Mapping Our Bathroom

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Our oldest son has always loved maps. One of his gifts, thanks to his place on the autism spectrum, is the ability to recall directions to and from any place he's ever been and any place he's ever studied on a map. One summer, when he was 4, maybe 5, I spent an evening or two online, signing up for a free state map from any state tourism board that offered one. Each arrival was a double gift - ...continue reading

Candy Land Themed Birthday

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I've mentioned on more than one occasion that my upcycling leads to some wonderful conversations. Lately, these moments have also been right-place-right-time encounters. For example, during the Maker Faire, I met two kindred spirits, who were as interested in talking about the act of upcycling as they were in looking at my upcycled creations. My first new friend was looking for inexpensive and ...continue reading

Candy Corn on the Brain

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At the tender age of 12, our oldest son has declared he's too old to go trick-or-treating anymore. I'm not overly disappointed, since it will greatly reduce the amount of candy I can consume after our children go to sleep. Plus, at 5'6" few people believe he's just in middle school. But I had to laugh when he shrewdly proposed, "Since I won't be collecting candy this year, how 'bout you buy me my ...continue reading

Felted Wool Dryer Balls


I love seeing how others make the most of what they find at a creative reuse center. I may talk a good game, but I'm still very much a novice when it comes to upcycling. Thanks to Facebook, I get to peek at the ideas and creations of other re-users, which is generally where I find my inspiration.  Last week, I read about felted wool dryer balls, made out of some of the wool yarn remnants ...continue reading

Harvest Time

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Over the weekend, I volunteered at the final day of this year's Zero Landfill project in Louisville. This was what they call the Harvest - when people are invited to come and take home as much of the donated materials as they want/need. As I welcomed and brainstormed with visitors about what they might do with the scads of gorgeous donations, I gradually accumulated a good-sized pile of my own, ...continue reading

Make the Most of Your Space


I am fascinated by the tiny house movement. I love seeing the clever ways tiny house dwellers make the most of their space, particularly the multipurpose creations - like a bench that morphs into a table or a bed that can be "put away" using pulleys. I'm still quite proud of the mud room I carved out of a corner in our kitchen. And now I have a new space to show you: our foyer. Like most folks, ...continue reading