Don’t let those bundles of herbs go to waste. Take advantage of farmers markets big harvests. Cool idea…keep your fall harvest fresh all year long! Pick thyme, basil, rosemary, or any other herbs you have and drop them in an ice tray. Fill your trays up with olive oil or melted butter, stick tray in freezer bag and into freezer.
You need many different cups of dye solution. Hard boil your eggs. Place egg in very lightest dye (let’s say pale pink) for just a touch of color. Dry. Wrap several rubber bands around the egg, but leave plenty of pale pink spaces in between. Dye in medium color dye (such as hot pink, or magenta). Dry. Remove rubberbands. Dry again. Wrap several rubber bands around egg, but not where the magenta is. Again, leave some pale pink stripes. Place in darker dye, like red or purple. Dry. Remove rubberbands, and you should have a beautiful tri-colored egg!
Instead of rubber bands, at least on the very ends of the hard boiled egg, thin painter’s tape was used. Be sure to rub the edges down well after placing, so the dye doesn’t get under it. Wait 20 mins. after dying, and then remove the tape (at least that is what I have been told to do!)
Red Eggs! (Dyed in onion skins) Can you imagine in a yellow bowl!
Click on Eggs for instructions!
Cool Egg… Hand drawn and then naturally dyed. Inspiring eh!
No way! These rice crispy treat eggs are a must! Click on eggs for recipe.
February… It can be cold and gray… remember all those projects you had in mind last year… start by immersing yourself in a colorful Knit shop! Fingering fibers, pouring through pattern books maybe take a workshop. Tea and chatter with other knitters can be all the therapy one needs!
Wandering Louise loves to inspire (and yes has a basket of hand work next to her favorite chair)!
Have you ever thought about…a complete change of lifestyle? Have you ever thought about…living outside your character? Yet those fantasies and thoughts keep haunting you…can I really do this, should I do this, how could it be possible? The letter below is from a sister who did it. We would love to hear from others who have made great changes or took broad chances. Inspire us! Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to share with all on our blog (anonymously, of course).
Aba-daba-doo from Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, am I really here? Two year teaching contract! No going back now. I flash on my kids back in the US…and there are tears. Abu Dhabi, what have you done to me? The cultural immaturity enchants, and at the same time baffles me. We stare in mutual wonder, those lovely ‘black crows’, the femmes in full abayas. Who am I really? At 62, a single woman, mother and grandmother, I can do this. Teach, explore, create and ultimately embrace. The possibilities and opportunities are out there…reach out, pursue and forge through. Oh yeah, the stuffed grape leaves here are divine.
Don’t peel away last year’s wise layer of bark. A new year shouldn’t mean stripping away the past. This upcoming year is yet another layer…a thicker trunk represents age, and with this…wisdom. Bring it on 2012!
"If something is boring after 2 minutes, try it for 4. If still boring, then 8. Then 16. Then 32. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all." - John Cage
To take the time to really think about what someone would love or need really means taking the time to think of others. Additional time spent on the presentation of the package really shows extra effort just for them!
A gift giving story shared from a friend:
"I spend the whole year going to thrift stores, estate sales and garage sales buying used books for our family’s (24 people) Christmas Eve dinner. I put great thought into what each person would enjoy and even have mystified them! Many laughs and "this book is so great…strange…but great! Thank you" comments make it worth all the effort."
Bearing gifts in style…
…you too still have time to prepare your presentation or headdress!
Remember, you’re creating memories, instilling tradition, and ultimately thinking of others. So while you slap those bows on the remaining endless packages, remember it’s women who make what seems, at times, this daunting and tedious season the most rewarding task. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year…
Holiday Memory from a Friend
This story was submitted by a friend of Wandering Louise…gave us a great laugh. We’d love to hear your stories!
"It was days before Christmas…I was getting ready to go out with girlfriends. My father was planted in his favorite worn chair while my mother was whirling about! She was hosting a holiday party the next night! While baking (burned the first batch), cleaning, putting finishing touches on her amazing holiday decor, etc….my father lovingly asked if she’d fix him a bowl of ice cream. She shrieked back, "$#%@ John! Why don’t you just shove a broom up my ass and I’ll sweep on the way!" And then lovingly served him his bowl of ice cream. Thanks, Mom, for the wonderful memories!"
As our mothers always said, things could be worse. Let’s heed her wisdom.
New decorations not in your holiday budget? You’re not alone. Buying gifts is far more important. Instead of pulling out last year’s (and possibly years before that) decorations, you can now have a fresh new look to your holidays without spending money. Hope this helps! If you have any great frugal decorating ideas, do share!
Switch it up! Go pineapples.
Jars from under the sink…wax paper from the drawer…and scissors.
Pattern for pineapple luminarios
Branch and pinecones from yard…paper stars (you cut!)…and glass votives from last year. All a new life! Hang above table, on front porch, or over mantle.
Napkin Dress Ups
So simple, sooooooo cheap. Recycle last year’s wrapping paper! Go to local craft store and invest in paper punchers, many designs to choose from. You’ll use them in years to come.
Simply white paper and paper punch
Simply white paper
Recycled wrapping paper
Felt designs…cheap felt, glue gun, and toilet paper rolls. Have fun!
Every day we all share in our vows and values. We’re productive in our chosen careers, enlightened about our bodies, sensitive yet bold in our interactions, devoted to our families. We keep our babies full and warm and our nests orderly and clever. We cry and question over heartache, romance, marriage, friendships and deaths. After all is said and done, at the end of each full day…we all scream for ice cream. Chin up, let’s all enjoy the holidays!
Alternative Holiday Trees…silly, clever, space-minded, and conscientious.
"One year the traditional fur tree was not possible (overseas). We spray painted a twig tree silver…hung jars with lit candles…strung seashells, twigs, and cut stars from tin can lids! My favorite thus far." - Alice
What was your most frugal or creative tree? Please share!
Our once thriving green gardens are not to be forgotten. Transition into fall and winter reveals nature’s dormant gallery. Her sculptural botanicals offer us a harvest of plenty. Forage through alleyways, woods, yards and even city planters (don’t get caught) gathering dried wonderments to create harvest crowns and home adornments. This is the time of year to be humble, frugal and festive.
Harvest Crowns Early house guests? You guys have crowns to make for the rest of your tribe for the upcoming feast of thanks.
collected botanicals and pods
vine off fences (the base of the crown)
wire to join vine
glue guns (glue sticks helpful)
$ = 0
laughs = hundreds
Harvest Napkins Napkin frippery: clipped branches, feathers, jute string, crimped linen for ties. So simple - rustic elegance indeed.
Stuffed Turkey Sooooooooo silly. Soooooooo easy. Great on hors d’oeuvres table or coffee table for the guys plopped on over-stuffed couches! Thank you, One Charming Party for this idea!