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Relationship with clothes - it's complicated

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Because of my sewist background, I have always been a "fix it" kind of gal. Hand beading, garment altering, and general repairs have been part of my repertoire for years.  This link I also shared on FB, a wonderful article on making do: The-life-changing-magic-of-making-do . The past few months I have re-thrifting my clothing. Actually, my first step has been to take my garments to a clothing reseller. Of those garments that are not accepted, I then list on Ebay. If those garment don't sell, I then thrift them back.  I am experiencing regret over donating some retro books. Luckily, I kept some images but not the entire contents. I go through phases where I try to pair down my "stuff." I used to redonate the bulk of my castoffs but now I list things first on EBay.  Reselling update: I discovered Jason through a FB group called The Thrifting Board. This video of his poses the question, "Do you have 50 unused items around your house?" I finished

Fabric has to age properly

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My post title was the best comment I saw posted recently on the FB group Up-Cycled Cloth Collective. The post featured a wool hat with the text, "The wool has been in my possession for YEARS ... The weight of holding on is too great. This hat will be re-released into life as a new and beautiful thing." To which another commented, "Everyone who sews (or knits) knows that most fabric has to age properly before it can be used or heaven forbid be parted with." The story to go along with that one belongs to the first image in my post. Admittedly, I had been lurking around a large pile of donations from a  mystery quilter. The fabric, etc. sat in the corner of a thrift shop for months , just within eye shot. There was this group of quilt blocks that remained unpriced and therefore unpurchasable. Well persistence paid off, the blocks along with some more feedsack print material, were finally released.  20 blocks for $10, I couldn't hand my money over fast enough

Sometimes it is simply a watercolor

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I have seen a few original pieces of artwork in thrift in the past few weeks, a couple of abstracts, but this watercolor beckoned to me. Well executed and double matted, it had to join my collection. I have since polished the wood frame. Two pieces I did pass up were from the 1980s sort of western bathtub series. Had they been framed alike, I would have bought them at $4.50 each to resell. I considered but passed up a men's medium NASCAR shirt. I don't have enough experience with online clothing reselling.  I made my goal of 10 listings for the weekend. Populated mainly by quality maxi skirts that are too big for me now. My last two items I posted were this counted cross-stitch kit and some collectible pins, this day's thrift shop finds. I've got 20 active listings. It sure does take away from my creative play time. We will see if I will want to keep that pace into the new year. A lucky score for me were these 8 Reed & Barton select stainless spoons (1

Mystery box number two has arrived

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I was hoping this resin wind up cuckoo clock worked, but it didn't. For $5, it is a pretty neat decoration.  "Why the push for quilters to use up their stash? Nobody asks stamp collectors to mail letters." (Overheard at Quilt Festival, posted on IG by #igquiltfest) When I add to my fabric stash, I feel guilty, but when I finish a quilt, I feel relief. When I feel overwhelmed, I sell some of my potential projects.  I have finally sent the graduation quilt to the longarmer. I was going to send two quilts but need to add more width to the Gypsy Wife meets Jelly Roll quilt. My newest burgundy heart quilt is going to bump Gypsy Wife as next up in queue to be sent out for professional quilting.  My mystery box number 2 arrived from my online auction site. This one I knew there was a partial grandmother's flower garden project. There was also this beehive/bee sandwich that needs a skosh more quilting and binding.  $1 clothing at thrift meant I added 7 new pieces t

Boxes on your doorstep

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Took the weekend off from sewing after the push of the baby quilt, but still had a productive long weekend. I ripped approx. 50 CDs to my laptop, posted  10 active listings on Ebay, mainly Christmas sweaters, and culled my clothes which resulted in two bags full I hope to earn credit at the clothing exchange. I was thrifting back all of my larger pieces of clothing but thought why not see if they are resell worthy? I have learned to take my clothes to the exchange first. On this round I earned a $20 credit to buy something cute.  Best of trail cam in October. This coyote has made more than one appearance on camera, and this hawk also.  Greenhouse update: Brussell sprouts we have grown are on the menu and I am harvesting tomato pears.  Baking away - old fashioned peanut butter cookies.  Those linens I bought here , a couple of commenters thought they might be able to be resold, but I am still on the fence. I may be able to do something craphty for entry into the state fair.  I

Fabrics and Linens and Fa La La La La

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One of the delights in buying mystery bags of fabric at thrift are finding remnants like this one from 2007 Seattle Bay Fabrics. I brought home two bags of fabric from the Pacific Northwest area. I will build an entire quilt around this print. Mystery quilter donated some companion fabric too. They are safe in a project bag now.  This weekend, I took a chance on mystery linens at Goodwill.  I don't think any of it is resell quality. I do think I can do something interesting with the cross-stitched and appliqued pieces. There is a blue cross-stitch pillow in the image I will be able to complete leaving out the flying clown lady in the pattern. My annual Countdown to Christmas posts are being queued up. The hospice line of thrift shops in my area are releasing all of the holiday items for sale they have gathered throughout the year. Poor volunteers look like they already have holiday burnout! This angel joined my collection. I adopt the orphan angels I find of this

Spicing it Up and House Hippos

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The FB group of American Patchwork and Quilting has chosen No. 2 in the UFO Challenge.  That is my Spice it Up quilt. I have been distracted by other projects  NOW is the time to dive in. I have committed to the Atomic Starburst pattern with the pattern printed on Perfect Piecing paper ( pattern image blocked out ).  There are 20 starbursts in the pattern, meaning I have to piece 40 half stars. If I can set a goal of just a couple of completed starbursts at each sitting, I will eventually get there.  While I was out of town, I bought fabric, two bags from Value Village at $7.99 each. I used the fabric to pack the box I shipped home so it served two purposes, as packing material and now as part of my stash.   Reselling update: The push is on now. Just like the retailers, the next two months will be the true test whether I will make my goal of $500 for the year. I have gathered some product to sell. New listings will include batches of Barbie clothes.  Finally, I know I have com

All the Mr. had to mention was "baby."

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A young couple the Mr. knows through teaching recently had a baby girl. He casually mentioned that they might like a quilt. It was the perfect rest and restoration for me from being out of town all week. Baby quilts are an easy size to work with, the quilting uncomplicated.  The crib sized flannel quilt top had been partially completed. I also used a flannel backing. This one measures 49" x 55". I haven't put together a baby quilt in over two years.  Linking up with Michelle at  Michelle's Romantic Tangle   for Let's Make Baby Quilts and Wendy at   wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com  for the Peacock Party.  Next year's Halloween costume for me will be a mermaid. I found this half off thrift formal dress for $2.25. I will add some applique embellishments and beading.  My out of town finds were a wooden duck decoy ( $2.24 ), 30 CDs, all old rock and soul for 25 cents each. Itsy bitsy mom had a few jackets I will see if they are accepted for trade at the