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Monday, July 26, 2010

Helping, Learning, Recycling....

Hi All! I just read some new comments on my page at HGTV. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! If you need something or want to know how I did something immediately, or where I got information, I will most definitely post it on here quickly! The only reason this blog is here is for you and because of you! Is anyone having problems with the comment section? If you are, please email me at and I will get it fixed! I remember how hard it was for me to do things, and how long it took to find the information. Thank you all so much!


  1. Talk to me! You all say I am such an inspiration but you cannot imagine the drive and inspiration you all have given to me!

  2. Hi Lisa!

    I just found your blog on the HGTV site. I was on the hunt for pictures of kitchens, and came across your photos. What a sweet little home you have. You and your husband have done a fantastic job!

    It's almost midnight in my neck of the woods, and I've just finished reading all your blog posts. The more I read, the more I was grinning! How similar we are. Although I didn't have the fortune of finding a $600. treasure home, (my hubby and I still have the traditional leg shackle mortgage) your outlook on Free/re-cycling are spot on with ours.

    I was gobsmacked when I read in your post that you and your sweetie trucked too! My husband and I drove in the 90's for a few trucking companies that usually hauled Canadian mail and other dry freight from Ontario (where we live) through MI, WI, MN, then up through MB. I quit driving in 2003, and he had left a few years earlier.

    Just as your hubby seems to be a Jack-of-all-trades, so is my Jeff, and we rairly pay retail prices for anything. People know that he can fix just about everything, so we are constantly being given stuff ... usually with the comment "if you can fix it, you can have it". Often we can barter for things too.

    We are getting ready to install a master bathroom in our home, and the sink and Jacuzzi bath tub we will be installing we got for free. I'm always on the look out for other things like tiles etc too.

    It is nice to know that someone else thinks the same as I do. Pay retail?? NEVER!

    Good luck in the rest of your renovations. I have bookmarked your blog, and look forward to reading future posts.

    Richmond, Ontario, Canada

  3. Hi Leslie, I am so glad to have a trucker buddy on here! We are breed of our own, aren't we? lol
    I would love to do a feature on your repurposed, free, found bathroom! think about it and let me know if you would like to! I am so glad there are others out there that think the way I do! I was fully prepared to face "cheapskate" and "dork" when I put my little house on HGTV! But the support was overwhelming, I was ecstatic! This is so fun!

  4. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for your offer to feature some of my repurposed projects. I would be happy to share some photos and comments about what I'm doing. The only thing is that we work at a snail’s pace. Actually a petrified snail's pace would be more exact. We have a bad (or good) tendency to go slowly when we renovate. I can’t guarantee that I wouldn’t start a project in September and not get to the second step of the project till February let alone finish it in a reasonable time! Then again, contributing to your blog may be the kick in the fanny I need to actually get a move on. I’ll talk to Jeff and see if I can get a commitment as to when he wants to start the bathroom project. I’m sort of thinking we won’t be starting till sometime in the fall. Let me know if something like this will work for you.

    In the meantime check out this link. It gives an overview of the program Junk Raiders. Its a television program produced here in Canada that has a group of people (wasters and recyclers) work together to renovate a Toronto Loft using nothing but recycled items. They had a budget of $5,000 and it was interesting to see what they came up with.


  5. Hi Leslie! I know exactly how it is when you start a project! I work at a snails pace too! I think the only reason we have gone so far is because I have to live here! I start one thing and then rush off to something else! I can't wait to do a feature on your home...even if it is next year! Don't rush, I am just so glad you want to! Whenever you are ready, just let me know!


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