Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Day in the Life of a Recycler

There's a little bit of recycling in everything we do!


Hello!

Whirlwinds of activity have been happening around my home office this week. On top of everyday work and living, my family is buying a house. It's keeping us busy and keeping me distracted. But, my writing and my friends at Squidoo have been keeping me on course. Moving has provided an influx of ideas and my friends are filling my inbox with projects that will help us turn that house into a home.

I'd like to share some of the recycling inspiration that has come my way this week.

One of our biggest chores will be moving a yard full of potted plants and vegetables. While cleaning up the plants, I was reminded that even nature recycles. Some of our plants die back only to reappear magically in the spring. We've never had a failure when we Grow New Zealand Spinach in Containers and Recycle the Seeds. New Zealand spinach almost grows itself and the plants provide enough seed to share with our friends.

After packing up my mother's 1958 sewing machine and yards of fabric scraps from her past quilting projects, I told myself it was time to get serious about sewing again. But fabric is so expensive. Valerie Proctor Davis comes to the rescue with tips on How to Save Money By Sewing Your Own Clothes. She has some great ideas for turning old clothes into new clothes and how to reuse clothing patterns.

Nothing is perfect when moving into a new home and there are always unexpected expenses. When a new bill pops up, another planned purchase must be delayed. Furniture is one of those items that can be worked around when money is getting tight. Eva shares a great idea for saving a few dollars on furniture in her story of How to Decoupage an Old Desk.

Paigsr reminded me that moving creates a lot of unwanted trash. Moving is the perfect time to de-clutter and find a new home for the stuff that is no longer needed. As we pack our belongings, we'll be thinking of ways to reuse and recycle every little thing because even small recycling gestures like Returning Bottles "Can" Make a Difference!

I'm getting excited about moving into our new home and all of the recycling opportunities this new venture will bring. And, I'm looking forward to finding even more exciting and creative ways to recycle in our every day lives.

I  hope you enjoyed today's recycling stories and found some inspiration to recycle more in your own every day life. It's cool to recycle, even nature does it!

Until next time, be happy and be well!

Coletta

9 comments:

  1. As always, your tips on recycling are very helpful. From gardening to sewing to redoing furniture, recycling-redoing-refurbishing can save you money and help the environment. Well done. Good luck on your move. :)

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    1. Thank you, Elf! I'm only a couple of days into this new homeowner business and already I'm finding it necessary to save money every step of the way. Every time I turn around, there's another expense. And I have been having a ton of fun finding eco-friendly, recycled and affordable products for our new home.

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  2. I need to check out the information about growing spinach in containers. I'm really excited for you about the move and look forward to future pictures and new lenses!

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    1. Thank you, Susan! Have fun growing spinach. I'm looking forward to our new garden where we can grow even more spinach for our favorite smoothies.

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  3. Thank for all the great recycling tips and best of luck to your in your new home!

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    1. Thank you, Mary Beth! We're excited and overwhelmed. But, we're looking forward to the adventure.

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  4. Moving is the greatest recycling adventure of all. I plan to order some seeds today so I can grow your same New Zealand spinach. My way of celebrating your new beginnings.

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  5. I really enjoyed reading about all of the recycling ideas and suggestions featured here. The desk decoupage lens by Eva, made me wish I had a old desk sitting around :)

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  6. What a great blog post. And the link to the spinach article... awesome! I'm going to try making some starter pots from newspaper right now!

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