While relaxing on a friend’s back porch over a spicy vegetarian stew and homemade bread, the conversation turned, naturally, to food. Everyone around the table expressed concern over how much junk food kids eat and how little time children spend outdoors. Our host said she watches every afternoon as a group of elementary schoolchildren heads… Read More
Transformation is a beautiful world. Turning old stuff into stuff you love.
I am excited to be joining Not Quite Amish as a regular contributor writing about DIY projects, repurposing, and frugal ways to add beauty and meaning to your home. My husband and I have been collaborating on DIY projects for our home over the last couple of years. It all began when my oldest son… Read More
The Amish have a saying: If your house is cluttered, your hearts are too. Many of us feel weighed down by too much stuff—things that are purchased on impulse, paid for with credit. Keep stuff out When we moved to the town house, we saw it as another chance to donate things we no longer… Read More
Container gardening is a great way to grow fruits and vegetables when you don’t have a huge garden space but still want to grow edible goodies. You’ve probably seen tempting pictures of strawberry planters or kitchen herb gardens and perhaps been interested in tackling some container gardens of your own! “There’s no reason that container… Read More
“I love a clean house. I just don’t like cleaning.” That’s a direct quote from our twenty-year-old daughter, Emma, who recently graduated from college and is now living in her first apartment. Emma is honest enough to express what most of us feel—we want our homes to be uncluttered, fresh, and inviting, but getting there… Read More
Amish culture highly values crafts and at-home repurposing concepts that take everyday items and rework them into something else that’s a bit more useful. Everything has a purpose and nothing is wasted – it’s an approach that’s applied to much of the Amish lifestyle. Because many Amish families do not drive cars, it isn’t as… Read More