I picked up this book on a whim at the library, as it caught my eye on the "New and Interesting" shelf.
We don't eat out much, but I've been intrigued about how this author decided to not eat out for two years while living in New York (Hello, amazing restaurant/deli/pizza parlor/bagel shop capitol of the world!) and discover the ease and satisfaction of cooking for herself. I'm about 1/3 of the way through it, and already I'm fantasizing about being labeled a "frugalista," defined as "a person who lives a frugal lifestyle but stays fashionable and healthy by swapping clothes, buying secondhand, growing own produce, etc." Here's even a blog dedicated to it. Now, the book author talks about this concept in the middle of the chapter about freeganism, aka dumpster diving (which I don't plan on doing anytime soon), but the idea of the frugalista and making someone else's trash into my treasure goes right along with my waste-free, pro-recycle philosophy.
So, what do you like to recycle? For me, it's fabric. I pay good money for good fabric, and I don't have the budget or the storage space to have a whole bunch. OK, mostly it's the budget thing, as I can ALWAYS find room for more fabric. :-) Anyway, I can't bring myself to waste one bit of it without recycling it into as many projects as I can get out of it.
What to do? I like to make anything from mini paper-pieced quilt blocks and table runners like this one, to hand-pieced hexagons and scrappy flowers. And when they're even too small for those, I stitch up the scraps to make pretty note cards. I made dozens of these in packets of 3 for stocking stuffers this past Christmas. And it was a gift to me as well, because it used up a bunch my scraps in a cute and useful way!
Think the selvages are no good? I'm saving mine up...maybe for something like this:
Or, how AMAZING would this be???
How do you like to stretch your fabric stash as far as it will go? If fabric isn't your thing, what's your favorite thing to recycle, or better yet, UPcycle? I'd love to know!