Learning By Messing Around

When I was just starting out in the business world in the 1980s, Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr. wrote an international bestselling book called In Search of Excellence. One of the concepts the authors wrote about was an idea they called MBWA – Management by Wandering Around.

During their research they . . . → Read More: Learning By Messing Around

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.

Fifteen Minutes a Day – What Good Thing Will You Do Today?

I posted a challenge on Sunday about devoting just 15 minutes a day to something worthwhile for the next six days. A number of you are undertaking some important endeavors, and I’m excited about your goals and plans. If you’re just now reading . . . → Read More: Fifteen Minutes a Day – What Good Thing Will You Do Today?

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.

How I Spent My First Fifteen Minutes

In yesterday’s post, I invited you to participate with me in a six-day experiment to do something worthwhile for 15 minutes a day. I committed to taking photos each day, and thought you might like to see my first effort. I’ve recently been . . . → Read More: How I Spent My First Fifteen Minutes

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.

January Money Diet Day 11 – Create Something

Photo by BLW Photography

What can you make this month, from materials you already have? Do your thing, whatever that may be.

Take a photograph, paint a watercolor, make a sculpture, create string art, write a poem, draw, make a pair of beaded earrings, bake a chocolate cake, punch a design in a . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day 11 – Create 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.

Day 11 of the January Money Diet – Create Something

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 Stephen A. Wolfe

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, . . . → Read More: Day 11 of the January Money Diet – Create 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.

Make Your Own Recycled Valentine’s Day Cards

I’ve always loved making homemade Valentines, and this year I got inspired by the grocery and advertising newspaper inserts that were headed for the recycling bin. I simply cut out hearts from the paper and glued them on a plain card that I purchased in a pack of 50. The cards retail for . . . → Read More: Make Your Own Recycled Valentine’s Day Cards

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.

Container Gardening Feat: New Use for Old Shoes

Are your Reeboks run down? Have you maxed out your Merrills? Instead of sending old footwear to the landfill, why not refashion your shoes into a pair of funky planters? These soulful mini-gardens were for sale at the Easton Farmers’ Market, but you can make your own with some good quality planting mix . . . → Read More: Container Gardening Feat: New Use for Old Shoes

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.

Make Your Own Heart-Shaped Decoration From Yes, Toilet Paper Tubes

I promised to give you the details about the green craft project I did during my Staycation, so here you go. I wanted something natural to hang in the dining room, and I found inspiration in plain old toilet paper tubes. You’re not going to believe what a pretty decoration you can . . . → Read More: Make Your Own Heart-Shaped Decoration From Yes, Toilet Paper Tubes

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.