Last Friday, on an early Fall evening in Victoria, we joined together with Hold General (owned by the wonderfully inspiring Marla Ebell) for the Take Care Of What You Love workshop. We encouraged people to bring their treasured clothing that could use a little love.
We provided supplies, support and wine, and talked through simple patching, embroidery and button repairs with attendees, while also showcasing our new Fall shirt collection (that launches online tomorrow!).
Taking care of what you love is something that I bet a lot of you try to do. You choose something special that you'd like to own. You care for it because you love how it looks, or love how much easier it makes your daily life, or because you simply enjoy how it feels.
But as time goes by, things can lose that 'luster', that new and special feeling. That thing that you loved so much when you bought it now has a small rip, or a dulled edge, or no longer compliments the newer things that surround it. Tastes change, I get it.
The truth is, sometimes it takes effort to continually cherish something you've had for a long time. I think sometimes there needs to be a choice, when we decide to commit ourselves to an object or tool. A slight reframing in your mind, and now that object becomes your ultimate, your linchpin for life.
Taco, our puppy, has a toy stuffed elephant that used to be mine as a kid. The week before our Take Care Of What You Love workshop, Taco got a little too rough with poor Elefante and pulled his stuffing out across our bedroom floor through a large rip he'd made on its head.
Knowing this workshop was coming up, Kyle saved the stuffing and we took the now hollow elephant with us. In all honesty, I don't think we would have mended it if not for the workshop. It would have been one of those tasks doomed to be buried with other lingering to-do's that tend to pile up.
But we mended Elefante that evening, while Marla hemmed a tea-towel she indigo-dyed by hand that afternoon, while others mended socks and jeans, and made purses and bookmarks from the fabric scraps provided.
Luckily for Elefante, the simple act of patching him up has reframed him in our minds - he's now the stuffed toy for Taco, and I don't plan on replacing him, only patching him up again when it's inevitably needed. I hope that the rest of the group who thankfully joined us to take care of what they loved, had similar thoughts after stitching their things back to life. And to you I ask, what do you have that could use reframing?
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