It’s alread the middle of January?

Wow! I guess it is- or it’s at least close enough to count.

I usually spend the first few weeks of the new year assesing. Life, relationships, and stuff.

Stuff is what I’m working on right now. Crafting stuff, personal stuff, the stuff we own. The past year meant a lot of moving and rearranging for quite a few family members. Realizing that being in one’s mid twenties isn’t an indicator of impending death, but I don’t want anyone to have the job of going through everything I own and trying to decide what to do with it.

Going through everything in the house and getting rid of that ugly cat statue and things we don’t use happens seasonally. I’ve moved often enough that I don’t like or need to have a lot of stuff. Matt and I both tend to hang on to things because they might be useful down the road [like when we’re no longer in the postage stamp known as our apartment] or because of sentimental value.

That doesn’t really apply to my crafting supplies. I was looking through my fabric, and paints, and yarn, and karmically? How did Stephanie put it – spiritually – I have too much of it. There’s two yards of a fabric my mom bought for me for Christmas presents when I was THIRTEEN. It’s been waiting for the right project. I can’t keep holding onto things because I’m waiting for just the right thing, and then going out and buying new stuff for immediate projects. Ridiculous. I bought it because it was meant to be used.

So, my plan/goal/assessed tweak is to use as much stuff as I already have to make things I like, or would make a nice gift. The idea isn’t to use it as a highlight or focus point, and end up with even more scraps of things, but to use it all up. Frugality.

I’m not saying I’m not buying more yarn and fabric and other supplies as needed, or if I really want them. What I am saying is that I’m going to focus on what I have, instead of what I want to have. The possibilities are endless for the materials I’ve collected, and the internet has so many FREE resources for patterns and what not, there’s really no excuse for me not to be busy using what I have at home.

I’m really excited by the idea. I’ve alreay finished two things this year made completely from things I had at home. It’s a good feeling. Granted, I’m not ‘supporting’ or ‘stimulating’ the economy with this, but I’m making my home a more economic place, a place full of open spaces, clean lines, and light hitting open spaces on the walls. [None of this is possible at the moment, as my fabric stash is being cataloged and assigned to a project, and my husband has a thing about open surfaces- as in, they shouldn’t exist. We’re still working on that.]

This year is going to be a good year. I’m pulling some things from last year on my list of things to tweak. I’m not a fan of resolutions, as they seem to have a time limit. Tweaking? That’s something that should be done for one’s whole life. The focus just shifts.

Last year I said I would start training for our backpacking trip to Europe. I starting this in October, which coincided with Elle getting engaged and asking me to be in her wedding. That’s double the motivation, and I’m starting to see results. I’m going to continue this this year.

I knit three sweaters last year! Mr. Greenjeans, February Lady Sweater, and the BSJ. I have two sweaters quantities of yarn I LOVE, and that are rewards when I meet my physical fitness and nutritional goals.

I totally bought yarn and fiber. There was much goodness to be had.

Didn’t blog more, but will try to do this this year as well. Especially as I fiddle with my new camera. πŸ˜„

I was more fearless last year: trying new knitting things, going out for new jobs to which I wouldn’t have applied, and tiny every day things. The more I practice, the easier it gets. Sometimes. Something else to work on.

This year, I want to continue to grow, by myself, and with the important people in my life.

Here’s to 2009!

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2 comments
  1. Really good blog! Lots of internal inspection going on with you sister – I like reading about that! One word – I got rid of some things when I moved here to VA that I wish I would have kept – don’t do anything in haste. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

  2. mel said:

    Great post. And backpacking trip to Europe? That’s so awesome incentive πŸ™‚ Good for you!!

    For us, the stuff is slowly being cleared out (whenever I think we’re done we find another drawer of STUFF!! If I didn’t know it was there and haven’t looked upon it in months, I probably don’t need it!) and simplification is in full swing… We’re hoping with enough simplicity and frugality now, we can get ourselves on a big trip of our own in another year or two!

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