Happy Friday! I hope you have some nice plans for the weekend - it's hard to believe that summer is nearly over. We have been enjoying the slightly cooler weather. The days are getting shorter and there have been some beautiful evening skies over our neighborhood.
I was out and about on Thursday - checking out another scrapbook store from the shop hop and doing the usual errands. I did get some time to do more organizing in my craft room(s) and I stumbled on to a very lucky find. When our son was getting ready to move to an apartment this spring, I discovered Freecycle.org.
Here is the description from the website.
The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,057 groups with 9,061,088 members around the world. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free.
I signed up on our local list which is run through a Yahoo group. It is fun to see the sorts of things that are offered - everything from old National Geographics to baby clothes. Today an email came through with a bookshelf described as "nine segment." That caught my eye and I checked out the photo on the group page (there isn't always a photo but it is helpful when there is one to give you a better idea of the offer).
As soon as I saw this photo on the website, I rushed to answer the offering message. I could see that this would be a fabulous solution for storing my ever-expanding paper collection.
After a few messages back and forth, I arranged to pick up the bookcase in a neighboring town. It is now in my garage, waiting for me to rearrange some other pieces of furniture - my project for the weekend! After I took this photo, I brought one of my Iris plastic 12 x 12 paper cases out to the garage and it was a perfect fit! I am so excited to have discovered a great (free!) solution for my "paper problem" and very motivated to finish the never ending reorganization of my space.
I have lots of things around the house that I can list and pass along to someone who can use them. I think it is a great solution for finding new homes for good objects that you no longer need. If you haven't heard of this organization, it would be worth checking to see if there is a group in your area.
No project photos to share today - I have some more things finished but didn't have time to edit the photos for posting. I did take a photo of the wonderful tricolore salad (fresh tomato, basil from the garden and fresh mozzarella with olive oil and balsamic vinegar) we had for dinner. It was delicious!
Have a great weekend!
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