Monday, September 20, 2010
Re-do, re-use, re-purpose... resist (One)
I've been re-reading Tracey's wonderful books, Frugal Luxuries and Frugal Luxuries by the Season... two of my all time favorite books about combining a frugal lifestyle with elegance and beauty.
One of the suggestions Tracey talks about in both books is using common objects in different ways. One way I've been able to do this is to invest time and limited funds (when necessary) to learn what others have done through magazines and books (often found used). Sometimes through TV shows but while cooking shows abound, it is getting harder to find good decorating shows with my taste.
(I must admit that I had to stop watching those househunting shows on HGTV as I was always getting annoyed at whiny people who acted as if houses in general and kitchens in particular were beneath them if they showed a little age. Years ago that channel decided to go after a younger market and dropped their well loved decorating shows... but I digress.)
I thought I'd share a few things I did recently which reflect living a lifestyle of creativity, especially important when one has more ideas than cash. I'll show more in my next post.
I had seen a drawer like this only recently in a magazine. In the article, it was mentioned that they sold for $20.00 to $25.00 apiece. I found this on Saturday for $2.00 at Goodwill.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. To better fit my kitchen, I turned the more elegant side of the drawer toward the back and displayed the simpler side.
Perhaps someday it will be used in another room in all its' glory but for now I love having all my most used condiments handy when cooking. I'm so glad I had seen someone using drawers in a creative way in magazines.
Another re-do and re-purpose this week was in the kitchen. I used the filling recipe from my favorite cherry cheesecake pie in a parfait. The story is all found on my recipe blog... here.
I also made lemon verbena vinegar using the same "recipe" as for the basil vinegar... here. The herb was removed this morning (after two weeks) and I could hardly wait to get a spoon and take a tiny sip of the lemon verbena vinegar... oh, yum. I still have another bottle of vinegar in the pantry and lemon verbena in the garden. I can see them coming together soon.