Tuesday, 23 November 2010

I've completed' The Challenge'



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 creating
Made 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
TTFN
Rachel x







15 comments:

Carole said...

Way to go ! I think I would love this kind of challenge.
Now if you want the Christmas issue of Ideal Home, somebody brought it from England, and I don't really like it (I'm not a huge fan of Christmas issues...)
So if you give me your address again, and you're interested, it's all yours !

Jacquie said...

Well done Rachel , it is something to be proud of . Many of us talk the talk , you walked the walk and learned to be more resourceful .
Love all the things you made in your challenge year :0)
Jacquie x

clare said...

Well Done hun xx And your makes are all gorgeous hugs clare x

delia hornbook said...

sounds like a great challenge well done ;-)) I love your string of hanging hearts there really pretty. dee x

bellaboo said...

Well done you! Give yourself a big pat on the back. Now you've completed the challenge you can splash out a bit this Xmas.I think you deserve 'The Challenge Award'.

Blondie's Journal said...

Nicely done! I wish I had known about the challenge.

XO,
Jane

Serenata said...

Well done, sounds like you did well. It was a great challenge, and although not so different from the way I am usually, it did make me think. Although have to confess I've enjoyed buying the odd magazine or two since it finished! ;-)

VintageVicki said...

Well done on completing the challenge :)

Green thumb said...

Well done you clever lady!
x

sweetmyrtle said...

well done ! love that linen fabric too : )

Madelief said...

Hi Rachel,

Well done!! What a challenge. I am not sure if I would have handled it so well as you did.

Lieve groet, Madelief

Heidi said...

You did it! a whole year I'm impressed!
You turned it into a fun challenge.

Wendy said...

Wow, congratulations! I could never have managed it. I really hope you keep making though as I love to see your creations.

Vintage Amethyst said...

Aahhh well done you!
love
Alison
x

jus said...

Well done, x

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