I don't really remember the exact time that the tide turned toward dumping excess, but it did. I flat out had TOO MUCH STUFF, and I let it overrun me. Case in point... here's a gem from times past on this #tbt:
I'm giving myself a challenge - to use what I've got.
I'm going to use the stuff I have, or get rid of it. Even if that means powering through my collection of a million pencils (seriously - where do they all come from?) to write an opus, or adorn them with washi paper and give them as gifts to every person I know. I'm gonna be committed y'all. I'm going to get through it all, and be conscious before I add anything more. I know this process will take time, so I won't plan to do it overnight or anything. But I will share the outcomes with you here.
And.... ta da! Here's project #1 - repurposed doilies.
The vast majority of these doilies were impeccably handmade by my Great Aunt Mariah (this one falls in the "sentimental so can't toss" category). My house is not really a doily kind of house. I don't really have occasional tables. Nothing is lacey, or crochet-y. Nothing is chintz or floral. I just had no use for them. But they were handmade by my Great Aunt Mariah, and so I must. keep. them. forever. (or so I tell myself). Pinterest to the rescue. I searched for "doily DIY," and found this great pin for a doily runner from Under the Sycamore.
- I laid out the doilies first. Since mine aren't all white, I tried to balance the shapes and the colors. I put the biggest doily in the middle and worked my way out.
- I got thread and sewed the doilies together using a few simple loop stitches. This won't be the easiest thing to get apart someday if I have a different use for the doilies, but with a seam ripper it surely won't be impossible.