New? Where to Start

When I started Tshirts & Twine, it was a craft blog. Over the last several months, it has evolved into a record of my journey from typical American, chasing the “dream” to a minimalist ready to jump off the ladder. I have blogged about consumerism, food, money, bed bugs, and the attitude-behavior gap.

I tend to blog entire series, and my topics can range pretty far. For your benefit, here’s a breakdown of each series, and some convenient links to help you dive in. (The links open into new tabs in your browser, so you won’t lose your place here.) Enjoy!

In no particular order:

That Minimalist Roommate

My adventures in a home with three non-minimalists.

The Minimalist Wardrobe Challenge

This series began as a 20 day experiment, and became a new lifestyle. For 20 days in October I challenged myself to live on 10 items of clothing. I posted my outfits on most of the days, and I occasionally update the series with ideas on how to upcycle old clothing.

Living Simply

This is the largest series I’ve written so far, and the one that sparked my upcoming book. Living Simply is about systematically tackling the three biggest areas of my life (my possessions, my money, and my time), and weeding out the unnecessary and the cumbersome. Living Simply follows my quest for freedom.

The War in My Apartment

In this series, I chat about discovering that my apartment has bed bugs. If you’re dealing with the space invaders, and are as baffled and panicked as I was, hopefully you’ll find some helpful tips here.

Cannot Be Unseen

Responsible consumerism is a passion of mine. In this series, I address what responsible consumerism is about, and why most people don’t want to talk about it.

Necessary Evil

The money series. This one is about how we embarked on a journey to get out of debt and be free. This is another ongoing series, and one I hopefully won’t stop writing anytime soon.


Simple life rules I’m learning along the way.

Project of the Week, 5-Minute Decorator, Thrifty Decor, and It Just Occurred to Me

These categories encompass my love for creativity and interior decor. If you’re up for thrift-store-trash-turned-treasure, you’ll love these.


Part of my series on downsizing, this category logs my process and progress as I take on my apartment, one room at a time.


22 thoughts on “New? Where to Start

    • This is so sweet of you! Thank you so much… I’m honored. ๐Ÿ™‚
      And Iโ€™m so glad you chose to accept your award and participate. I know what you mean about not liking chain letters, but Iโ€™ve really enjoyed the sense of community and the encouragement that these awards bring. I agree with your nominator that you deserve the Beautiful Blogger badge! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • No worries- yours is pretty much my favourite blog out there that I’ve seen.

        Yes, I’m coming to learn the special thing that is the blogging community. I’ve been skeptical but we’re all just wanting to live, write and be heard and that’s great.


  1. I just found your blog and I love it! I’m just starting to blog, but I am an organizing, list making, trying to minimalize this craziness fool ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s refreshing to see someone young with so much great wisdom. Keep up the great work!

  2. Just discovered your excellent blog through Freshly Pressed! Very inspiring. As the commenter digordon says, your words are wisdom from the mouths of babes. Yup, I’m probably your mom’s age. My own blog is only 2 1/2 months old and I’m learning a lot from the folks at WordPress and blogs such as this one. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  3. HI Amanda – I love your blog! I added you to my resources on minimalism – it’s great to find more people thinking about living with less. Looking forward to hearing more about your projects! ~Katy

  4. Just found your blog during my weekly read of other Minimalist blogs! I am almost at my 1 year minimalist anniversary! I’m about to go through my 2nd international move within a year and I’m finding your blog very inspirational as I continue to purge and downsize as I prepare. You also just seem really awesome and can’t wait to keep investigating your blog!

  5. I just came across your blog and think it’s wonderful! I’m a minimalist-in-training and a Christian as well! It’s really refreshing to see a like minded gal who gives such great advice! Can’t wait to keep reading!

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