• decluttering,  simple living,  sustainability

    No Waste shopping at Bulk Barn

    I recently viewed a video on Facebook of a supermarket that creates no waste.  All of the containers are reusable and you simply fill, use, wash, repeat! I was recently in Bulk Barn near my home here in Ontario and noticed a sign I hadn’t seen before. You see the Bulk Barn is already doing this whole thing and I never clued in!!!  So in case you’re interested they have a page devoted to how it works.BULK BARN Reusable-Container-Program Kudos to the Bulk Barn for stepping up the no-waste game. Here’s where you can find one near you: FIND A BULK BARN

  • simple living

    333 Clothing Challenge

    UPDATE:  We have settled into a comfortable clothing number for us.  It’s definitely more than 33 pieces but we’ve eliminated all the seasonal Rubbermaids in storage which gives us more storage space for everything else we love to do!! On February 1st my husband and I embarked on the 333 Clothing Challenge.  The premise is to condense your clothes to 33 items for 3 months.  It took some sorting and a lot of purging but we both managed to pare our clothes down to 33 items. Now, in the spirit of full disclosure… my 33 items does not include my shoes.  I figure this is my first shot at this…

  • decluttering,  path to minimalism,  simple living

    Cut the Crap

    Stuff can be a burden.  You have to find space for it, you have to clean it, you have to move it, you keep collecting it.  It’s amazing how the amount of stuff you own seems to grow to fit the space you have, and even then it usually maxes out your real estate and you are either struggling to live around it or you’re constantly moving it around.  I’m pretty sick of stuff. 2017 is my year to purge my crap.  The stuff that I have some odd sentimental attachment to and feel I can release to someone who would ACTUALLY enjoy/use it.  I still love the person who…

  • simple living,  sustainability,  water

    Camping at Home ~ Surviving No Water

    Do not let the title fool you.  I’m not having a good time. We recently had a water holding tank installed here in the woods because of bad water in a well that was running dry.  For the first time in years I was going to be able to drink the water that comes out of my tap.  But with all things, few things go according to plan. The tank was finished mid December and I think we’ve had running water for approx. 8 days since.  I don’t really want to talk about it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to me. If this ever happens to you you will…

  • live life outside,  off-grid,  photography,  simple living,  sustainability

    Trip to The Enchanted Forest Studio

    My husband and I took a trip to The Enchanted Forest Studio for the Westport Studio Tour.  Our friend David R. Maracle was playing and showing his sculptures. The house, built by photographer Brian Mantrop, was simply amazing and I had to share some pictures.  He built it from the ground up using tons of recycled and repurposed materials. Faithful dog guards the apple basket. The house is 4 levels, the main floor living area, office area, and two bedrooms. There are amazing outbuildings on the property that serve as studio’s and sheds. Kathy Cashman’s studio, she makes amazing clothing! The front porch of the main house, including a stone…

  • pets,  simple living,  thrifty stuff

    Make Your Own Suet Cakes

    I remember when suet cakes were less than a dollar each.  I realize I sound like some old woman complaining about the price of gas, but seriously! If you are cheap like me here are a few easy steps to feed those ravenous winged creatures outside.  The ones who even now are making enough noise to wake the dead because my suet is chilling in the fridge… All you need is some fat ~ I use bacon fat.  I never throw out bacon drippings, it’s something I learned from my grandmother and I could never shake it. I let them cool a bit and spoon them into a mason jar…

  • diy,  pets,  simple living

    Dogs Shall Not Pass….

    We have two dogs that don’t respect the “Don’t sleep on my bed” rule, OR the “don’t drink out of the toilet” rule, or the “don’t chew up the lego” rule.  For that reason we found it necessary to put a piece of plywood across the bottom of the stairs to keep them from sneaking up. The problem with a piece of plywood is that it typically doesn’t stay standing by itself so I had to prop a chair beside the plywood, beside the staircase.  You get the idea.  A lot of crap at the bottom of the stairs and everytime I wanted to go up or down I had…

  • sewing,  simple living

    I’m a Draft Dodger!

    It’s FREEZING.  Like minus 30 degrees freezing. So last night I whipped this up for the front door where it seemed we had some cold air leaking in. Probably because the wind was at 100 km/hour. SO simple… just some left-over polar fleece stuffed with foam, fibrefill and marbles to make it heavy and hug the floor. It probably took about 10 min to make. The cat slept at the front door this morning for the first time…. ever.

  • canning,  cooking,  simple living

    Chili Sauce ~ the remix!

    Today was Chili Sauce day. It’s not a favorite day for my family but it’s one of those necessary days every year.  Tomorrow is Chili Sauce Day Take 2.  Also not popular. This morning I dragged my faithful family to the farm down the road to pick roma tomatoes.  We picked 1 bushel… well three of us did, the other one wandered around looking for bugs and avoiding any manual labour. Said bug hunter redeemed himself by spending an hour chopping onions, peppers, and helping me skin what seemed like a million little red lava bombs. All for this…. Here’s how to make your own! Steph’s Chili Sauce (adapted from…

  • simple living,  thrifty stuff

    Furniture on the Cheap!

    I have a new kitchen table!! I’m so excited!  For a long time we have had a round white table that was a hand-me-down from our neighbors from 4 years ago. We also have a hand-me-down table from some good friends that I actually stole out of the dining area for my sewing machine.  So we were stuck with the round white table that only seats 4 and the one leg kept falling off which made dinner more exciting because you never knew when that puppy was going to start to tilt!  Anyway.  I looked into new tables and I have got to tell you, I’m not sure what these people…