Friday’s Favourite Five ~ 23Sep2011

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Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. Congratulations and best wishes, Katharine!

    Thanks for the links to more blogs. I always enjoy checking out your latest finds, Colleen.

  2. Thank you SO much for linking up! The other links were such great reads too 🙂

  3. Congratulations and best wishes to Katharine and hubby to be! May you always be as happy as you are today! Cheers Judy

  4. Morning everyone……..thanks Colleen, so cool to see one of my comments in your 5 faves of the week.

    Yes and you are right l would have decluttered them if l still had them.

    Don’t you love it when you can get all your washing dried in a day. Planning on doing my washing tomorrow morning.

    Quick question for anyone who is interested: What do people do with their old vinyl records these days? I have a small box, yes it is small 😉 with my old 80’s records and some programs from concerts l went to in the 80’s and 90’s. This is literally the ONLY stash of sentimental stuff l have left over from childhood and teenage years. Hey it’s good stuff – after all it does include Duran Duran, Richard Marx, INXS and Culture Club. 🙂 Any advice on this one. Cheers!

    • You can donate them or sell them. I know here there are a lot of stores that will by vinyl records. 🙂

    • Hi Felicity,
      I rarely do lots of loads in one day anymore. I usually just do a load when there is a full one to do, with only three of us in the house these days there is a lot less washing than there used to be.

      Old vinyl records sometimes sell well, depending on what they are of course. With free insertion fees on ebay it is worth trying to sell them. At the thrift shop where I volunteer there is a guy that comes in every week looking for records so clearly donating them is also an option. Good luck, I hope you find a good new home for them!

      • I know, donating is the way to go…….l might take them with me to Sydney when l visit my brother. More chance of a half decent second hand record store and customers that will appreciate them.

  5. Hi Colleen! I really liked all the links! Hey, giving gifts is a way of showing appreciation in most cultures. I liked his gesture very much. 😀 . As for the other links they were all really useful, and you are soft this week (lol).

    • Hi Andréia,
      I know giving gifts is a way of showing appreciation in most cultures but it has gotten in little out of hand in most. There are many ways to show you appreciate someone without giving gifts, a handwritten note is simple yet highly effective and so unusual these days that it really packs a punch. And yes I did go much more softly on the links this week, I am glad you enjoyed them.

  6. And my hearty congratulations to Katharine and husband. Hope you have a wonderful, joyful and uncluttered (:-D) life ahead of you.

  7. Oh what a joyful day indeed!!! Katharine, Have a lovely day!!!

    What fun to share an exciting event via Internet blog!!! 🙂

  8. Before I open your Friday Fave Five, I get my cup of hot green tea all perfekt and ready to sip, settle into my chair in the home office, and with so much excitement press the button to open your blog. Great links, thanks for sharing, and thanks for my happy morning tea and read!!!!

    • Hi Annabelle,
      that sounds wonderful, there’s nothing like a good cuppa when you sit down for a read. I hope I provided some good links today to go with your cuppa.

  9. Grace from Brazil

    Dear Colleen, What a treasure of good ideas, challenges and just plain fun reading. I thought the garbaj link was a feast for delightful reading and some gentle nudges towards some deeper thinking about living in community. See how you have reached all over the world into our homes and lives as we think about how to let go and live more freely! This was demonstrated so clearly from Lena’s blog. (Which pigeon holed me to a tee.) I did love the story about the Brazilian young man. I am an ex-pat so I only live in Brazil but I truly love it and thank God everyday for His grace to allow me to live here among such a wonderful people.

    I did not comment through the week but several of your posts left lingering impressions of areas that need to be looked at, especially the clutter that my neighbor might not enjoy looking at. Once more you force me, in such a nice way, to look beyond myself to think about my neighbor, which is good theology!

    • Hi Grace from Brazil,
      I knew you would enjoy this week, there was some lovely links there to blogs and post that were a little more uplifting than last weeks doom and gloom. I also enjoyed garbaj, especially the one about the tray for carrying a person, lena had some fun writing that post. I have often considered the idea of posting my stuff for sale or give away on my own blog but then I don’t want to encourage people to declutter and then offer them my clutter at the same time. That would be kind of counter-productive don’t you think.

      I like it when my posts leave lingering impressions, as you mentioned, especially if those impressions evolve into action. Looking beyond yourself and thinking of your neighbour is good theology which also comes in the form of releasing your unused stuff into the world so those who have a use for it can find it and rehouse it.

  10. Many thanks everyone. We had a fantastic day and are so happy. Everyone raved about the unmatched charity shop crockery: it all looked so pretty and we asked friends to bring poses from their gardens to put in old teapots and other friends made the cakes and sandwiches.

    Best bits: saying our vows in front of those dearest to us, the cheer when we were pronounced husband and wife, and the moment when my husband cried, when telling everyone how much I meant to him: totally overwhelming and very beautiful.

    You’ll have a picure as promised Colleen when we get some – haven’t seen any ourselves yet :O)

    • Hi Katharine,
      I am so thrilled for you. You have set a wonderful example of how beautiful a wedding day can be without all the expense and waste. My eyes are welling up reading your comment again not wanting to miss any of the details. Of course you know you are going to have to write a post about it for me. Than can be compensation for not getting cake. 😆