Let's put the last 5 days in the (unfortunately over-used) lavvy. I usually have a crash period after something good, and last year was a pretty good year overall, so that sounds like a much nicer explanation! I have a few plans brewing for this year, some of which I will share in time. I want this year to be even better, which is a tough ask given that last year I met so many new friends and had my wonderful, blissful sewing getaways. I should be going to Fat Quarterly Retreat again this year, touch wood, so that's a start!
As part of my FQ Retreat Saving Plan I really, really need to try and curb my fabric shopping addiction.
I have a nice stash. I should not be so ashamed of that! I have a nice stash. I am a compulsive bargain hunter, coupon gathering, limited offer obsessive, you bet your ass I've used that to my advantage and eeked as much as possible out of my pennies! I'm sure I don't need to point out to most of you that I am simply not capable of doing enough sewing to cope with even a quarter of my plans and wishes! I am really going to need every penny for this years mid summer FQ Retreat... So, enough is enough.
If I am being completely honest with you, a big part of my over spend on fabric is down to depression. It makes me feel happier to think that there is a gorgeous, exciting envelope of fabric, which is in itself full of dozens upon dozens of possibilities for sharing, planning, and making, always "on its way to me". It is comforting, and lifts my spirits. As much as I really do love to plan what to make next and daydream about what's on the sewing table there is a touch of self loathing and disappointment mixed up in that as these expectations are almost always quashed by my limited capabilities. Doing a wee bit of fabric shopping is something I can more or less control. A week or two is a much more manageable wait for something nice to happen, and that bit of fabric winging its way to me will still turn up, even if I am too tired to simply put it away never mind cut into it there and then.
I am not going to declare myself on any kind of "no new fabric" limit though. I know myself too well... There is always something missing when it comes to completing a project, and then I cave. And then because I've caved I have failed, that extra bundle that's on sale right now really doesn't matter in the scheme of things... And anyway. Ultimately I do not believe that there is anything wrong with me buying "some" fabric. I could be getting a takeaway or going out for dinner once a week and dropping £20+ in a few chews... (Have I
Make no mistake, it will NOT be easy for me. I've been coping so far this year, hell, even I cant shop for fabric when I'm ill in bed....(I'm lying, I probably could have but there is no broadband signal in the bedroom...) and well, its also half due to my last 2012 purchase still not having arrived yet!
It's one thing to tell myself "well, you managed to quit smoking, buying less fabric should be a breeze" but the truth is, I have no idea how I managed to stop smoking! Its still something I think about, I still miss it, I still want to do it. So how do I cut down on another addiction I really don't want to do without?! I might have to cut down my Internet time this month too. (please don't stop emailing me!)
So for now I'll leave you with a picture of my last purchase of 2012; what I'm really looking forward to in the post, sometime. Anyone who has a good "how I went ... months without buying fabric" story feel free to let me know!
Mmmmmm dots..... in a rainbow.... that sparkle..... What more could you need?! Photo stolen from the shop wot I ordered 'em from, which (a free ad to make up for the photy stealing) is HERE