The Simple Joy of Puttering

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Dear friends,

This morning I woke up grateful for the slower pace of a three-day weekend, and the sweet luxury of down time to do some small things around the house and garden.

Do you feel that way about unstructured time, too?

I love puttering — and isn’t it the most perfect, descriptive . . . → Read More: The Simple Joy of Puttering

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A Weekend for Nesting During the January Money Diet

Welcome to Day 6 of the January Money Diet. If you’ve just joined us, welcome! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your comments, tips, and stories this week in the comments you’ve been leaving. Be sure to check out Sara’s impressive results in yesterday’s Net Worth post. You’ll also enjoy Amy’s tips about Meal Planning, and EcoCatLady’s . . . → Read More: A Weekend for Nesting During the January Money Diet

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 7 of the January Money Diet – Give Something a Little TLC

In case you’ve just joined us, the January Money Diet is a challenge to take a 31-day break from nonessential spending. You can learn more about the money diet here — and jump right in!

Photo by Joe Photo

“If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves.” . . . → Read More: Day 7 of the January Money Diet – Give Something a Little TLC

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 5 of the January Money Diet – Fix Something

Photo: d3b

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” ~ John F. Kennedy

Today is all about instant gratification, so let’s agree to fix or mend something, using materials we already have.

January — especially a January when one has a few idle hours because one isn’t . . . → Read More: Day 5 of the January Money Diet – Fix Something

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A New Bamboo Floor

2008 begins with a terrific improvement here at the Urban Homestead – a new bamboo floor in the office!

Our journey started when I read Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan’s compelling book, “Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure.” Along with some great ideas for simplifying one’s home environment and paring down one’s possessions, the author suggests indentifying . . . → Read More: A New Bamboo Floor

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.