Thursday, 1 September 2016

Recycle-nista

I'd never be a fashionista, nor do I want to be. Spending huge sums of money on expensive clothing is not my bag, so to speak. (In fact my actual bag is a high class model but I purchased it for £1.00 from an animal charity shop). I do try and look my best though, obviously, but I tend to buy few items at good prices. Usually this means cherry picking through charity shop rails. I know many of you lovely bloggers do the same.

My lifestyle generally is one of being thrifty, buying only when I need something and trying to buy or source second hand. Thrifty feels good. Good for me and good for the planet. I would love more folk to do the same. Love the planet and she will love you back. Use minimum resources and there's more to go around. That's how it works my friends.

Part of my plan in moving to the Peak District is to start up a new business here. Upcycling, recycling, repurposing and refashioning will be the beating heart of what I hope to achieve. I would love the business to be a totally local affair. Employing local makers to create useful and beautiful items, purchased and enjoyed by local folk, who will keep their money circulating in their own local economy.

I have booked a stand at a three day Christmas event in my local town of Matlock to test the popularity of such a venture. If all goes swimmingly I hope to open a shop in the Spring. I thought you might like to see my first product. Cafetiere or vintage coffee pot covers. Some made from vintage fabric and others from small amounts of scrap fabric and yarn. This idea came from an original cover that I bought second hand years ago.



I advertised in a local paper and found a lovely local lass who loves to sew.


She made the covers for me and has already started on my next idea. I'm really excited about the possibilities. A new business in a new place and hopefully a new home to go with it. Yes, I'm still searching, but getting nearer methinks.

7 comments:

  1. Exciting times! I love your cafeterie cosies,fab idea altogether.x

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  2. Exciting times! I love your cafeterie cosies,fab idea altogether.x

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  3. How exciting, such a lovely venture and I like the idea about sourcing locally and using local manpower. I do try to shop local, I think it's important to keep independent shops going, so many have already been priced out by the supermarkets.

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  4. These are not only lovely but so useful. I'm excited for you and your new venture! Pat xx

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  5. Good for you; I'm sure it will be a success. I like your Cafetiere cosies.

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  6. How exciting! I love the cosies and really hope it goes well for you.

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  7. Oh wow!!! Love the whole concept, wish I lived nearer I would be mooching in your shop all the time :)

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