We’re becoming a more frugal society

VRAAG & AANBOD. Supply & Demand Aruba is a super popular FB page with 21,486 members, practically the whole island. The page advertises second-hand items such as baby clothes, cars, jewelry, both old and new, and I find that it is a sign of our times when people develop a tribe mentality and revert to recycling, reclaiming, and in general sharing resources, which in view of the economic slump is inevitable. In terms of our society it’s an excellent development when we are frugal, conservative, as in conservation, careful with our money and less likely to spend it like water. So before you head to the stores, also check that helpful Vraag & Aanbod page, perhaps a second-hand item will call your name, a win-win for buyer and seller.

DIY, WOOD PALLET PROJECTS. I recently met Karah Bunde, the author of a cool book, outlining Wood Pallet projects, and providing complete instructions as to how to convert trash into treasures. The book is available on Amazon.com, in the Do It Yourself section. Karah is also the author of a blog. The blog’s name is The Space Between, and you may find it at http://thespacebetweenblog.org.

Karah explains that in her blog she describes her adventures in the process of making the most out of every space in her home and/or apartment. Her current apartment in Aruba is a work of art in progress, not finished yet, and she has a video on line outlining the progress. I saw it; there is still a lot to be done. Or perhaps the video is old and she completed the masterpiece by now.

As an artist, Karah is passionate about creating warm home environments through upcycling and repurposing. She also recommends hard-core renovations, meaning do it yourself and have fun, it ends up better and cheaper if you do your kitchen or bathroom renovation yourself.

In previous years Karah renovated a house in Key West, where she lived with her husband Joel Bunde, The GM at the Hyatt Regency. While they were renovating, they endured drywall dust everywhere, and she always had paint in her hair. The pallets were collecting in the yard, just waiting to be turned into art projects or storage solutions. It sounds like life in a blissful state of controlled chaos.

Recently, one of my friends floated images on FB of her new deck, a wrap around beauty of concrete and palette wood. It looks fantastic.  So basically, we should all try to make the most out of the space between, because it’s good for us; it keeps us busy and creative and it saves money!

For anyone interested in complete instruction for 35 palette wood projects: DIY Wood Pallet Projects: 35 Rustic Modern Upcycling Ideas to Personalize Your Space, Paperback – September 18, 2014, available on Kindle or paperback on Amazon.com