Posted: 11 Jun 2010 01:05 AM PDT
The Freegan Kitchen- gourmet cooking with your dumpster dive discoveries.
Much less extreme:
Freecycle- these groups are all over the country, even in my tiny town. People pass on items they have to give away or requests. Nothing can be sold. Say somebody sends a message saying they have baby clothes, a dining room table, and an old television to give away. You email back saying you want the dining room table, they tell you if you get it and where you need to pick it up, and you go pick it up.
You sign up to be on an email list. If you don't like getting emails, set your account for web only, and sign in at yahoogroups to read and send messages.
Here's more from their website:Craig's List is another good place for free stuff.
Both of these last two options are also great places for getting rid of your stuff when you simplify your life.
Posted: 10 Jun 2010 06:44 AM PDT
Standing outside gazing at windows with Home Inspector, I mentally questioned his comments. Many of the windows of the home we hoped to purchase had a staining in color of what I might call "coffee with cream and sugar." Home Inspector assured me this was paint that must have mistakenly hit the windows while being sprayed onto the house. He went on to say that although much elbow grease would be needed, this staining could be removed after moving in. Since this home-to-be was a lovely sage green and not old enough to have needed repainting, I was a bit skeptical. However, what did I know?
Shortly after moving in and finding Home Inspector's electrical advice had been faulty, my confidence in his window wisdom also became suspect. Alas, my scrubbings and scrapings of said windows came to naught and I realized the damage was inside between the thermal panes. Now four years later, I am still looking for economical solutions to this problem.
Gratefully, we have had some of the glass in windows replaced through the years, but several still remain and funds are no longer available for such. Life seems to keep happening, (like weddings, unexpected car repair, you get the picture.) A new strategy is needed to solve this dilemma. Internet searches have not brought much relief and so I come to you for answers, fellow frugalities!
Certainly, windows covered with blinds are quite fashionable in this South Texas and very wise on many days! However, there are those glorious months of cooler weather when open windows bring soft breezes and sunshiny shadows and make me so desire to roll up my blinds! Being greeted with windows that look so dirty and uncared for is a true discouragement and I am seeking a creative solution to my dilemma. See what you think of my new idea.
My family room has three windows side by side on one wall. There is a top and bottom pane each about 36inches by 20 inches. The bottom panes of each of the three windows are ruined by the staining. Is it creativity or an act of desperation to consider painting these panes with chalkboard paint? I could write verses or quotes upon them and perhaps they would add some character to my décor? What do you think?
Has anyone ever painted windows with chalkboard paint?
Do you have any other suggestions?
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