- As you probably know, I've long been a collector of vintage linens. Over time my collection has obviously grown, finding us currently bursting at the seams and looking for storage solutions. (I am seriously thinking of conducting a thinning the first of the year...but more on that in a future post). In the meantime I needed more storage boxes...and a place to store the boxes!!! Before I headed off to Ikea (which offers many budget friendly storage options ;) I decided to shop my house to see if there was something that would serve my storage purposes. Happily, I spied this suit case tucked into the back of our closet. We inherited it from Mike's mom and kept it for sentimental reasons. However, once I rediscovered it, I knew it was just the thing to help solve my current storage problem! Once it was filled with vintage linens (neatly rolled and tucked inside of cotton pillow cases) I had to find a place to put it. After wandering around the house a bit, brainstorming, I asked Mike to help me slide it...along with our vintage steamer trunk (which already holds some of our most beloved vintage linen pieces, such as my wedding dress)... atop one of our larger armoires. Don't you love discovering solutions that don't cost a penny...and add a bit of pretty character to a room?!
- After finding out that potatoes, zucchini and bell peppers are included in the "dirty dozen" list of foods to avoid due to pesticides and the like we often spend a little more to buy the organic varieties. Thus...I am especially diligent and frugal about finding ways to use up leftovers. Above, I peeled leftover baked (organic) potatoes then grated them onto a lined cookie sheet and froze them to use as organic hash browns!
- While the shredder was out...I decided to shred the remainder of the farm stand zucchini to freeze for future stews, soups and baking. As well, the last three green peppers were also washed, seeded, sliced and frozen for future breakfast frittatas and marinara sauces.
Well my kind friends, like you, there are dozens of other small ways we are trying to be good stewards of our money and resources but I will save them for another post...as I am off to an early sleep. Mike and I will be up at dawn to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and some bargain hunting at the local yard sales...with our wish/shopping list in hand!