Monday, April 09, 2012

Things I'd rather like

Image from Empirical Style.

These pendant lights from Empirical Style. They have a few cage colours to choose from (or you can get any colour custom done for like, $12 extra), and about a million cord colours. I love how flexible they are - no need to call in an electrician, just plug them into a wall socket and run them to where you want them, and stick a cuphook in the wall (or even a 3M sticky hook, if you're renting). And because they have no base, like a standard lamp does, they can fit in spots too tight for a floorlamp. I'm seriously saving my pennies for a pair to use as bedside lamps (red cages, gold cords, custom). But I'd also like a clump of three to put in the corner of the living room where I've always wanted some mood lighting, but there's no room for a lamp (I have my eye on the galah colourway, but I suspect BCB would put his foot down over the pink). I also want another set to brighten up my study (which has only a south-facing window under a verandah, and thus has been crying for extra lighting ever since we moved in).

Image from, where you can buy these.

These recycled wool/ polyester blankets from Waverley Woolen Mills. I love how they look like army blankets, but with some colour. And the price is fantastic. I really wish we had a spare bed for one of these - given my collection of doona covers, quilted cotton blankets and crocheted wool rugs, there is just no room at all on our bed.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Frugal February

A little before Christmas I went on a real spending bender. It probably wasn't terribly dire in the scheme of spending benders, but I was buying a lot of stuff, and our savings were suffering. Around the same time the compulsive late-spring cleaning urge hit me (it happens most years - after spring, but in early summer). The constant acquisition wasn't lining up with my attempts to clear out my wardrobe.

And it occurred to me, as I sorted out my desk drawer and unearthed some stationery I didn't even know that I had, that there's something kind of incredible and awful about owning so many Things that I could actually own Things I didn't even know about.

This spawned a very vague sounding resolution. That 2012 would be the Year of Less Stuff. Part of the reason is that I find it quite confronting to say people that I don't want to consume so much. But that's what it is. We've rejigged the budget so that my play money (disposable income) that is still luxurious by student standards, but is a mere 2/5ths of my old play money allowance.

I've tried sticking to a similar budget before and really struggled. So I'm joining in Frugal February (though this whole year is intended to be frugal) with enthusiasm. This time, so far, I've not had a problem. The difference has been that this time round every time I've had the "I want!" feeling, I've countered it with a real, genuine consideration of whether I "need" it, and whether I could just buy it another day. Pretty much always the answer is "no" and "yes."But it's always nice to know what other people are doing something similar. A community always makes things easier.