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Full-On Hippie Mode

I don’t know if it’s something instinctive or what. But it’s August now, and I’ve shifted into full-on Hippie Mode. I’m working on patchwork curtains for the upstairs library (double sided!) out of fabric I’ve had stashed away, and I’m also planning on matching decor for the room with the remaining leftovers. Already got a throw pillow. I’ll show you eventually. Last night I canned 2 pounds of fresh farmer’s market green beans. Today I took my reusable shopping bags (some of which are still at my Etsy shop!) to the supermarket and loaded up on more mason jars–both pint and half-pint–2 pounds of soldier beans which are soaking in water as I type, 8 cucumbers at 59 cents a pop, a handful of jalepeno peppers, some tomatoes, some onions…oooh yeah. It’s cooking and canning central here.

And here’s how much of a hippie chick I’ve been: when I prepared all the green beans for canning, I took the little snipped-off ends, extracted the seeds from them, and have said seeds drying to plant next year. Then I put the ends in compost, go me.

I think what brought it all on is a few things. First, the discovery of a Farmer’s Market here in Westbrook (my new town of residence) on Thursdays. Next, the new Mother Earth News. This one’s all canning and preserving. And finally, we’re taking a pretty big hit financially over the next month. Whenever we look at the numbers and hubby says, “We’ll have to be frugal,” I go all out with the frugality. And, interestingly enough, we often eat better when those times happen. I bake more from scratch, I do stuff like soaking 2 pounds of beans instead of buying a can, I dig back in the freezer for stuff to put in the slow-cooker; I get creative.

I’ll show pictures of my works in progress another time. Right now I’m in desperate need of a shower. Hey I may be in Hippie Mode but I don’t have to smell like the worst of them.

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Project Weekend: We could all use a little less

When I first saw this, it really got me to thinking about stuff that can be made with recycled items. So here’s a list of (slightly behind schedule) links to projects related to recycling.

  • Making Yarn from Plastic Bags. I’ve always wanted to know how to do this. This enables all kinds of possibilities, from bags to rugs to the dress I linked to above.
  • Recycled Paper Envelopes. Fold used calendars or magazine pages into envelopes.
  • Tissue Box Picture Frames. Simple yet beautiful.
  • Photo Business Card Holder. Uses old cassette cases. You still have those, right?
  • Recycled Lightbulbs. How to recycle burnt-out bulbs (or the ones you replace with CFL bulbs 😉 ) into a variety of different decorative crafts.
  • No More AOL CD’s!. Best idea ever. While looking for something to do with all those damn CDs, I stumbled upon this. Yes, it has some creative ideas (I particularly like the dragonfly) but more importantly it gives you an opportunity to get rid of them once and for all!
  • Furoshiki. Wrap gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, or whenever in cloth instead of paper. This page shows you how.
  • WhipLash’s Contest for Feb.: Recycled Crafts Month. Check out the finalists’ entries for a bunch of ideas.

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