Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stash Bustin'

My stash:

A picture of my sewing/crafting supplies:

It's embarrassing. I know.

My defense (my husband is a public defense attorney...maybe I should get him to help me on this one before posting):

* I have an Etsy shop. There are supplies {even if it is just a fraction} I must have on hand for my business.

* I live in a small town. The only crafting supplies I have access to are those sold at Walmart. Limited. Oh, so very limited. When I do make it to the crafting mega stores or order something online, I sometimes over-do it. I {might} need that for a project.

* I have a 5 month old that still nurses {all night}. Well, every 3 hours or so. So thanks to my trusty iPad, I surf crafting blogs and tutorials all night. I get excited about making something...add the supplies to my list of things to get, then daylight appears and I realize I am the mother of 4 children under 5, run an Etsy shop, and therefore, I am limited on time. But I buy supplies anyway hoping for just a few extra minutes of nap-time, or an early bedtime and {stash} those supplies away (good thing I have an extra large closet and very few clothes) for that rainy day.

* You see two sewing machines on my table... uh, well, I do have daughters that will one day need a machine to work on. {Let's not talk about the other serger in the attic}. What if the one I use breaks down. I must have a back-up :)

{Not shown in the picture is my silhouette and my drawer full of vinyl and fabric interfacing.}

Are you convinced that I need such a loaded stash of fabric and crafting supplies???

No?? Me neither. That's why I've signed up for the Stash Bustin' Challenge going on for the next month over at The T-Shirt Diaries.
I am committing to abstaining from any craft supply purchase unless absolutely necessary for a period of 30 days. ***March 22nd through April 22nd to be exact***

I can do this. Coupons be gone! I will not use you. I will have to place a couple orders for fabric if I receive a custom order for a backpack (that's where the absolutely necessary part comes in), BUT I will only buy the fabric needed for the order...nothing else, even if I think I will save money on shipping. :) :) :) We've all been there, am I right???!!

Wish me luck!! Oh please, wish me luck. I can do this. I can do this!! Anyone want to join me???


  1. Good Luck. Of course you can do it! You can do anything!!

  2. Oh my gosh, your room is not that bad...I feel like a tornado went through mine! I don't know how you keep it all are a rock star Janna! I think I could seriously sew out of my stash for the next year! I have definitely gotten to the point that I feel a little guilty buying fabric because I have so much already. I think I might even be embarassed if I tool a picture of it all! Ok...I think I am up for this challenge. And you can totally do this!

  3. You need to do a tutorial on how to keep your fabric so nicely arranged!

  4. So glad you're joining along. I was so embarrassed by my stash that I showed mine in separate photos highlighting the worst. There are many others I didn't even mention. And my goodness, your's are SO much more organized.

    Oh, and I wholeheartedly support your reasons. Many of mine are the same, only I have a 9 month old playing the same nursing game. Argh!

  5. I am debating joining you in this (a little late, I took a break from reading my blogs). Would notions be included in this? I have some very specific projects coming up this month.

  6. I really like the trays for the boys.. great idea! Personal and functional :)