Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Revolution and Resolution

Its been a tough week and I have missed reading blogs and feel a little out of touch.

So to re-connect I am going to tell you about my 2012 challenge.

Its in two parts:

Next year, 2012, I am going to make or buy second hand all gifts.  If I want to give a gift I have to make it.  All of them.  I will not subject myself to the cut and thrust, the shove and push of chain store, shopping mall, high street or fake made in china craft market. Please watch me in my endeavour to completely reject buying new.  Except underpants/knickers.

I will keep an honest list of all clothing purchases, new and old, re-made and re-fashioned.  I will keep a list of all clothing items which exit my wardrobe.  Old knickers will be recycled.  Not sure how, but they will become rags or dusters....the world is my oyster.

I want to be cost neutral, and ideally carbon neutral.  This may be quite a challenge.  Its one thing to take photos and comment on treasures found, it is another to keep a financial record.  To be honest just writing that makes me feel squeamish.  Maybe I will try and quantify things in terms of more than money, like time and intrinsic value in terms of care and consideration during production.  

To close, I wish all my readers a very happy Christmas and New Year.  I wish safety on roads and trampolines, strong swimming skills in seas, lakes and rivers.  I wish creativity and flair in all cooking and crafting.  I thank you all for your support and comments, and look forward to connecting with you again soon.


  1. Well,I am sitting back in admiration thinking about this.....hmmm,that is rather inspirational!

    O,Raspberry Beret looks interesting,I will certainly chekc them out when I'm in Dunedin next!

    Take care yourself,have wonderful times with family and friends!XXX

  2. Bestest wishes to you too and a happy new year, goodluck with your challenge, I'll be interested to read about your success/challenges along the way...

  3. That is such an incredibly cool resolution.
    I can't wait to hear all about it!
    I plan to try and read 50 books next year, not quite as thoughtful as your resolution.
    Merry Chirstmas :)

  4. What a brilliant challenge, I wish you lots of luck with it and look forward to getting regular updates.
    Happy Xmas! xxxxxxx

  5. Lovely sweet!!!! I'm with you, I have journal in hand for the resolutions, look out 2012 we are soooooo going to be ready for you!
    Happiness to you, Merry Christmas!!!
    Love V

  6. This sounds like a great idea. I'd like to say I'll do the same but I it scares me a good luck and I look forward to seeing how it goes. Thanks for you comments and for reading my blog. x e

  7. Good luck with your resolutions & happy new year. One of my resolutions is to "divide & rule" - the plan is to go through all my stuff & get rid of at least one third ... Thanks for reading my blog & here's to keeping in touch during 2012. K. x

  8. These are my sentiments entirely too and have decided to make 2012 a year of being thrifty...not to be miserly but to avoid all the crass commercialism of high street chain shops.Many of the gifts I gave this year were either home made or second hand...but not as many as I would have liked.
    I shall enjoy reading how you get on with being thrifty while I am trying to do the same!
    By the way I have a pile of dusters and cleaning cloths I recently made from very old pyjamas so why not knickers?!!
    Happy New Year to you too!


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