Sunday, 22 August 2010

What's in a name?

I spent too long trying to decide what to call this blog. In the end I looked at some quotes I love and found this one.

'Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasure, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing. You will find the boat easier to pull then, and it will not be so liable to upset, and it will not matter so much if it does upset' Jerome K Jerome

I love this quote, I suppose, because it speaks to me of rejecting a consumption-led way of life in order to focus on what is really important. I do love beautiful things and have vowed to only buy things I love. I think a lot of people who are into handmade items feel the same way. I'd rather pay someone a fair amount for one item, for their work than go to a shop that sells sweatshop items and buy ten items

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