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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Self Control - Where Can I Get Some? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Date: 5/3/06 1:27 PM

I organized my workroom recently (for the first time in the 6 years I've owned my house) and discovered just how much fabric I have. So much so, in fact, that I'm not allowed to buy any more until I make a significant dent in the stash.

That resolution lasted a few days, until fabric.com had a sale and I worked out a justifiable loophole for fabrics I don't have. I'm a big patterned-fabric buyer, so I decided I was allowed to buy solids to coordinate with the patterns.

Then, when fabric.com had another sale, I decided that home dec fabrics didn't really count either. Even though I do a lot of fashion sewing out of home dec fabrics.

Then, yesterday, after being completely disgusted with myself for finding so many ways around the "don't buy fabric rule" I bought denim needles, stretch needles, new blades for the rotary cutter, and oh, two yards of charcoal gray stretch gabardine for a pair of pants.

To make all this fabric worthwhile, I went on hotpatterns this morning and bought the trumpet skirt pattern, the plain and simple princess shirt, and because with three patterns it's free shipping, the bo-ho deluxe patchwork jacket.

I know every single one of us has this problem to some extent, so could some one please talk me down off the edge and tell me I just need to stop for a while? Or tell me it's okay??

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Date: 5/3/06 1:31 PM

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Self Control - Where Can I Get Some?


Man-oh-man, did you come to the wrong place.....

Actually, if you read the "Would you sew if Joann's were your only source" topic, you'll see that it's really important to grab the good stuff when you can. The world could end tomorrow - and you don't want to be caught without the appropriate supplies.
-- Edited on 5/3/06 1:34 PM --

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Where are we going, and what am I doing in this handbasket?

Matthew 25:40 (New International Version)
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'



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Date: 5/3/06 1:47 PM

I have zero advice to offer. I'm in big trouble because my dd is starting an activity across the street from G Street Fabrics next week. My son used to go to something nearby and I was in the fabric store for an hour every week. With the price of gas I can't go anywhere else, will have to hang out there. I should ask to use an empty classroom and work on my projects rather than buying more fabric but I don't think they'll like the idea.

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Date: 5/3/06 1:54 PM

You're asking US?????

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I am going for a level of perfection that is only mine... Most of the pleasure is in getting that last little piece perfect...Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just keep showing up and doing the work.

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Date: 5/3/06 2:00 PM

Sorry, no help here either.

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Date: 5/3/06 2:08 PM

Sorry that I can't help you either. I succumbed to Fabric.com today..... this doesn't count the 5 lbs of lycra that is arriving on my doorstep tomorrow.

I'm blaming all my shopping on caffeine...I drink coffee in the mornings and surf (and shop). Here's an article that I found that says coffee makes us say "yes".

Coffee and the powers of persuasion

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Date: 5/3/06 2:10 PM

I'm not sure I really see the problem. Some people collect stamps with the intention of never using them. Why not fabric and notions?

(This does assume that you can afford this hobby and that you still have a path between the stacks of fabric so that you can get from the kitchen to the bathroom.)

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But sit on a cushion and sew a fine seam,
And feast upon strawberries, sugar, and cream.

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Date: 5/3/06 2:10 PM

Rats! a double post.
-- Edited on 5/3/06 2:15 PM --

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Bonny lass, bonny lass, will you be mine?
You shall neither wash dishes nor serve the wine;
But sit on a cushion and sew a fine seam,
And feast upon strawberries, sugar, and cream.

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Date: 5/3/06 2:11 PM

OMG, Stacey...Starbucks is going to be the next Nobel Prize winner in Economics...Reading this makes me think it's certainly possible that the economic boom of the 1990s is entirely due to the sudden proliferation of Starbucks across the land...

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I am going for a level of perfection that is only mine... Most of the pleasure is in getting that last little piece perfect...Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just keep showing up and doing the work.

Chuck Close, painter, printmaker, photographer

Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage

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Date: 5/3/06 2:12 PM

These tips

http://www.pbs.org/kcts/affluenza/treat/tips.html

have helped me spend more mindfully.
Usually when I want to "reward" myself there is something else that I really want, not fabric and that is sometimes painful or embarrasing to face.

But it's my life, so I am better being honest at least with myself.

Truthfully, I would rather have the money, when I'm old, than boxes of mildering fabric.
And I really do like the idea of traveling light through the world.
If you are serious about wanting to be talked from the ledge, I am too. :D


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"Today there are so many people, so many things, so many emotions, and the more there is, the less I want. The more man flies to the moon, the more I want to sit and look at a tree. The more I live in a city, the more I search for a blade of grass." Audrey Hepburn, Vogue Magazine, 1971

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