Brace yourself, friends, my notable Necchi is no more. She won't be picked up till next week but I have a deposit. How exciting is that? Five sewing machines sold in four days. Let's all take a deep breath.
In other decluttering-related news...
This blue ceramic lamp had been sitting in my closet for the last five years, needing to be rewired. I finally took it out, thinking I'd sell it on Craigslist as-is, when I decided to take a closer look at the wiring problem. It needed the most basic repair imaginable: the wire had come loose at the base of the bulb socket and simply needed to be reattached with a screwdriver. Easy! Now I think we'll keep it.
Still no takers on those funky phones. Doesn't anyone use an old fashioned push-button phone anymore?
I've been thinking about upcycling my Lydia, which hasn't had a single Craigslist nibble. What could I make with her? It would have to be better and fancier, which is sort of the definition of upcycling. A large pendant, perhaps? I welcome your ideas.
Now let's go to the bedroom; have I ever taken you there?
These boxes contain fabric. Only one box contains my actual fabric stash (I may explore that with you over the weekend). The others contain things like old sheets for muslins. I have a lot of those, maybe too many. The smaller black box up top is my new scrap stash, a quarter of what it once was thanks to Miriam and the mysterious Filipino upcyclers.
The boxes below are a bit of a hodge-podge: muslins I'm not ready to part with, a few pashminas I'm holding for Cathy along with her extensive sunglasses, scarf, and costume jewelry collection. When my vintage taupe American Tourister luggage set arrives -- any day now, can you stand it? -- I'll probably put some of that stuff in those and put them... Let's cross that bridge when we get to it, shall we?
Lydia still sits in the corner in her carrying case, looking somewhat forlorn and who can blame her. She knows she's next.
I bought this vintage Seventies Schwinn bicycle about six years ago on Craigslist and I never ride it anymore. For one thing it's too high -- a sudden stop could turn me into a soprano. I'll put this up for sale shortly.
That's it, friends! I continue to declutter as best I can. Bags of old clothes are thrift store-bound. Books go to our building's laundry room, where there's a bookcase specifically for the purpose. I never did make it to the fabric stores yesterday, but now with some specific recommendations in hand (Thank you, MainelyDad), I intend to go today.
What's on your plate for the weekend, readers? More importantly -- what are you getting rid of?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!