Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Thrill of What You Alreay Have - Launch

Back in October, when we were all running out of money for thrifting, we were discussing the value of rediscovering old treasures, and the pleasure to be found in the things you already own. We suggested that a monthly blogging event for 2012 could be a lot of fun, so here it is:Commenters felt that Carolyn summed up the ideas nicely when she said: "I think this is an excellent idea, esp as it not only encourages us to be content, to be happy, to appreciate and enjoy what we have; but it will also encourage us to look for things we had forgotten, to tidy out those cupboards, to reclaim old forgotten loves."This is the idea - every month I post a photo from my calendar (this year it's iconic Scottish rail tourism posters from the 1920s and '30s) and we use that photo - colour schemes, shapes, images, location, content - ANY aspect of it - to inspire us. We search through our drawers, boxes, attics, stables etc and make up a display of lovely or surprising things, and then share a photo on our blog. If you're like me, having a monthly excuse to rummage, combine, display and then gloat will be a very enjoyable experience. Sharing our pictures will really give us a chance to thrill over our 'stuff' without any need to go out and buy any more of it. And seeing photos of other people's ideas should give us further inspiration of what we can do ourselves.
The one key rule is - work with what you already have. OK, you knew that. I think the only other rule should be DON'T APOLOGISE! You don't have to apologise for missing a month or four, and please don't apologise for having something similar to/different from other people - just do what you like, as and when you can!



So, if you'd like to join in this month, grab the title photo and put it in your sidebar if you can, and then get musing about what this Dunfermline picture sparks in your mind. I'm thinking that I might need to go into the garden and get some twigs (garden stuff is certainly What We Already Have) but I've not got going on greys, oranges, pinks, blacks, gothic arches etc... I need to get thinking! When I've got it all together, I'll make a little display on the wooden chest in front of my calendar, and take a photo or five to share with you. In that post I'll try to get Mr Linky or something similar working, so that you can link your posts to mine.



Have I forgetten anything? Let me know what you think...

9 comments:

Rose&Bird said...

A great idea Floss, will be joining in as often as I can x

Betty said...

Ooh what a lovely idea Floss, and goes with my New Year attitude - 'be content'! thankyou and I will love joining in, we are in frugal living mode so this is a nice way to remind myself of all that I do have.

Carolyn Phillips said...

Oh I am so glad you are going ahead with this, and since you quote my thoughts on it I'd better get thinking and searching those cupboards! :D This is the perfect time as I keep thinking we are in need of something now all the Christmas decorations have come down.

Fiona said...

A good idea - will try and join in, maybe not every month though!

Nana Go-Go said...

What an excellent idea. May I join in too, at least for as long as I get to keep the borrowed laptop I'm using!?

Mommy en France said...

What a clever idea! I would like to join in too.

Angela said...

Please count me in - This is so much in keeping with my thinking for this new year. I look forward to being inspired

blessings x

Radical Believer said...

How bizarre - I have exactly the same calendar on my wall.

LissyLou said...

Now I do like this floss. I will do this x thanks x