I, personally, just me, own over 1000 patterns. It’s a sickness. A whole, huge bunch of them are the result of the Good Old Days when Jo-Ann would put their patterns on 99 cent sale every month; it seemed RUDE to leave something behind at that price, even if I only kinda liked it. Then, I started finding them at flea markets and thrift stores and street fairs. What really pushed me over the hump into the four figures was when my mother passed along her stash and added a solid 300+ to the total. Ouch.
This summer, my teen is home and looking for ways to earn some pocket cash (if she gets over $1000 this summer, she gets to buy another pet, in addition to the lizard she already owns; don’t laugh: last summer she banked a cool $1500 from babysitting alone). I offered to give her some tedious, busy-work jobs around the studio to help me tame my mess, and one of those is conquering the pattern clutter, like Kristy over at Lower Your Presser Foot did.
It occurs to me, at the beginning of this project of having her scan all my pattern envelopes into the computer so I can browse my own collection without having to leave my chair (oh, heaven!) that I could very well find a number of patterns that I don’t care for any longer and could just get RID of, already. The likelihood is low, I’ll grant, but it’s POSSIBLE. And allowing for that potential allows me to dream of replacing those patterns–what’s the good of breaking into the four figure range of pattern ownership if one cannot STAY there, you dig?
That’s where Jen over at MOMSPatterns comes in.
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