Lemons and Lavender: The Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping

Lemons and Lavender: The Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping

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by Billee Sharp
     
 

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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

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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.

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"Enthusiastic, friendly, and confidant that everyone can live better, Sharp has written a great guidebook to a greener life."
Ianna Works, Anna Jedrziewski

"Lemons and Lavender is an inspiring and instructive guide to living the handmade life by consuming less and creating more."
Eco Child's Play

"There is a bounty of information crammed into all the pages of this eco guide to better homekeeping that you will spend hours reading highlighting and taking notes."
Grandma Bonnie's Closet

"There is EVERYTHING in this book from basic plumbing tips, circuit box know how, repairing holes in your walls, remote control repair to what to do when you drop your cell phone in the water."
My Journey with Candida

Lemons and Lavender hails itself as “the eco guide to better homekeeping.” However, Billee Sharp takes this topic way beyond what I know as homekeeping. She begins the book by addressing the need to do something you love rather than working just to earn a paycheck. She shares her individual journey to find meaning in her work and challenges the reader to do the same. Sharp also covers taking control of your budget by knowing what your financial goals are and being thrifty by finding things that are free, selling what you don’t use, and bartering the rest. Sharp believes in an organic lifestyle and writes extensively about a healthy pantry and detoxifying your diet. She suggests medicinal cures that already exist in your kitchen cabinet, as well as creating non-toxic cleaners with natural household items. This book also recommends fixing things yourself and gives remedies for plugged drains, holes in walls and even wet cell phones! Other chapters cover growing a garden, recipes and homemade holidays. Frankly there is not much that Billee Sharp did not cover in her 260+ page book. Sharp does offer good ideas, a wealth of resources and an interesting story."
–Portland Book Review

"Simplifying your life is as easy as simplifying your home. When our homes are clean and organized, we tend to feel better; more relaxed. When you have an amazing book like Lemons and Lavender, homekeeping is simple and easy. In this book Lemons and Lavender, you will find a ton of ways to save moneyusing creative ideas to clean your house and create gifts for others. Savingmoney and being eco-friendly go hand in hand. Whoever said that you had to have a cleaner for every single different thing your cleaning? YOU don’t! There IS a better way than spending so much money on cleaning products."
—Made.By.Jess

"There are a ton of GREAT tips in this book."
—Mi Saving Mama

"The book has a lot of suggestions on cheap ways to clean house, simple eco friendly cleaners that don’t cost much, easy recipes, and lots of advice."
—Simple Wyrdings

"Lemons and Lavender would make a nice addition to any gift that you might give to a newly married couple. Not only will they enjoy the money saving, environmentally friendly tips this book offers, but also the recipes and words of wisdom from the author. I would recommend this book to anyone who is new to a green lifestyle, is looking to create less waste and reduce the negative impact that their life has on the environment. Overall the book was an entertaining and interesting. I believe I will reference the tips and recipes included in Lemons and Lavender many times over the years!"
—Sweepstakes Love Blog

"There are seven chapters crammed full of ideas to fix things, grow things, and more. Each time I thought I had discovered a favorite chapter I read a little further and discovered another gem."
—Just Like June

"This book is bursting with ways to downshift, simplify, preserve resources and honor the planet, and will give you tools to reclaim a purer, tastier, healthier and less expensive way of life."
—Arizona Networking News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936740109
Publisher:
Cleis Press
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Pages:
275
Sales rank:
1,018,121
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author


Billee Sharp 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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a fantastic resource for DIYers and anyone else looking to live a more eco-friendly life. There's everything from household spice remedies to naked lady parties, detoxes, and more. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on food and drink because I've been learning to cook this summer, and the tips Sharp gives were helpful to me. Definitely recommend this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Listen, I'm clueless when it comes to the dos and don'ts for an eco-living. I'm a college student trying to keep her apartment together. I barely do the recycling right, but when I picked up Sharp's book and read it, I saw what I couldn't see before. I could raise my own garden (albeit small), I could furnish my apartment with eco-friendly ornaments, and I could make my own herbal tea. I didn't think it was possible, but Sharp taught me it was. Get the book, you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though it is clear that Sharp comes from a privileged place, this book contains ample useful information for everyone. The advice within ranges from recommendations for simple items to always have on hand, to how to sustain yourself inexpensively - even freely. I would definitely recommend this book as a starting point and a reference guide. Plus, it's an enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No matter where you are in your life, this book helps you budget your time and money in order to feel good about protecting mother nature. It's step-by-step and it is such a help! It improves your life at the same time as it improves the world around you. A must buy!
BooksterER More than 1 year ago
This book gives a bunch of great ideas for things like lighting and cleaning, as well as budgeting tips and ideas for growing things yourself! It's a lot of fun to read, and you'll seriously want to try all these things when you read about them. Billee Sharp is rewriting how we should consume and how we should see the things that we use as things that can be recycled and upcycled. A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Billee Sharp is a GENIUS!  I admit, I was a bit skeptical of some of her suggestions/recipes at first, but the other day I applied her recommended baking powder paste to a bee sting and the itchiness DISAPPEARED!  This is just one of MANY of her tricks that I've started implementing into my life.  I don't know how I got on without this book.  Love love love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago