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E-Waste Not Want Not

My new motto is E-waste not want not.  Last Saturday I was dreading the errand of driving to the free E-Waste Disposal and Recycling Center in Hayward.  Having never been there, I had no idea what to expect and after the trek to Hayward and thinking that I was almost getting on the San Mateo […]

The Thrill of Rehab

The thrill of rehab can be particularly fetching.  Why? Some of you may know by now that when I use the word “rehab” I do not mean a twenty-one day stint at Passages in Malibu, but rather the time-consuming, gut wrenching, nail-splitting {but often exhilarating} process of taking a previously run-down, neglected sorry old building and […]

City-Wide Garage Sales Are Upon Us!

Looks like city-wide garage sales are upon us.  One great way to enjoy this gorgeous weather is to venture out to your friendly, neighborhood garage sales.  My personal favorite is the city-wide garage sale circuit, and it just so happens that the city of Albany, right next to Berkeley, is having their annual City-Wide Garage […]

Nursery Decor That’s Cute As A Button!

Nursery decor has propelled me to post this.  Sorry I’ve been lagging about posting lately–I’ve kind of had my hands full with some other projects (more on that later). But, I managed to come up for air today to brag about Cousin Lauren’s adorable nursery decor ideas that she is using to decorate her baby […]

Back To School Bargains That Save The World

How can we save the world by buying back to school bargains? As I watch my neighbor’s kids pack up the car and head off to our fine institutions of higher learning like Stanford and Willamette, I can’t help but wonder just how much money is being spent at this time of the year on […]

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Hear ye, hear ye!  (Sound of a bell ringing)…Thrift Stores everywhere are filled with tons of vintage and gently-used Christmas decorations right now.  Just yesterday, I happened into the Thrift Town in San Leandro where I found a plethora of Christmas goodness.  I found a hand-made vintage […]

Ta Da Dump Ta Da Dump Ta Da Dump Dump Dump

Yes, I know it sounds strange, but a visit to the SF dump can actually be – inspiring.  That’s because the company managing the City’s waste stream, Recology, is a progressive, company-owned organization that sponsors artists and that leads public tours of the facility that will leave you wanting more.  Sure, it can be a […]

Trash Can Be Beautiful

In anticipation of an upcoming trip to the dump in the City with my Litquake buddies (I know – I really know how to have some fun, don’t I?), and after a nice visit with my writing teacher and friend, Cecile Moochnek at her gorgeous art gallery in Berkeley http://www.cecilemoochnek.com , I’ve had trash on my mind.  […]

Got the HicCups?

Did you know that Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour?! And, the worst part is that most of them are just thrown away – and not recycled. Then, there are the styrofoam coffee cups: Americans throw away 25,000,000 of those every year! Well, one local company with a creative founder/inventor has come up with […]

Green and Pretty Thrifty

The air was abuzz with all things earthy and green, as the 10th Annual Green Fest got rolling this week-end at the San Francisco Concourse.  Messenger bags made from recycled car tires?  Check.  Or, how about jewelry made from decommissioned, non-radioactive nuclear systems?  Yes, this and much more could be purchased at this year’s Green […]

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