At the beginning of our challenge I proclaimed that" I WAS GOING TO MAKE ALL GIFTS". This was actually a ridiculous proclamation ...as most of you smartly thought when I made it! Firstly, I am just not that organized and secondly, not everyone WANTS a handmade gift from me or something crazily scribbled on construction paper from the kids. Let's take my kids for instance, while I love making them Christmas gifts, they would prefer a Furby or something else equally annoying. Who could blame them.... they are 4 and 7!!!!!
Fast forward to where we are today. As a family, we have committed to continuing our challenge until May 2014. With the new year we have made a few modifications. I will make as many gifts as possible but not drive myself crazy over it! We will treat ourselves to a few eat out meals a month... we deserve it! We will continue to focus on quality vs quantity, experiences vs things and needs over wants. We will only be purchasing and bringing items that we NEED into our home. We will also be working on eliminating the excess that we have.
On that note, let me introduce you to my new and improved creative space. With the help of a good friend I was able to work through editing my over-crowded fabric/ craft stash. I focused on the items I loved and said goodbye to those I hung onto "just because". I started off the process in a serious cold sweat but the more I looked at what I really felt drawn to the easier it was to let go of the rest of the "maybe one day" items. The end result is a clean and stream-lined space where I feel inspired and motivated to create. The process was hard but the result was well worth it. I am proud to announce that I am no longer hoarding fabric.... now Sharpies, that's another issue!