Tag Archives: nothing new

Second hand style.

Antique stores, salvage yards and tip-shops are essential to the charm and beauty of living in the South-West. AView full post »

Be ordinary.

“To go wrong in one’s own way is better then to go right in someone else’s.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky It was aView full post »

The end of the Nothing New Project

 A year ago I had a crazy idea. Not a new idea in the grand scheme of things, but I pretty radical idea in my ownView full post »

Week 48: Communal Responsibility.

On Friday I stood in my friends suburban backyard homestead. It had been a busy day of work meetings and daycare. WhenView full post »

Week 41: The art of living without shopping.

People often ask me how I can live without shopping. Both friends and family seem aghast at times that this is what IView full post »

Week 40: Back to Reality

Like any wonderful thing that you spend days or weeks or months preparing for – when it’s over it feelsView full post »

Calm + Connected

Last weekend Bo and I escaped our everyday life and headed north, picking up one of my favourite people in the worldView full post »

This {+Big News} life

For those of you who follow us on Facebook you will know that I have had some pretty massive news that I have been (notView full post »


“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”  ― Charlotte Brontë As parents we spendView full post »

Week 34: Silencing the perfectionist

Thirty four weeks into the Nothing New project and we’ve found ourselves living at my mothers… thisView full post »

Week 31: Balancing act

It’s been exactly a month today since we moved out of our little home. A month of living out of bags and boxes. AView full post »

Week 29: The spaces between.

The ebb and flow of our days changes at a whim these days. Our rhythm shifts with the home we live in, our days areView full post »

This life

Coats and hats. Fresh winter air. Muddy boots kicked off by the door. Socks on wooden floor boards. Hot cups of teaView full post »


“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer andView full post »

Nothing New: The halfway point.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside theView full post »

What buying nothing is teaching me about giving…

Bo and I are moving out of our place this week, we are moving into transitional accommodation as we continue toView full post »

Week 25: The next phase

We are entering the next phase of our Nothing New project. Over the next week we are packing up our home and putting aView full post »

Week 24: Why are we doing this again?

We are gearing up for a shift into a new phase of the project that is going to give us a new approach and willView full post »

Week 22: On rocky ground…

I noticed holes in my favourite t-shirt and my most comfortable leggings this week, and it nearly sent me into a miniView full post »

Week 20: Waste not. Want not.

If you look around at our societies, in our stores, in our homes – we already have everything we could possiblyView full post »

Week 18: The purge

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”View full post »

Week 16: Just start where you are.

Week sixteen has come and almost gone, and with it a defined change in season here in the West. The air is cold atView full post »

Week 14: Money and sacrifice.

I got a sweet email from a lovely friend of mine over the weekend asking me (among other things) if I could write a bitView full post »

Recycle: A no-footprint dollhouse makeover

When I embarked on this Nothing New Project at the beginning of this year, I knew that I would have a fewView full post »

Week 12: Radically Simple.

I’ve found myself frustrated this week. I’ve been reading a few different books from people who have doneView full post »

Nothing New: Week ten, the transition.

For a while I thought that I had this project figured out. Don’t buy anything new, it’s so simple.View full post »

Nothing new: Week Eight

I’ve been struggling a little bit with my sense of self in the past few weeks, not the usual mother-guiltView full post »

Reuse: Make your own tinted chalk paint.

Not buying anything new has been easy, for the most part… except when it comes to cool things to make coolView full post »

Nothing new: Week six

When I started this project, I thought it would be hard. I thought I’d have heaps to write about. I thought itView full post »

Nothing New: the first month.

It’s been a month now.  A month of buying nothing new. A month of no frivolous spending. A month of borrowing andView full post »

Nothing New – The Rules.

Before I lay out my (finally) formulated rules for our year of Nothing New, let me just make a few things clear. I amView full post »

Resisting the urge to spend.

I’m not your “average” consumer. I routinely look for second hand bargains, I’m big onView full post »

On the process, the decisions and gaining momentum.

It was a couple of days after Christmas. I was sitting in the stinking heat of the middle of the day, sorting throughView full post »

More than enough

I have embarked on my great personal project of 2014. We are not great collectors of things. Experiences, yes. ButView full post »