Sunday, June 19, 2011
The Buy Nothing Summer
As I have discovered among people in the craft world, we all have too much stuff. By stuff I mean materials. We all seem to hoard fabric, and buttons, and paper, and yarn and whatever else we have ever used for any project whatsoever.
I started following http://craftymoira.blogspot.com/ during the Sew, Mama, Sew May Giveaway Day 2011. She gave away a dump truck load of zippers that I rather wanted. Alas, I didn't win them, but I did find a new blog to follow that has been very entertaining.
Moira has decided that she is not going to buy any more crafting materials from now until September 1 and just deal with what she has. I think this is a fantastic goal. So fantastic that I think I will join. Starting Tuesday. I have a few things that I know I'm going to need before this weekend (i.e. seersucker, broadcloth, some buttons and maybe, just maybe a peek at the clearance table).
Moira has her own rules and exceptions, and other people have kind of set some exceptions for themselves. Since me saying that I won't buy anything all summer would turn me into a liar, here are exceptions:
1. I can buy things that I run out of that I need, such as zippers, snaps, buttons, interfacing, etc.
2. If I have a request for an item in my shop and I am out of that fabric, I can go buy more of that particular fabric. Same goes for yarn.
3. I should not buy anything off the clearance table just because I like it. I need to use what I have first. But of course that doesn't mean that I won't. But I'll try my darndest.
I think I'm going to create a page here on my blog chronicling the undertaking. I'll post pictures of things that I have made as a result of my stash busting, and maybe you can send me some of your pictures! I love pictures!
So there is is. All the credit for this goes to Moira, but I would like to know if you are participating. Let's make it a party!