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When you buy things that are expensive, like a sofa or something that really feels like an investment, you need to keep it as plain as possible, as simple as possible. Make sure that it’s a clean design that will work with whatever style you want it to.

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Many of our blog followers will not be surprised to know that we have a leather sofa and two matching lounge chairs , that are over two decades old.

This sofa combo was purchased new, yes back when RUDE Girl spent money on good quality new things.  The good quality investment has paid off and served us well.  However, there has always been one niggling problem.  And this was not picked up at point of sale.

The sofa and the two chairs’ cushions slip slide away from under our buttocks.  It’s very annoying because your back is no longer supported.

 

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No back support means you have to sit sideways

 

It has taken until now to finally troubleshoot the problem.  Buying a new sofa and chairs was out of the question.  Why?  We do not shop for stuff.  Buying secondhand was an option but nothing had tickled our fancy.  And waiting for a free replacement, whilst always an option, was not happening.

I had to be jolted to remember that we are the RUDE guys, and good at re-purposing and fixing.  So, I said to myself it’s time to solve this issue, with what’s in the home, and for free.  The resource that anchored down the cushions, to stop them slipping, was actually stored in RUDE Boy’s shed.  I just had to go searching for it.  Here’s my fix it story in the video below.

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Mending ~ red tape not required

 

People go back to the stuff that doesn’t cost a lot of money and the stuff that you don’t have to hand money to over and over again. Stuff that you get for free, stuff that your older brother gives you, stuff that you can get out of the local library.

Frank Black / Musician

 

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Us RUDE Guys have been participating in our community, giving our time and some of our resources, for free to others, and helping them mend their things.

We had a vision that we would be engaging in a no-strings attached activity.  And for many months we were, and it was awesome!   What could be easier than partnering and collaborating with others and delivering a free mending service .   Helping people in our locale to save money by repairing items they would have had to otherwise buy new.  And saving the planet by keeping their stuff out of landfill.

Sadly, as in the cartoon above, nothing is free in life.  There may be the appearance of no strings attached.  However, it’s rarely possible.  Why?  There is always the looming threat of bureaucracy with its red tape.  And the more free and awesome your activity develops, in mind, in stuff and in service, the more the bureaucrats want to regulate and control it and you.

Us RUDE Guys have been following the demise of Urban Food Street in Buderim,  Queensland which is a community food growing and sharing neighbourhood activity that was destroyed by Sunshine Coast Council.  An example of green crime by local government bureaucrats, fueled by their addictions to power, regulations and red tape.  We would not be surprised if these bureaucrats were acting like spoiled brats at a party, just itching to spoil the fun and joy others were having.

Chatting with RUDE Boy over today’s lunch, we agreed that we still have free will no matter what type of restrictions are imposed on our community participation.  Rather than react in a negative way, it’s best to keep positive and think creatively.  And that’s where the bureaucrats flounder.  And that can be frustrating – not much space for creative and innovative thinking when they are threatened for whatever reasons.

So how do we remain positive whilst dealing with threatened and risk averse bureaucrats?  We know us RUDE Guys have free will, free time, free hugs, free services and free things to share with others.  How we share all these freebies is up to us and not them.  And there really really are lots of creative ways, without red tape, to Beat The Man.

We are really really loving the Really Really Free Market in Preston, and we are really really hoping the local Darebin Council embraces the joyfulness of the freedom it brings for a few hours, to the mostly regulated ‘to every inch of their lives’ people attending.

 

 

 

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IMAGE via The Age ~ Hailie Sommerhalder setting up for the Really Really Free Market. Photo: Simon Schluter

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IMAGE via The Age ~  The Really, Really Free Market gets into the swing of things. Photo: Simon Schluter


“It is a refreshing sanctuary from money … because money is everywhere, and very few things in life are free. So it’s a nice change to see all this honest, open, giving going on without any strings attached.”  Hallie Sommerhalder /Stallholder ~ Really Really Free Market

Below is the link to the article in today’s Sunday Age article titled “Money Doesn’t Work Here’

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/money-no-good-at-prestons-really-really-free-market-20170727-gxjwj2.html

Fabulous Fringing

Well Dream Craft, RUDE Girl has been very rude not noticing your pingback to my WordPress blog post Fab Fringing. I do apologise and please forgive my ignorance when it comes to how WordPress works.

