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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Waste not, Want Not Wednesday

It had completely slipped my mind that it was Wednesday until I saw my friend Carrie's blog. She did a post on Waste not, Want not Wednesday this week too! Be sure to drop by and see her children's adorable spaceship.
 My easy trick this week is one of my favorites. Cloth napkins. It may seem like only a little bit of paper to use a paper napkin, but it is only a little bit of fabric in a cloth napkin, and they fit right in with a load of towels or sheets that you have to wash anyway.
 We started using them full force, full time, after my sister Kelsey got married two years ago. My mom made 200 for her green wedding, and afterwards there were quite a few leftover.

They started out really lovely. 
They look more like this most days now. 
This one may never recover!

I had used them off and on during our first few years of marriage, so the older ones came back out of retirement, and I have picked up some on clearance here and there. (I got the six plaid ones in the bad lighting the other day for less then $2.00) But my favorites remain the simple crosses from Kelsey's wedding.
 Simple, easy, and saves a tree or two. Waste not, want not.
 See you next week!


Abigail said...

kelsey's wedding started me on cloth napkins too! i love them - my only problem is they fill a whole big drawer in my kitchen & i have limited space! not a bad problem to have though!

Karen said...

Wonderful ideas...your mom's and yours!

autumnesf said...

We switched to cloth about 15 years ago and people used to think I was strange. Love picking them up at the goodwills for next to nothing.

I have one of those plastic drawers that sits in the bottom of my pantry that holds all of mine - have to bend to get them but I've got plenty of space for it.

Carrie said...

I have mixed feelings on cloth napkins. I mean, trees can be replanted right? But we only have so much water to wash and wash and wash... ha ha ha, just picking you on and making excuses. Really, the germs are what get me, I love me some paper towels, but at least I do have a few cloth towels in my kitchen now...