K. asked for a 2010 Sewing Resolution post and I’ve seen lots and lots of them so far on other blogs. I had specifically planned to not post any resolutions (a resolution to do so, if you will), but:
I am not a Resolution kind of girl. Nor am I a “wow it’s a New Year” kind of girl. What I am, in fact, is a cynic. A cynic of the most hard-boiled, long-standing kind. My own mother says I was the most cynical child she ever met (possibly until she met my oldest child). I don’t believe things. I’m not sentimental about things. I think that in any given situation, most human beings will devolve to the lowest common denominator. These are fundamental qualities of my internal construction and can not be altered.
I find resolutions not practical, in that I know that I will never keep them so why make them in the first place? This is based on long hard evidence of my having never kept a resolution in my life (that I can recall anyway).
However, this year I’m feeling especially motivated to make a change. So what the heck, let’s give it a try.
1) My biggest sewing resolution is the one about losing weight to be able to make nicer clothes. That is sewing related and (almost) completely sewing motivated so I count that as my First Resolution.
2) Stop Buying Fabric (Mostly) is my Second Resolution. Actually, I set this goal last year (independent of the whole “resolution” thing of course) and made quite a bit of progress. This was mostly successful because I literally have nowhere else to stash my stash. I found that having no where to put the stupid stuff did help me to control buying more. Plus, even I reach a certain limit where I think “that fabric has sat there for five years, it’s aged enough for Pete’s sake.” Saying that, if I had an endless warehouse of fabric shelves, I don’t think I would have stopped. Relevant to Article 1 above, I will be using up a lot of this “gently aged” fabric by the end of the year (Yes. I WILL.) and so that gives me a goal for thinking I will be able to buy MORE FABRIC. Yay! I like a resolution that ultimately ends in getting to ignore it in the first place.
Seriously? Two resolutions is two more than I normally have and given my track record in keeping resolutions I’ll probably be sorry I made these in the first place. Because I’m very very motivated (mostly) to accomplish Resolution #1 so I hope I haven’t just jinxed myself.
Next Time: something much more interesting. I have no idea what, but that isn’t a hard promise to keep.