01 March 2009

surviving the recession in style- tip #4: dig deeper

Now, I don't know about all of you, but I have a lot of stuff. Stuff I love, stuff I tolerate, stuff that hasn't seen the light of day for over 2 years and now sits in a box in my basement waiting to be "gone through".

Now, despite having a house that is full of things, I seem to always be on the lookout for more stuff. So, this week I decided to really try to use the things I have instead of going out and looking for more stuff that I then have to find places to store. This is particularly applicable to my closet and to my craft and sewing stash.

So, instead of going out and buying ANOTHER black turtle neck because I am obsessed with them, I am going to pair one of the ones I already own with my kicky hot pink velvet jacket and some hot jeans. Last week, when I volunteered for the big art auction for the MAM, instead of going out and buying a new dress (probably black, like I need another of those), I pulled out a beautiful skirt that has sat in my closet for about 3 years, waiting to be altered. It is a floor length pencil-shaped silk skirt and I kept thinking I needed to shorten it to just below the knees. Thus, it never left the closet. Last week, I paired it as is with a sexy low-cut black sweater and some lemony yellow heels and had a smashing outfit on my hands.

I am constantly inspired by Emily over at Some Girls Wander. She always has the most wonderful outfits and such a strong sense of her own style. I want to use some of the great pieces of clothing I already own more often.

On that same vein, instead of rushing to the fabric store everytime I want to start a new project, I need to look through my giant pile of fabric and notions in my craft room. I have some really great pieces that I have collected over the last few years and it is yearning to be made into something wonderful. I do have a small mental block when it comes to using some of this fabric however. Do any of you ever find that you can't use a really great fabric or trim because it is just so wonderful, there is no way to get more and you might find the "perfect" project for it later? I do this all the time.

So this week I went through and pulled out my list of "someday" sewing projects and then went through the pile and found fabrics for a few of them to get me started. Then I read about Amy's newest challenge over at tie one on and it fit in perfectly. So maybe some of you dear readers will join me, use what you already have and make your first entry for the apron photo sharing.

(a close-up of the skirt I finally pulled out of my closet. i know, what took me so long!)

1 comment:

sallymandy said...

I'm with you on this one! I spent the weekend pulling out stuff from my closet that I want to alter or dye or otherwise change to make it new. (I did do a little thrifting, too.) I think the economy makes me more creative with my clothes. I'm kind of a nerd too in that I find it fun to polish my shoes and bags and mend holes in clothes to get more use out of them.

Thanks for an encouraging post! And for visiting my blog.