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Shedding The Things That Hold Me Back

It's not all decluttering.

After all the discussion about fast fashion, who made my clothes, textile waste and over consumption I started thinking about craft supplies, where the fabrics are produced and under what conditions. So I began to work through the fabrics I own to make a scrappy quilt. It turns out my scraps haven't gone all that far and I currently have about a third of a quilt top. 

The whole time something else has been on my mind, the fabrics I just don't want to use. A few years ago, well before any announcement of The Return I purchased some Twin Peaks (the t.v show) fabrics. After seeing the the newest series those original fabrics just didn't seem appropriate and I just can't bring myself to use them. I've tried an numerous occasions but it's just not right. So I've finally sorted them, and some other bits that I'm never going to use and they're leaving the house.


The pile bottom right will be repurposed , I think as part of the scrappy quilt. It is a huge weight off my mind.

I've been struggling with some of my clothes too, I have so nice tops but never wear then because I have nothing to go with them, earlier this year I bought a denim pinafore that I wear all the time so all the unused clothing is back in circulation. I'm at a point where I refuse to declutter something that works well just to replace it, so it's just a matter of making things work. Today I do need to buy some thread to repair my trainers, the fabric has worn thin on the top (which I'm a bit annoyed about as I've only owned them for a year) but a bit of visible mending will do the trick. 

Our front lawn is a real mess, not much grass, lots of moss. We've been talking for years about having it redone, but neither of us particularly like lawns and I know we don't have the will to keep it looking pristine. It is, however full of wildflowers - daisies, clover, what I think it birds foot trefoil and other things, much loved by the goldfinches. So instead of something we don't want, we've ordered more low growing flowers to make a wildflower lawn. I don't think it will be popular with the neighbours, but I don't really care about that, I do care about birds.

This all stems from my decision to exercise - once I decided what I wanted to do and removed the excuses and barriers, I found the thing that works for me and my household. Applying this to other areas of life is just making me more productive, happier and a little bit slimmer in the leg area!

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  1. I watched Stacey Dooley's documentary on what fast fashion is doing to the environment last night. It was pretty horrific. I guess working in a charity shop we see first hand how many things people own and no longer want, because they send them in to us. It has certainly stopped me buying many clothes, that's all I can say, as it just seems so obscene the amount of clothes out there in circulation. I'm glad that I'm working toward keeping as many as possible in circulation. It feels like I'm doing my bit for the environment. I don't think I could work in fashion in any other capacity.

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    1. There isn't a shift goes by that I don't say to the boss "there's too much stuff in the world". You can set your clock by it, there are certain times of the year when you just know all the BNWT stuff will come in, when they toys will come in etc, it's the same every year!

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  2. We moved our front garden over to pebbles and a long raised bed in which we grow our veg. I didn't worry what the neighbours thought. I think that seeing as we share our excess courgettes and raspberries with them they are more than happy with the arrangement! Arilx

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    1. I live in a proper curtain twitching street, you can't do anything without being the topic of conversation, but whatever!

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  3. I still have lots of scraps to make up into quilt tops. Now that I got my machine working again....there will be no stopping me.

    I need to see a picture of your repaired trainers. I had not thought of doing a repair on that item myself.

    God bless.

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    1. I will be sure to share my repaired trainer, whether it's a success or not!

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  4. I am struggling with some of my clothes too but have decided to try and remodel /alter some of them. Time will tell if this approach works. Well done you with the exercise regime and the slimmer leg.

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    1. A friend of mine is attempting to reshape some of their clothing, hopefully it will work out. I don't enjoy using my sewing machine so I have just taken to wearing things anyway and not thinking about it!

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  5. A wild flower lawn sounds lovely. I’m not a fan of traditional lawns. They demands so much time and money, and all the chemicals used to keep them green and without weed is very harmful to the environment.

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    1. Exactly. Our lawn is hardly grass at all so anything will look better. I have all the time in the world but I do not feel the desire to spend any of that time messing about with a lawn that I don't use or particularly like anyway!

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  6. The wildflower lawn sounds super! Unlike the people down my road (I hate Essex sometimes!) who have replaced their front lawn with fake grass! One house, who have it, are actually a Fake grass fitting company and it makes me seethe every time I walk past! Why are people replacing something which helps our air to be cleaner with plastic!!!??? I was interested to read about your fabric sorting. That is super. I actually can't go into a Mall/shopping centre now without feeling claustrophobic by the amount of stuff in there, esp artificial fabrics!!!

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    1. I know just what you mean about the artificial lawns, there are so many of them popping up around here, as well as all the other negatives they look like they take a lot of work, many of the lawns laid last year are already full of weeds! Not what people expected I think.

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