I’m back with a winter edition of Small efforts! Take a look at the things I’ve been doing recently…
- This dish brush was the first Redecker dish brush I ever bought, with the handle (see here) about 3 years ago now, in France! My life looks so different now, and I’ve since replaced the head, but I still have that original brush head and use it to clean my wellies and football boots. A tray of warm water and some elbow grease later and the boots are as clean as can be!
2. This bungee cord goes over the top of my bike basket to secure anything I put inside it. As you can see, it took a beating and the outer layer started deteriorating suddenly, exposing all the elastic. I was tempted to buy a brand new one when I thought ‘No! This is an easy fix! If there’s one thing I can do, it’s this.’ I looked in my ridiculous sewing stash and inevitably found some elastic thick and long enough to replace the bungee, and I’ve been using it for weeks 🙂
3. Very excited to wear this dress over the Christmas season and beyond! I bought it in a charity shop about a month ago for a fiver (steal!) but it was a few sizes too big. I tried it on in the changing room to see whether it would be practical to alter and decided to go for it. I took the sides in by an inch or so, then elasticated the waist, and I’m really happy with the outcome! Definitely need to work on my altering skills because it’s a bit clumsy, but wearable nonetheless 🙂
4. Normally, I either take my bike to the repair shop (money) or ask my boyfriend to sort my punctures (laziness). Last week, I was challenged by a friend to do it myself. You know what? It’s a bit of a faff, but it was easy enough! After repairing a whopping 3 punctures in one week (talk about a baptism by fire!) I figured the inner tube and tyre on my back wheel could do with replacing altogether. I have to admit, riding around on a bike you fixed yourself does feel pretty sweet!
5. Last Christmas, I saved a significant amount of wrapping paper from gifts I received from and gave to my immediate family. This Christmas I’m using it again! Pretty much everyone in our house used brown/packing paper to wrap their stuff last year which was awesome because even the stuff I didn’t keep went into the recycling, but this time round I just have to root through my bag for something that fits! I even saved these gold and red trimmings so they’re not just plain. Very happy with how cute they look! #ZeroWasteWin