Tuesday, 19 July 2011

List of the Week: 'Mend and Make New' - by way of explanation

I have noticed from reading other blogs that some do regular features. I have decided to do a 'List of the Week.' I'm a list person, I'm forever jotting them down. My husband likes lists too. He writes them on his hand with his inky architecture pen and sometimes (twice), stamps them on our clean white sheets. I prefer paper, or now this blog.

The 'List of the Week' will be anything ranging from 'to do' lists, lists of cool websites I've discovered or just a list if things that are currently tickling my fancy. Anything really.

So I'd thought I'd start by explaining the philosophy behind 'Mend and Make New' in list format. With a whole pile of cliches thrown in for good measure.

1) Do the best with what you are given
As a Christian I believe that God has given us everything; our skills and abilities, money, time and children. We need to be good stewards with what we have.

2) Waste not want not
Pretty simple really I just hate waste and really admire people who are careful and content with what they have.

3) Being frugal doesn't mean that you'll just have to 'make do'
As a young teenager all I wanted was labeled clothing, Rip Curl, Billabong, Nike - you name it. I saved up and bought some pretty hideous outfits just because they had a label plastered across the front. I have now come to pick my clothes by style, what suits me and quality of workmanship and have found some of my favs at op-shops (obviously with a significantly smaller price tag). I also love the upcycling trend... turning something second hand into something better (making new). This applies to anything including food... life's too short to sit round eating plain rice.

What I'm trying to say is that you should treat yourself and enjoy nice things (and a bit of whimsy)... you just don't have to break the bank to do so.

4) Necessity is the Mother of Invention 
I just love this saying... and this takes over from the last point left off. A while back one of my best friends and I were discussing how sometimes having limited means forces you to be creative, to think outside the square.

6) The best things in life are Free
When I think back on my childhood my strongest memories involving spending time not money. My Mum used to take us on what she called 'magic carpet rides' where we would all bundle into the van and go somewhere and do something fun. We didn't know where we were going until we got there. There was one rule that it wasn't allowed to cost anything (bar petrol of course.) I want to create these kind of memories for my kids.

7) Focus on the Eternal rather than the temporary
No one says this better than Jesus in the bible: Matthew 6:19-21

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Phew, v21 hits home pretty hard!

And this doesn't just relate to where you invest your money, it relates to where you invest your time and effort too.

I was also really inspired recently on this topic by this post by the amazing Dee, whose blog I've recently been stalking following.

... So thats my list... can't say I always live by all this, but I aspire to.

And to end a couple of photos from today's thrifting session (of stuff that moths and rust will destroy):

 A train lamp for Noah ($10). A bit more than my normal thrift spend on one item but he needed a light and picked it out across the otherside of the shop. "Mummy Train!"

And a cute little leather bag for me ($4.50). Its hard to tell from the photo but its a dark olive green - I love it!

I promise most future blog entries wont be this deep and philosophical!

Seeya Jen x

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Welcome to blogland Jen...I too am a lists girl and found myself nodding at everything you said :)

I look forward to following your journey.