It’s lovely to read what you have posted. It makes me feel a little sad I am not blogging to my WordPress followers at the moment. However, I am blogging most days on Facebook @ruderepair

My WordPress blog is taking a back seat to some face to face community volunteering and more time in my studio.

I have just finished boro on RUDE Boy’s vintage and secondhand Levi’s. Here’s a short video.

Now to take a peek at what you are blogging about. RUDE Girl x

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Rude is one of my favorite blogs to read. She finds the most interesting items at the landfill then recreates them into things and garments she can wear. This is a very talented woman and worth taking a look at her blog. Today she shares her love of fringe. I think I might have to cut off a pair of my old jeans and all fringe for next summer.

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Walden

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Photo Image:  Walden ~ A Camelot Classic 1886

RECOMMENDED LISTENING!!

What H.D.Thoreau beautifully writes in Walden, Dr. Samuel Alexander poignantly expresses in this Subtle Disruptors PODCAST interview by Adam Murray [refer podcast link below].  Dr Alexander is a modern day Thoreau, inspiring and teaching the wisdoms of slow living, in a contemporary context.

Us RUDE Guys suggest that you download this podcast, as it is over an hour long.  You will then be able to listen to it at your convenience or leisure.

http://subtledisruptors.com/samuelalexander/

RUDE Girl is currently re-reading an 1886 publication of Walden [refer book’s image at top of blog post].  With my interest in textiles, garments and mending, it’s interesting to note that Thoreau devoted five and a half pages, in the first chapter titled Economy,  to clothing.

I had a chuckle that even back in the mid 1800s corporations were viewed by Thoreau to be enriching themselves!

“I cannot belief that our factory system is the best mode by which men may get clothing.  The condition of the operatives is becoming every day more like that of the English; and it cannot be wondered at, since, as far as I have heard or observed, the principal object is, not that mankind may be well and honestly glad, but, unquestionably, that the corporations may be enriched.”  Walden, H.D.Thoreau, Walter Scott Publisher, 1886, pg 25.

A couple of days ago, I travelled by train to visit a friend from my childhood.  I was engrossed in reading Walden, but on looking up I noticed a lot of commuters on their iphones.  I made a note to myself to keep doing different, and take time out from technology.  Us RUDE Guys will continue to go slow through the haste.

If you have not yet listened to RUDE Girl speak with Adam Murray about our frugal lifestyle in the suburbs here is the link to my PODCAST interview with him.  This podcast too, is over an hour in length, so consider downloading it for listening at your convenience or leisure.

Henry Thoreau invites us to see things in Walden.  That according to A.G.Grayling is what an education should be about.  Beat The Man!

Community repair: a pop-up alternative to the throwaway society

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RUDE Girl mending the purple check flannelette shirt at Mend It, Melton on 8 April, 2017

Us RUDE Guys will head off to Mend It, Melton [MIM] this Saturday 13th May, 2017. We are collaborating with a local organisation to deliver our community’s unique model of mend and make do.

MIM was launched late last year, with a small mending event, at our local railway station in Melton, Victoria, Australia.  The event this weekend is our second for 2017.  MIM has scheduled monthly events up until the end of the year.

You can check out all about MIM and see the photos and videos on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/menditmelton/

The re-blogged article below is recommended reading and validates why Rude Record is involved in the not-so-quiet repair revolution.  Beat The Man!!

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By Christine Cole, Nottingham Trent University and Alex Gnanapragasam, Nottingham Trent University

A not-so-quiet repair revolution is taking place in communities across Britain. Consumers, fed up with having to throw away broken phones, toasters and other appliances, are instead meeting to learn how to repair them and to extend the lifetime of their products. These repair “pop-up parties”, where like-minded people can improve or learn new skills in a supportive environment, can prevent still-useful products from ending up in the bin, while saving money.

