No diet for me. I need to fast.
I actually began my fabric fast a little while back (after an entire afternoon of fabric shopping in anticipation of the withdrawal). But I didn't want to say anything out loud in case I couldn't quite bring myself to actually do it.
So far, so good.
No one is enforcing this fast but me and I've given myself some guidelines:
*I'm going to try to make it to the end of the year! That would be over three months of no fabric purchases. (I'm a little faint as I write this.)
*I CAN acquire new (or new to me) fabric as long as I don't spend any money on it. Swaps are totally acceptable as are gifts. Note that this time period encompasses Christmas so if Santa wants to drop a bundle of Kate Spain's Fandango or some fabulous Japanese prints down my chimney, that's fine with me.
* I am permitting myself to purchase staples like interfacing and thread (not fabric) on an as-NEEDED basis. That is, no "stocking up" or impulse purchases. I can only buy it if I need it for a project I am actually working on, right now.
I think that's about it. I feel a little bit like I'm crazy but I'm also kind of excited! I want to push myself to be more creative with what I have. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the collecting aspect of fabric buying and it's wonderful to walk into my sewing space and see a pretty stack of beautiful, fun fabric just sitting there waiting for me. But I really want to get in there and USE what I have, not just stare at the pretty folded stacks. I want to spend more time focused on the act of creating rather than acquiring.
Anyone care to join me? C'mon, I dare ya!