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I'm Krisha - a Scandinavian mama and physician, a crafter, and an avid coffee drinker - trying to nudge my family towards a greener lifestyle!

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Entries in Thrift (6)

Wednesday
Jan022013

Thrift! 

 

We are slowly recovering from the flu around here, and with a few days off  from work I have had a nice and slow start to the new year. I have been cleaning out an old cabinet and came over an old bathrobe from the eighties and some hand me down baby onezies.  Fashion from the 80s is still extraordinary to me - somehow that bathrobe is too big and bulky and too small at the same time. 

Being a "pack rate" and a "creative soul", I tend to keep alot of things figuring they might come in handy, especially if the fabric is good, etc.  I've been needing various small towels - face clothes, hand towels, not to mention simple kitchen rags.

So I pulled out my sewing maching and got to work, making something new and useful out of the old and "worthless."  I cut the robe and quickly hemmed around the pieces with yellow and orange zigzag stiches.  I love orange, yellow and white together - so summery.  I cut the arms and bottoms from the onezies (which had been worn by 4 kids,) kept the side seams, made zigzag stitches along the sides and one diagonal stoch across the front and, voila, I have 4 new dish towels in the happiest colors and patterns.

In the end,  I threw away only the seams from the robe and the arms and bottoms from the onzies, I managed to clear the closet, and I got the pleasure of making something useful.  I really do derive a great deal of pleasure from making and repurposing. Most of all I am happy that I saved a trip to the store, saved a little money, and did not need to get somthing plastic-wrapped.

It's my clear conviction that we can live more mindfully and with less stuff without having to go off the grid. I believe it's important that we try and share our attempts with others. Our planet really is in trouble because of our overconsumption and there are no quick fixes in sight. Being an optimist though, I believe that we need to own up to there being a problem and then start changing our behaviours as consumers.

Granted, not everyone has the time nor the interest in making their own rags from old clothes, but what if our economy changed so that a market for turning out old stuff into new opened up - because we started asking for it? Maybe paying someone to patch your son's jeans is worth it, even if the cost is the same as a pair of new ones made with child labour in China and shipped all around the globe?  Paying some local to do it also helps the local economy as well as the environment.... All I am saying at the beginning of this fresh new year is; ther may be fresh new ways of thinking about an old problem!  

Hope your week started nice and slow as well! 

 

 

 

Monday
Oct012012

Blogaversery! 

I have been blogging for a year now, and I have decided to celebrate it by re posting some of the posts I wrote through the year this month. I am staring with my very firts blog post, the colors of October.


I love fall even in the rain, so last sunday we took a walk around a lake i the woods surounding Oslo.

 

I noticed that my boy has already worn through the patches I made on his jeans.

 

Up here the autum colors are almost monochromatic in the rain. To me its beautiful and soothing on a sunday afternoon. 

Thursday
Jun072012

Does in the clearing

 

I'v been working on this project on and off since early April - which is when I really did need it, but as "luck" has it- we are having a very cold June so far , so I am sure I will get some use of this twin set before the full summer sets in. 

There's really not that much work involved, but my days are full of so much other stuff that just has to be done - like most peoples days I guess - so this upcycled merino twin set has been pushed down on the priority list.

I love wool twin sets, but, although a good wool sweater will last you a long time if you take care of it correctly,

 they do fade. They either get stained, shrink just that wee bit so that they fall  out of shape or, inevitably, one of these pesky runaway holes occur. 

My problem is that I find most wool garments to be too good to throw away and so I have a box full of both mine and my husband's in the attic.  I have all sorts of ideas of what to do with them, and, writing this post, I am not just a little proud of having finally put one of those ideas into reality. 

And I had such a good time doing it!  I took this slightly out of shape turtle neck twin set and turned it into a short sleeved shirt T-shirt, with a shirt colar and added cuffs to the arms of the jacket, with the leftover fabric from the cut of arms.  I hid the runaway holes with little yo-yos and embroidered flowers.

The fabric I used is old bed linen  (I just don't throw anything away!) I had such a grand time making it. One of the highlights of this project was to buy the fresh skeins of embroidery yarn. It brought back the memory of going to this tiny speciality embroidery store with my mother . I remember the magic in there - all the neatly organized skeins in the old fashioned glass counter- I so wanted to play with them! And you know; the literal translation of the Norweigan word for a tiny skein of embroidery yarn is a "doll!" 

So I have been enjoying "my new dolls"  this spring and, for the cost of those small pieces of yarn, I have a perfectly  fresh twin set - I must say I feel quite thrifty today! 

Here is another idea for thrifting an old woolen cardigan, although it is not the season yet!

Sunday
May202012

Rhubarb and strawberry jam

We have this tiny, tiny cottage on an island in the fjord. It sits on a huge lawn. On Friday the five of us piled into it for the weekend. I love the idea of spending time there, however I am really to old for the cramped quarters and so for the first few hours I am very crankiy. But then I get into it, sitting on the porch with my morning coffee watching the young dears trying to position themselves to the "ladies," listening to the birds.  And all this is only 30 minutes from our apartment in the center of town- sheer luxury! The garden is huge and under-developed, but we are slowly getting to know it , and know what we want to do with it. 

This weekend I spent most of my time in the raspberry brushes, which the scratches up my arms will prove. And I found some long forgotten and overshaddowed rhubarb patches.

I just LOVE rhubarb and strawberry jam so I picked the few who seemed to have grown properly, saved some strawberries from breakfast and, when we got home, I made this one jar of precious rhubarb and strawberry jam!

Monday
Dec122011

Mend and make do !

My B-Boy has a knack for wearing through jeans and pants quickly. He can actually wear through a pair of new jeans with in 2-3 cycles. And no, it is not down to the quality of the jeans I buy. His knees don't decriminate between designer or low street designers.  So this rainy afternoon I decided to patch up a few of his pants, plus one of Lini Bean's courdroys.

 

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Tuesday
Oct042011

Nature

 

I love fall even in the rain, so last sunday we took a walk around a lake i the woods suounding Oslo.

 

I noticed that my boy has already worn through the patches I made on his jeans..

 

Up here the autum colors are almost monochromatic in the rain. To me its beautiful and soothing on a sunday afternoon.