Some of you know we have a daughter Kayla. She’s our second child, second daughter. She looks a little more like the Kramer side of the family but she’s a lot more like my side of the family. Whatever mix she is, we sure do love her.
Kayla is my frugal girl. She’s not impressed by fancy things. She does like name brands but only if she can snag them at Goodwill….and she does. She’ll be my kid that retires and is a millionaire as she’s a great saver and never spends beyond her means.
Some of you followed along as she did her charity knitting/crochet marathon. She made projects using 26.1 miles worth of yarn and donated all the items to charity. Doing that made her get creative..she used primarily thrifted yarn…but oh the things she made!!
Here are a few more she’s done….
Well…I don’t think that restricting herself hindered her work. I actually think it enhanced her work. She had to get more creative and crafty with what she had.
My favorite is one she recently finished. Read more about it on her blog.
Well…this has me all thinking….
I love what Kayla has done and made thrifting….I used to think she was a little overboard with her “not buying new yarn” challenges….well, I am now I am so tempted to go that way. I know there are many reasons Kayla does it.
1-it saves money
2-it saves the landfills
3-it challenges her
4-she loves the “make do” attitude
5-she doesn’t like commercialism
Well…I am on that same band wagon….SO…maybe I should give it a try.
I think I am going to do it. I thought about if enough that this would be my plan….
I can buy all the fabric I want via thrift stores and garage sales.
I can by thrifted items like shirt or sheets.
I will accept gifted fabric and scraps.
I am allowed to pick out fabric for my birthday present.
I am allowed to design something from a fabric line and make it as long as I don’t pay for the fabric and it’s for a publication.
If I absolutely need something for a gift to make the project look right.
Buying quilt pattern books is allowed.
After I got that great haul of fabric that I told you about on Sunday, I think I can….remember this? The great Kaffe fabrics!! All of this would be completely okay for me to buy!!
I thought about waiting and starting at the new year but why wait. It’s been a bit since I’ve purchased anything new anyway….
I think my biggest challenge will be coming up with border fabrics….or sashing fabrics. I can also imagine if I do Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt that I might not have enough fabric for that….But here’s the good news. I can break the challenge anytime I want!! I can also get a little more creative in what I do!!
This has nothing to do with me “wanting to use my stash”…sure, that will happen BUT it’s more of all the things that I listed why Kayla does it…and of those, having the “make-do” spirit is starting to inspire me!!
So here I go. This mom is following in her daughter’s foot steps. Anyone want to join me? Of course, you can make your own rules….(or should I say, guidelines) I’m excited to start!!