Synopses & Reviews
Hundreds of Ideas for Healthy, Happy and Fabulously Frugal Homekeeping
Bursting with ways to downshift, simplify, preserve resources, and honor the planet, Lemons and Lavender will give you tools to reclaim a purer, tastier, healthier and less expensive way of life. Sharp shares her radical common sense and revolutionary "freeconomics" approach to budgeting in this step-by-step guide to the good life.
Creative ideas inside Lemons and Lavender:
and#149; Garden-to-table recipes for every meal
and#149; Eco-deco ideas for furnishing your home
and#149; Recipes for nontoxic cleaners, house paint and more
and#149; Start a seed sharing garden with your neighbors
and#149; Easy-to-make gifts with handcrafted gift wrap
and#149; Grow your own cup of delicious herbal tea
and#149; Learn to use organic sea salts, skin scrubs and detox bath therapies
Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook to revolutionizing your spending habits and reclaiming your quality of life. Lemons and Lavender
is an inspiring and instructive guide to living the handmade life by consuming less and creating more. Practical and profound, this handy how-to covers every area of life and offers easy-to-do tips, recipes, and advice on saving money and the planet. You and your family can live more joyfully and far more creatively, all on a dime. The best things in life are free-- or if they aren't, you can have a lot of fun making them.
Learn how to:
- Ditch the lawn and raise organic veggies
- Cook healthy meals for pennies
- Eco-clean your house with lemons and lavender
- Cure minor maladies from the kitchen cabinet
- Join a seed sharing community garden
- Save big dollars with small repairs
- Organize a free market
- Put the "happy" back in your holidays
"Billee Sharp describes herself as ' a committed daydreamer.' But if self-reliance, independence, and the saving of oodles of cash is the result, then the president should appoint a daydreaming czar. I know whom I'd nominate." -Anneli Rufus, from the Introduction
"My copy of It is filled with highlights, post-its, and dog-eared pages marking the cool things I want to do. Even a life-long cheapskate like me learned a lot of ways to live fabulously frugal!" -Lara Starr, co-author of The Frugal Foodie Cookbook
Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook for revolutionizing spending habits and reclaiming quality of life. Lemons and Lavender
is an inspiring and instructive guide to living the handmade life by consuming less and creating more. Practical and profound, this handy how-to covers every area of life and offers easy-to-do tips, recipes, and advice for saving money and the planet. Learn how to ditch your lawn and raise organic vegetables, cook healthy meals for pennies, cure minor maladies from the kitchen cabinet, save big dollars with small repairs, and eco-clean your house with lemons and lavender. With this guide, families can live more joyfully and far more creatively, all on a dime.
About the Author
was born and raised in a little village in Dorset, England, where she spent a lot of time at the garden gate waving to passersby. She studied anthropology and ancient history at University College London. Billee went on to style herself a career as a contemporary art curator and gallerist. Working with Damien Hirst and others, she opened Building One, a huge gallery in an old biscuit factory, and mounted a series of group shows which contributed to the emergence of the YBAs. Quickly disenchanted with the art world, she turned her interest to the underground house music scene flourishing in London. Not long afterward, Billee moved to California. In 1993, she took up residence in San Francisco and started both a family and record label with Scotsman Jonah Sharp, a pioneering electronic musician. The birthplace of counterculture has been a wellspring of inspiration for her life and her creative writing.