Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Making the Best of What We Have!

In a continuing effort to leave as small a 'footprint' as possible on the planet as I can, whenever we need or want something we look amongst the things we already own for a solution.  Therefore, needing more storage for the 'shed' we unearthed these 2 grotty-looking specimens (as shown in an earlier post).   
Here they are almost finished and ready for use.  There's not much of a difference, I grant you. We stripped off the old fabric from the tops and gave them a coat of paint (with the remains of a half-used tin in OH's shed).  Then I chose some fabric from my stash that I'd previously thrifted (yes it is different although it may not seem so at first glance) and covered the tops using upholstery tacks also from OH's shed (I'm amazed at what he's got stashed away in there!).  They're usable now although I intend to replace the handle and line them with paper at some point.
I'm ashamed to say that it's taken me 10 months to get around to making up this handy shopping bag from the fabric I was sent after winning one of 100 'green' bags from Green Bag Lady during Sew Mama Sew's giveaway day last year.  Now I have to find someone who will appreciate and use it, to give to.  It's just a simple tote bag but is a good size and will fold up quite small to tuck into a handbag.
I'm trying to think of more ways to reduce my waste of paper and water. With that in mind I bought these napkins a few weeks ago to take to work (or anywhere else I take food) to use instead of paper serviettes.  It'll only make a miniscule difference but it all helps.  On the subject of water, I need to cut the length of my morning showers and stop running the tap to rinse dishes while washing up.
Here are some napkins I bought from a charity shop a few weeks ago. I'm beginning to remember to take them every day with my lunch, altough it took a while.
Talking of using what we've got, my mother gave me some apples from her tree a week or so ago and as most of them had little holes (the evidence of unwanted occupation), I didn't put them in the fruit bowl but chopped them up with other fruits to make this Autumn Relish from a recipe in my slow cooker book.  We haven't tried it yet so the jury's still out on the result but I hope the fact that my OH had all the windows in the house open the next morning to get rid of the lingering smell isn't an indication of the taste!
Bye for now
Teresa x


Green Bag Lady Teresa said...


I posted about your bag! Thanks for the photo.

Great name!!!!


mary said...

I can't wait to hear if the Autumn relish is nice. I have been enjoying making things with some windfall apples my mum gave me including a slow cooker apple sauce.

I love the over-hauled furniture.

Lis said...

What a wonderful post, full of things we can easily adopt to help our poorly planet. I like to use proper napkins too (and am sure they don't make any difference to the amount of water I use when I wash them) and I now also use proper hankies instead of tissues (unless I have a cold, yuck). I have a wonderful collection of them, must share them on my blog sometime.

Anonymous said...

Great post - full of good ideas! I wish we found such interesting things amongst the junk in our garage... The autumn relish sounds delicious.. I've been making chutney, and it does make the house smell a bit, but it's worth it in the end.

wayside wanderer said...

Wow, you have been busy! All of your projects have turned out beautiful! I love your two furniture pieces and the fresh white you painted them. The apples sound especially tasty.

Knot Garden said...

I am green with envy looking at your Lloyd Loom (or Lloyd Loom-esque?)pieces. That looks like a fab paint job to me.

Little Green Doll said...

Wow!! The furniture looks great!!You have done an excellent job! I understand what you mean about the time to make something... it happens the same to me...

Elisabeth said...

Nice to see your furniture finish. I love those bags too, so easy to take with me when I go shopping. I would love to taste that Autumn Relish :-)