Off Centre Gift Giving




Front of Jack’s hoodie upcycled by Nanny Kaz


A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

RUDE recently attended our granddaughter’s christening.  If you remember RUDE Girl made a contemporary nakashi kantha as a gift.

We were keen to also give a little gift of love to her brother, who is nearly four.  It was not like we had to give him a gift, but I had this secondhand child’s size 4 hoddie, in my ‘things to refashion’ tub for over a year. 

I had been waiting for the universe to provide a cute logo from a recycled tee-shirt.  And sure enough, just before the Christening, the right piece found me.  No Spiderman logo, however something just as awesome, and with attitude – just like me and our grandson Jack.

Innovation is serendipity, so you don’t know what people will make. Tim Berners-Lee

Here is the link to a You Tube video explaining how I revamped the hoodie.

Beat The Man and embrace off centre and away from shopping centre gifts!

Wedding Wise


RUDE Guys like to be wise when it comes to weddings.  We did not get too carried away, with the spending, when we married.  I borrowed my dress.  The wedding, including the celebrant at $450, cost us under $1,000.

Likewise, when it comes to other people’s weddings, family included – we are not into throwing money at them.  We really do walk the talk, when it comes to reducing our consumption, even for special events!

For RUDE Boys niece’s wedding it was formal dress.  In the olden days, formal to RUDE girl required a long gown for her and dinner suit for him.  Times have changed, and it would appear people wear what they want.

Anyways, us RUDIES, whilst thinking we were doing the ‘right’ formal dress code thing, ended up looking like we stepped out of 1973.  I wore a long evening skirt and RUDE Boy wore his beautiful vintage Fletcher Jones dinner suit. 

We reckon we scrubbed up okay for minimal outlay, and looked just as spiffy as any other wedding guest.

Be wedding wise and Beat The Man!

Here’s the link to the video showcasing our scavenger style wedding outfits from top to toe.

Flying Solo


Because RUDE Girl is unwell, RUDE Boy had to go to the local Dream Big festival and promote a new local initiative titled Mend Melton [flyer above] without me.  He met up with Stephen Mack doing a bicycle repair demonstration.

RUDE Boy did tell me that he was complimented at the festival, on his vintage Levis’ #1 denim jeans.  The person thought the sashiko stitching had been done by machine.



Hopefully we will have more to post about Mend Melton ~ Fix It, Don’t Flick It, in the months to come.

RUDE Boy has been keen to get a VHS-C adapter or VHS camcorder, but was having no luck.  He then decided to explore transferring the VHS-C tape he had, into a standard VHS cassette.

The other day, I was rummaging around in the freebie bin at a local op shop.  In the bottom of the bin were quite a few VHS cassettes.  RUDE Boy rescued a couple of these for his project today.

Below is the link to our You Tube video, that sort of explains, what he wanted the old video cassettes for.  He ended up just needing to use one cassette for this project.

Beat The Man and avoid buying something that can be re-purposed, from what you have at hand [or that can be sourced elsewhere, without too much trouble].

Guest’s Show & Tell



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This week RUDE Girl has succumbed to the dreaded lurgy.  I am confined to bed, do not have much energy, and thought the best way to post, was to get a friend to help out.

Jacqui, who wrote this blog post for RUDE, agreed to help out this week and showcase her Kantha inspired woollen ‘snuggle rug’.  Thanks so much for coming to my rescue.

Jacqui is a member of my Kantha Facebook group here.  And as you will gather, she is very enthusiastic about Kantha.  In the piece showcased below, she even uses pliers to pull the needle and thread through the layers of fabric!

These are images of Jacqui’s, not quite finished, Kantha for a cold climate. It is a rescued old woollen blanket, batting and cotton backing.  She has used embroidery wool, crochet cotton, and a few beads from her stash.  No money was harmed in this winter throw!

RUDE Girl is in awe of Jacqui’s Kantha piece, because it would not be easy to manipulate by hand, due to its size and bulk.

Beat The Man and collaborate with like-minded souls!

Gif Girl



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RUDE Girl finally got around to making a gif file.  It was a bit of a creative thrill for me to do it [I am far from a techo geek] and to have moving photos [literally] of me, felt like I have been remade in another format [nothing like a good makeover, right?]  Forget airbrushing, just get a bunch of photos, flip through them fast and all those wrinkles are hard to spot!

Seriously, today there is no time to waste, so I have had to gif up….whoops I mean giddy up.  My slow living life has fastened up just like a gif file.

Tomorrow we are off to two events in one day.  Yikes!! 

My alma mater Pascoe Vale Girls’ High School, is celebrating 60 years of educating young women.  I am not sure what formal secondary education taught me to be frank, but I am grateful for any teachings given at school or in life, that I have made opportunities of.  I am in touch, via Facebook, with my best friend Wendy from high school.  We share some fond memories of our school days.

Which reminds me, I must revisit the school song today.  It just might be up for a rap rendition by me.  Watch this space.

I was also thinking that my alma mater should also be celebrating 60 years of not succumbing to housing development, like my brother’s alma mater Oak Park High School!  Well done Paco Girls!!


Pascoe Vale Secondary College, Melbourne, Australia.


In the afternoon we are off to a wedding.  In true RUDE Girl scavenger style, my outfit had to be created, by me, from secondhand garments.  Over on Facebook at Rude Record I have posted glimpses of what glad rags I will be wearing.  Scavenger style is RUDE’S political and economic statement, and we do walk its talk, even into wedding events!  Every expense is spared, and the more formal occasion the greater the creative challenge too.

Stay posted, with more photos, videos and gifs to come, from tomorrow’s celebrations!

Below is a giffy of RUDE Girl in a vintage Esprit chocolate brown pure woollen cardigan, that has had a simple revamp.  The blue fulled woollen fabric came from another Esprit polo neck jumper, and the pink fulled wool fabric from a Seed brand children’s cardigan.

Next week, I hope to post a video, to my You Tube playlist, at Rude Record ~ Sewing of this cardie jacket being created. 

In the meanwhile, it’s time to go back to school, to a wedding and to go Beat the Man!