31 Day Minimalism Challenge

Better late than never. Wednesdays. Wednesdays are going to be my ‘Wellbeing’ days. There are so many areas of my life that affect my wellbeing, but the main two are the state of the house (mostly its chaos but also the state of disrepair), and the other is the state of me, ie how grossly overweight I am, and what a mess I feel. I do feel that if I can start to tackle these two areas slowly but surely many of the others will start to fall into place. So first up, The House……

maxresdefaultHaving previously tackled The Minimalists 30 day challenge, I thought now was as good a time as any to have another crack at the whip. January is definitely a good time to do this, as Christmas brought lots of new toys, books and goodies for everybody, and it does feel as if there is ‘stuff’ everywhere. The minimalism challenge works as follows:
On Day One you remove 1 item from the house, On Day Two you remove 2 items from the house, On Day Three, 3 items etc etc, until on Day 30 you remove a whopping 30 items from the house! The key to this is that the item has to actually be removed from the house, whether this is in the bin, donated to charity shop, sold on Ebay, whatever, as long as it has physically left your space.
So for January if I can complete this challenge that will be 496 items in total! If I can find a few extra that could be a massive 500 items moved out of the house in the space of the first month!!! Plus if I can make a little bit of money along the way, that would be awesome 🙂
To encourage me to stick at it I am keeping a list of what I am getting rid of, and will also try and post daily updates over on Instagram, with periodic reviews here. Join in with me!
Seeing as its now the 5th already, here are my Day 1-5 photos.

Show me your de-cluttering photos and ideas to inspire me and keep me going.

Allison x

Monday Make – Something Pretty

Hello again! Two posts in two days, I’m spoiling myself!!!

As part of my new way of thinking this year I’ve decided that I am going to try to dedicate some time each week to making something. It may be something useful like some storage, something practical like a new meal, or something decorative for me or for the house. Whatever it may be, making things helps my happiness levels. A lot. I really enjoy being able to let my creative juices flow, things don’t always go according to plan, but on the whole even if the outcome is a flop I enjoy the process hugely.

And so, welcome to my first ‘Monday Make’!! Jewellery is something that I have never really bought a lot of in the past, as I seem on the most part unable to find something that I like in a style that I like, and in the colours that I want. So I figured that with all my crafty bits that I have scattered around the house there should be enough to put together something that I like. One of the things that I do have that I absolutely adore is a blue and green dress. I genuinely love it, and I hope that it does not fall to pieces from wearing and washing it so much as I will truly be gutted. So I set about making some bracelets to dress it up a little bit when I fancied, but also something that I could wear with jeans and a jumper. My go-to colour at the moment is a lovely jade green colour.2016-12-29-12-44-20

These are the beads that I started out with. They were old ones that had come off a bracelet ages ago, and had faded a lot as you can see on the left. I painted them all over with a couple of coats of my fave jade nail polish and they looked as good as new!

Once they were dry I threaded them and some other matching beads on some clear jewellery making elastic in the order that I wanted them. At this point I did play around with the order of them a bit until I was happy them.

Once I was happy I threaded the elastic through the spare loop from the beginning button so that it didn’t slip, and then started to thread back though in the opposite direction in which I had come. With the flat buttons I threaded up and under where previously I had threaded down and under, so that each button was secured on both sides if that makes sense. Once I got back to the beginning I secured it all with a couple of good knots, although I should perhaps have used some kind of glue?? and then kind of tucked the loose ends inside one of the beads so that it doesn’t show.

I was so pleased with it that I made another one straight away while I had all my beads and buttons out. They only took around 10 minutes each to do, but I can’t wait to get wearing them. They will bring a smile to my face and a glow to my heart for sure when I wear them

Allison x