Simplified Living

Wristlet for Reethi

Scrappy, patchwork wristlet sent to Reethi.

I’m not a clutter fan. I don’t like piles, or stacks or heaps of just about anything — minus the obvious (money and ice cream.) I haven’t always been this way. My childhood consisted of towers of Nancy Drew mysteries, Sweet Valley Twin tales and the Babysitter’s Club books. My dresser drawers were stuffed to the brim with clothing. My desk had more Hello Kitty paraphernalia than required by all of Japan. My closet was stuffed with dolls, dress-up clothes and cows. For a long time, I collected cows. It started in 7th grade and finished my sophomore year of college when someone gave me cow pajamas for Christmas and it dawned on me that WOW this had to stop. Now. I’ve given away most of the cow clutter, other than one sweet tea pot and an antique creamer.
Today, I collect nothing. Well, almost nothing. I still like a few stacks of books, but now they are arranged on shelves and regularly recirculated. So when my studio/guest room becomes a dumping ground for all things artistic, I begin to go a bit ballistic. I switch into “use, reuse and get-rid of” mode. I start finding reasons to give things away. There is nothing like having more space than you need. I am embarrassed by the current state of my studio shelving. It is overflowing with fabric, ribbon, yarn and projects that need to be completed.
So, I’m scrapping this week. I’m using up little bits here and there to finish a few projects and not letting myself move on to the next endeavor until the previous one was completed, wrapped, packaged and at least put in the “to mail” pile.

Fall scrap mat

Fall zakka mat, sent to Jessica. I’m still taking sewing lessons once a week and starting to see the benefits. Seam allowance understanding and proper rotary cutter use is rather useful information. Who knew?

And finally, a new purse for a girlfriend. It’s an Amy Bulter Dorothy clutch. Thanks to Sarah for sharing the pattern!

Amy Butler clutch, front

I added the bling to doll up the photo. This is the only Amy Butler fabric I’ve ever purchased. What a luxury!

Amy Butler clutch, back

Clever design with a back fabric handle.

Amy Butler clutch, inside

Pretty in pink.

This weekend I’ll be clearing out some of those shelves and offering up a few freebies in the week to come. Why save this stuff when others may be able to put it to use? They’ll be first come, first serve in the spirit of Mary Ann.
Happy Friday!


17 Replies to “Simplified Living”

  1. the wristlet is gorgeous. and i think i’m first to comment, what a first! and that’s the same fabric i bought for my one yard fabric swap partner. love your bag, it’s so cute. i made velma a few years back and hated the velcro closure. it didn’t do at all so i pulled apart the whole thing and installed a magnetic clasp instead. it works beautifully, but the bag is pretty small, so i never carry it!

  2. I am so lucky to have been a recipient of your recent cleaning out of fabric! The mat is gorgeous. Is it intended to go on the ground? I couldn’t bear the thought of it getting stepped on & dirty!!! The purse is phenomenal. Perhaps (duh!) I should take a sewing class (or 50!)

  3. I, too, don’t like stuff. That being said, I have lots of clutter. I don’t like it and I organize it but next think a week or two has passed and all of a sudden there are piles of newspapers, yarn, books, paid bills and books. I think I’ll take this post to heart and clean up a bunch of those piles and organize my yarn into project bags.

    Your wristlets are so pretty!! I love the added bling – so stylish! 😉

  4. oh my goodness. sensory overload! too many cute things to see in your post! (did i know you were taking a sewing class? i don’t remember reading that before.)

  5. LOVE the Amy Butler fabric…and the reuse/recycle mentality (surprise, surprise). I think a lot of clutter and waste in our environments contributes to cluttered thinking….it’s much easier to harnass good energy when you’re not clogged up with a bunch of excess STUFF. New age-y enough for you? Ha ha. But I bet you feel better now, huh?

  6. love the fall zakka mat.

    i too am putting things in order, clearing out, moving stuff out, etc. i think for me it’s a fall cleaning…enjoyed the nice weather, now it is cool and it is a good indoor activity. oh does it does feel good, because clutter can really grow…yikes!

  7. Fall mat is HOT! Of course, I am lurving my fall mat, too. Which got its first wash of many today since I already stomped yard grime right into it. Damn rain. Anyhoo — cute purse, too. That fabric really is nice. Worth the $? I dont know. But its def. cute. And the bling is extra fance.

  8. We really are kindred spirits! I am such a clutter-phobic it’s not even funny! If something isn’t loved or used, it’s on it’s way out to a new home. 🙂

    I love the purse, and the mat is really cool too! I admire your sewing and recycling skills!

  9. What a great post! If I could, I would live unencumbered by material possessions. Well, except for my pillow, my sewing machine, my fabric, my books, all of Oscar’s favorite and Brady’s favorites. So in other words, we are keeping it all.

    I do love a good “stuff cleanse.” Nothing warms the spirit like a few bags of goodies delivered to the Boys Ranch (a local charity, not a ranch that a bunch of boys live on.)

    Cute wristler, cute mat, super cute clutch. You’ve given me the sewing bug!

  10. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of days now. Just wanted to say hello and post a comment.Great little wristlet! I love the Amy Butler clutch too and the fabrics are beautiful. Everything in this post is great.

  11. Oh – I dream of attaining the luxury of too much space! Mind if I live vicariously through you???

    Can’t wait to see what you make with all your odds and ends – this is going to be fun, I can just tell…

  12. Would you mind it very much if I blew a whole bunch of sunshine up your patootie? I’ve been reading a bunch of your posts and you freakin’ rule! I love your philosphy of reducing/reusing, the lovely crafty things you seem to whip up from thin air! keep on keeping on!

  13. There’s definitely something in the air… I also spent my weekend cleaning out and I printed out that very same pattern. I guess you’re a testament to the power of being clutter-less, though, since I spent so much time organizing, I didn’t have a chance to sew!

    Careful with the Amy Butler. She’s addictive…not that there’s a stash of her fabric in my closet or anything!

  14. so so cute Kelli. Doesn’t it feel good to simplify and use what you have to make something so adorable. And oh! The Sweet Valley Twins. I have the series just waiting for someone in my house to get old enough to read them.

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