Saturday, August 6, 2011

Reused Beauty

My birthday is at the end of this month and the Boy keeps pestering me for gift ideas. I can't think of a single thing I really want. Oh what a terrible problem to have, right?

There's always my hunt for some new ballet flats that actually fit my ginourmous feet. Or maybe some new clothes. But both of these items would have to be carefully selected by me and merely paid for by the giver; not the most exciting idea to either party. Surely there's something I want, even during my quest to be greener?

I tried suggesting the Boy give the gift of labor and restore an old window or two (as if he doesn't do enough of that stuff anyway), but he quickly nixed that idea.

I do want reusable produce bags so I can skip more plastic at the grocery. Besides that not being the most exciting bday gift, I'd rather try my hand at making these bags I saw on Itty Bitty Impact this week. Unfortunately, this will require a sewing machine, which I do not have. As it happens, my mom recently purchased a used sewing machine for me but in my usual delicate fashion I scoffed and refused it because a) I don't sew and b) I'm purging, not acquiring, silly! Maybe it's time I buck up and learn how to sew? I'm sure my mom still has the machine, but asking for it will require some groveling on my part.

t-shirt produce bags from Delia Creates

A few weeks ago the boy and I spent a few Saturday hours unsuccessfully hunting everywhere online for the perfect daybed for the spare bedroom. We ended up deciding to just purchase a simple frame for his queen size mattress that currently lives in there. A much cheaper and greener solution. But if I still wanted a daybed, this one featured on Design Sponge this week would be perfect.

If only I was creative and inventive enough to figure out how to reuse the items I have rather than always going out to purchase a new solution for my wants.


  1. I am still a big fan of a new wireless Bluray player for the living room. Then you can take the old Insignia Bluray player and put it in the bedroom. That's repurposing/reusing, isn't it? And then you can stream Netflix from the comfort of the bed. Seriously, it's a win-win.

  2. I am laughing out loud. I have determined that the vast majority of birthday and Christmas gifts I have received from CatMan are really gifts for him that I might enjoy too. I've learned to embrace it though.

    Speaking of which, the best gift ever was a thing called a Roku player. It's a tiny little box that lets you stream Netflix, but it also lets you watch tons of other free stuff from the internets. Seriously, one could literally spend a lifetime browsing through all of the available stuff. You can watch YouTube on your TV, and watch the evening news whenever its convenient, not to mention gazillions of other programs. It's WAY cool and even though I didn't think I wanted it, it's become one of my most favorite things ever.

  3. Lol, I wouldn't use the new Bluray player, I have my own downstairs already that I use most of the time.

    We have been doing the Netflix streaming thing on both of our Bluray players for the past 2 years, it's the best thing ever.

  4. Happy Birthday!
    Instead of a physical gift, what about an experience? A day trip or weekend away perhaps, something to be shared and enjoyed and the photos or memories will bring you joy when you relive it. It wouldn't be clutter or need to be dusted, washed or taken care of!


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