Thank you for your best wishes re my health (things are slowly improving, thank goodness) and customs charge ouch. There were plenty of takers for some sort of FAA support group! This weekend, I came across Amanda from the cozy pumpkin who is having a Year of the Stash, focusing on using what we have rather than buying, buying, buying. She encourages people who want to join in to establish their own guidelines and so mine are a tweaked version of Amanda's:
- NO more impulse buys and late night click-a-thons. Think before I click "buy".
- Spend wisely - this means planning a bit better and perhaps doing any "necessary" spending at the end of the month, where money is a little tighter. Also this means looking a bit harder for bargains. I realised that £7 for a rotary cutter blade from John Lewis is just ludicrous and have just bulk bought 10 for £27.
- Buy for a specific project that needs finished rather than because the fabric is adorable/super popular/Melody Miller! Well, maybe a bit of MM every now and then would be ok.......
- Do I need it? Or do I just want it? - first question to ask. Remember to be honest! And, don't add more than I need just to fill up the envelope! *shamefaced*
- Bees/Swaps - think carefully about whether joining in means buying some fabric specially
- Use the dressmaking fabric I have by making clothes - this is a real goal for this year.
- Remember Pareto's 80:20 Rule - a rare rash purchase shouldn't be bad thing as long is it is the exception rather than the rule!
So there you go - pretty doable, right? I will need to buy some backing fabric soon but not for a while yet. I should have enough wadding (Kisko trip done!) for the next three months. I may need some Kona white but who doesn't?!
I'm going to do a check every month to see how I'm getting on with this plan. Join in if you want and we can support each other in our quests to get back in control (and avoid giving £8 handling fee to Customs people!)
I might actually do some sewing tonight!