Make Do is:
A Way of Life.
Get by with what you have.
Resist the urge to upgrade.
A "Depression" mentality that isn't depressing.
But also -
Limit options and expand your creativity.
I scribbled these words down on the back of a mail-in rebate card while sitting in a library some months ago and have kept them close ever since, knowing they somehow encapsulate some very specific truths and important values that I have. My greatest feelings of accomplishment and bursts of creativity stem from the times when I had to make it work, found a new use for an old object or create a delicious dinner from the tired leftovers in the fridge. My husband jokingly accuses me of growing up in the Depression (I also have a serious saving issue that unfortunately doesn't extend to money) but I take a small pride in my '30's ways. Not to say that I throw out less than one cubic inch of garbage a week or have completely stopped shopping at Target, much as I try. Or don't covet new shoes. Or say screw it when I look in my seemingly empty fridge and eat at the Cookout for dinner. You will not , I hope, find a sanctimonious attitude here. But maybe a few ideas from myself and hopefully some like-minded friends.
Enough blather. A blank canvas frightens me. Repurposing invigorates me. It's a win-win-win equation: creativity + thriftiness + environmental responsibility = Make!Do!
Won't you join me?