I'm in the Stitch from Stash 2017A group on FB. I just wanted to go ahead and publicly put my plans out there for how I plan to participate in the group.
I don't feel that I have over spent on my stash. I have a ton of stash, but about half of it was gifted to me by a few different people. Up until about 3 or 4 years ago, I probably only spent about $30-$40 per year on stash! I'm not kidding. I did project by project and only bought what I needed. I was working on a couple of larger kits, so they took time but didn't take much money. Then I made the deliberate decision to take a year or two and purposely purchase a lot to create a much larger stash. My main purpose was to end up with a full set of DMC because I was tired of needing a color and not having it on hand. So for a year or two, I bought a lot. Threads, patterns, and kits. But it was on purpose and planned. Then about that time I ended up with a bit of a windfall of stash from three separate people and all of a sudden my stash was huge. At this point I decided to stop spending on charts and kits, with a few guidelines. I made a rule for myself that I could spend whatever I wanted stitching related at thrift stores. Because truly, at my thrift stores I can spend $3 and end up with an armload of stuff. I knew that would in no way hurt my budget. I also let myself spend whatever I wanted when I was on vacation (going to an LNS) or when I was at a retreat. Both times when my spending would be planned out anyway. So for two years, I worked this plan and it worked out great. I got some new stuff, but not so much that if felt overwhelming or messed with our budget.
This past year I decided to just spend what I wanted to spend. I did and it wasn't too bad. I even managed to get a few pricey things I had really been wanting during sales and they were half off.
So I don't feel bad about my spending. But I do have a ton of stash and there's not a lot of room or reason to allow it to grow uncontrolled. That's where Stitch from Stash 2017A comes in.
I want to share my intentions here for how I plan to work the concept of this group and make it work for me. I'm doing this because when I do purchase something, I generally share about it here on my blog and on my Flosstube channel as well. So I don't want folks who see me in the group and then see something here or in my videos that doesn't seem to add up with Stitch from Stash thinking mistaken things.
First of all, if you follow the guidelines of the group to a T, there is a nice give away at the end. This involves using a group spreadsheet, keeping exact track of spending, etc. But lots of the members are opting to not use the spreadsheet and thus, are not putting ourselves into the running for the give away.
So first thing ~ I'm not going to use the spreadsheet. So I will not be entering the give away.
I will keep track of my spending, but if my figures get off by a few cents or a dollar here or there, it's not hurting anyone.
I don't plan - at this time - on giving myself a, "credit," for finishes because honestly, finishes are not going to put money in my bank.
I will not be including spending on gifts for others in this challenge at all. What I spend on gifts for others is personal and not something I would ever share publicly. And if you have read my blog, you know that I have a friend I exchange with quite regularly and I share about these exchanges here and on my Flosstube. That will not change. So when you see me sharing what she gave me or if you see her sharing what I gave her (I won't link her here as I'll let her address this on her own blog if she chooses, but many of you know who she is (wink)) then please don't get upset or think we're cheating on the Stitch from Stash. Because I'm going into this with the full intention of not including these exchanges and I'm being honest about it by posting here. I also commented in a thread this morning on the group saying the same.
So there you have it. :0) My Stitch from Stash plans for next year.
Happy stitching everyone ~ keep those needles flying!