Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Here's one way to keep the stash under control...

...Close down all the damn fabric stores! If there are no stores, then I can't buy anything, right?

Last summer, they closed down the JoAnns in my city. It wasn't such a big deal, because I had another one not too far from me. Well, turns out, they're closing that one too. Now, I don't mind so much that the crappy fabirc is going away. If I really need something, I can buy online, and for notions, there is a WalMart a half mile away (although, i'm not a big fan of WalMart, I don't mind going there if all I need is a zipper). But I really feel like i'm losing a part of me with the closing of this store. It was one of the few places I could go and I didn't have to take the kids. I could just go there and look, even if I wasn't interested in buying anything. I sort of feel like they're taking my playground away.

I have to say, I still have a few JoAnns that are sort of near me, but I won't be making any special trips to go there any time soon. My stash will thank me for it.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

Well, here we all are again. A new year, time for reflection and to set new goals.

The reflection part is easy. I had a baby in 2009 and I sewed some stuff. Didn't take me long to do all that reflecting.

The goal part is a bit harder. I like to set goals for myself that are actually attainable. So, here we go, since I know you're dying to read this! lol

- I would like to lose 10 pounds. I've already lost 50 since the baby has been born, so i'm thinking I can lose 10 more. Attainable.

- I'm thinking about keeping a cleaner house. Probably not attainable.

- Quit smoking. As soon as I can get hubby to quit, I should be able to do it. Probably attainable, but depends on the cooperation of someone else.

- Sewing goals. *sigh* Me thinks this is the biggie. lol I finally had to break down and go shopping for clothes the other day. What a sucky expierence! I hate clothes shopping! I always have. And as some of you can relate, it sucks when everything you try on doesn't fit for whatever reason. That's why I sew, because of my narrow shoulders, wide back and low armhole. RTW just doesn't fit. It's also really crummy when you're in the store and all you can think is "$20?? I can make THAT for $5!"

I had a gift card for Victoria's Secret that I got for my birthday LAST year, and I finally got around to using it. I spent $38 for a teddy. $38 bucks for a thin little garment that takes less than a yard of fabric. Amazing. I can't wait for the Pattern Review lingerie contest. I'm telling myself that I need to enter a few garments in that contest.

I'm ahead of the curve though this year. So far, I almost have Simplicity 2603 finished. You know, the cardi wrap that everyone on the planet has sewn. I finally made it to the party. All I have to do is hem it, which sucks. And I made a little sleep sack for my DD. She's 5 months old and in year old clothing. The sleep sacks they sell in the stores just simply don't fit. I'll be making one or two more of those for her soon.

Oh, that brings me to another goal -- More fabric going out than coming in. 2009 wasn't a bad year for me. I think I had about 20 more yards that came in than went out, but as most of you will probably agree, that's pretty damn good! lol I already have almost 4 yards out this year, and it's only the 3rd. YAY!

Anyway, we'll see how it all works out. Hope everyone has a happy new year!