As I hurtle towards the halfway point of My Make Do and Mend Year, I thought I would let you all into a little secret. The thing that I am missing most about our new sustainable lifestyle.
I am love, love, loving My Make Do and Mend Year and all the changes that it has bought about.
There is not that much that I miss about buying new things, and on the whole I think we are better off without…
BUT, I do so miss buying magazines…
How shallow is that?!
I am, I think, mildly addicted to lovely crafty/vintagey mags, like Mollie Makes, and Pretty Nostalgic. And Mollie Makes have just bought out a new crocheting magazine called Simply Crochet which I want want WANT!
Nothing quite beats sitting down in peace and quiet (!) for half an hour with a cup of tea, a homemade hobnob and a lovely shiny new magazine. Or even just the thought of doing it. I would often buy the magazine and never really get that quiet half hour, but the thought that I might at some point, was enough!
The other day I was in town, and had to post some parcels. Our post office in in WHSmiths, and on the way out, I found myself lingering by the magazines. And then just having a look to see if some of my favourites were there. And they were. And then just having a quick look at what was on the front cover, and then having a quick flick through the glossy pages, and the gorgeous projects…
But, I am pleased to say I remained firm.
It did set off a serious debate in my head as to the ‘ethics’ of buying the digital downloads. If it is just a download and not an actual ‘thing’ you can hold, does that count as buying new? I think it probably does.
For the rest of the year, I will have to get my fix of crafting projects from the wonder that is Pinterest-I have soooo many things pinned, I really should just get on and do some instead of looking for yet more lovely things to make in these magazines!
On the bright side, I will have saved myself a small fortune by the end of the year..!
And if there are people out there who have finished their current issue of Mollie Makes, or Pretty Nostalgic, or Simply Crochet, or, or…. then you know where to send them!!