|~ painting by Jocelyn Hobbie ~|
(You shouldn't have bid on that. I didn't bid on it. It just came in.)
Out loud, I said "I am going to have too many clothes." See, I changed it up a bit. That went back and forth between my true love and I for a bit. Being the practical person he is, I don't remember a thing he said, other than it helped clarify what I said, or the fact that I said it. Meanwhile I was reeling with the ramifications. I mean, this changes everything. Everything. First, I took a meandering trip down the river of deNile. Followed by bursts of kick boxing
sigh. sigh with arms folded across chest. that's a little defensive isn't it? hmmm. Well, let's stop moaning and groaning and take stock. It's a new world out there/ in here. Ha! It's a new year.
It's not all bad. I did stop going to stores (including thrift stores) and buying clothes. I did get to the point where I now have clothes that fit me, I like them, and I feel good in them. That's huge. I was batting zero on all three when I started the Project. And I've come to know, stumble across really, what I like to wear. That was something I wanted to get to and I have. yea. I wear what I want, where I want, even at home. I like that.
Downside is, consumption has steadily crept in. First with ebay shoes. Then with sewing patterns, and sale fabric. Now more fabric and some warm socks. I don't need any of these things. None. I have enough of all of them. Really, but I know in my soul I'll at the least buy some more patterns sooner or later - probably Tina Givens.
Unexpected side effects. I'm getting to the point where I'll have (notice future tense) too many clothes that fit me well, I really like and I feel really good in. (!) omg. And I love to sew. I love to sew. I can't imagine stopping.
But before I get to dealing with that, how about the mindset I've been in about using whatever I have as grist for the mill???? That has really been my mantra. And I do have tons of stuff waiting in the wings to be harvested, rehabbed, refashioned, etc., etc. That's the real rub. Do I just get rid of it now? How can I? This is where all the flannel shirt dresses came from, for example. How do I come up with criteria for what needs to go? It can't just be I don't like it, or it doesn't fit, etc. because I have used those types of things to make great new things.
I don't know. Maybe if I made a thing that's rather involved and I like it, but it no longer fits, I can give it away rather than keep it for scraps. geez, such a problem, huh?
One thing's for sure. Stop Buying Things!!!! And keep wearing beautiful things that you love, yeah.
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