Flower Pressing

During the lockdown and stay-at-home orders, a lot of us suddenly found ourselves with a lot more time at home. A forced slow down. When it comes to art in our lives, we particularly enjoy art that we made ourselves or that was made by a local artist or a friend. We have a couple of lovely small canvases from friends. We have a large digital collection of nature photos and landscapes from our travels and day-to-day life. This spring, we tried pressing flowers, a catmint (catnip) flower and an iris, with mixed results. Pick flowers Allow the flowers to … Continue reading Flower Pressing

Haircuts at Home

A step towards minimalism, inspired by necessity and the pandemic… My husband has been cutting his own hair for years. We already had clippers. I bought a new pair of hair cutting scissors. I wanted a new, sharp pair. My hair is quite long. I had not had a haircut in at least 6 months. In that time, I had started to trim the ends myself. Then my bangs. But overall, I was feeling more and more shaggy. My hair tangled easily and the ends were pretty damaged. I watched YouTube videos and started gathering my courage. Finally, I convinced … Continue reading Haircuts at Home

Tinder and Kindling

Less of a project, more of a habit. This post is NOT in reference to the dating app, although that could be interesting. To start a fire: If you have a wood burning fireplace like me, or you just appreciate the fun of a campfire or backyard fire pit, here are a few free ideas for fire starters. Lintbox. Save lint from the clothes dryer and stuff it into an old Kleenex box. I did this growing up. We don’t really buy boxes of tissues very often but this idea gets one more use out of two useless things. (Reduce, … Continue reading Tinder and Kindling

Finding the right hobbies

Hobby: an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation Dictionary.com Time is a finite resource. No one knows how much they will have. Some people disagree with the concept of spending or wasting time, especially if it is your time they are wasting. I do not think a hobby is a waste of time, if it brings enjoyment. I do think it is important to spend time in ways that have value. Recently, I read Early Retirement Extreme (here on Amazon or free at the library). I particularly liked the idea of useful … Continue reading Finding the right hobbies

How to Start a Project

Define Your Goal Think about what you want to accomplish. For some people, it helps to write down a few words or even make a Pinterest board to gather inspiration. Narrow your goal down to a short phrase, not more than 3-4 words. Write Your List Write down the specific tasks that need to be accomplished to reach your goal. Keep it simple. Break each task down into steps that are small enough to be attainable. You may realize that you aren’t sure of all the steps. This is the time to do some research! Plan Your Time It is … Continue reading How to Start a Project