Tuesday, 8 May 2012

I Couldn't Resist..

The other week, I got an email from Under The Mulberry Tree, which featured some wonderful special prices on a few of their items... well, I haven't bought anything like that since December... and... I... weakened...


I had really wanted to get these books for some time, so I took my opportunity then & there. I've had a really thorough leaf through both of them, & found some great new ideas. A Stitch In Time has some wonderful stitchery & hexagons inspiration; but really they are both fantastic books, & I can see myself using some of my fabric overload to make a few of the projects.

As for the Friendship Tree, well I just tossed that into the purchase.. after all, the books together cost less than one at regular price, so it was simply good economics, I say! I've never done a design from The Birdhouse so I thought I'd start with this one.

At the risk of sounding philosophical... I feel differently about buying these, not having bought for a while. My pattern for so long was to buy, flick through, then store the book. Or love the fabric, buy it, toss it in a box, then forget about it. Some books haven't been opened since, I'm embarrassed to say.  And fabrics forgotten. But I've opened, & opened, & opened these ones quite a few times, even marking some pages with post-it notes for swap project ideas, colour combinations to consider, gift ideas... It seems that I'm valuing these items more, since having adopted a "use what I've got" mentality, & that feels really good.

It's like I'm really 'getting' the whole point of starting this blog in the first place. Using my overload, valuing what I have, limiting the purchase of new stuff, AND very importantly, I'm really enjoying what I'm making & doing. Also, as my twin daughters are both at high-pressure points in their lives, it's a great way for me to decompress from the challenges that come up from time to time.

Phew, I'm realising this is a long post, so I'm going to go make use of some alone time...
Have a Fantastic Day!

6 comments:

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great buys and a the books were cheap...

Leanne said...

They are lovely books Anthea, enjoy.

shez said...

yes i bought both those when they had a sale last time,but boy they are even 1/2 price to what i got them for,so some buying there Anthea,well done.xx

A Blessed Life said...

Anthea I am doing exactly the same as you I am using things in my stash, I tell myself that it is a good thing and at last i believe it..keep going just a little spoil now and then and it is wonderful discovering what is hidden in drawers,boxes and cupboards.Well done!.

Cheryll said...

We obviously have great taste!!! lol!
I bought them too...
also some others... grin! :)

Karen said...

Lovely books Anthea. I agree, use what you've got, it does feel really good!

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