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I vow

to use the patterns in my stash. Packing them up into a box almost 36″ tall x 2′ square (I stuck a yoga mat in there so it could say Patterns & Misc, instead of, shockingly, just Patterns) I realized how many great ones I have. Not albatross patterns, but ones that as I packed the box, grabbing 10 at a time, I said “I must make that soon!”

to sew from my stash. I found fabrics I loved and can’t wait to sew.

to wear and use and LOVE what I have. I packed up boxes of books that I didn’t know I had (Italian breads and pizza dough, Z is for Zamboni, 24 hour Crochet) and can’t wait to use.

to dig out what I have put away. The lovely reversible pink and blue taffeta tote, that I felt should have had more structure, but was just as soft and natural as it should be.

to repurpose what I can. The green and white striped shower curtain (16 years!) will become placemats and napkins – perfect for the patio too!

to savor. I’ve been racing towards this move all summer long. When we’re in – the first weekend in August (the first FULL weekend, the 8th) I want to put on a maxi sundress, just walk out on my patio and breathe.

to make. I am going to try for a partly handmade Christmas, and that’s going to mean thinking of special things (handbags for my SIL and my possible SIL-to-be? grocery totes for mom? a remote caddy for Dad’s chair?) for my family that I can make.

By paradise

I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

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