Friday, January 3, 2014

Goodbye 2013......HELLO 2014!

Wishing you all a belated Merry Christmas and a very Happy New 2014!

I have been endeavouring to write this post for many days now....see I wanted to start the 2014 blogging year off with a bang! But it seems the more I sat to write - the less I could think of! And despite pouring over my BlogLovin list - still nothing that jumped out at me.

I have seen some gorgeous mosaics of bloggers work during 2013 and was very tempted to do something like that myself - when it kind of struck me that I didn't really have that much to show for my year. But perhaps this year might be a tad bit more productive.

One major thing that will be happening for me this year - is a self imposed (but highly endorsed by Hubby) fabric ban. Mainly for two reasons - money is considered somewhat a dirty word in our house at the moment - enough said I reckon and the fact that I have oodles and oodles of fabric, some with plans, but many purely because they were pretty, unbelievably cheap or just because I had to have them.

No fabric purchases for 6 months beginning 1st January 2014 - with the following exceptions
# I can buy solids/other yardage to help finish a project - but only if I already have at least 60-80% of the project material.
# I can still receive my Fat Quarter Shop 2013 Mystery BOM kit.
# I can purchase any necessary notions required - like thread, zippers, batting etc.
# I can still purchase fabric for any Bee blocks or swaps that I am in - but am to seek husband approval first! The idea is to try and use up the extensive stash - but there are areas that I am low in such as purples and low volume.
# De-stash the fabrics & notions that I realise that I am never going to use.
# Fabrics for gifts such as fleecy for baby rugs are allowed as I don't have those in my stash. Again though - any purchases for gifts will require approval from the husband.
# Fabric purchased from Ozark is still OK - but only a $20 limit per month providing I have de-stashed some of my stuff in order to provide the funds. This condition in mainly due to already having a 3/4 full box waiting to be filled before shipment (and I would really like my webbing to make some more key fobs) and the fact that I have some pre-ordered fabric that is due to arrive over the next 6 months.

Hmmm, do you think I am going to be able to stick to this??????? I will re-evaluate this at the end of June and see how I continue the rest of the year. I will need you all to help me stick to this plan - so feel free to leave me a comment or an email telling me off if you think I have breached any of the above! 

And just so I am not completely boring you all - I thought I would share this cute little business card wallet that I made for myself a couple of days ago. Please excuse my dirty ironing board cover - can you tell what is on my need to make list!!!!!!

Anyway, I had better keep wriggling - I am planning on making Miss almost 10 a Once Upon A Time pillowcase and mess kit bag so she can take away to Cuboree with her tomorrow. Yes I know.... leaving it till the last minute again, very typical me! But the leftover fabric will be the first thing that I de-stash so at least this project will cover two birds with the one stone. 


  1. Love the business card wallet - super cute!

    Good luck with the fabric ban - I'm not sure I'd have the willpower hehehe. But a new ironing board cover is an awesome way to start using the stash (I need to make one too!).

  2. If you ever need purple fabric for a bee block then I am sure the purple princess over here would let you have a bit of our stash. xx

    1. I may need to take you up on that offer soon. Not for a bee block though - but for the Sweet Pouch Swap! Yeah I couldn't help myself - I have been partnered with a lady from America......I am sooo hoping that she pops some Peanut Butter cups and some Hershey kisses in my parcel!!!

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