Since reading sewing blogs, I have learned that I don't have to rush off and buy what I think I need. (not that I really do that anyway...even if I could afford it, I don't think I would). There is much inspiration in sewing-blog world... for example have a look here,http://kbenco.blogspot.com/2010/06/purple-parka-almost-jalie-2008.html why buy a $400 or more, goretex jacket... why not just make it. Three months ago, I would never have considered it but now... why not. But I'm not making a gortex jacket (I bought one for $400 when I went to live in Auckland..you really need it there) but in Brisbane, it's good for a rainy or windy day or rainy and windy day, and with a fleece is ok for winter... one is enough, though. But I would make one for my son. Same with http://sew-4-fun.blogspot.com/2010/08/cycling-jersey.html if there is a pattern you can make it; if there isn't a pattern you can try and make it!
So in the last few months I have made: an ironing board cover, a printer cover, a knit dress, a shirt for my son, a 'green' shopping bag for my mum, an apron for my mum, a swimsuit coverall for my sister, a jacket nearly finished (still) for me and some things I can't remember right now. So, remind ourselves, when we are a bit hard on ourselves, that we in sewing, unlike many others, don't just go out and buy it or toss it away, we make it or fix it.....because we can!!
Oh by the way, I finished the knit dress (photos to come) and my son said "oh Mum, that's the dress you made?...it's beautiful... but this time I really mean it"...what? does this mean he doesn't really mean it usually??? What do your children say when you make something? I'd love to hear.