“But I paid good money for that!!”…

Or, “My aunt So and So (God rest her soul) gave this to me at my first wedding…”

Or, “This color may come back into style, this lipstick matched that sweater so perfectly…” (Did you already Fling the sweater??)

Or, “Of course I will host a sit down dinner for 28. One Day. And I will NEED this. How can I possibly get rid of this?”

Flinging, de-cluttering, purging, downsizing. Call it what you like, but what it is mostly about is learning to accept the life you ARE living, as opposed to the one you dream to live.

(Which is not not the same as a life you strive toward.)

Loving something is different than simply acquiring it because you believe you SHOULD have it….

If it means something to you, you keep it. It makes you happy. Happiness IS it’s meaning. But understand happy, too. If it doesn’t make you happy, you need to let it go.

How is your Fling count?? As I expected, working the past four days, I only put in a minimal time. But my number is up to 155 for the year.

(Remember, when flinging, that the purple lid that doesn’t fit anything gets flung into the trash, and counts toward your 27! You are de-cluttering, not sacrificing things that you use, and need and like. You are flinging the detritus of your life, the things that make your world chaotic.)


If anyone is playing along and wants to share their experience, by all means, join in!!!



Remembering my word for the year, I am trying to not obsess over the Flinging to the exclusion of all else. That is how burn out will happen. So…

On the quilting front, I have restarted a quilt that sat as a U(n)F(inished)O(bject) for years and years, because I just couldn’t find the inspiration to do anything to it.

Here is the quilt, before:crazy before

And after I had an epiphany, here is how it is going…half done, but well on it’s way to being something I love! (That’s Rory, my Quilt Safety Inspector, checking to see if this quilt may be slippery on a hardwood floor.)

rory checking

I have one other UFO that I am hand quilting while watching TV. I want to start only ONE quilt in the meantime!

5 thoughts on ““But I paid good money for that!!”…

  1. We should also mention that Gandolf is a quilt anchor tester as well. How much stress will your quilt stand when trying to lift the weight of a cat? This big boy will let you know…and Rory is very thankful for the scrap that was left on the floor…a fitting reward for a job well done.


  2. You’re doing an amazing job on this, babe! You’re my hero! I wanna be just like you when I grow up!

    In the meantime, I’m sitting on my butt playing computer games and reading a book a day (short books). Haven’t even managed a blog post in the new year. I’ve even put off my procrastination, lol!

    Keep up the good work. Maybe I’ll get inspired one of these days. 🙂



  3. Boy if this doesn’t strike a chord. I look at all the fabric I have and hesitate to get rid of it because I cringe at the amount of money I have spent on it…but I also know I will never be able to sew it all up.

    The moral of the story is to constantly ask myself it is it need–or just buying to fill some other hole. In the meantime it is a struggle and a pity that here I am with too much when so many don’t have enough.


    • lisa…
      you can’t go back. you can’t beat yourself up for those past choices. then, it meant something maybe? so, what to do with the fabric? bundle it in lovely collections and sell? donate the stash to a charity? use it to jump start something in your head creatively?
      haven’t gotten to the studio yet…there will be some strong choices made when i do arrive here, i promise….
      but no beating oneself up for who we once were….


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