Keeping Watch

“I’ll keep watch.”

In 7th grade our middle school hallway was adjacent to the hall with a door that led to the auditorium catwalk. For whatever reason, this door was often unlocked. My friends walked or ran to the middle of the catwalk and back at least half a dozen times during 7th grade. I’m sure it was thrilling, but I never did it. I always volunteered to “keep watch” — which meant I stood outside the door panicking that we’d all get caught, because I would still be guilty by association!

I’m A LOT older and now mostly savvy to which rules are hard rules and which rules bend a bit, but I still respect rules…usually. Unless they are, like, totally dumb and some are and so they don’t count. But I respect the ones that make sense.

All of this to say that right now I feel like I’m sweating, standing outside of the catwalk door praying that Mr. Webber or Mrs. Haggis won’t walk around the corner. Why you ask? THIS…

So pretty! So against the rules!

So super marvelous! So against the rules!

I’ve cut into it! I was so excited to start making super things for my customers to marvel at when I realized, “Wait! This is the exact type of fabric I avoid — fabric with licensed characters!” Why, you ask? It is written right on the fabric that it is not to be used for commercial purposes!! Right here:



I know people do it. But if this fabric was meant for sales it wouldn’t say “DON’T RUN ACROSS THE CATWALK,” right on the selvedge! So now I don’t know what to do. To sew and sale or embrace my inner 7th grader (and honor this previous post) and continue to keep watch?

7 thoughts on “Keeping Watch

  1. Wow, I really admire your integrity! As tempting as it must be to want to sell it, I can also see how personally satisfying it would probably be to you if you hold on to your sense of ethics and don’t. Perhaps- a little loophole- you can make things to trade with people? You’re not really selling it then, right? You make something for a friend, she makes simething for you… I know that’s a bit of a gray area but it’s not out and out ‘sale’…

    • I’ll make some gifts for my nephews, Just realized I have two nephews that would love some super hero gifts, in addition to a little one on the way! I just can’t do it. My guilt would eat at me! Haha! Some people just don’t change!

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