Wednesday, April 13, 2011

free living challenge - day 11

goal... to abstain from spending hobbies - to focus on finding daily joy in no cost living.

today's joy...

continuing my current cushion cover fetish. decided to save some fun t-shirt prints from the rag pile and use them as features on cushions.  great for something a bit different and to continue the life of pieces that have sentimental value like one from my hubby's travels. there's been a thrifting vs hoarding theme this week on a few blogs... vic at punk & me blogged about the benefits of hoarding today... and erica louise from recycled fashion blogged about the fine line between thrifting and hoarding earlier in the week.

i'm glad i can prove my hubby wrong that you can never have enough potential materials around the house! he's quite impressed with these creations. so yes, past spending was necessary for this no-cost project in recent weeks. maybe i just have to find a bit more of a balance with my spending hobbies in the future. :)

however as my goal exceeds my skills these may stay in this state until i master piping and zippers!!

spent a lovely sunshining morning at the beach watching the dolphins, taking some pics and picking up rubbish along the way.  have been thinking for a while now about creating a beach junk sculpture or sign to hang at the beach entry round holiday time when tourists numbers are at their peak to make a statement about personal responsibility with rubbish and our overuse of plastics.  only 2 bags of rubbish picked up at the beach today. seems april holidayers are better then new-years holidayers!

the start of my collection for my future creation...

not sure how hubby will feel about my collecting rubbish however!!

overall a very satisfying day. :)


  1. the TShirt/Cushions look great, and will make him smile whenever he sees that 'bit' of a favourite TShirt.

  2. These cushion covers look fantastic, I'm so impressed - can sympathise on the skill level thing though, my machine sewing is nowhere near as good as my hand sewing. Need to get to grips with zips and button holes! I know what you mean about no spend hobbies, I have drastically reduced my thrifting in recent weeks but I still get just the same bus from a much smaller hoard!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm a very happy new follower :-)

    Jem xXx

  3. Thanks for the shout out. Your cushion covers are really good! Your local beach looks wonderful.

  4. LOVE the "Happy Camper"!!!

    ;-D robelyn