Recycled Garden Projects

recycled trampoline

My friend Betsy Talbot of Married With Luggage turned me on to this awesome Facebook page called Recycled, UpCycled, Freecycled Garden Projects, and I can’t get enough of it! How cool is this recycled trampoline tepee/hammock/meditation area? I love it! It solves so many problems and meets so many goals at once: creating a Zen garden space, staying out […]

Creative Wrapping Ideas


If you’re looking for some non-consumer holiday gift wrapping ideas, here are a few options for you. I haven’t bought wrapping paper for several years, I use it over and over and it turns out like the package on the left. I cut up old Christmas cards and save wrapping paper from gifts I receive […]

Barter, swap, or trade

Whatever you like to call it, I’m big on this form of commerce. In fact, after I wrote two posts about our recent Nonconsumer Vacation, I was surprised that I had left out a successful trade I made when I wanted a piece of homemade cherry pie and they were all out of it. I […]

Thrifty Threads-ish


A reader named Elaine sent me these photos of the beautiful curtains she found at a consignment store. Elaine described them as “Thrifty Threads for her windows.” I thought that was very clever, and that the drapes were beautiful, so I told her that even though I was very strict about Thrifty Threads being about […]

Good news about plastic

Update: The current ban applies only to unincorporated areas of Los Angeles, which includes approximately ten percent of L.A. But the movement is spreading and I feel confident that plastic bags will be a thing of the past in California within the next few years. I love L.A. At least sometimes. Like when they become the […]

Fabulous compact-y home renovations

bathroom tile 1

I’m so excited to share these incredible photos a reader from Ontario, Canada sent to me. Monique explains her remarkable bathroom project so well, I’ll quote from her email: “I received my thrifty threads email today, and that made me think of my thrifty shower/bath project. I have been following your blog for quite a […]