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Frugal Friday [19 August 2016]

Lately, I’ve been fielding questions about my year of buying nothing new. I haven’t been banging on about it mostly because it felt like a personal mission rather than an opportunity to air my laundry. Still, folk are keen to know whether I’m lasting the distance. Two and half years in, I’m proud to report that… Continue reading Frugal Friday [19 August 2016]

decorating / homefront · it's all about me · shopping / or not

Reflecting on a year of buying nothing new

Being fifty-something, I’ve wised up to the fact that good living is not about “things”, it’s about experiences, and people … and relationships. Twelve months ago I quietly embarked on a year of “buying nothing new” where I challenged myself to take a step back from consuming and, instead, to dance with the notion of… Continue reading Reflecting on a year of buying nothing new

it's all about me · out and about · shopping / or not

Dumpster diving … and proud of it

Being fifty-something, I’m honest enough to admit I have dived into a dumpster or two. I know it’s not everybody’s “normal” but it’s worked for me. I’m not a serial dumpster diver. I prefer to think of it as opportunist diving rather than intent-based diving. Just now and again, when the situation demands it. I… Continue reading Dumpster diving … and proud of it

craftiness · decorating / homefront · it's all about me

Be careful what you wish for (a cautionary tale of upcycling)

Being fifty-something, you’d think I’d have learnt to keep my big mouth shut. When I went public on this Nothing Like a Candle in the Wind blogpost about my fetish for Fowlers Vacola jars, I should have known I’d get more than I bargained for. And so it was. My sister K responded with an… Continue reading Be careful what you wish for (a cautionary tale of upcycling)

craftiness · decorating / homefront · shopping / or not

My $4 verandah update

Being fifty-something, I’ve learned to watch the pennies. I try not to waste our “hard-earned” on transient and superfluous fluff that inevitably ends up in landfill. As regular readers will know, we’re heading towards the big “D” word. Downsizing. That means readying our home for sale. It’s a humongous task and we’re chipping away at… Continue reading My $4 verandah update