Wednesday, 21 March 2012
the year of enough
You know the sort that should be on January 1st
It is officially the first day of spring
well, the equinox was yesterday but its close enough
I declare spring to be the start of the new year
I have had a lot of teaching work with 2 new organisations and an Ofsted to deal with so I didn't see much of the year so far. Now I am coming to the end of the term it feels like a new year.
besides I have just decided on my word for the year.
I don't do resolutions but I like the idea of a word for the year.
Last years word was nurture
This year in January as I discussed it with friend there was no word that seemed right.
it has take me a while to see what the word will be
it is... and I am tempted to add a drum roll
I don't mean enough in that way that means I have had enough, humph turns and walk away
but as in I have enough.
I mostly live a contented life.
I have enough money to do what I need in life. I do not need more.
I have a house big enough to do what we need in life. I do not need more.
I have plenty to keep me occupied. I do not need more.
This was all reinforced in January when I sorted the study/computer/junk/craft room.
Its not a big room but I decided to pull it all out and sort it.
I looked at the amount of books I have and asked myself questions about which I would use. some books were on the shelf for sentimental reason, some were there for practical reason and I have no idea why some were there. The same went for craft materials. I started to live a much more creative life about 10 years ago. !0 years ago I needed to keep all the odds and ends of beads, thread and fabric as I did not have much. I have been stuck in that mould. Now I have enough. I do not need to keep everything
Now for some of you that will be an odd statement. You may be a person who already knows that and wonders why other people live with so much or maybe you are one for whom the statement I do not have to keep everything is heresy!
The quilt top I showed in the last post... disappearing nine patch apparently (thank you)... was made from fabric I already have. All my projects this year have come out of my stash and I will try to do that for the rest of the year.
the photo at the start of the post show my fabric baskets.
and yes they are usually overflowing.
The plan is to first of all use enough that they are not overflowing and then to reduce to 2 baskets.
I have enough.
I think I will try to make it last until the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace in the Autumn.
Now if you are still reading this self indulgent waffle its time for a give-away.
You can have some of my junk.
Something have been kept from the clear out.
leave me a comment and you will get a book or a kit or something I have made.
and this is not at all an attempt to clear out more junk!
its also to celebrate an approaching 40th birthday ( said very quietly at the end when no one is lsitening
and to celebrate 99 followers.
wow, 99 of you are interested in all this?