Friday, January 07, 2011

Peace, Love, and Recycling

One of my resolutiions for 2011 is to kick the plastic grocery bag habit. It's not like I don't have plenty of wonderful fabric totes of all kinds to use, it's the fact that I always leave them in the trunk. So this year I am going to work on that. Maybe I should start fining myself 50 cents for every plastic one I bring home. Or make myself donate a fat quarter to the raffle table at our guild meeting. Hmmm. That one might work.

At any rate, I am going to try to come up with something fabric related and frugal on Fridays - so today I wanted to show you this awesome Tote bag I won in a blog give-away! This was from my friend Emma's blog "Quilties". I knew it would be nice, but I was totally delighted when I opened up the package today! It is so well made and attractive, I'm sure I will use it all the time! I absolutely love the little embroidered patch on it - so cute. How nice to have such a practical bag that also makes me smile - I'm sure it will help me to be better about using my fabric bags instead of the plastic ones.

So, working backwards, exactly what is "frugal"? I think of it as being thrifty (or cheap as I have been called by members of my family!). But there is more to being frugal than just watching your money, according the the Mirriam - Webster Dictionary the definition of frugal is: characterized by or reflecting economy in the use of resources. This means not only our monetary resources, but all other resources in our life. So I want to explore that idea and how it relates to quilting and sewing as well as other aspects of our lives.

By not using plastic grocery bags I am doing a small part in eliminating the need for making the plastic, and the waste that it produces. I don't have to store more bags, or even worse, throw them away. It might not actually save me money, but it does save on resources so this is definitely a change I want to make in my life.

Many thanks to Emma for the great bag, I will use it proudly! If you are interested in one for yourself you can check out her Etsy shop - Quilties. She does beautiful work and I am sure you would be happy with anything she has made.

Frugally yours!


1 comment:

FabricFascination said...

What a cute bag. I love using the grocery totes, and have a stack of them (just the ones the grocery store sells, not cute ones like this). My problem is that I often leave them in the trunk too.

I love your idea of Frugal Friday, and can't wait to see what you come up with.