Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year! Out with the New and in with the Old.

Nope, that isn't a typo in the title. This is the year to use what I have and not buy new. This is my New Year's resolution. This is the year to use my wonderful collection of old Pyrex bowls instead of new Tupperware or Rubbermaid. Ever try to remove a spaghetti sauce stain from plastic? Glass easily wipes clean. This is the year to bring out my vintage tablecloths from the drawers to use and enjoy and to not worry about stains. Afterall, that wine spill from the family birthday party will just add some provenance to the linen, right? This is the year to use up all my old spices, mixes and canned goods before buying new groceries, that I have to have, because I have a new recipe that calls for 12 ingredients, that I need to purchase, that I will probably never use again, that come in 32 oz as the smallest or only size available (because I really, really, really need to try that recipe that calls for Truffle Oil, capers, and that special Mexican seasoning that can not be found in a 30 mile radius!) This is the year I specifically plan projects using what treasures I already have in boxes and bins tucked away in my overfilled/can't-find-anything-over-the-clutter/oops-accidentally-bought-duplicate supplies-again/studio/sewing room/office. So right now, I have a ton of clay, feathers, glitter and a dozen or so half used cans of spray paint. I'm thinking, maybe a series of colorful bird creations that sparkle ......... or maybe not. Lastly, this is the year I promise not to bring in a new piece of any pottery, fabric or furniture, until I have edited a piece from one of my collections ...... honest I didn't have my fingers crossed behind my back with that one. Maybe that could be a suggestion and not a real resolution, just between friends? So a Happy New Year to all. Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Can't wait to show you those fabulous birds.


Kelly Ballard said...

What a great resolution. We should ALL try to use less, buy less, recycle more and donate things we don't need to charity. Can you imagine what an impact this would have on the environment and not to mention how much money we could save!

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GeorgiaPeachez said...

Good luck with all that! I know better than to make any such promises at my house, except for the pyrex. We kicked the plastic to the curb last year. Glass is better for your health. Happy New Year! xo, suzy

Judi said...

Sounds like you have thought about this quite a bit and are totally committed! You may find it won't be so difficult after all ~ Happy New Year ~ Judi

Beth said...

I like the idea of using what we have. I love shopping & buying, but coming through some lean times has shown me that there is A LOT that I can live without -- and really, not even miss. Re: vintage tablecloths - I have about a dozen or so, and I use them all the time. They are one of my favorite vintage things to collect and enjoy. They do pick up the occasional spot or dab of candle wax, but I don't let that bother me. With a change of the kitchen tablecloth, I can have a whole new look. Fun!

Cheers & Happy New Year to you & all of your blog visitors!