Have any of you made new years resolutions? I tend not to do those any more. They never make it past January. But I do have a couple of goals. One is to reduce the amount of stuff in my house. I used to go through the house twice a year and ditch things that no longer served a purpose but I haven’t really done that in a few years and the amount of “stuff” that has started to amass is getting uncomfortable.
My other goal is along the lines of the first but more specific. That is to reduce the sewing and knitting hoard by getting rid of started projects by either finishing them or getting rid of them. So, for example, if I look in a bag and see a knitting project that I can honestly say I have no desire to finish, I will unravel the wool and either set it aside for another project or sell it in a garage sale or donate it to charity. Some of that wool was purchased because it was on sale but now I feel it is ugly.
In terms of sewing, I’ve been hoarding fabric for 4 projects. Since I no longer do Historical Sew Monthly, I have no need to put these projects on the back burner AGAIN and run out and buy more fabric for projects that better suit the challenge.
Here are the four projects:
- The olive dress using fabric I bought a year and a half ago at CoCo.
- A corset with fabric bought a year and a half ago (also at CoCo).
- An 1896 dress with fabric I bought last spring for a Historical Sew Monthly challenge but never started.
- Decide on and make a dress with the fabric my costuming buddy picked up for me when she went to CoCo last summer.In years past, I worked out a project plan based on the Historical Sew Monthly challenges but this year I’m just saying “goals” not “plans” and I will tackle each project when I have completed a current project and I will decide on which one to start next based on what I feel like making. Historical Sew Monthly was useful for helping me build my costume wardrobe and for pushing me into motion but now I don’t want the pressure. I want to make what I want when I want. I feel I can “up my game” not by rapidly trying new projects, eras and skills but by slowing down and working on quality not quantity. I no longer need to build a wardrobe. Now I need to fill it out with accessories and I need to start thinking about replacing dresses with ones that better represent what I know and what I can do.
Have any of you made plans or goals for this year?