As I start 2013 I'm actually quite excited about this project. More so than anything else at the moment.
I'm not really a making resolutions sort of person. However, towards the end of last year I made a few decisions about how I'd like to live my life in 2013 and two words sprung to mind. 'Simply' and 'Frugally'. For the first part I think life can get too unnecessarily complicated these days and I enjoy it more when I keep it simple and I'm mindful of this.
Frugality has been on my mind a lot over the last few months. Partly to do with lack of earnings while sick and the knowledge I have a new roof to buy. But also when I'm frugal life becomes more simple. It's not about being tight or stingy. I guess for me it encompasses lots of things. Not being wasteful, not hoarding or buying for the sake of it.
A few days ago I went mad and piled up loads of fabric I wanted at Pink Castle Fabric. It was so cheap. Even with postage it was a steal. Then do you know what I did? I closed the tab without purchasing. I decided that wanting something is not the same as needing something. I reminded myself I have fabric bulging out of my drawers. I need to use up what I've got first and that's a challenge I'm excited about. When I cleared out a chest or drawers purely for fabric I decided, if all my stash didn't fit in these drawers, I had too much. Trying to push more into these drawers is stressful. Each time I want to buy fabric just because I'm going to remind myself how much fun I'll have finding ways to use what I have and also shopping for new stash when there are great big gaps in those drawers. This doesn't mean I can't buy fabric. It just means I have to need it to finish something, not because I really really want it.
I will be looking further than my fabric stash. I have lots of card making stuff. I will be returning to making hand made cards (as I used to before everyone seemed to do this.) to use up the card stock and other craft materials I have. I will not be buying clothes just because I like something. My wardrobes are bulging. I will be buying when something wears out or is needed. As part of the living simply I'll be decluttering more. I'd intended to do lots of this over the Christmas holiday before I got the fluey virus.
I will be moving on my stash of book crossing availables. Whether that means taking to a meet up, passing on to friends or wild releasing. I will re-evaluate the books I have on my to be read
list mountain. If I've had a book for a few years and not read it will I suddenly pick it up and read it now?
As for sewing - I hope to attempt some at the weekend. I have Bee Blocks to do! I'm resisting the urge to join the scrappy trip along - but hey don't the quilts all look great and wouldn't it be a fab way to bust some stash...?