Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Project d-stash and a scrap-stash GIVEAWAY...


You may have heard me mention project d-stash a few times now. This is what its all about! It's no secret that I have a fabric addiction. I collect more than I can store and I hoard my scraps, dreaming of the amazing quilts and projects that I will one day make.... Now that we have moved into a smaller house, and I no longer have a spare room to house part of my collection, a cull is in order.


Here is my plan of attack....


If I don't love it, it has to go! There are a few prints in my collection that I have been keeping in-case someone might fancy them for custom orders. I have decided that if I don't love it, I don't want it out there representing me and my business.


Reconnect with my fabric and simply use what I have. I will spend time playing with my piles of fabric, mixing and matching, new with old and linen with cotton. Sometimes I think that the fabric will tell you what it wants to be, and once I have a gorgeous stack of fabric ready to be sewn, nothing will hold me back.


Stop being so precious!!. Do you ever hold back from using a special fabric just in case you might ruin it?? Or you think that you are saving it for something else? I do that all the time! I end up using a fabric that is 'just OK' and not loving what I made.  And the truth is that I end up with these piles of incredible fabric just sitting there, gathering dust. Eventually I might be bored of the print and not want to use it any more. Wouldn't that be a shame! Time to hack into that amazing print and make something super snazzy!


That's it! So I am sure that after 3 months of this behaviour, I will hopefully of emptied one of our linen cupboards. And then we can put towels and stuff in there. That would be awesome...


Anyway! in celebration of project d-stash, and to help me get things going, I am going to offer a regular scrap-stash give-away. A pretty pile of vintage linen scraps to add to your collection and to make with whatever your heart desires... Sound good? Leave a comment if you wish to be in the draw. (Australian residents only for this give-away, sorry international friends...) I will draw a winner in a couple of days... easy. 

67 comments:

  1. Can't say I know how to sew but I do love pretty fabrics!

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    1. i dont know how to add my name ggrrr suzanne_williams1973@hotmail.com

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  3. ohhh Don't oyu know its not hoarding its collecting :P

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  4. Last year was the year of work through my stash.
    This year I feel like I have so much less but I can actually see what I have and I like it.
    I'd love to rehouse some of your scraps for you.

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  5. Love to take some off your hands :)

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  6. WOW - I love this idea!
    I can't imaginge you having fabrics that aren't gorgeous. Haven't seen a dress yet that I don't think isn't beautiful in every way! :)

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  7. COOL idea. Sounds like a great plan to de-clutter.

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  8. OH this would be way too cool!! Count me in please!!! Jazz x

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  9. would love to make something special for my little girl, maybe a library bag for school, she only started on Monday so it's all new and exciting for her!

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  10. Caitlin (caitlinlyall@hotmail.com)February 1, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Yes please - I have some baby quilts to be making and your fabrics are always do gorgeous.

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  11. Would love your scraps!

    - Sarah.S :D

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  12. Bec, your comment that "if I don't love it, I don't want it out there representing me and my business" rings so true with me right now. Since starting epoch co. mid last year, I have so much 'stuff' that i've collected (and I have an old post office on our property that was my 'storage shed'), and maybe not been as selective as I could be. So this year, I made the same resolution as you - if I don't love it, I'm not collecting it to put in my shop...

    Love your work!

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  13. Oh yes please.
    I have new cupboards in my sewing room with empty drawers that desperately need filling with pretty fabrics.
    x

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  14. I cant imagine that I wouldn't like any of your fabric, so count me in!! Thanks, RachandGaz@westnet.com.au

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  15. i'm whimpering pathetically in the corner that i'm considered an "international"....:(

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  16. I often hold back from using a favourite fabric in case I ruin it or want it for something else. I love your fabrics. Such a generous give away and one that I would truly love to win. I am Australian, but live in New Zealand, so sadly it counts me out. Cx

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  17. I just LURVEEE the fabrics you use! There is that saying "She who dies with the most fabrics wins!!" great excuse for us fabric hoarders. I am a home sewer, mainly for my gorgeous daughters and would love to break out of the PINK and into some GROWN UP gorgeous vintage fabric!! I definately would put it all to good use, but I can't guarantee I won't procrastinate for a while!! xx

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  18. Can I PAH-LEASE enter into the draw and use my family's address in Sydney? PRETTY PLEASE?!?!?!

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    Talia Christine
    http://taliachristine.blogspot.com

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  19. I totally know what you mean!
    It's so nice of you to give it away.
    (why do i live in the Netherlands? why? boohooo!)

    Just want to tell you that when i was twelve i had a piece of linen.
    I wanted to be used for my first, most special sewingproject of all times.
    I decided to make a pair of trousers.
    A little bit nervous i started to cut...i was doing okay...
    ...till i discovered i cutted two left legs, and i totally paniced...
    I tried to make something different out of it, but it didn't work...

    I always think about a pair of trousers with two left legs when i
    find a piece of fabric that's perfectly pretty ;-)

    xx

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  20. Oh my gosh what a lovely thing to win! I am definitely the same regarding 'saving' my favourite fabrics and even my favourite clothes, it's so silly not to make the most of them, life is too short! :)

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  21. I'd love to be in the draw! Just taken up sewing and quilting

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  22. Yes please! I need something to inspire me to actually DO the many little hand-sewing projects/ideas that I have, but I am terrified to cut into the nice sheets I've found in case I regret it!

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  23. What a fantastic idea! I am just learning to sew and I would absolutely love some scraps to make a quilt with ;)
    Toni xo
    lostcabinvintage@gmail.com

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  24. That's an awesome idea! I have to admit, I am a bit of a fabric hoarder also..but I don't see a problem with that =)

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  25. count me in (yes I'm in Australia). :D

    http://meggymoo0.blogspot.com

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  26. Oh the mind is a buzz with what I could do with a pretty fabric scrap stash.

