Saturday, January 5, 2013

I am taking the Seamless Pledge

Dear readers,

I decided to take the Seamless Pledge for the next six months (until the July 4th weekend).  I'll reconsider over the 4th.  I don't really buy vintage/thrift (I'd like to  - no patience - and I live in thrift heaven "vintage Ventura").  So, I guess I'm gonna be sewing and knitting!
Here is the pledge:


  1. No buying new clothes for the duration of your pledge. By new, I mean any new mass-manufactured clothes.
  2. You can buy second-hand manufactured clothes – so be prepared to get to know your local charity shops awfully well.
  3. Vintage clothing is a-ok!
  4. Anything you’ve made by hand is definitely allowed. Get your sewing machines and your kntting needles out, because handmade is definitely in!
  5. Get involved! Join in on the Flickr group and like our Facebook page. Elena will be looking to feature pledgers on the blog in the future. Elena would love to see your second-hand finds, refashions and hand-made creations!

I don't "need" anymore new clothes - and I have a wonderful stash and access to one of the best fabric stores in the United States less than an hour from my house.  Some people are taking a pledge not to buy anything new - I'm not taking that pledge but I like the idea - I just don't think I'm that disciplined*(yet).  And, really I had to wait until my sewing skills were up to par to do this.

By the way, I made a trip to Mood (the new location on La Brea avenue) yesterday and it's fantastic - three times as large at least and a LOT MORE FABRIC!  Wow!  I will do a separate post on this!

Hope your New Years is shaping up nicely.


P.S.  I'm flying to DC on Monday and took my flu shot (apparently every on the East Coast is getting it).   I highly recommend it - I got my at Walgreens (and my insurance paid 100 percent - even without it is a small charge).  The flu shot is amazing close to the actual flu strain this year.  And, I'm completely paranoid about getting sick (I got one of the early cases of the Swine Flu when I visited Japan) when I travel.  


  1. Now tell me about your Japan trip - for business or pleasure? And where did you go? We're going in May with the boys and my Japanese MIL, and I'm already scouting craft stores!

    1. Yes, I went to Okinawa to teach first, then to Tokyo for about 4-5 days and I'll be doing that again this early Spring. . . I went during Obon (and everything was closed in Tokyo in August and very hot and humid) - May seems brilliant. They have a wonderful fabric district - Nipporo - this is a good blog post. .
      My favorite shopping area was Harajuku...I didn't love the fishmarket - it was too much for me. . You're going to have a blast especially with your MIL as a guide!!

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  3. Thanks for the link - that may be the blog where I found out about Tokyu Hands...and I'll look up those areas too. We went when Drew was 5 and did that fish market because my MIL knew the guy in charge. Drew was too slow on the tour, so Dean carried him, but his boots were too big and kept falling off - good times!

    1. Yes, I remember Tokyu Hands, and may have even gone there (the name strikes abell)...Yes, I did find it very very tiring walking around (it was a heat wave of 100 when I was there!).... I can't wait to find out where you explore!