Van Gogh

I'm not sure if age has taught me not to worry about what others think or if I've just learned what's worth worrying about and what isn't - either way, the older I get, the less likely it is I'll be bothered by something superficial. Our 2001 Honda Odyssey - whom I lovingly refer to as Van Gogh - gives me countless opportunities to prove this. First, it's a mom-van. Nothing sexy or sleek about ...continue reading

Earn It

I swear I was born in the wrong era. I've always resonated more with the descriptions of Depression Era folks and Baby Boomers than I have with GenX. I don't romanticize the struggles of families that lived in those generations, but I do find myself longing for some of the situations that inspired and rewarded hard work. I think I would have been especially fond of Green Stamps. I remember ...continue reading

See the Beauty

I write a lot about looking for potential in things we might otherwise discard. But, what about beauty? That's sometimes more difficult to see, because, too often, I mistake beauty with perfection. A good example would be some of the "art" our boys create at school. It's painfully obvious when they weren't interested in the project. The piece looks rushed, sometimes incomplete, with little or ...continue reading

Can’t See the Trees for the Forest

When I worked as a professional organizer, my focus was on helping clients look at the big picture. When you're deciding what to keep and what to toss, it's easy to get sidetracked by certain items or an entire room and not look at your life/space as a whole - you know, the old "can't see the forest for the trees" adage. But as a creative reuse artist, my focus is all about the "trees." This ...continue reading

One Bite at a Time

At the risk of confirming what most people already suspect - that I simply can't sit still - here's a pic of how I'm spending my winter evenings: cutting up fabric scraps that are too small for anything else, with plans to compost them come spring. I keep thinking they might make good filler for something (perhaps a dog bed?) or could be an eco-friendly confetti. Personally, I love the feeling ...continue reading

What’s in My Barn?

I'm just a few days shy of celebrating two wonderful months with my little red barn (thanks, Tuff Shed and 26 supportive friends!) and thought you might enjoy a peek inside. I was determined to only use found or donated or upcycled shelving in here. It just seems wrong to run out and purchase materials or pre-built shelving for a storage space that was built by and houses only donations for ...continue reading