The world’s first mall for recycled goods

In Melbourne, Australia, the city of Melton where us RUDE Guys live, our State Government of Victoria has given the go ahead for the large expansion of a landfill. This landfill is set to take rubbish from all over Melbourne and its outer suburbs for the next 13 years.

Australian TIP SHOPS at municipal Recycling Centres have a long long way to go. We could definitely learn something from the Tuna recycling model mall. It’s one type of mall us RUDE Guys would enjoy the window shopping.

Make Wealth History

Last week I wrote about the Edinburgh Remakery, and how they are trying to foster a culture of repair. It’s one of the most shared posts I’ve ever written, and there’s clearly a real interest in this whole idea. Lots of you have been in touch to share similar projects, including this one from Sweden.

ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a mall dedicated entirely to repaired and upcycled goods. It combines a traditional municipal recycling centre with a shopping centre, so that people can drop off goods that they no longer need, and then browse for something new – perhaps stopping off at the cafe in between. It’s the first mall of its kind in Sweden, and as far as they know, the first in the world.

Staff at the recycling depot intercept and sort incoming goods as they are dropped off, putting aside those that can be repaired or refurbished…

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Every town needs a remakery

Us RUDE Guys strongly agree with Sophie. And repair skills whilst appreciated by the minority are not embraced by the majority. Why repair when you can buy something new is what we hear most of the time. Oftentimes people have not thought out why repair is of value but when it is explained to them, a light usually goes on.

We are having our first repair event in our local town on the 8th April, 2017. You can find out more on our Facebook open group @menditmelton

Make Wealth History

The Edinburgh Remakery is a social enterprise that teaches repair. The shop sells refurbished computers and furniture, and hosts workshops where people can come along and learn how to repair their own things. There’s a big vision behind it: “we want to generate a repair revolution. This means changing the way people use and dispose of resources, encouraging manufacturers to build things to last and to be fixable, and making sure the facilities are in place to allow people to repair and reuse.”

The Remakery was founded by Sophie Unwin, after spending a year in Nepal. There she saw a culture of repair and stewardship that was absent in our own throwaway society – but it used to be there. Previous generations knew how to fix things. This generation just needs some re-skilling, access to the tools to do it, and some encouragement to give it a go. It’s…

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Simple Pleasures

Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV, and you’ll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life. Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our own projects and priorities – and we should take care.
 

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Us RUDE Guys still buy the weekend newspapers.  It is a simple but not so cheap pleasure at $13.  In the quote above Mr de Botton reminds us to take care with what we absorb from reading a newspaper.

We like to think we do and are mindful to read between the lines.  The following article, titled Simple Life Trumps My Bad News Feed in today’s The Age Insight on page 25, has inspired this blog post.  It’s a gem and recommended reading for all those hankering for a simpler life.  A beautiful reminder of the simple pleasures in a rural show, a Punch and Judy  puppet booth, a picnic on a rug and homegrown and/or homemade produce.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/tony-wrights-column-true-value-lies-in-simple-pleasures-20170223-gujgox.html

RUDE Girl has just finished reading Frugal Hedonism [refer book cover in image below].  Basically the book, like the above article, is reflective in this blog post’s title, Simple Pleasures.

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I borrowed it from the local library because I do not buy books.  It was a really easy read and written with some quick witted humour thrown in.  Clive Hamilton’s forward is brilliant.

The book is not a How To instruction manual.  It is more an inspirational and compact reference guide.  I do recommend it.  However most die-hard frugals will already be well versed in its wisdoms. 

For RUDE Girl is refreshing to know that a younger generation is writing about something that I am passionate about. 

“When I look around it’s pretty obvious who are the most freest people in our communities – the ones who have escaped the prison of consumerism and money-hunger.”  Clive Hamilton / Author

Make the money hunger go away by filling up on simple pleasures. Beat The Man!!

 

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RUDE Girl reading The Art of Frugal Hedonism.  She wears Barbara apron made from a vintage dress, refashioned skirt from a dress and thrifted top.  Pillow type cushions made from scarves and shirts.  Moran leather lounge chair from mid 1990s

Apron Memories

 

An apron for each day
one for company too
create your own memories
this apron’s just for you.
© Sue Pitchfork 2005~

The Old French root for apron is naperon, “small table cloth.”

I sewed my first apron in high school sewing class and then wore it during home economics class.  It was blue with big white flowers, very 70s.  My name was chain stitched across the front.  The apron is but a memory however the skills learned have served me well.  When I moved out of home in my teens I knew how to cook and sew on a button.

