Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hurry Hurry - Quick Quick - Before It's Too Late

The Fabricland stores here in Canada have endless sales... or rather an endless sale. I don't even start looking at the fabric until it's 50% off and rarely pay attention until it's 60% or 70% off and I really start taking notice when it's moved to the bargain center and especially when the bargain center is 50% off. Shopping that way, I've commonly bought very expensive fabric for between two and five dollars. Which is good. However...

... I do pay attention to advertising and over the July long weekend Fabricland had what they called their biggest sale of the year and - really - it wasn't any different than their continuous, the name changes but rarely the details, rotating, year long sale. I didn't buy anything. In fact, I've been in and out of several Fabriclands lately without buying anything. When I told Howard, he asked if I'd made a doctor's appointment and was I feeling okay. LOL - yes - there just wasn't anything worth buying just yet and especially because...





... I am happily immersed in the potential boxes exploring the possibilities of my "garbage". The second knitting bag is almost done only I ran out of the lime thread, no one sells it in town, and when my friend went to pick up some spools at her store she learned that Mettler has changed their color codes and there is no cross referencing chart. Since that's not the best business decision, I assume that means they have a new supplier. It's the only reason that would make sense to me but I don't really know. All I know is that I no longer know the numbers of my favourite colors and still need more thread to finish my bag. My friend is bringing "a selection" when she comes next week and hopefully one of those is "my" lime.





Until then, I've been working on the little girl's coat making lots and Lots and LOTS of serger strips and samples. The one I liked the most for the collar worked best when stitched by hand and is VERY labour intensive. While I like labour intensive work, in this case it is too much work for the results so I'm making more samples for more ideas. Of course, both projects would be stalled on the first week of trying two postings and that's life. Some times our work stutters its way along and we just have to stay with it and see where it's going.





This wall is labour intensive and I love the look so much that I may try it in my own yard because I certainly have enough rocks to give it a go. Trying it... slow gardening... slow sewing... hand work... reading... just meandering and being... they all strike me as something so important especially in light of all the hurry hurry, quick quick, before it's too late messages that are coming at us all the time.

Hurry, hurry seems to be the common theme of the email advertisements coming into my inbox lately. Of course, they are mostly from yarn and fabric and pattern suppliers since those are my favourite subjects but they're also from the companies who supply my prescription glasses, business cards, health products, and paper supplies - "everyone" is doing it. Personally, I don't feel a need to hurry up and buy something. As I've said so many times before, I'm warm, dry, fed, clothed, housed and loved and there's not much I need BUT....

Playing the movie... We act as if the present is all there is; we forget that the future is going to come either way. It's not an option. The question is what do you want your life to look like on that day? The "movie" is not optional but the where the plotline goes is. - Henry Cloud, 9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life.

... when I think about hurry hurry, quick, quick, before it's too late, I think about it in terms of maximizing my time. I wrote the quote above in an earlier posting and it, along with these emails, really makes me think about what will I spend my time on now. I want to hurry hurry to my studio, be quick quick to make sure that I take time for nurturing creativity each day, and explore all the potential possibilities and those "too good to use" fabrics before it's too late. This strikes me as far more critical than new acquisitions - that I hurry hurry, quick quick, before it's too late to live my life to the fullest.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - slow but steady progress in the studio

8 comments:

  1. beautiful post and something that resonates. most things worth doing happen slowly.

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    1. I spent this morning experimenting with hand worked ideas. It is certainly slower and yet both a fun and a calming way to start the day. I don't "need" anything so there's no rush and that gives me the wonderful opportunity of fully being in what I'm creating and enjoying the process. Love that.

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  2. I almost never buy anything at Fabricland anymore unless it's in the clearance section AND it's 50% off. The advantage of having a good stash 8-).

    Love that garden wall! Pinning it for inspiration. Thank you.

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    1. Great to hear from you. I was wondering about you the other day when I took a daytrip to Kelowna. You're right - it's the lovely advantage of having a stash... and... that pile of "garbage". I got the wall picture from Pinterest so it's "going around".

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    2. I've been working full time (good-$$ bad-time) so not a lot of spare time these days. I read your blog, but time is so limited so not a lot of time to comment.

      Did you check out our new Fabricland? So much larger and cleaner, I don't even mind the drive over to the westside.

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    3. I've been there a couple times and it is a nice store. I've also been going to the ReStore just down the road and it's quite wonderful too.

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  3. Hi, agree with you on the fabric land "sales". Btw, I have Guetermann lime green Mara thread. If you friend's selection doesn't work for you, I'd be happy to send it. I'm in Canada so it wouldn't be a problem. Abbey from Abbeysews

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    1. Thanks for the thread offer. I'll let you know.

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