I'm so pleased I took part in 'The Challenge of The Utmost Kind@ which Dottie angel started.
I started my challenge on 22nd November 2009 and I'm really glad I joined in.
Was it difficult? It was sometimes,especially as the seasons changed and I couldn't buy a new top or anything!Also I love magazines and that was a bit hard, especially at Christmas, when I usually like to treat myself to a Christmas issue or two! Thank goodness the lovely Floss organized a magazine swap!I made more use of the local library too!
I recycled and revamped lots of things, went to more boots too and found lots of bargains
I also used Freecycle and gained a gorgeous pine dressing table( in the dining room at the mo waiting for a revamp!) and a bag of printer ink cartridges!That is Wilson's bum in the photo too!
What did I buy secondhand? Some clothes, especially skirts in the Summer. I also bought fabric and wool from Charity shops and the boot! In fact I got 3 balls of Rowan Tweed for 60p from the charity shop!
What did I make?Loads of stuff! In fact I found I became much more creative and used things I'd forgotten I had.Less time shopping= more time creatingMade from a linen dress found at the boot
Made from a skirt and a dress!
Did I Cheat? Errmm.. I did treat myself to a pair of sporty trousers in October for a holiday that we booked at short notice, well I couldn't run around a theme park in a skirt!They were only £5 too!
What did I miss? Perfume, I do love lovely scent, it really cheers me up!I had to stop using my Kenzo Flowers because I knew it would run out, had to use my body creams instead for scent. In fact I am down to my last drop of Kenzo!
I've nearly run out of eyeliner too!
What did I gain? Creativity and self reliance!I became more resourceful and I adapted things! I really wanted floral oilcloth for my hall table but then I made my own patchwork which I was really pleased with!
I will continue with buying second hand and handmade but not in such a strict way!
Thanks Tif, for the brilliant idea of 'The Challenge'
I shall be back soon with new makes and a giveaway to celebrate the end of my challenge