My mother always wore an apron around the house up until last year.  When she went to live in assisted living accomodation, she declared she would no longer be wearing her apron.  I guess for her, it was time to let others do the work.

The one thing I regret is discarding my mother’s self drafted apron pattern.  When she was cleaning out her home I requested one or two of her aprons.  Alas, it was not a priority in the bigger scheme of things, and I never did get an apron.

My mother’s aprons were very practically designed.  And there was no tie loop around the neck, which I discovered over the years, to be a nuisance when suffering from neck aches.

Last weekend I went on my first Op Shop [thrift store] Tour.  It was a free event, organised by a neighbouring Council for National Sustainability Week’s festivities.  1paint
The first Op Shop visited is where I found a modern apron that crossed over my back [image below].  It was originally priced at $4 but due to the 50per cent off sale, I scored it for half price.  Where the safety pin is, I have since sewn the two ties together.

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When I tried it on a home it did not fit well.  I could have worn it ‘as is’ but I knew it would annoy me.  Therefore the last couple of afternoons have been spent in my studio, making alterations to it.

I have darted the front to fix the gaping neck, lengthened the back straps and added two new button holes, replaced small button with larger ones, shortened the hem, added a pocket that was made from a doiley and added cotton ‘lace looking’ braid to the neckline.

As for my mother’s apron style, I am currently making a similar type apron to what she wore, from an old dress picked up a couple if years back at a clothes swap run during National Sustainability Week in the City of Brimbank


Images x3 below:  My finished Barbara Apron [named after my Mum].  I will add a pocket when I come across something I can use.

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Front of the Barbara apron.

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Left side of the Barbara apron

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Back of the Barbara apron

Beat The Man!!

Hawaii Six-O+

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“And what’s with the shirt? You think you’re in Fiji?”

“It’s like being on vacation. all of the time.”

Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 2: Dallas

Us RUDE Guys grew up with the original Hawaii Five O TV series.  What a classic music theme too.  Quite frankly can’t remember it being associated with Hawaiian shirts but this style of shirt reminds RUDE Girl of the series.  Late last year, RUDE Girl viewed this couple on  Advanced Style’s blog.  I was inspired to get RUDE Boy who is a young 60+, a Hawaii Six-O+ shirt.

It took me until now to remember I had such a shirt in my fabric and garment stash.  It was rescued ages ago from the free textiles’ bin at a local charity store.  This Hawaii Six-O+ shirt is made in Fiji [close enough to Hawaii] and is cotton with a silk print.  It feels lovely and soft but it’s a large, and too big for RUDE Boy.

PS  He was not too sure about wearing it ‘out out’ other than to the beach, I assumed.  I politely but firmly suggested to him that I was not spending time tacking and sewing darts and altering seams, for a shirt to wear over togs to the beach.  And that I wanted him to look as spiffy as the guy from Sydney, who was featured with his wife, on the Advanced Style blog.  He quietly  replied, “Okay.”  He did say something under his breath about the guy featured on Advanced Style but I brushed over his sarcastic comment.

Images below:  The shirt is on inside out and pinned for alteration.  RUDE Boy is doing his Danno poses.

Here is a You Tube video that gives some idea of how to easily reduce the size of a Hawaiian shirt from large to medium.

Red & Green Bruschetta

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For friends, I love to make bruschetta. I grill country bread with Frantoia olive oil and make toppings, like crab, roasted squash, mushrooms, whatever’s seasonal.

~Jean-Georges Vongerichten~

For under $1.00, I enjoyed beautiful red and green bruschetta for my Christmas lunch.  Us RUDE Guys are having homemade hamburgers for dinner.  And a glass or two of bubbles.

Link below is recommended reading, if you are by yourself at Christmas time.

https://lonerwolf.com/51-things-christmas-alone/

Festive Folly

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Festive wishes from us RUDE Guys

Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.

~Pindar~

RUDE Girl is planning to take a break from blogging over the festive season.  I am looking forward to enjoying our Aussie summer.

Hopefully, RUDE Boy will replace our toilet cistern [and maybe toilet bowl too] over the holidays, after purchasing a unit, in a box, from eBay for $6.50.  Of course if he does, the wallpaper will have to be striped off the WC walls, and these will then need to be painted.

If we do this job, I promise to video our antics and post them on my return.  A new  toilet for Christmas, well I never imagined that, EVER!

We hope some of our followers get a chance to dance into the new year.  And, if you don’t like to dance, that’s okay, you can watch us and our grand kids ‘shake a tail feather’ in our You Tube video below.