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  27. Ooh count me in. I've seen the photos of your stash and think 'wow I'd love to have that much vintage fabric', but then we have the same small house problem.... but some scraps, they'd take up no space at all, right?

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  28. Yay for the de-clutter! I did a big clean out a couple of weekends ago and got rid of a lot of scraps and fabrics I can't believe I ever bought. It feels so wonderful! I'd love to enter the draw for some gorgeous offcuts. You can always do fun things with scraps :D

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  29. Oh how lovely of you! Would soo love to win some :) I am just starting to collect vintage fabrics myself. One of my resolutions this year is to learn to sew dresses for myself. I am a bit in awe of your lovely work :)

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  30. I'm making my little girl a patchwork quilt for her new princess bed, would love to add some of those gorgeous scraps! :-D Tina, rosatinali@live.com.au

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  31. What a fantastic idea. I've always wanted to make a patchwork bag... or I could use the scraps to use as backing for my bead embroidered cabochon jewellery!

    Thanks so much for offering your scraps!

    Karyn

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  32. I actually got giddy with excitement thinking I might win. I'd love a vintage stash to make some cute things for my little 2 Yr old poppy. Great giveaway.

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  33. oooh gorgeous vintage scraps would always be loved at my place! thanks Bec.

    x

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  34. What a lovely & thoughtful idea :) I also do the same by hoarding pretty fabrics thinking I will "make something special with it". I do have a soft spot for your gorgeous dresses & Devine linens. Goodluck with your clean out. It would be a hard task to part with some. Let's hope I dont fill up my spare room with fabrics the same way you do hehe :)

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    1. you are my winner! yay, let me know your details so I can get some scrappy goodness in the post...
      xo

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  35. Pretty Parcels in the post, yes please.
    Thank you for sharing

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  36. Volunteering a good home for the adoption of sweet scraps and stashes here! I have finally got my sewing skills up to the level I am happy with, so now all I need is gorgeous fabrics to inspire me!

    I love that you are destashing and re-organising - It so good to have bit of space to feel inspired :) And it's extra lovely that you are sharing them with us in the process!

    Luvluv,
    Shann

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  37. Yes a little pile of scraps would be so useful to pad out the missing bits of colour in my stash. Fantastic idea! BTW can I ask where you got your saltwater sandals from as I am desperate for a pair for my birthday but can only find kids sizes online. Thanks again, melx

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    1. hi miss mel - here is an awesome link shared with me by an awesome customer where you will find salties at 35 us a pair!! meandmyfeet.com mwah!!

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  38. It would be a delight to get some of these! Fingers crossed.

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  39. I would LOVE to help you out and take some of your extras off your hands! How lovely of you x

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  40. It takes bravery to destash... I would love to be in the receiving end. x

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  41. me me me me me me me me me ... please pick me !!

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  42. We moved three time in the last two years, which forced me to have a cull each time. I donated heaps of fabric to the local school. I love seeing little bits of my stash pop up around the place in kids crafty projects. Would love to rehome some of your gorgeous pieces!

    rachel xo

    ps grabbed the saltwater link from above too. thanks!

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  43. one mans trash... I love all things quirky and might I say, kitschy anyway, would love what you dont love anymore, and I didnt realise till I looked at your etsy shop that we were nearly neighbours! Im in Busselton!

    Love your creations by the way, you are an inspiration

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  44. I'm always 'saving' fabrics. It is so silly! Would love to win your scraps! I have a few more quilts I need to make for bebes that are due this year and scraps are what I need!

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  45. Oh me please!! I have a tiny collection myself, but I need many many more!

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  46. Is it bad that I want to win this when I'm de-cluttering the rest of my life? On the plus side my de-cluttering means I have room to give your de-stash fabrics a home :-)

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  47. I'm keen as mustard! Sharni:) fallandthesunshines at hotmail dot com

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  48. Pretty, pretty please!! I recently purchased my very first machine, and am super excited and motivated to start creating - any scraps you could spare would be a dream! kelly_warry@hotmail.com

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  49. Ooooo yes please Miss Bec!! Count me in for the draw :)
    What a fantastic idea!
    xxxx

    jess_blondie711@hotmail.com

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  50. My hands up waving around madly, I would love to win and my work colleague has just purchased a sewing machine so would also share some gorgeous scraps with her, we are going to have a sewing bee one weekend with crackers and dip and lots of sparkles and these scraps would be perfect for creating a little monster or 2.

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  51. this is such a wonderful & thoughtful idea...I think we are all a little guilty of storing up things for later use ;) fingers and toes will be crossed

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  52. oh yes please, count me in; my new years resolution is to learn to sew, so what a great start this would be

    :)

    missventure@hotmail.com

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  53. I too am the precious kind...fingering fabrics and sighing...yet never brave enough to cut into them. Bravo to you for your new fabric commandments! Hope all is lovely in your world :) x

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  54. Would love to create beautiful projects with your d-stash victims! Thank you. Monica (monmade)

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  55. It's called destiny. I am busy having a de-stash. Obviously making space for the treasures form your stash coming my way!!

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  56. Oh, send some my way! We don't have a spare room for my sewing supplies either, but there is still at little space under my bed?!?!?

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  57. Bec, I would love anything that is coming out of your linen cupboard as I am sure it is gorgeous.

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  58. Yes please :) I'd love some. So nice of you xx
    Heidi vv

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  59. Yes please count me in the draw:) Upcycling is my great passion.

    dkschwarz@optusnet.com.au

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  60. I would love to go in the draw, thanks for the chance to win....I might just chop into some of my fave fabrics this year too.

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