: Fix-It Friday. Each week I will repair or mend something around my home and will showcase the process here. It may be sewing the ripped section of my old couch's slipcover or something a little more complicated with power tools... a little venture out of my comfort zone is always a good thing. The goal is to bring attention to the lost art of fixing, rather than discarding. Repair is a creative form in its own right, but has been forgotten by our throw-away society. When I first read Platform 21's Repair Manifesto, I cheered!
right here. I urge you to read it in its entirety, but this sentence moved me the most:
"Every time we repair something, we add to its potential, its history, its soul, and its inherent beauty."
Well, fixing that broken toaster just became a bit of poetry. Darning an old sock turned the mender into an artist! Project 21 ended in August of last year, but their site is filled with wonderful ideas and so worth visiting. I found them last fall through The Improvised Life, one of my favorite blogs.
So, let's try out this plan together. I'll tell you about my weekly project: success or not and maybe a little about the process each Friday. I encourage you to join me and share your "fixes" (big or small) in Friday's comment section. If you have a blog, maybe you'd like to post the details about your own repair there. Please link to it so that throughout the weekend we can all visit with one another. I'm certain we'll learn a thing or two, let alone find inspiration for living a more resourceful and meaningful life. There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction in doing something yourself. Repairs can be figured out with how-to manuals, Google searches, YouTube videos, or maybe a handy friend. Don't forget to include your children, they are always ready to jump in and be helpers.What a wonderful message we'll be teaching our friends and family.
Some items do need a specialist. An entire generation of tradespeople have lost their livelihood because of our disposable society. Please include supporting your local cobbler, tailor, scissor sharpener (you get the idea!) as one of your F.I.F contributions. Let's celebrate the art of fixing together! Can you feel my excitement?! I'm off to the hardware store with the kids... we're ready to begin!