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Purging the Attic

Today has been a beautiful fall day.  The best part was that the temperature reached about 70 degrees.  Our attic doesn’t have HVAC, so I wanted to get up there before we either have a heat wave or the snow begins to fly.

Neither is comfortable to work in.  What makes our attic particularly difficult is that it peaks in the middle at about 6ft.  This means you’re constantly hunched over and bumping your head on drywall or insulation.  Regardless, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to clear out my craft items that have been stored for more than a decade.

My hope was that I would find material and other notions for the Alzheimer’s Fidget Aprons prototypes I plan to make.  This way I will be investing no money into the project.  It will also give me a chance to come up with more creative ideas.

I found that I have plenty of material to make the aprons.  Actually, I can make several if I were looking to make one with a holiday theme.   I had not planned on doing that, but it appears that I have been “collecting” holiday fabric and forgotten about it.

I located my quilt making equipment as well as all of the fabric I had saved to make a few of them.   Then I found, in perfect condition, each of my children’s sport uniforms from T-ball to baseball to soccer to basketball.  I was originally going to make a shirt quilt for both of my kids before they headed off to college.  That plan obviously backfired since both of them graduated from college years ago.  It might be fun to go ahead and make them.

I used to embroider as well as cross stitch, but then didn’t we all do that a few decades ago.  I decided to purge and donate all of that, as well as my crochet and knitting.  Remember those sweatshirts we used to decorate with stitch witchery and use puffy paint to accent them?  Well, I just threw out a few dozen containers of dried up puffy paint.

I was all set to call it a day when I open the last tote and found two sewing machines.  One was for my daughter to use and the other I inherited.  I have no idea what to do with them and I don’t think Goodwill would take them as a donation.

Two hours and 7 garbage bags later, I felt like I made a huge dent in my craft supplies that I had collected (hoarded) over 2 decades in the attic.  Now it’s time to throw away, donate or begin using all of the treasures I found.





"If someone would have told me 10 years ago that I would be here today...." You hear that said a lot when someone is fulfilling an ambition they've had for years but never thought to act on it. I have been a full time reseller for a year. There have been ups, downs and a huge learning curve for me. Once I got a hang on the selling platforms, I explored other social media and ecommerce options. Currently, #JewelsForThePauper is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and now BlogSpot. I have had this ambition, I knew I would be able to act on it at the right time. I feel so grateful to be able to do something I enjoy, be my own boss and bring in extra cash for our household. I am not sure where this blog is going to "go," but you have to have a start and today is the day!

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