, methods on how to stop shoes from banging in the dryer, more organizational choices for your laundry room, and how to use pepper to stop fabric color bleeding in your wash – and the ideas go on! Check it out: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/59997/laundry-hacks-busy-moms
How about some more upcycling ideas?!?! A huge thank you goes out to Johnny for this incredible link! http://www.trashtocouture.com/p/before-after.html This sure makes me wish that my sewing skills were not limited to safety pins, fabric glue and punk rock make overs. Those are my only sewing skills I possess. But for the rest of you who actually own a sewing machine and know how to use it, imagine the endless possibilities and thousands of yards of fabric waiting for a creative and skillful hand at your local thrift store. In fact, for these prices if you goof it up, who cares! You can let the creativity continue and make a shopping bag out of the garment, or piece various fabrics (from other botched projects) and make an even bigger bag! Those of you who can sew have a very special place in my heart. “Sew”, get crafty gang, and use up the fabric that is just sitting around at the thrift stores! I can’t wait to hear what you come up with!
And for those of you who are still looking for hope… I’m just going to leave this little gem right here. Get creative – how can you create a garden space or shed os a bench using materials in your own yard or local area? http://www.care2.com/greenliving/make-a-potting-shed-out-of-scraps.html Maybe you won’t be building a shed, but don’t forget that you can still grow sprouts from a mason jar (http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/grow-your-own-sprouts-jar.html )
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you have a very hopeful, fruitful and successful week. Embrace the new month, look forward to the future, and please be nice to yourself and others. Be the mirror that reflects creativity and kindness to those around you. And just keep on keeping it thrifty and fun!