|Inspecting Mama's repairs|
The mending pile. Just thinking about it makes me cringe a little, and I can totally understand why hardly anyone even bothers to mend stuff anymore. Nothing in it is all that difficult or time consuming to fix, and normally 30 cents worth of supplies are enough to breathe new life into an article of clothing worth way more than that. It is just a matter of hauling out needle, thread, sewing machine, ironing board and iron, or whatnot to get the stuff fixed. Why, then, do I always put it off until there's an enormous pile of items that has been there for ages? An even better question is probably, "what is it that finally gets me to finally get in gear and pull out my needle and thread?" If I could figure that out, I wouldn't have an enormous pile of "oh, I'll fix this tomorrow" that had built up over time.
In some cases, it's that one of us no longer has any jeans to wear that don't have holes in awkward to explain places. This is why I sewed patches and reinforced pockets on five pairs of jeans between Charlie and me. (Interesting side note : a while back, I found the iron on patches at Walmart on clearance for $.75 instead of the normal $1.17, so I bought them all. The reason that they were on clearance? They have a flame pattern on them. I REALLY wish that Charlie would let me sew a patch on the outside of his jeans with them instead of always putting them inside.....it would be so much fun to tell him how much I liked his hot tush. *sigh* He just won't let me have any fun like that. Spoil sport.)
The purse that I finally fixed yesterday (the lining pulled apart a few inches near a seam - no big deal to fix) had been in the pile since before we moved to our current home. That's right. At least two years of sitting on the "fix me" pile when it needed less than 10 minutes of my time to do it. Why didn't I do it sooner? Um, I am not good at actually doing the domestic type household stuff? Why did I finally get to it? Not sure. Maybe because the one that I've been using is starting to wear out even though it's a canvas messenger bag from the Army/Navy Surplus store? Maybe because I know how much my sister hates the canvas messenger bag thing, and I felt bad that I wasn't using the awesome "matches everything and I look like a grownup" one that she bought me during our Sisters' Weekend. I am liking the fact that it's big enough that I can put diaper bag stuff in it and only take one bag when I go shopping now.
Now comes the hard decision.....I have finished all of the items that are not currently stored in the room where the baby is sleeping. Do I leave all of the mending type stuff out and work on more of the pile after she's awake, or do I put stuff away and call it quits for this round? Hmmm.....well, maybe I'll leave things out and do a bit more tonight....now that I have a nice purse, I should probably mend some of the khaki pants that I have in the pile (since they're all in the pile right now). I might just start looking presentable yet.....