Friday, March 19, 2010

new blog

I'm done customising my new blog! You can now find me at

Here's is it's purpose, from the 'about' page of the new site:

Remade is about how to be kind. To the environment. To every soul we share this planet with. And, importantly, to yourself.

It has a lot to do with what you buy or don’t buy, because we live in a consumer-driven culture. We are being increasingly defined by the things we have, to our detriment. I believe in the importance of being surrounded by beautiful things you love. But I don’t believe that this must come at the expense of the planet and it’s occupants. Nor do I think we must have ten of every beautiful thing. More is not more.

You may already know about the negative effects of buying new stuff. If not, please take a look at The Story of Stuff.

This little blog is about creating, thrifting and making do. It’s about living your life on your own terms and according to your values, rather than the values that the advertising industry and their clients force on us. It’s not about sacrifice. It’s about freedom.

I don’t have all the answers. I’m certainly not ethically perfect. This blog is my journey to greater ethical living. I hope mine will run alongside yours.
One thing I'm definitely planning is to compile some reconstructing/clothes-making tutorials.

Stop on over and please let me know what you think!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

the little things

I thought of this little game for Ellie.

And was so happy to see that she adored it. Since there are two knitting needles to thread, there's one for her, and one for whoever is sitting with her. 'One you!' as she puts it. The wooden beads are from an old necklace I had but never wore, and the red bowl and the knitting needles are from an op shop - for a grand total of $1.50.

[PS. How awesome is her little elephant desk?! I should get a better pic of it. It's from the Melbourne Zoo, weirdly enough.]

The book publishing job fell through, so I'm back to just studying this year.

It seems that I'm not content with 'just studying' though, so I've been coming up with a number of ideas about products to make and ventures to try when I finish my degree. In the short term I'm planning to start up a new blog focusing on eco-minded craft and living. It's my goal to post something every weekday - something new for me, but I really want to push myself and see if I can do it. Self-discipline is usually something I struggle with, but I've learnt a lot in the past couple of years. I never gave this blog my complete attention because my focus was always on the making and selling, so it will be interesting to see what happens when my focus is a blog by itself.

During the last week I've been battling with Wordpress because I'm self-hosting the new blog and doing the design and coding myself. For some reason when I add images, they don't appear in the post... Anyway, when it's done and I've made a couple of posts I'll show you. Hope you like.