|~ Buddha with mudra of greeting, prayer & respect ~ *|
to simplifying my consumption and accumulation of stuff (especially clothes)
the statement that started me on Project Minima over six years ago.
I haven't been shopping in stores for clothing during that whole time.
That includes thrift stores. I don't miss it at all. I make or refashion everything I wear. I started to buy shoes from ebay about the second or third year in. And I buy funky sox online when they're on sale once or twice a year. I don't go into clothing stores for anything, not even to look. nah. In fact, I really don't go into stores at all. The ambiance (if you can call it that) is so jarring. Too much stimulation: noise, people, signage, lights, stuff. My True Love does the grocery shopping. Thank goodness he prefers it that way.
One place where I've been completely out of control
is buying fabric and sewing patterns. Yes, it's true, I buy them on drastic sale and online. But still. I have enough of a stash for several lifetimes.
So I stopped cold turkey on 1-1-17. I unsubscribed to mailing lists, etc. If I don't look, I'm not tempted, and then not interested.
I'd like to refine what I already have.
Maybe reappraise my "style" as I, and my body, have changed over the last six years. See what still works, refashion what doesn't. Do some repairing, if need be.
I have a desire to find some piece I like, that works for me, and then do it over and over for awhile. Whether it's a certain pattern or a certain combination of clothing. Like my series of tablecloth dresses from way back when (click on label from sidebar to see those posts). Or like Michele Oka Doner's one dress in many fabrics. Or like Spotty Dogs Social Club's evolution of Tina Givens patterns into her own daily uniform.
Yeah, I don't want more, I want better.
And I can do that.
Without buying a thing.
*the first image posted on 5-31-11, entitled Prequel