Challenges

The Xmas Xclutter Challenge Week 2

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So, how did you go with the first week of the Xmas Xclutter Challenge? You can see my box of “smalls” themed items above. I did a complete clear out of all of my smalls drawers, it’s amazing how much space I have there now. I also cleared out my “nails” drawer to get rid of a couple of complete sets of false nails that I know I am not going to use.

Now, clearly I cannot get rid of used knickers to a charity shop, so those go in the ordinary rubbish. But perfectly good socks (seriously how many pairs of socks do I own???) and bras can go to charity.

Enough socks to do no sock laundry for two months!
Enough socks to do no sock laundry for two months!

In searching for places I could take my stuff I came across a very useful website. Changeworks includes a very useful map of all of the charity shops in Edinburgh and tells you what kind of donations they accept and what kind of things they sell.

And so it’s on to week 2 of the challenge –

Today’s challenge theme is Outside

Last week we tackled your smalls, and for me that meant underwear. So this week it’s outside – outside clothes or outerwear, shoes, that old camping gear you haven’t used or even cleaned since the last muddy festival or even the stuff in your garden shed.

Once again I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures and to having less stuff myself!

My Lifestream, My Week in Pictures, Parenthood, Shopping

To Market, To Market…

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Friday morning Elisa and I headed into town to check out the new market that will be held at Waverly Station. It’s great to see an undercover market in Edinburgh – it’s something that is sorely missing. There was roughly 20 stalls selling handcarfts, vintage goods, and artisan food/drink. The only ready to eat foods were breads and cupcakes. And no fresh veggies.

God how I miss the Queen Vic with it’s 7 hectares of undercover goods. The noise, the crowds, the smells and the colours. It’s one of the top Melbourne things that I honestly wish I could just transport over to every city I live in.

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After the market I popped into Next and had a look at the kids clothes. I was struck by the shoe wall. The boys side included quite a few pairs of rugged, sturdy, stay-on shoes with decent treads – perfect for running in hot weather. The girls side was full of thin-soled things with flowers or butterflies and lots of thongs (flip-flops for the non-Aussies). Nothing suitable for running at all.

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I had a realisation that if this is what is available in the affordable market then what message does that send? Boys get to choose function over form, girls get to choose pretty over practical. Do the stereotypes start before a child is even aware of gender? Is this where the glass ceiling really begins, with the boys running and the girls sitting on the sidelines watching? I know that I can find good shoes that are also pretty, but I shouldn’t have to spend 4 times as much and go out of my way to seek them out – not everyone is in a posiion to do that.

Crochet, Katja, Knitting, My Week in Pictures

February 2014 Round Up

General Pics

We started the month with a quick belly shot – interesting to compare the Katja bump on the left with the new bump on the right. Especially since I feel a lot bigger. My hair is a lot longer too, and has been looking good since Tegan straightened it for me back in April last year – only problem is now that my roots have started to grow I look like I have a frizz mullet!

Katja has finally started to expand her eating and every now and then will even have a sandwich for lunch. One evening she managed to eat all of her own dinner and polish off mine as well – granted it was fish fingers with mashed potato, but I was delighted.

We had an exciting afternoon when two firetrucks turned up, sirens going full blast and about 20 guys jumped out. There was that anxious moment of “OMG what do I need to pack to evacuate” but then I noticed that they were all heading for the block next door.

Towards the end of the month an errand filled morning saw me attempting to use the ergobaby to bring Katja home from nursery. This is no mean feat with the belly but we managed it and the girl thought it was great fun. I paid for it later on!

Also this month Mark visited us, but I was too slack to take any pictures. I’m so useless at that!

Crafty Pics

On the crafty front I ended up with some extra stitches in my cable here but twitter knitters soon put me right 🙂

I also blocked Damask – and found out that my cast on is far too tight to get a good scalloped edge. Must work on loosening up. Still, I’m delighted with it 🙂

I also started a hat for me, but it turned out far too big so I’m scrapped that. I then found an old crochet project to scrap and I’ll use that yarn to make a little hat for WeeBump.

Memory Monday

Memory Monday – My Shoe Cupboard

This is my shoe cupboard. I’m very proud of it. It cost me about the same as a couple of pairs of shoes and features frosted glass doors (not shown here). It holds about 40 pair with room for boots on the bottom. Yes, every box is full.

One of the brilliant things about my shoe cupboard, aside from keeping my shoes safe, is that I can see what I’ve got – I’m much more inclined to wear my good shoes when I can find them easily and don’t need to rummage through boxes to get at them. My shoes have a home and are less inclined to spend time in the way as well! It’s become a bit of a feature as well – it lived in the hallway in Dublin and Christian would show people 🙂

My shoe cupboard is from Ikea which I’ve had since early 2008 – it’s a Pax wardrobe with shoe box inserts and the previously mentioned glass doors.

Stuff

How to save by shopping

This is an important post for anyone out there who loves to shop – this is how to prove that shopping saves!

The “logic” goes like this…

If you save $100 and spend $80 you are $20 ahead.

The less you spend compared to the amount you save the better.

So… here’s a real world example.

Today I purchased a pair of shoes. The original price was $155. I paid $50. I saved $105. This was $55 more than I spent. Thus I saved $55.

Voila!!! By purchasing that pair of shoes I have saved $55. That’s a pretty good result! Imagine how well off I’d be if I saved more, and did it every day…