I said no to new

How do I dare even consider myself a blogger anymore? Between trying to navigate 2020 like everyone else and focusing on my Etsy shop I have been seriously slacking on writing. Now here we are, November 3rd. The topic of the day is clearly the election, but this post has absolutely nothing to do with that. Consider this a momentary diversion if you will.

About 2 months ago around the time I normally start decorating for fall, I made the decision to say “no to new” fall decor. I did allow for one exception to this for a mum and a few real pumpkins to put by our front door. Fall is my favorite season and I love all of the rich colors, the cozy textures I am that come with it.

So why did I decide to do this?

1. I am making an effort to be more mindful & intentional with spending

2. I want to have more of an appreciation for what I have

3. A creative challenge to use what we already have in new ways

I’m happy to report I stuck to my word. I think it helped that I’ve been craving simplicity this year more than ever but I’m not going to pretend there weren’t moments of temptation. I’m proud that I resisted.

I started by pulling out a few pumpkins and feathers and sprinkled them around the house, incorporating them with our year-round decor.

Next, I gave a few little pumpkins I already had a new look with the help of some Rub’ n Buff. Don’t be surprised if you see this product in future posts because I discovered it recently and I love it.

Lastly, I discovered that sedum clippings make a perfect autumn floral arrangements. I don’t know why this never dawned on me before but this year when I noticed the beautiful purple blooms I decided to give it a try. It was a revelation. Each time I would clip a few stems they would last over a week and I was able to do this for more than a month.

My point in sharing this isn’t to brag or make anyone feel bad if they love picking up a few new things each season. I have done the same thing. This was a challenge for myself and I wanted to share that it is entirely possible.

I am considering doing the same thing for Christmas decor. I will definitely allow for the exception of a real tree and wreath which is our tradition. If I don’t say “no to new” entirely I may give myself a very small budget. Either way, I will make sure to share with you.

I know there is a lot going on and I appreciate you stopping by. Please be kind to yourselves and each other, today and always.

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