Just Like That, I am Back

 If I said I was back, would you believe me? Blogging is complicated, and there are so many "get rich quick" blogging schemes that make it look like you are a lost cause if you are not currently earning money blogging. And why are you even blogging if you don't have multiple streams of income and entertainment. If you don't have a brand? I do have this website, but I do not have Instagram, Twitter, TikTok (you don't want to see me dance), or whatever is next.  Heck, I haven't even updated this since before the pandemic. So why am I here, writing about being back and then, probably ghosting for another two years? Life has been rough. It's been painful and overwhelming. I am so thankful for you my readers, or what is left of you. I am so thankful you are reading this post. I am so thankful that you are still committed to making the world a more exciting and more sustainable place.  Keep up-cycling my friends, and you never know, I might be back again with an

No New Clothes Challenge: Butterick 5206

So far so good. I haven't caved, although I am so drawn to the stupid sale signs at Target. I mean 70% off there has to be something that I need., right?

My biggest challenge seems to be overcompensation. The thought that if an item is on sale I need to buy it because it is too good of a price to pass up, it will never be on sale again, and I am definately saving the family money by purchasing it now. Most of the time I do not even try these clothes on. If I did I would see that they not only didn't fit but they were not the quality of clothing I really wanted.

These things I tend to purchase are not necessities and pretty much sit in my closet. They take up space, they are made cheaply, do not hang correctly, and for the most part are just waiting to get sent to Goodwill during a semi-annual purge.

I do need something. I need a dress for an upcoming vacation. I bought a pattern and some material for this:

Now I sew all the time for my kids, but frankly I never sew for myself. That probably explains why I bought this pattern, and material about two years ago, lost the original pattern and had to go out and find a new one. The problem was the pattern was discontinued so I had to search ebay. Can you believe it, I finally get around to sewing something for myself and I have to re-purchase the pattern I was going to use because I procrastinated a year and a half.

Honestly, I am really grateful I am embarking on this challenge because I might not have gotten the nerve to go ahead and make myself something. I probably would have just run out to target and bought another dress.

Wish me luck and I will post a picture when I finally get this piece finished!

Update: I got the pattern pieces all cut out and I just have to sew it together. Fingers crossed the children give me a little down time.

Update #2: Okay so I went on vacation and didn't have the dress finished. I am still working on it, but my husband stole my iron and used it for waxing his skis so I am stuck with a ton of fabric strips to make bias tape and no iron to iron it. hat and I am a slacker. 



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