Advances in technology and new applications, combined with faster product obsolescence, means that electrical and electronic equipment make up one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. The growing demand for these products is also driving unprecedented levels of resource extraction to keep up with increased rates of manufacturing of everyday goods – something that the planet can hardly support.

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Rudassity is Badassity

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RUDE Boy came into the bedroom whilst I was in bed snoozing yesterday morning, and says “have you read Money in The Age newspaper yet?”  He was keen to let me know there were two relevant articles for Rude Record.

Here is the link to the first article by Catherine Robson Financial Planner at Affinity Private

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4598270/financial-freedom-through-frugality/?cs=9

Our Rudassity Philosophy is pretty much the same as Mr Money Mustache’s [MMM] Badassity Philosophy.  However we are no match for  MMM,  because Peter Adeney is a frugal-living internet sensation, according to Financial Planner Catherine Robson .  And just a quick peak at his blog, tells us RUDE Guys he is a frugal-living celebrity!

We we are not internet celebrities but we do walk our talk.  RUDE Girl retired from part-time work at 52 and RUDE Boy could have retired at 56 but is enjoying a transition to retirement program or what we call our ‘money for jam’.

We are not much into advice from celebrities of any kind, and do not need to follow MMM’s tips.  We have been doing most of these tips for decades.  However MMM’s words of ‘Badassity’ wisdom [in all it’s amazing detail] are not to be ignored, that’s if you want to retire early and rich. He, like us RUDE Guys, is definitely ‘on the money’ due to spending less than he makes.

Us RUDE Guys enjoy writing our simple blog and sharing some little stories but unlike MMM, we prefer to stay away from ‘how to’ advice on anything.  Why?  Because there is so much of it out there.  And oftentimes it is presented well and worthy of note, like MMM’s blog, for example. 

We prefer to inspire and hopefully motivate by storytelling in short blog format with a few pics and maybe a vid.  No financial gain is desired by us, because we are virtual volunteers, who are happy to share our frugal experiences, for free.

However, like MMM us RUDE Guys are on a  global mission albeit a much smaller version to Peter Adeney’s, to hopefully make people think about consumption, and the lifestyle of liberation that frugality can offer up.

It’s funny because the last sentence in this article above states, ‘One DIY haircut at a time.’  That’s what RUDE Girl had planned after getting out of bed yesterday morning, for RUDE Boy to give my hair a trim.  Cost $0.  I make no money from paid employment these days, so I am not going to spend $50 on a trim.  Simple Rudassity economics.

And if your interested here’s the link below to the second article.  It ends with this sentence as follows:

“No one thinks that a house full of children’s toys is a sign of financial success, but that’s what many of us are unwittingly choosing.”

Us RUDE Guys have been to houses where grandparents also have toys galore for when the grandchildren visit or get minded.  We have also been to TIP SHOPS  with shelves and cots full of toys.

Beat The Man!!

http://www.smh.com.au/money/saving/do-your-kids-get-too-many-presents-theres-an-app-for-that-20170414-gvl8wu.html

Evan Biddell’s VVbyEB 81lb Challenge

 

“I think that if you do have a voice, and you see something wrong in the world as an artist, you have to point it out. It’s the only way it’s going to change.”

Evan Biddell ~ fashion designer

Check out the short promo in the link below, as Evan rocks the runway.  [longer versions of this video are at the end of this blog post]

https://www.facebook.com/CBCArts/videos/1482984508392079/

Us RUDE Guys point out the wrongs of rampant fast fashion, by wearing our signature folly which is Scavenger Style.

We walk our talk and dress in the discards of others.  We have grown up wearing hand-me-downs and remade clothes.

For over a decade we have worn Scavenger Style 365 days of the year and 24/7.

95% of textiles can be recycled therefore we say NO WAY to landfill when it comes to our clothes and bed linens.

Stop buying it and beat The Man.  It’s the only way it stops!

 

 

 

Check out the 81 pound collection’s images below.

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