Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Art of Self Sufficiency

Obviously, self sufficiency is a way of life. For me it goes a few steps further. It’s a way to feel alive. It’s my being. It lives in my soul. And, yes, it is an art form.

As an example, if you give a garden ‘schematic’ to two different people and have them grow their own garden, the layout might be exactly the same but each garden will look completely different simply because of personal tastes. The same applies with recycling, re-purposing and reusing.

Here’s a picture of one of my favorite examples of the art of self sufficiency:
Use old rain gutters for veggie gardening out doors or even indoors for herb gardening.

And here’s a few more showing artful ingenuity:
 Rub a walnut on scratches to hide them.

 Use one pillowcase from a linen set to keep the set together.

The key to being ‘artful’ is very simple ~ be yourself, do what you like, and create how you see fit. There are very few things on the face of this planet that have only one use. It is your job to find the others besides the actual intended use.

Here’s a link to something most folks did not know you can do: Moss graffiti.

Now get out there and have some fun! Take some pictures of your ‘art’. Feel free to send them to me and I will post them in a future blog.

As always, you can visit my Facebook group here:

I also have a website set up for special deals I can create for you all. The current one is for emergency food ration bars to keep in your bug out bag or in your glove box in your vehicle. Here is the link:

Thank you for reading and I certainly hope you enjoyed yourself and learned something!


  1. This is a great article! Finding more than one use for everything is so key to becoming self sufficient. Being creative and seeing what you can come up with is the frosting on the cake to the whole process.

  2. You should get some pics from the 'Tiny House' folks....creative useful decorations in limited space...some of them are pretty cool! I was thinking about using upcycled gutters in the bathroom by the vanity and maybe in the shower. It's the perfect size to hold cotton balls, hand soap, tooth brushes...etc..and maybe even a plant or two.