Challenges are great. Challenges are motivating. Challenges are…well, challenging. I am writing this because I am embarking on a Lenten challenge this year. It means from February 21 through April 8, I will not start any new projects unless the project is for charity. Otherwise I will work on my UFOs. Last, but not least, I will not buy fabric for six weeks.
I did this before about eight years ago. It was about the worst, hardest, and longest Lenten season I’d spent in a while. I felt downright cranky. My vow was to not buy fabric unless I needed it to continue a project. I know you know how many projects I had in the past. During that six-week period I dug through every one of them to see if I could satisfy my craving for fabric buying. Nope. I had enough fabric for all of them. Shoot. Like I said, it made me cranky. I made up my mind I wouldn’t ever do that again.
However, on New Year’s Day, I was thiiiiiiiis close to committing to a no-buy program. Then I remembered 1999 when I found that a no-buy program didn’t work very well for me. Therefore, I put myself on a legal-buy program. I decided that I could buy fabric for a project that I’m working on currently. I could buy border fabric, backing fabric, and binding fabric. Notice the B words? I have to guard against sneaking in basics (almost solids), batiks and bolts of fabric. Those are B words too…bad ones. I could buy books. Books don’t take up much room. Notions were okay, but again I would have to be careful. It had to be small. This new system worked great. It was almost like a low fabric diet. I could do this. There was only one little problem. It was too easy.
So, now I think I am ready for more of a challenge. I’ve made up my mind that I am going to keep a positive attitude. I’ll quiet the inner three-year-old child that keeps chanting: I wanna, wanna, wanna buy fabric. If I get cranky, then I’ll just take a nap.