Saturday, May 8, 2010

going green

this past tuesday was a very busy day around here!
we watched big, puffy clouds roll by
stopped and smelled the flowers growing in our own backyard
installed the rain catcher that J made for me
(please ignore the mess that is my garden behind said rain catcher)
installed and hung clothes to dry on our 2 new retractable clotheslines

and built a compost tumbler!!!
i found the directions here
and here

i would not have been able to do it without my dad
he went to collect all of the supplies with me
(i called a local car wash and they gave me the 55gallon drum for FREE!)
he taught me how to use all of the tools
he talked me through the entire process without getting frustrated :)

the directions say that it should only take about 20.00 and an hour of your time...
i cost around 40.00 and took a little over 4 hours.
still not bad when you consider that the compost tumbler at costco was 99.00
and i was able to spend a day learning from my dad!

i realized that i don't have a photo of the finished composter and it is raining right now, so i will have to get back to you with that photo!

it stormed for a few hours yesterday and the rain catcher is already full!
we may make 2 more in the next week.

on a side note - i wanted to share the AWESOME fabric that came in the mail this past week:

per lindsey's recommendation
i purchased this fabric from hawthorne threads and was so pleased with the service!

i can't wait to get started - my cousin's wife hired me to make matching duvet covers for their two sons.
once i get started, i will take photos and maybe try to do my first tutorial!!

so make sure and come back soon!!

**we are also trying to eat more whole foods. we joined a CSA and have changed where and how we shop. there is a great new book with great ideas on how to eat better and save money. check out simplemom to read more about it and to enter to win the book!!

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