City dweller, country skills: re-purposing used packaging

A recent news article in The Guardian takes a hard look at how consumer products generate so much packaging that we can’t reduce the environmental impact of packaging by recycling alone.  That article can be read here. In addition to our need to reduce product packaging, we consumers have gotten away from re-purposing the packaging that … More City dweller, country skills: re-purposing used packaging

City dweller, country skills: learning to make my own dresses

  I’ve grown tired of trying to find dresses I like in stores.  It’s so hit-or-miss…..and time consuming.   So, I’m using some left over quilting fabric to figure out several patterns for making my own. I’ve got my first dress pattern “mostly right.”  Now, I just need to tweak it a bit (center the collar … More City dweller, country skills: learning to make my own dresses

City Dweller, Country Skills: Re-purposing our individual plastic waste

  Two problems consumers lament regarding plastic waste and environmental damage: Excessive plastic packaging Plastic waste ending up in the oceans where fish, birds, etc end up eating the plastic I’ve been brainstorming for a couple years about a way for individuals to creatively recycle and re-purpose plastic packaging when we’re done with it.  I … More City Dweller, Country Skills: Re-purposing our individual plastic waste

City dweller, country skills: joy of crafting patchwork comforters

My “city dweller learning and sharing country skills” experience is moving in multiple directions. Sewing is one of the skills I decided to learn as an adult.  Sure, there are city dwellers who learn this skill growing up; I didn’t.  Fortunately, I was given a hand-me-down sewing machine several years ago.  My first efforts to … More City dweller, country skills: joy of crafting patchwork comforters