Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 7 – November 25, 2018

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I truly hope that each one of you had the opportunity to celebrate being thankful and surrounded by those that you love over the past week.

For those of you who have been following this newsletter for the past year, you know that I have been participating in the minimalism challenge. (to refresh your acquaintance on what I’m talking about check out the game rules here: https://www.theminimalists.com/game/ ). My game has been a slow one. I completed the January challenge in June. I started the July challenge understanding that it would take me about 6 months. It’s late November and I’m about half way through the July 23rd day. No matter how slow my game has been, I am winning with each space that I regain and clean. I have also learned a lot about myself and my ridiculous pack-ratting skills. I have also found some treasures that I have been able to repurpose into “new” creations.

With the holiday season in full swing, consider making some really rad gifts for those on your gift giving list. Handmade and unique items are always appreciated, and it tells the recipient that you took a lot of love and time in creating a special-for-them gift. If it’s the thought that counts, then you win at gift giving with a handcrafted item, because creating something takes a LOT of thought!

So, let’s talk about altered books. That’s an actual label for creative reposed books projects. Feel free to Google that, or get lost down the Pinterest rabbit hole. So much creativity! Here are some of my favorites:

15 furniture ideas using books: http://mentalfloss.com/article/58407/15-pieces-furniture-made-out-books

Printed Vintage Dictionary Artwork: https://www.hometalk.com/6104958/easy-diy-vintage-printed-dictionary-artwork

The Classic Book Safe: https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-make-a-secret-book-safe/

A Collection of book crafts and ideas: http://gomakesomething.com/category/ht/ab/

Now that I have your creative juices flowing, why not think about inventive food choices? I was trying to find some neat-o holiday left over ideas, and randomly found these two recipes. Both captured my curiosity, although I was not at all familiar with zoodles. Zoodles are noodles made from zucchini, although if one invests in a spiralizer, one can make noodles out of most veggies.

My mind is blown just a little right now. Kitchen gadgets have never been my thing, but this spiralizer does seem interesting. Maybe you already own one, and just need a bit of inspiration? Here are 33 Zoodle recipes: https://twohealthykitchens.com/33-healthy-zoodles-zucchini-noodles-recipes/

No spiralizer, no problem. How about some Cauliflower Tacos? https://peasandcrayons.com/2015/10/fresh-mex-vegan-roasted-cauliflower-tacos.html

And with that my Thrifty Sisters, have a great week. December is quickly approaching, which means the Christmas Crazies are looming down on us. Take each day and make it the best. Be kind to yourself and others. Do what you can with the 24 hours available to you, but make sure that you take time to sleep and eat well. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

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