Mend... make do and mend year 2018


Mending is more than just the physical act of patching and repairing, it's a conscious decision to appreciate the value of what we have, reject the constant pressure to consume and to celebrate the fact that we have the power and skills to make something broken, whole again. 


May... We're in May now! How did that happen so fast?! And here we are, another month into our Make Do and Mend Year. We're using the Make Do and Mend Year Sustainable Planner (from My Make Do and Mend Life), and the topic for this month--MEND

For the first time since embarking on this Make Do and Mend year-long project, I feel like I don't have a lot to write about this month's topic. Mending is what I already do, so it doesn't feel like something I need to make a big plan for, or set of goals for this month. If clothing needs mending, for instance, I mend it. And, lately, if clothing can be reused, but needs new life, re-fashion is something I consider. If something here at home is broken, we try to fix it. If something is worn out, does it actually even need replacing? If something truly must be replaced, we research the options, and try to make a smart, ethical, eco-conscious choice.

The heavy weight of cheap, disposable goods hangs over our heads as a society. Mending is a great way to save resources, not create more trash, and say no to the cheap goods!

Do you have a special project or focus for this month, or for the year?  Do you have any tips or ideas to share?! 



Comments

  1. an odd thought about the word mend just crossed my mind in reading this wonderful post with the inspiring quote from Cintia Gonzalez.
    these past two years have been hard on families who have been torn apart by the politics of the US. in following blogs it was sad to see people actually in pain from the splits of family over it. love of family is forever. the political world forever changes.
    and i just thought how the words mend and sustainable fit those families in a different but same way.
    i love this... " we have the power and skills to make something broken, whole again. "
    whether it's mending clothing or mending relationships... it's such a valuable thing to do!
    i remember seeing my gram mending socks with a smooth wooden tool that looked like a light bulb. it would be antique now of course but i haven't seen one since.
    that would definitely make me an antique! lol xo

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    1. Such beautiful thought, Tammy... Politics and policies damage people and the world every day, and it is sad to contemplate how much gets ripped apart by such small groups in powers. Oh, but that prayers for love and peace could heal and mend things! I think that your gram's gizmo for darning socks might have been called a darning egg. I would love to find one! I've tried darning TJ's socks (commercially made) but they don't mend so well... Now that I'm learning how to knit socks, I'll need to learn how to mend them too! :)

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  2. I'm really enjoying following your Mend or Make Do journey, Tracy. I've always been bad with the needle but every now and then I do my nasty stitching to fix something up. (And sometimes, I just felt it!)

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    1. Glad you're enjoying this journey aliåing with me, Jeanie! It's been really interesting each month to take up a challenge and think about and do it all month. This's month's with mending is an easier one for me... I love me some needle and thread time! I think if we can sew back on a button, we're doing good... and it's a useful skill to have all our lives. :)

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  3. I am still working on button sewing... I still get my Mom to do this! I am so glad she does! I do love mending itself and sewing... it's wonderful to do what we can to mend and make do! :)

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    1. So good you have your Mom to help you with the buttons, Elizabeth! It's not that hard to sew on a button. You can quilt... and I bet you'd be able to sew on a button too. ;)

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  4. This has been my year to go through every paper, cupboard, and box and get rid of things. I am down to the last leg of that adventure and then I must have a garage sale this summer and take all of it out of my house that I have not already given away or tossed. Then after that I will do cleaning of things I ignore like base boards and door knobs. I does feel quite good to take care of these things, doesn't it? Good for you for mending. Since I have given up sewing mending has gone by the wayside.

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    1. I admire your BIG clean up & clear our this year, Marilyn! It's good to do from time to time, I think, and especially as we grow older.... it's all to easy to hang on to too much.

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  5. I do a lot of mending as well Tracy, with the exception of socks. Storebought socks today are just so cheap and not worth mending. I do reuse however in the form of dusters, etc. Now, homemade socks, I would mend! I always love everything you share with us Tracy. You are such a treasure and I love you to bits! xoxo

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    1. It is a pity about store-bought, commercially made socks... they are so hard to repair well, and keep repaired. I do think they make them so they wear out and we have to go out and buy another pair! :/ Knitted socks are becoming part of my handmade wardrobe, so it is exciting to think about those in addition to the clothes... and learn how to mend them!

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  6. I loved the quote at the beginning. I do think we should mend and fix items that need it. We have become an society of just buying more and It does need to stop and or at least slow down. Right now I am going through my closet to give more items away. I just have too much. I have been mending things that need it and it is because of your wise posts on this. I really loved this one.
    Sending loving thoughts, hugs and lots of love your way!

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