Sunday, November 29, 2009

A challenge

Do you think you could spend one year only buying or making handmade, or secondhand goods for yourself, your friends and family? Tough one, hey? This is a challenge I am seriously thinking about undertaking. Dottie Angel is doing it, and so are a couple of my friends.

It would be a wonderfully economical way to get through a year, and gift giving would be a beautifully personal thing. I could make use of my new crafty skills and I would get to spend more time on websites like Etsy and MadeIt. My kids would have unique toys to play with and gorgeous handmade clothes. I would be helping the planet and I would be helping my hip pocket!

There are some anomalies though. There are some things that just need to be brand new! I guess I need to ruminate on the idea for a while. Maybe I just need to set myself an amended challenge. One that is achievable for me. I don't want to be stressing myself out now, do I??

So how would you tackle this? Would you even consider attempting a challenge such as this? Why is it a good/bad idea? I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  1. I'm doing it - it is meant to be fun. I'm doing it to challenge my skills - but recently time and lack of suitable materials at the op shop, and an inability to sew maternity clothes has seen me increase my wardrobe with a few new items :) Don't get hung up on details, but do let it challenge your thinking about where your dollars go, and how we can help to make new uses from old items

  2. I don't think I could, especially with a new property on the way and gardens and animals to get arranged. And renovations to think about. BUT, because of those things I doubt I would need to buy everything brand new. I plan to spend more time making my own cakes and biscuits and things rather than buying them. I also intend on making more homemade/handmade gifts for family next year. But good on you if you do go ahead with your challenge. I'd love to hear how you go.

  3. I have to say it is harder than I thought to stick to it! Although I have only broken it once I am nervous about the xmas period! I am however, enjoying the mindfulness in which I think about material items (do I really need this or can I make do).