Mar 13 2011

slate tile [minimalist challenge item #24]

[item] Bin of 4″ slate tiles

[purchase info] I got these for free, as they were leftovers from a tile project

[time in my possession] Approximately 3 years

[last used] Never

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Given to a friend

[info] I had to get rid of a lot of tile.  I have projects I want to do, but I just don’t know when or if I will ever get to them.  I gave the tile to someone that will use it.

Jan 23 2011

downsizing my girlie stuff [day 242]

As I stated a few days ago, I’m behind on my 2-per-week goal of creating trashograms.  Although these are fun to make, I’m finding other opportunities that have much more impact in the trash society world.  I have a few trashograms to share, then some news to share.


I don’t wear a lot of makeup, as a matter of fact, most would say I don’t wear any.  I do wear a little bit of eye shadow and sometimes lipstick.  (I cringe as I say these things)  I’m not opposed to makeup or people that wear makeup, as it’s a personal choice.  My reasons for not liking it is it takes way to long to put on and I prefer to stay low maintenance.  I also hate the way my face feels with all that paint clogging my pores.  I had horrible skin that used to breakout all the time.  I stopped makeup foundation and about 98% of it cleared up.  Anyway, this is makeup that I’ve had a long time, most of it I was talked into buying.  I downsized my makeup by approximately 75%.

I gave this to a couple of pre-teen girls to use for playtime.  I don’t like to play dress up.  Continue reading

Dec 11 2010

AWESOME dumpster diving video! [day 199]

This video was created for a school project by a student at the Clarion University of Pennsylvania for a Physics of Energy and the Environment class.  It’s a wonderful video on the how-to’s of dumpster diving with some alarming statistics.  Check it out.  It’s well worth 8 minutes of your time.

Nov 6 2010

less is more [day 163]

This week has been crazy.  There’s been no time to shop, even if I had wanted to.  This next week, I will be working on a cool project, so I’ll be keeping the blog posts short.  Here’s a preview of the project.  Yes!  Of course it has to do with trash society!!

Oct 3 2010

charitable marketing. yes or no? [day 129]

Is charitable marketing good?  I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, as it’s a huge and fast-growing trend.  It works, but is it ethical and trustworthy?

As David Frey wrote on, “Many savvy small businesses are affiliating themselves with charities to market their businesses. Not only is it a primary means for developing a powerful network but also it helps others in the process. People like to associate themselves with businesses that support causes, which help disadvantaged people in a meaningful way.”  And he follows that with, “Don’t think that charities are oblivious to your motivations. Most charities today understand your secondary purpose for participating in charities and are experienced at helping you receive a return on your charitable investments.”

I decided to research just a bit, as I find this concept very interesting.  Here’s 3 case studies from radically different businesses. Continue reading

Sep 13 2010

fun photos [day 109]

Not much to report on the shopping front, so I thought I would just share a couple of photos.

Recycled art project:  These were donated to FFS, cute bags of flour that were used for a school art project.

Plane trip:  I’m sure glad they told me that I can’t bring my gallon of bleach on the plane, because I always travel with it.  😉

Smallest closet EVER: Not sure why the image is sideways, but you get the picture.  (pun intended)  If we had tiny closets like this, maybe we would thing twice before buying some of the things we do?  The newer the houses, the bigger the closets.  In my last house, the master bedroom closet was bigger then my bedroom as a teen.  No wonder we buy more stuff, we can store it and not have to look at it.

Jun 2 2010

the challenge: day 6 & day 7 [materialism & a project for kids]

I’m back home from my trip to Mexico and back into my much too busy routine. I don’t have any shopping challenges to report, however I am uncomfortable with my very comfortable life.

There is one thing I’ve been thinking about, and that’s how this challenge will affect my kids. I’m trying to teach them that materialism is not good, while the life lessons they’re learning in our society are sending the opposite, and quite powerful message that materialism is very good. Last night we sat out on our rickety old trampoline (in the rain) and talked about what we’re passionate about. My boys are 9 and 10 years old, so the discussion itself was a bit of a challenge.

I decided to give them each a summer project. The project will allow me to teach them some of my design skills, while teaching them to help people and encourage others to do the same. They are both to choose a topic, do a journalistic photo shoot and create a video. They will have to storyboard it and blog during the process. Honestly, they’re viewing it as summer homework. Hopefully they won’t see it that way once we get into it. I’m such an abusive parent! LOL

Cole is doing his project on The New U.S. Army, a new non-violent army. Joe is doing his with a comic book style superhero named God’s Host. And me? I will be helping them and doing the 8 million other things I have in my head. This morning I’m looking for a homeless retreat in Dallas and planning a new type of recycling program. Yes, there’s much to do in this world… shopping is not on the list.