Ingenuity and resourcefulness to the rescue! I've been reading a lot lately at Homeliving Helper about resourcefulness and creativity. "Why spend so much when I can just reuse or recycle what I already have?" Maybe it's the Scot in me, but "me blood boils" at the thought of the lack of thriftiness in our postmodern society's ways.
Last weekend when we were rearranging our children's bedrooms—trying desperately to get the girls into one room so we can have ours back—we realized that a bookshelf that was sitting in our girls' bedroom just wouldn't fit in there anymore. So, we thought about where we could move it in the house (homeschoolers can always use more bookshelves in just about every room, can't we?) when we suddenly had an idea. Why not just put it behind the old Singer sewing machine I've been using as a desk in our living room? So, we did. It looked a little strange as the wood on the two pieces were of different stains, and the styles of the furniture were from different eras (as in... about 80 years apart).
Creativity to the rescue...
"Doilies anyone?!!" I went into my linen closet to retrieve the lace doilies
|A surprise from my hubby nestled next to Pride and Prejudice.|
Here is the lovely result of my efforts:
|Teacups and lace; MPR Classical streaming through the speakers... AHHHhhhhh!|
|A lacy wall-hanging drapes over the side of the bookshelf to remind me of my role to "Bless this Home."|
I wonder sometimes, how many times have I spent money instead of just simply recycling and being creative with what I have?
Anyone else have a similar experience that you would like to share? I'd love to hear of your creative and resourceful—as well as frugal—exploits!