sorry for the Long Hiatus
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Well let's get back to it. My family would say I live the green lifestyle of crafty creativeness. I am relearning crocheting. I am in the process of crocheting a scarf for winter and a baby quilt for my first grandson. I have several thrift stores that I go to in the lakes area and in Fargo, ND within an hour from us. I get yarn on sale at thrift stores. I can get multiple color products in various amounts of yarn. I get mostly black yarn for mittens about a dollar for a huge amount where you would pay $7 for the same amount in WalMart and other stores.
My crafting doesn't stop with thrift store finds, as I like to branch out. I hit garage sales in the summer for items that I can use in my crafting and art. I am now apart of an art community that we display our items we have made. People who are my friends say I have some of the most unique crafts made. I tell them I get my supplies at thrift stores and garage sales. I hardly ever go into stores that are not second hand anymore. In my younger days I thought WalMart was the bomb diggity, and now at 43 I know better. My children and my hubby all tell me thank you for my homemade gift. My hubby loves his mitts I make him. I am trying my hand at darning socks next. Again staying thrifty and green by buying from thrift stores for supplies. I also reuse old worn out mitts, as long as they are not moldy.
We are looking to get back to the land so to speak, so I am researching for free at the library on land up near Bagley, MN where my family has origins. Any 20 to 40 acres would be fine for our family, as I miss having a farm of animals around me. I miss having a horse I can see daily. Our idea is to live frugally and tightwad on our land. Renting or owning we don't care. My youngest I am home schooling, as she just can't stand regular school. You know a child is miserable when she comes home crying, because kids make fun of her home made mitts, and clothes with thrift store finds for lunch companions such as Transformer lunch box minus the matching thermos I got at a garage sale for 75 cents.
My guru Amy Dacyzyn the Tightwad Queen of America I assume self proclaimed, as all of us in here would like that role of Tightwad Queen or King. She inspires me to this day. I recently discovered YouTube online and caught up with her now in 2011 still living a tightwad lifestyle. Her daughter is a post grad student now and living the way her mom and dad lived and Amy said "she was the one who complained about their lifestyle growing up".
Living green to me is reuse, refuge, and recycle. I intend to remain true to that way of life. I will keep you updated of course, and I hope no one who used to read my blog last year is offended by long absences.