There comes a time in all crafters’ lives when decisions have to be made. The craft room, if you are fortunate enough to have one, is overflowing with all the supplies needed for all of our different crafting interests. I have done cross stitch, knitting and crocheting, ceramics, wood crafts, scrapbooking and cardmaking and sewing, quilting and machine embroidering. I must confess that there is at least a small amount of supplies/unfinished projects left from each of those interests. And I also must confess that those things are not in my “main” craft room, aka sewing room. They have definitely overflowed into the other spare bedroom and I have been working on going through all the different bins and boxes. A few years ago I did give away most of my wood craft supplies. And I only have a few ceramic pieces in the “craft closet” waiting to be painted. Of course, I don’t actually have the paint so until I get some, that’s where they will stay. I have a lot of knitting needles and crochet hooks having inherited them from my grandmother and also a few of my aunt’s. Add them to what I already had, and well, I guess I’ve got about any size I would need. I donated any yarn that I wasn’t going to use to a charitable organization that makes afghan’s. I still have my cross stitch floss and patterns. They are taking up very little room on the shelf so I decided to keep them there until I can find someone who will use them. I don’t want to just fill up the landfill with these things.
That brings us to the scrapbooking/cardmaking supplies and my sewing, etc. supplies. Well, through all the aforementioned craft periods, the one constant was sewing of some kind. Therefore, we know that the sewing room will remain untouched as far as getting rid of things, except of course the supplies I use to make things or extras I have to share with fellow sewists. So that leaves the elephant in the room, the scrapbook supplies. Sigh, so much! I have made a start on going through it all. Stamps, stamp pads (tossed them – the ink was all dried out), cardstock – TONS of that, punches, stickers (stickers? does anyone use stickers anymore? — I’m giving away how long ago I started on that craft) and, of course, books on cardmaking and scrapbooking. Now I have a bff whose birthday is this week — well actually it isn’t because she is a leap year baby and doesn’t actually have a birthday this year but I’ll send her a card anyway. 🙂 If I had ink pads that weren’t dried out, I could have made her a card but since I don’t, well it is a store bought one. But since she has the same “crafters’ dilemma” as I do, she will understand. I’d post a picture here of the card but I don’t want her to see it before she gets it just in case she is reading this post. Wait, what am I saying? “Just in case”? Of course she is reading this post. She is my bff! If I had thought of it early enough, I would have asked my friend Johnna of Johnna’s Stampin’ Up! Crafters to make a special one for me. She makes some beautiful cards. Check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1968883040074855/
So to all you crafters out there who are dealing with whittling down all the “stuff”, I say be strong, be brave, be smart. Try to find someone who can use the supplies and don’t add to the landfills if possible. But, if it really, really can’t be used, then bite the bullet and toss it. Good luck to you all. And remember, baby steps are still steps so if you need to take things real slow, that’s fine. Let me know how you are doing and I will do the same.
Bye for now. See you soon.
Oh my BBF! This blog post has hit the nail on the head! 🙂 I have read through it twice and it makes me laugh. Many years ago I remember you doing cross stitch in the evenings. Of course you’d already been sewing/serging the afternoon away making drapes and bedding. And before that you were out on the baseball field with the boys. It seems that our creative minds can’t just stop at one thing. Once our interest has been peaked we have to at least “try” it. But then that means shopping for the products and then you know, you can’t just stop there. lol Like you I have loved crocheting since I was a little girl, I can knit (sort-of) I love calligraphy, hand quilting and piecing. When I started scrapbooking years ago I got to the point I had WAY to much stuff! I had collected it for a long time and then my brain didn’t know where to begin with so many choices that I’d end up not doing anything.. Same with stamping.. But it was fun collecting. Over the years I have weeded out a ton of stamping and scrapbooking stuff and given it away to others that really do the hobby.I still have quite a bit of stuff. Paper, sixxix dies ( I can’t get rid of them because I might need them to cut out applique fabric lol) And paper, well it goes with my silhouette machine. lol See it all ties together and runs together.Even my collection of beads ties in… I mean I might need them for pretty details on a wall hanging or quilt. They main stay for me has been quilting and machine embroidery. And ohhhhhhh my LOVE with vintage machines. I think I may have a slight problem! More to come on that lolol You introduced me to quilting and I am forever grateful. Making the square patch quilt for C.J. and then learning how to tie it was such a a gift. That was when I got bit by the fabric fairy bug! So, about my birthday lol Don’t be that way… about not having a real birthday every year… LOLOLOL I just can celebrate on the 28th and March 1st legally.. So, I have two days for three years and one day for the biggie! lolol Now as for going through and getting rid of. I still have quite a bit to “weed” out. I get the purge bug way more often these days so little by little I’m letting go. Thank you for addressing the elephant in the room. I’m sure our husbands are in TOTAL agreement with our spreading out through extra bedrooms and yep, even garages lol Love you so much my BFF and I love to read your stories and blogs! xoxox
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